Weekly Roundup: April 18 to 24, 2014

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NEWS:

New wheels on Kent State University campus turn heads
The green flash that you see out of the corner of your eye on the Kent State University campus is not an alien pod or an insect on steroids.

This "sun-powered trike," as its inventor calls it, is an ELF-- an "electric, light, fun" vehicle driven to work by Paulette Washko, director of research compliance in the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs at the university's Kent Campus.

Gas leak closes part of North Chestnut Street in Ravenna
North Chestnut Street in Ravenna has reopened after a gas leak closed a portion of the road and forced the evacuation of Ravenna High School.

At about 2:45 p.m., Ravenna Superintendent Dennis Honkala said Dominion East Ohio gas company gave the "all clear" for the high school, meaning the building is safe. Students were sent home for the day at about 1:15 p.m.

Gondor, Resh seek 'actual innocence' ruling in civil trial
Attorneys for two Portage County men first convicted, then cleared of a 1988 murder, grilled the lead detective on the case on Tuesday during testimony in a civil trial to determine if their clients should be awarded monetary damages for spending 17 years behind bars for a crime they didn't commit.

Representing Bob Gondor and Randy Resh, who were convicted in 1990 of the murder of 32-year-old Connie Nardi of Randolph during an alleged attempted rape on the Geauga/Portage County line in August 1988, attorneys Steven Bradley and Mark Marein questioned former Geauga County Sheriff's Lt. David Easthon on all aspects of his investigation into Nardi's death 25 years ago.

Pathologist: Turtles made wounds on body of slain Randolph woman in 1988
Injuries on the body of a murdered Randolph woman were "consistent" with someone wrapping an arm or forearm around her neck, and not with prosecutors' theory of how three men held her down and strangled her to death in Hiram Township following a night of drinking at a Mantua Township bar in August 1988, a medical expert testified in Portage County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.

The testimony by Dr. Susan Roe, a Tarrant County, Texas, deputy medical examiner, for plaintiffs Bob Gondor and Randy Resh, is part of day three of a civil trial that the men hope will clear the way for them to receive monetary compensation for 17 years they spent behind bars after being convicted of the murder of Connie Nardi in 1990.

Brady Lake police chief's criminal history under scrutiny
An investigation into how a background check into the Brady Lake police chief failed to turn up a misdemeanor criminal conviction for an incident in Stark County is continuing.

Brady Lake Mayor Hal Lehman said an initial background check on Police Chief John Marra by the village's insurance company "came back good." He said Marra was certified as a police officer in the state of Ohio by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and that he also served in the U.S. Air Force.

SPORTS:

Bauer family has found joyous bond in softball for three decades
Field head softball coach Beth (Bauer) Dyer is in her eighth year as the Falcons' mentor.

Her coaching career (160-40) has brought five league championships and two district titles to Field. Her Falcons are the defending 2013 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division champs and have opened up this season having won their first seven games (7-0).

Kent State's Rob Senderoff linked to job at Southern Miss
Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff's name has surfaced in connection with the job opening at Southern Mississippi.

In an article that appeared in Tuesday's edition of The Clarion Ledger, writer Jason Munz mentioned Senderoff and six others as potential candidates to replace Donnie Tyndall, who left Southern Mississippi on Tuesday after accepting the top job at Tennessee.

Crestwood softball routs Rovers in first Darrah father-son coaching showdown
The first coaching matchup between father and son went to the elder after Luke Darrah led his Crestwood softball team to a 17-0 victory over Rootstown and coaching son Mike Darrah.

The Red Devils (3-5) earned the Portage Trail Conference cross-division road win by blowing the game open with 14 runs in the fourth inning that turned a narrow 2-0 advantage into a comfortable 16-0 cushion.

HIgh School Roundup (April 22): Waterloo softball's Hurd sets new school record; Ravenna baseball's Nightingale Ks 16
Haley Hurd set a new school record of 19 strikeouts in a complete-game PTC County Division win on Tuesday.

Jerry Nightingale continued his dominance on the mound as the tossed a two-hit, complete-game shutout of the visiting Comets in a PTC Metro Division game on Tuesday.

Field boys, Crestwood girls track teams capture victories
Respecting Crestwood's strength in distance events and capitalizing in other areas of the track meet, the Field boys team defeated the Red Devils 90-38. However, the Crestwood girls team would edge out the Falcons 93.5 to 34.5 in a Portage Trail Conference Metro Division dual meet on Tuesday.

The night started off well for the Falcons' boys team as they claimed a victory in the first running event of the night -- the 4x800 relay that was comprised of Adam Salberg, Jimmy Kubitza, Harrison Lewis and Nate Conroy. The first three runners all ran their best times of the season, helping create a cushion for anchor Conroy, who was up against Crestwood's Jeremiah Fitzgerald.

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