City of Kent’s plan for Halloween during COVID-19 pandemic

KENT, Ohio — The City of Kent Trick-or-Treat event and annual Halloween party are coming up, and with the COVID-19 risk level increasing in Portage County, the Kent Police Department and Health Department plan to ensure everyone taking part in the festivities this year stays safe. Every year, the city of Kent gets a little spooky for the first popular holiday of the fall season. As Halloween creeps closer, friends and families visit orchards, haunted houses and corn mazes, decorate their houses and carve pumpkins that are later set out on their front porch steps.  Although many of these activities are fun and attached to yearly traditions, due to the

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A.L.I.C.E Workshop Creates Safer Environment On Campus

In 2009, Kent State required faculty and staff to take an interactive, 90-minute workshop about what to do during active shooter incidents. In 2010, Kent State required freshman enrolled in the First Year Experience course to attend these workshops. The A.L.I.C.E workshops are, according to Kent campus police officer Michquel Penn, “lockdown procedures on steroids.” The workshop includes lecture, demonstration, and direct student involvement. In April, 7,000 faculty, staff members and students attended the A.L.I.C.E workshops. “A.L.I.C.E, in my opinion, really enhances lockdown. It gives additional options other than locking down and sheltering in place,” said instructor and Kent campus officer Michquel Penn. “We watch a video and we look

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Pros and cons presented by ignition interlock bill

A new bill from the Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee could require first-time OVI offenders to have a Breathalyzer device called an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle. Ohio law currently only requires second and repeat OVI offenders within six years of their last OVI to have an ingnition interlock device. While the bill known as House Bill 469 or “Annie’s Law” has the potential to save lives, the bill’s final Ohio Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30, was postponed after the Ohio State Bar Association and Ohio Judicial Committee outlined their oppositions to the bill that would affect state and local government. “Drunk driving’s a problem in Kent,

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Kent State Campus Safety Improvements

ANCHOR INTRO The Kent State University Annual Campus Safety and Security Report came out on Tuesday. The report doesn’t show many areas of concern, but an incident last April leaves Kent State Police wanting to improve some safety measures. Reporter Sarah Bergert tells you what actions campus police are taking to improve campus safety. ANCHOR TAG ALICE Training is offered multiple times during the week, and all students are encouraged to attend. Session times and locations can be found online on Kent State’s website.   THREE HELPFUL ALICE TRAINING TACTICS   RELATED LINKS State of Ohio School Safety/Emergency Operations Plan Register for Flash ALERTS Kent State University Kent Campus Safety, Security and Fire

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