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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Drug overdoses rising in Portage County

Erin Sullivan, TV2 Reporter April 13, 2023

The Portage County Sheriff's Department issued a warning about increased overdose deaths on March 31. Officials said the increase is largely due to the increased use of fentanyl, a highly addictive and...

Officer Trevor White patrols the streets in the early morning on Fake Paddys Day March 12, 2022.

University, police prepare for Fake Paddy’s Day

Alton Northup, Reporter March 10, 2023

Students dressing up head-to-toe in green each year to celebrate the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day has become both a college tradition and a concern for public safety. Fake Paddy’s Day is synonymous...

One of the pride flag banners on the Main Street bridge shown vandalized.

Pride flag banners vandalized in downtown Kent

Alton Northup, Staff Reporter October 14, 2022

Several pride flag banners hanging on the Main Street bridge in downtown Kent were found vandalized Thursday. The banners were on display for just a week as part of Main Street Kent’s Rainbow Weekend,...

Student detained following 2nd threat to Kent City Schools in less than a week

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor September 12, 2022

A 15-year-old male student at Theodore Roosevelt High School was detained Monday after making a “vague threat” toward the school Sunday night on social media. When a Kent Police Department officer...

Police were stationed outside Walls Elementary School in Kent Friday afternoon following a threat.

Caller threatens to bring AK-47 to Kent’s Walls Elementary School

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor September 9, 2022

An unknown male caller threatened to bring an AK-47 rifle to Walls Elementary School in Kent Friday. The person called the school around 2 p.m. and administrators “took appropriate safety measures,”...

Kent Police Department uses app for tip reporting

Avery Savage, Reporter April 15, 2022

The new Kent PD app is designed to allow individuals to submit tips anonymously to law enforcement, schools and community groups. The Kent Police Department says the goal of the app is to bring awareness...

Kent Police Department launches new program for youth

Avery Savage, Reporter March 8, 2022

The Kent Police Department has rolled out a new program to show high school students the behind the scenes aspects of their operations.  In emergency situations the police are met with vast media...

LGBTQ+ hate crimes in the U.S. in 2020, as stated in Statisa.

LGBTQ+ hate crimes rise in the U.S., none reported at Kent State

Avery Savage Reporter March 2, 2022

Lawmakers in seven states proposed laws to limit transgender and nonbinary youth rights within the first week of 2022. As anti-LGBTQ+ legislation is making its way through state government, LGBTQ+ hate...

Marijuana may become decriminalized in Kent, but not on campus

Gavin Mitten Reporter March 1, 2022

The Kent Police Department would not acknowledge the Sensible Marihuana Ordinance if it passed. Sensible Kent, part of the statewide Sensible Movement Coalition, has a proposed ordinance that would...

An authentic lethal dose of fentanyl is displayed on the point of a number two pencil for size reference.

Illegal fentanyl poses risk to campus

Gavin Mitten Reporter February 8, 2022

Students may receive drugs laced with deadly fentanyl if they buy from non-medical sources.Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, can be 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration....

Medical marijuana remains illegal on campus

Gavin Mitten Reporter February 5, 2022

Medical marijuana is still prohibited on campus even if a dispensary opens in Kent. Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substance Act. Schedule I substances are not accepted...

Kent Police’s new community watch program works to reduce crime

Avery Savage Reporter February 4, 2022

A new Kent Police Department program meant to reduce crime rates has not led to the incarceration of any suspects in its first six months. The city of Kent’s "Community Watch Camera Program” enlists...

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