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Published: July 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Portage County 7th in holiday road


The Ohio Highway Patrol made 749 arrests for impaired driving and 318 for drug-related charges over the July 4 holiday weekend July 3-6. Troopers made nearly 57,000 traffic contacts and assisted more than 4,700 motorists.

Portage County ranked seventh out of 88 counties in the state in incidents reported by troopers, with 1,375 stops, arrests, motorist assists and other responses. Summit County ranked eighth, with 1,321 incidents.

Twelve people died in 11 traffic crashes during the reporting period, according to the highway patrol. Four of the crashes were alcohol- or drug-related. During a shortened two-day reporting period in 2013, six people died in five crashes, one of which was alcohol-related.

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Troopers also issued 6,429 citations for safety belt violations and 2,975 for aggressive driving. Officials encourage the public to continue reporting impaired drivers or drug activity by dialing #677 on their mobile phones.

Entries are sought for quilt show in


The Streetsboro Quilt Guild is preparing for its 32nd annual judged quilt show Oct. 3-4 at Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro. Quilt entries are now being accepted.

Items can be quilts of any size, wearable quilted items or other quilted art pieces. Although this is a judged show, entrants can choose to display quilts without having them judged. The entry deadline is Sept. 17.

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The entry fee is $3 per item for entrees submitted by the deadline and $6 for entrees submitted later. All items entered must be on display for the duration of the show. This show is a popular event among quilters and quilt lovers. Last year, more than 200 quilts were entered, and more than 600 visitors attended.

In addition to being inspired by the quilts, guests enjoyed shopping at the vendors mall for quilt fabrics, quilt and other needlework patterns and supplies, and shopping at the country cupboard and the bake sale, where items made by guild members were for sale.

Gunman in lockdown after shot pleads guilty

A Kent State University student who caused a massive, hours-long lockdown on campus after firing a shot during an argument between him and two other people in April has pleaded guilty to three felony charges.

Quavaughntay L. Tyler, 24, remains in the Portage County Jail on 10 percent of $50,000 bond. A sentencing date is expected to be set soon by Judge Laurie Pittman.

Tyler pleaded guilty to one count each of tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and inducing panic in connection with a campuswide lockdown at KSU on April 2.

KSU police said Tyler was involved in an argument with two women outside Bowman Hall when he pulled out a 9mm Ruger handgun. The gun went off, and a bullet struck Tyler in the left hand.

No one else was injured, but a police response to track down the suspect led to campus buildings being searched by police wearing protective gear and carrying semi-automatic rifles. The lockdown was lifted after three hours when police realized Tyler was no longer on campus.

-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

Swing dance planned

Hepcat Revival plays live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance on Aug. 1 in Bainbridge Township Town Hall on Route 306. It is a seven-piece swing / jump blues band.

The swing dance begins at 9 p.m. and is preceded by a one-hour swing dance lesson at 8. For details, contact Will Craig at 216-316-0068 or willrcraig@gmail.com.

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