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20-year-old Portage County man sentenced to twelve years after death of girlfriend

Zachary Blosser, a twenty year old from Ravenna, was sentenced to nine years for involuntary manslaughter Friday in the death of his seventeen-year-old girlfriend Kaylee Freitag in March 2021.  Becky...

Man arraigned after fatal scooter crash killed Kent State student

Alexandria Manthey, TV2 Reporter February 23, 2023

Timothy Brind Jr., 19, turned himself in Thursday afternoon and was arraigned after he was charged for a hit-skip crash that happened in August 2022. The crash was at the intersection of Route 261...

Opinion: Q&A with Common Pleas judge Becky Doherty

Sara Crawford Opinion editor November 3, 2020

Becky Doherty is a Common Pleas Court judge for Portage County. She has served as a Common Pleas Court judge since the beginning of 2014 and is now running for re-election. On the Common Pleas Court, she...

Alleged sorority stalker Steven Franzreb appears in front of Portage County Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty for a pretrial hearing on Tuesday. 

Alleged sorority stalker’s bond modified to exclude house arrest

Alleged sorority stalker Steven Franzreb’s bond was modified to exclude electronic monitored house arrest during a pretrial hearing on Tuesday.  Franzerb, 44, of North Royalton, has been out on a...

Alleged porch stalker indicted for two felonies, two misdemeanors

Rachel Karas Managing editor October 18, 2019

Steven Franzreb, 43, who police say appeared on the front porches of the Alpha Phi and Delta Gamma sorority houses wearing only a Speedo swimsuit, was indicted by a Portage County Grand Jury on Thursday. Franzreb...

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Portage County considers former nursing home for new drug treatment center

Anna Huntsman September 28, 2017

When one enters Judge Becky Doherty’s courtroom, the first word they see is 'hope.'It rests on her desk at Portage County's Court of Common Pleas, painted on a purple rock and spelled out on a wooden...

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Heroin use on the rise in Portage County

Staff Report May 4, 2016

Portage County Court of Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty struggles with the decision of whether to keep heroin abusers in custody for their own protection or to let them out.In one case, she let a male...

Democratic candidate Vicki A. Kline and her daughter, Lisa Kline, react to her lead in the race for Portage County Commisioner at The Italian American Society watch party in Ravenna on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Local recap: Portage County issues and candidate results announced Tuesday

Emily Mills November 5, 2014

While Republicans swept state elections, the majority of the Democratic ticket won Portage County executive seats. Election results also determined that the city of Kent will not add a Community Bill...

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Republican Becky Doherty elected as Common Pleas Judge

Rob Rompala November 4, 2014

Republican Becky Doherty defeated democrat Eugene Muldowney for the judge seat in the Portage County Court of Common Pleas General Division.Doherty won the seat with 55.76 percent of votes, according to...

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