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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...

157 Lounge on S. Water Street in downtown Kent on Oct. 18, 2017.

157 Lounge co-owner in court dispute with Kent State graduate

Brandon Bounds October 18, 2017

A downtown Kent bar co-owner is seeking a restraining order against a Kent State alumna who he said defamed him online.Matthew Guska, one of the co-owners of 157 Lounge on S. Water Street, filed a complaint...

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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...

Former mens basketball coach Geno Ford left Kent State in Marcg 2011.

Former men’s basketball coach owes Kent State $1.2 million in damages, appeals court rules

Richie Mulhall January 15, 2015

Former Kent State men’s basketball coach Geno Ford once led the Flashes to two consecutive regular season Mid-American Conference Championships in his three-season stint, but now the former 2010 and...

Becky Doherty

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...

John Fox

Portage County man pleads no contest to aggravated murder, kidnapping

Madeleine Winer October 27, 2014

A Franklin township man pled no contest to aggravated murder among other charges after admitting he killed an Alliance man he was soliciting for sexual favors through Craigslist.John Fox, 34, pled no contest...

John R. Fox

Detective: Kent murderer found through Craigslist ad

Hilary Crisan October 7, 2014

Attorneys argued in a preliminary hearing for a murder case at the Portage County Court of Common Pleas in Ravenna on Tuesday, Oct. 7.Defense attorneys for John R. Fox, accused of murdering Alliance man...

Quavaugntay Tyler Mugshot

Tyler’s bond raised; pretrial date set

Madeleine Winer April 14, 2014

Laurie Pittman, Portage County Common Pleas Judge raised freshman Quavaugntay Tyler’s bond to $50,000 from $40,000 and set his pretrial date for June.If Tyler can pay $5,000 — 10 percent of the bond...

Franklin Township man’s murder trial set for August

Carrie Blazina January 27, 2014

A Franklin Township man who is charged in the killing of a missing Alliance man is set to have a pre-trial in July and a jury trial in August.John Fox, 34, who was indicted Thursday in the murder of Justin...

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