Weekly Roundup: Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2014

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NEWS:

Franklin parents are told the Kent school will close

Jill Fankhauser's son, a third-grade student at Franklin Elementary School, was distraught when he learned his school will shut down at the end of the academic year.

"That's just how much the school means to him," said the Kent mother. "He was upset."

Fankhauser said her family learned Franklin Elementary is slated for closure via an automated "robo call" from Principal Todd Poole that went out Wednesday night to the parents of an estimated 192 students enrolled there in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Winter Storm Watch issued for Portage, Summit counties

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch at 9:27 a.m. today for Portage County that will remain in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.

A winter storm system is forecast to pass through the greater Cleveland area Tuesday evening, according to NWS, that could possibly bring 6 to 10 inches of snow and winds ranging from 10 to 20 m.p.h. Visibility could be as little as a quarter-mile during the storm. Temperatures will hover around the mid 20s.

Two arrested, one at large in Kent Armed robbery

Two men, including a Kent State University student, were arrested Jan. 24 and charged in the armed robbery of a KSU student on East Summit Street on Jan. 17, while a third suspect is being sought by police.

Jerrod R. Browder Jr., 19, of Korb Hall at KSU, and Sterlin M. Purnell, 20, of 446 Dodge St., Kent, are charged with one count each of aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies. Still wanted by Kent police on a warrant charging him with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, is Jeffrey L. Lewis Jr., 18, of 1686 Athena Drive, Kent.

Brimfield Police: Alleged drunken drivers arrested after switching seats in car

Two Akron men whose vehicle nearly struck an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on Interstate 76 early on the morning of Jan. 19 are facing numerous misdemeanor drunken driving and traffic charges after they were stopped and arrested by Brimfield police.

James M. Oconke, 22, and Ryan M. Emminger, 26, are charged with two counts each of operating a vehicle under the influence, all first-degree misdemeanors. Oconke also faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failure to control, a minor misdemeanor, while Emminger is charged with two counts of driving under suspension, both first-degree misdemeanors.

Ravenna school levy ails on second try

The Ravenna Board of Education will be meeting today to discuss its options after its second try at getting new money for the district failed Tuesday.

Voters turned down a 4.9-mill levy by a vote of 1,050 against the levy to 773 for it, according to complete but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections.

SPORTS:

Crestwood wrestling wins fourth straight league at PTC Tournament

In its nine-year history, the Portage Trail Conference Tournament has seen its fair share of drama.

Another chapter in that drama was written on Saturday, as for the second straight year, the PTC Metro Division race was decided on the last match of the night.

PTC Wrestling Tournament gets underway at Waterloo

Day one of the Portage Trail Conference Tournament at Waterloo on Friday reaffirmed a couple of things.

First, the races for the two PTC division titles are likely to come down to the wire.

Second, Crestwood is a very solid tournament team.

Waterloo High School prepares to introduce random drug testing

Sometime in the next four months, or the balance of the 2013-14 school year, several Waterloo High School student-athletes will be summoned to a designated area for what will be their first random drug test.

As they urinate in the cup, it will mark possibly the first time in Portage County history that high school students are randomly being tested for substance abuse.

Hudson High School coach Jen handy named national Coach of the Year

The season may be over, but the honors keep rolling in for Hudson High School field hockey coach Jen Haney.

Haney was recognized by the Board of Education at last week's meeting for being named the 2013 National Coach of the Year by the Federation of State High School Associations Coaches.

Kent State football's verbal commits for 2014 recruiting class

College football's anticipated national signing day is Wednesday and for Kent State the announcement of the newest Flashes football players will be celebrated at Water Street Tavern in Kent.

The Record-Courier's Thursday edition will feature full coverage of signing day, including the team's official list of signees and player bios. However, here is an early peek at the list of recruits that have given verbal commitments to join Kent State's 2014 class. The list must be considered unofficial since commitments at this point are only verbal.

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