Weekly Roundup: Jan. 17 - Jan. 23, 2014

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NEWS:

Suspect sought in Franklin Township murder

The Portage County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a suspect in the murder of a person reported missing from Alliance, whose body was found inside a Franklin Township apartment on Friday.

Update: Franklin Township murder suspect in custody

Murder suspect John R. Fox, 34, has been arrested and is in the custody of the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff David Doak said.

Fox was found on Hayes Road in Ravenna Township and arrested without incident with the assistance of Ravenna police, he said.

Identity of Kent-area murder victim confirmed

An autopsy confirmed that a body discovered Friday in a Kent area apartment was that of a missing 22-year-old Alliance man, as information continues to emerge as his accused killer sits in jail.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak confirmed Saturday that the Summit County Medical Examiner confirmed that the victim, who was wrapped in a comforter and discovered in a closet of a Storer Suites' apartment Friday, was indeed Justin Tyler Earley, as suspected by Alliance police officers investigating Earley's disappearance late last month.

Franklin Township man wanted for murder in Kent-area slaying (photo gallery)

The Portage County Sheriff's Office has a murder suspect in custody after a body was found wrapped in a comforter and stuffed in a closet of the suspect's Franklin Township apartment on Friday.

John R. Fox, 34, of 1783 E. Main St., is in the Portage County Jail without bond, charged with murder. He is to be arraigned Tuesday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna.

1820s-era house a 'total loss' in Ravenna Township fire (with photo gallery)

Crews from nine Portage County fire departments responded to a fire inside a historic Ravenna Township house Thursday afternoon.

There were no injuries to firefighters or the occupants, who were not home at the time, according to Ravenna Township Fire Capt. Phil Anders. Two pet cats died in the fire.

SPORTS:

Kent Roosevelt graduate Cameron Black making profound impact at Bowling Green

When Louis Orr was recruiting Cameron Black at Kent Roosevelt High School, the veteran coach saw a player with size, mobility and skill. He evaluated a player that visibly had high basketball IQ and a person that carried himself with high character and acted with maturity.

Orr's conclusion was that he saw a player that he wanted to represent his Bowling Green men's basketball program.

Windham scoring machine Jessica Isler dominates opponents

Teams in the Northeastern Athletic Conference are learning what Portage Trail Conference programs have known for a couple of years now -- Windham junior guard Jessica Isler is a tough player to slow down.

The prolific scorer has only taken her game to another level, helping the Bombers to a strong start in their first season in the NAC while helping herself to a bit of school history in the process.

Kent State remains dedicated to crunching attendance numbers problems

Since the idea to explore attendance issues surrounding Kent State men's basketball first materialized following a conversation I had with head coach Rob Senderoff way back in late November, I have been pleasantly surprised and highly encouraged by the tremendous feedback I've received.

Although I haven't officially counted the number of emails and conversations I've had pertaining to this issue over the past two months, I know it's reached triple-digits by now, and I still receive an email or two a day at the very least.

Flarida's free throws complete Waterloo's big comeback win over Garfield

After letting the end of Friday night's 60-56 victory over the Garfield G-Men sink in, Waterloo senior captain Jacob Flarida was just looking for someone to hug.

Flarida knocked down four clutch foul shots in the final 28 seconds of regulation to ice a tremendous comeback for the host Vikings, who trailed their County Division rivals by 15 points after managing just 12 points in the first half of play.

PTC Wrestling Report: State dual-meet tournament next for PTC Teams

With the Bill Dies Memorial and Top Gun tournaments in the books, the last major tournaments of the season prior to league tournaments are done.

What's the takeaway from Portage Trail Conference teams' performances last weekend as they prepare for the start of the OHSAA state wrestling duals Wednesday?

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