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Ravenna Board of Ed to meet on complaints Monday
The Ravenna Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday to conduct a private executive session regarding complaints against a public official, the board announced.
The meeting will take place at 8 a.m. at the Board of Education offices, 507 E. Main St. in Ravenna. The focus of the complaints was not announced.
A message seeking comment on the nature of the complaints was left Friday for Superintendent Dennis Honkala.
Ohio troopers take aim at distracted driving
The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with the five other member agencies of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on distracted driving enforcement next week.
The project will begin Sunday and continue through Saturday. The effort includes the OSHP, the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.
"Distracted driving is a reckless and dangerous behavior," said patrol superintendent Col. Paul A. Pride. "If you're behind the wheel, you need to be completely focused on driving. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and our law enforcement partners in our neighboring states know the devastating effects of distracted driving,"
The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.
Burglar guilty in botched Kent bongo theft
A former Charlestown man has admitted he burglarized a Kent business this winter as he tried to steal bongo drums.
Jack L. Hawkins, 49, with a last known address in Newton Falls, pleaded guilty to burglary, a third-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Court.
Judge Becky Doherty ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and Hawkins remains free on bond. He faces a minimum of probation or local jail time, or up to three years in prison at sentencing.
Kent police arrested Hawkins on Feb. 27 after he allegedly threw a rock through the front window of Thurman Guitar & Violin Repair at 900 Franklin Ave. and tried to steal the drums. Confronted by the owner, he fled and hid in some nearby bushes until two officers flushed him out, Kent police said.
Hawkins is a convicted felon with a prior conviction in Portage County for failing to pay child support.
Kent PD 'Coffee With a Cop' Aug. 15
Kent residents are encouraged to come out and have "Coffee With a Cop" from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Tree City Coffee & Pastry, 135 E. Erie St. in Kent.
Casual conversation over coffee, with no agenda, is encouraged to promote a dialogue between the Kent Police Department and the citizens they serve.
Another "Coffee With a Cop" event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, also at Tree City.