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Body pulled from river

in Kent is missing man

A body was pulled from the Cuyahoga River in Kent on Sept. 21.

Dante Warren, 28, was pronounced dead by a Portage County coroner investigator at 1:05 p.m. Warren was reported missing to the Kent Police Department on Sept. 16.

According to Kent police, the body was reported at 12:22 p.m. along Stow Street near Kramer ballfields. Police assisted the Kent Fire Department and Portage County Water Rescue Team in recovering Warren's body.

According to WEWS Channel 5, the body was spotted by a group of seven kayakers.

"We were standing along side the river discussing if we were going to get in the water because of how hard it was raining...and the body just floated by" Tim Gantzler of Massillon, Ohio, told the station. "We were shocked, it was so surreal. All I could do was call 911."

An autopsy was to be performed on Sept. 23 at the Summit County medical examiner's office.

Barker guilty of murder,

sentenced to a life term

For the second time, a Portage County jury has found a former University of Akron student guilty of murder in the fatal beating of a Kent State University student during a confrontation on East Main Street in Kent in November 2009.

Adrian A. Barker, 25, of Shaker Heights was found guilty Sept. 19 of one count each of murder and felony murder, both unclassified felonies, and felonious assault, a second-degree felony, by a jury of nine women and three men who deliberated for about 12 hours over three days.

Barker was charged by Kent police with punching KSU student Christopher M. Kernich, a business major and a native of the Dayton suburb of Fairborn, in the back of the head, then stomping and kicking him in the head and torso during an assault early on the morning of Nov. 15, 2009. Kernich, who never regained consciousness, died at Akron City Hospital six days later.

The verdict came after two weeks of testimony in Portage County Common Pleas Court in Ravenna. Judge John Enlow read the jury's verdict just after 10:30 a.m. and immediately sentenced Barker to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

Hunger documentary set

Sept. 26 at Tallmadge HS

League of Women Voters groups in Portage and Summit counties have partnered with the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank during Hunger Action Month (September). to bring the award-winning documentary "A Place at the Table" to the community.

The film will be shown free to the public on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Tallmadge High School, 140 N. Munroe Road. It continues the effort of the league and food bank to show how hunger and obesity pose serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation.

The film shows how food access issues could be solved if the American people decide that making healthy food available and affordable to all is in the nation's best interest.

It begins with sweeping views of fertile farmland and fields of grain, leaving the viewer with the comfortable feeling that we are a land of plenty, which we are. Then reality hits as the struggles of three families to battle food insufficiency and provide adequate diets for their children are documented.

Heritage festival planned

The Streetsboro Heritage Foundation plans a Heritage Festival on Sept. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Singletary House Museum off Route 14 behind Walmart. It is free and will feature arrowhead making in a teepee, homemade ice cream, a parade of toasters and chairs, antiques for sale, rugmaking demonstrations and other activities.

Portage's health agency

to be closed during move

The Portage County Health Department is on the move to a new location and will be closed for four days.

"We will be closing the health department Sept. 26 and 27, and Sept. 30 and Oct. 1," said spokeswoman Becky Lehman.

The department is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 2 in its new offices at 705 Oakwood St., second floor, in Ravenna.

"At the request of the county commissioners, the health department is moving to The ROC. The expansion of Job and Family Services has created the need for the relocation of the health department," said DuWayne Porter, health commissioner.

"We are looking forward to this opportunity to improve the services to the residents of Portage County," Porter said.

County commissioners requested the department move from the third floor space in the Portage County Administration Building on South Meridian Street to allow the county's Department of Job & Family Services to consolidate some operations.

During the time the department is closed, phone service may be disconnected. If there is a public health emergency, contact the Portage County Sheriff's Department at 330-296-5100.

-- MIke Sever, Record-Courier

Nominations sought for

Portage Co.'s Real Heros

Do you know a hero? Someone who acted courageously and selflessly in an emergency? The American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties is asking for nominations for its annual Real Heroes Awards.

They honor local individuals who have performed courageous acts to save a life. The Red Cross is seeking nominations for 2013.

To submit a nomination, visit www.redcross.org/oh/akron and click on the "local programs" link. Nominations can be accepted online or through the use of a mail-in/fax-in nomination form that can be downloaded from the website.

The hero event may have happened anywhere, but must have occurred in 2013. Nominees must reside or be employed in Summit or Portage County. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2013. All nominations will be reviewed by a judge's panel and heroes will be selected in January.

Because their actions embody the ideals, principles and purpose of the Red Cross, the selected 2013 heroes will be honored during a special reception in the spring of 2014. For details, call the Red Cross at 330-535-2224.

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