Weekly Roundup: Feb. 7 - Feb. 13, 2014

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Weekly Roundup gathers the top 5 news and 5 sports stories of the week every Friday. Here are the stories you don't want to miss:

NEWS:

Portage sheriff's office: Missing Atwater teen found

A 16-year-old Atwater girl reported missing since Jan. 29 was found Thursday night and is safe, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

Julia M. Sutton, 16, was last seen in Atwater on Jan. 29. She was found unharmed on Thursday and is out of danger, according to sheriff's detective Lt. Greg Johnson.

Decision to close Franklin Elementary School in Kent final (with video)

There are currently no plans to reconsider the Kent Board of Education's decision to close Franklin Elementary School.

During a special meeting Tuesday at Stanton Middle School, Superintendent Joseph Giancola told a crowd of at least 300 that Franklin's closure, planned for the end of the current school year as a desperately needed cost-cutting measure is "not being reconsidered at this time."

Former Tops Plaza in Kent could see new ownership soon

A depressed plaza in southern Kent located just blocks from a $110 million revitalized downtown may soon see new life.

Kent Community Development Director Bridget Susel said a potential buyer of a South Water Street plaza -- which was once home to a large Tops Friendly Market grocery store at 1600 S. Water St. in the early 2000s -- has reportedly been in talks with Cleveland-based real estate broker Reisenfeld & Company regarding a sale of the property.

Kent State suspends wrestler for anti-gay tweets

Kent State University sophomore wrestler Sam Wheeler has been suspended indefinitely after making derogatory anti-gay comments on his Twitter account in reference to University of Missouri football star defensive end Michael Sam on Monday.

Wheeler, a former Copley High School standout who spent one semester at Oklahoma before transferring to Kent State in January of 2012, first tweeted the message: "I can't even watch sportscenter today cause all there talking about is marcus smart or that f** from mizzou…."

Atwater teen charged with robbery after going missing

A 16-year-old Atwater girl who went missing on Jan. 29 is being held at the Multi-County Juvenile Attention System in Canton, awaiting a court appearance on a complicity to commit robbery charge.

Julia M. Sutton turned herself in to Alliance police Friday, hours before her 18-year-old boyfriend, Trenton D. Marks of Alliance was served with a robbery warrant at the Stark County jail.

SPORTS:

Coventry High School suspends 11 wrestlers for alleged hazing incident

Coventry High School suspended 11 wrestlers on Wednesday amidst an investigation of an alleged hazing incident that occurred on Feb. 6.

Of the 11 wrestlers suspended, two of which could potentially be expelled.

Record-Courier welcomes Sara Welch to sports department

The Record-Courier welcomes Sara Welch to its sports department.

Welch becomes the newspaper's sports reporter that will focus on the Portage Trail Conference, along with other general assignments.

Mogadore denies Streetsboro outright PTC County title with 82-55 win

Mogadore head coach Russ Swartz said before Thursday's game that his team had to shoot the ball well if it expected to keep up with the PTC County Division-leading Streetsboro Rockets.

He couldn't have asked for any better shooting as his Wildcats canned a season-high 15 3-pointers and kept their chances alive in the Portage Trail Conference County Division.

Kent State men's basketball hits new low with loss to Eastern Michigan

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Yet another long-time Kent State men's basketball punching bag finally fought back on Saturday.

Eastern Michigan, which had dropped 17 straight games to the Golden Flashes, broke open a close game with an 18-2 early second-half run and held off a late rally to earn a 70-53 victory at the Convocation Center.

Akron men's basketball's Nick Harney suspended indefinitely

Nick Harney, a senior forward on the Akron men's basketball team, was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday for conduct detrimental to the team.

Harney, a former Benedictine High School star, is third on the team in scoring at 8.9 points per game and also averages 3.6 rebounds per contest. He has played a key role the past three seasons for the Zips, averaging 9.5 points and 3.8 boards last season and 8.3 points per outing in 2011-12.

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