The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Kent Community Camera Program maximizes resources to limit crime

Sydney Brown, TV2 Reporter November 7, 2023

The Kent Police Department is utilizing community cameras to help fight city crime. Although Kent is a fairly safe city, according to Lt. Mike Lewis, having this program in place will hopefully discourage...

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...

How Kent city and university police train

Savana Capp, Reporter March 25, 2023

Police training differs from city to city, but there are certain standards that all forces should adhere to according to Jackie Lisnek, a Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia studying causes 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...

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’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...

Pedestrians walk past 157 Lounge on South Water Street in downtown Kent on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2018.

Police: 157 Lounge owner charged with first-degree misdemeanor assault

Rachel Gross Reporter May 19, 2021

Matthew Guska, the co-owner of 157 Lounge in Kent, was arraigned on a charge of first-degree misdemeanor assault Tuesday following a May 14 incident in his bar where police said he hit a patron in the...

Olson Hall is home to the CCI Commons.

CCI Commons events expanded virtually during COVID-19 semesters

Austin Monigold May 7, 2021

The CCI Commons were adjusted to accommodate students during the past two semesters and typical staples of CCI like RA events, storage for projects and computer availability faced severe changes.The commons...

Ray’s Long Island Iced Tea, a popular drink at local restaurant and bar Ray’s Place. This photo was taken by Brynne Lathrop in 2019. 

Ohio House Bill allowing home delivery of alcohol signed into law

Ian Jameson Reporter February 24, 2021

Restaurants and bars can now deliver alcohol to customers through delivery apps, purchase new liquor licenses, sell alcohol on Sundays in addition to other changes, according to a new Ohio law. House...

The Kent Police Department is reporting no fatalities after an officer-involved shooting occurred Saturday morning, according to a press release from Lt. Mike Lewis.

Two Kent police officers, suspect shot after attempted burglary on E. Summit St.

Jenna Borthwick, Digital Content Director Connor Steffen, TV2 News Director January 16, 2021

Two Kent police officers and a burglary suspect were shot after police responded to a 911 call at 1596 E. Summit St. Saturday morning, according to Administrative Lt. Mike Lewis of the Kent Police Department.A...

Customers at Water Street Tavern drinking at one of the designated tables as part of the social distancing protocol on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

Kent bars continue to struggle financially as Halloween approaches

Mason Lawlor Reporter October 25, 2020

The streets of downtown Kent will be unusually quiet this Halloween season as bars and pubs throughout the city are dealing with major financial losses due to Portage County remaining in Level Three risk...

Facebook post from Franklin Square Deli about the altercation.

Altercation in downtown Kent leaves one hospitalized

Nathan Mehring Reporter September 5, 2020

A physical altercation took place between two people in downtown Kent on Aug. 29, leaving one with significant facial injuries, said Kent Police Administrative Lieutenant Mike Lewis.While it’s unconfirmed...

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