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Mischief in Acorn Alley, Acorn Corner on Labor Day 2012 nets Kent men community service, fines

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: April 11, 2013 4:00 AM

Two Kent men recently were fined and ordered to perform community service for doing damage to Acorn Alley and trespassing on private property in Acorn Corner on Labor Day 2012.

Ian T. Simpson, 19, of 1049 Erin Drive, and Kyle J. White, 21, of 1038 Hudson Road, recently pleaded guilty in Portage County Municipal Court in Kent to charges they trespassed inside the old Kent Hotel, now known as Acorn Corner. Private property was damaged during the incident, according to court records.

White pleaded guilty March 27 to criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor. He was sentenced by Judge Barbara Oswick to 90 days in the Portage County jail and fined $750, with all of the jail term and $600 of the fine suspended on the conditions he do 60 hours of community work service, commit no crimes for two years and make restitution for the damage he caused in an amount to be determined by the Portage County Adult Probation Department, according to court records.

Simpson pleaded guilty the same day to criminal trespass, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Oswick sentenced him to 30 days in jail and fined him $250, with all of the jail term and $150 of the fine suspended on the conditions he do 60 hours of community work service and commit no crimes for two years, according to court records.

On Sept. 3, 2012, White vandalized light fixtures in the Acorn Alley development at 138 E. Main St. Damage was estimated at between $500 and $1,000. Both also were charged with entering the old Kent Hotel/Acorn Cornerat 180 E. Main St. without permission.

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Kent police said they used footage from security cameras to identify the suspects.

Acorn Corner's first business, Buffalo Wild Wings, opened on April 1. It is the first occupant of the hotel in more than a decade.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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anonymous Apr 11, 2013 5:00 PM

We finally get someone to fix the old hotel and some idiot like this has to try and destroy it. This guy should get 60 days of hard labor. I think he was looking for something to steal and should have been charged for burglary.