There is a student housing squeeze at Kent State University. Enrollment is up and campus and city officials are collaborating on how to address what has become a housing shortage for college students. Most area apartment complexes hit their maximum capacities earlier this summer . The university has no plans currently to build any new dorms. But the need for more beds is becoming increasingly apparent. Developers are already thinking about new student apartments across from Dix Stadium. In Kent, a developer has offered the city $1.4 million for property where the city hall and administrative offices sit between downtown and the Kent campus.
A sheriff in northern Ohio and state investigators are looking into allegations of misconduct against police in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-In-Bay. The sheriff in Ottawa County says his office is investigating numerous complaints about police on South Bass Island. Some of the complaints from island residents and business owners have been about what they say are heavy-handed tactics and unlawful arrests by police. The Put-In-Bay police department has a small year-round staff, but hires a number of seasonal officers to deal with the bust summer tourist season.
A Plain Township man pulled over for failing to dim his headlights was arrested after authorities found a half pound of marijuana and a scale used to weigh it, in his vehicle. 19 year-old Luke Miller, of Englewood Drive NE,was arrested at Columbus Road and Harmont Avenue NE. He is expected to make an initial court appearance tomorrow.
Akron police made several arrests during an off-campus party Saturday night. Organizers of Sherman Fest say, they expected about 2,000 party-goers. Instead more than 4,000 people attended. The situation got out of control after police shut down the party around midnight. That was due to an overwhelming crowd combined with numerous fights. At least two Akron police cruisers were damaged. Witnesses say police used tear gas as mobs of people ran through the streets after officers shut down the festivities on Irisdale Place between Allyn and Sumner streets.
The president of Ohio's legislative black caucus is urging the state attorney general to release surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a young black man in a suburban Dayton Wal-Mart store. Democratic state Rep. Alicia Reese of Cincinnati says on her website that she has written to Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine expressing deep concern that information isn't being released in a way that inspires confidence, especially in the African – America community. DeWine has said making the video public could lead to claims that the jury pool has been tainted if an upcoming grand jury investigation leads to charges.
Akron soon will get its first new sound walls in seven years. And, the City is holding a contest to find iconic images that will be feature don the walls. The icons will be like those on the sound walls on I-77 in west Akron—a blimp, canal boat and others. Akron will accept ideas until Sept. 15. At that point , a panel of three judges will narrow the list to six, and the public will be able to vote on the best of the ideas. The creators of the winning icons will receive cash prizes. Sound walls are part of a nearly $100 million project that will reconfigure the South Main Street/ South Broadway interchange with I-76/77 just south of downtown.
Massillon police seized a loaded handgun and a laptop computer when they arrested a Cuyahoga County man accused of coming to Massillon to have sex with a 13-year-old girl. 33-year-old James Doherty, of Brecksville, was arrested in the 2300 block of Lincoln Way East on felony charges of importuning, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and other charges. He was booked into the Stark County Jail.
Police in Massillon put the collar on a Brecksville man this week, accusing him of trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl. 33-year-old James Doherty was arrested around 3:15 Friday afternoon in the 2300 block of Lincoln Way East, where he had apparently gone in hopes of meeting-up with a young girl. Police confiscated a loaded handgun and laptop computer during the arrest, charging Doherty with importuning, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and possession of criminal tools.
Canton Police have released surveillance video of a robbery where several shots were fired, sending customers diving for cover. The crime happened at the SaveWay Mart at 1105 Tuscarawas Street, where the two hooded suspects wearing masks walked in, one firing a shot at a skill game to get it open and take the money while the other fired around six shots at customers inside. No one was hit in the gunfire and police are asking for help identifying the robbers. Anyone with information, call Canton Police at 330-438-4425.
A Warren man saw his bond set at one-Million dollars in Trumbull County Court on Friday in connection with a fatal stabbing that happened August 21. 49-year-old Gregory Brewer is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of 55-year-old Dominic Bufano. The victim was stabbed multiple times around 7:25PM at the home he shared with his wheelchair-bound mother in the 1300 block of Bingham Avenue NW in what became that city's fifth homicide this year, second one this month.
A Carrollton man was taken to Aultman Hospital with serious injuries after he crashed his motorcycle on Friday afternoon in Stark County. The State Highway Patrol says 73-year-old William Carrick Sr was riding east on Hill Church Street when he lost control near Lotz Avenue in Osnaburg Township around 1:45PM. He was not wearing a helmet when the motorcycle flipped and threw him to the ground. The crash remains under investigation.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner confirmed on Friday night that the body pulled from the river on Thursday evening in Cuyahoga Valley National Park was that of a missing woman from Eastlake. 30-year-old Hillary Sharma was last seen on Tuesday last week when she left her job at a t-shirt shop in Bedford. Her body was found by Park Rangers who were continuing the search for her after the woman's car was found parked at a visitors' center. The discovery was made about a quarter-mile north of the Highland Road bridge in Brecksville. An autopsy will be conducted to determine a cause of death.