Shootings at KSU

observance nears

The 47th commemoration of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University will be observed May 4-5.

This year's theme is "Tent City, 40 Years Later." The events are planned by the May 4 Task Force, a student organization. The May 4 Visitors Center will be temporarily open through May 5 for the commemoration. It is located in Taylor Hall, which is being renovated. Visitors can enter through the doors nearest the May 4 Memorial facing the Victory Bell and commons.

On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of Vietnam War protestors, killing four students and wounding nine.

One of the events of this year's commemoration is a community planning session to discuss the 50th anniversary of the shootings in 2020.

The May 4 site at KSU was named a National Historic Landmark earlier this year by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

Elklund hours set

State Sen. John Eklund (R-Munson Township) will hold office hours for residents of Portage County on May 8, 3-4:30 p.m., at the Garrettsville Public Library, 10482 South St.

No appointment is necessary.

For more information, call Eklund's office at 614-644-7718 or email

Jobs available for

youths in summer

The Portage County Summer Youth Employment Program has significant changes this year, many of which are mandated by Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

For youth ages 14 and 15, the program is referred to as Ohio Youth Works Program and will consist of a shorter, eight-week program. The 16 and older program is a designed activity within the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program.

Applications for youth 14 and 15 years of age are available at either Portage County Job and Family Services, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna, or OhioMeansJobs Portage County office at 253 S. Chestnut St.

Youth ages 16-24 who are interested in CCMEP can stop by the OhioMeansJobs Portage County location for an application, can visit, or call 330-297-3719 to have one mailed. Office hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:25 p.m.

Woman cops plea

to KSU cash theft

A former Kent State University employee has admitted to stealing more than $1,000 from the university's FLASHcard office while employed there in late 2015.

Annette L. Ladd, 56, of Rootstown recently pleaded guilty in Portage County Common Pleas Court to charges of theft in office, a fourth-degree felony, tampering with records and passing bad checks, both fifth-degree felonies.

Judge Becky Doherty ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and Ladd remains free on bond until her sentencing hearing. She no longer works for the university, spokesman Eric Mansfield said.

A KSU employee for more than three decades, Ladd was indicted in December by a Portage County grand jury. An investigation by KSU police determined that between Oct. 2 and Dec. 16, 2015, Ladd stole more than $1,000 from KSU and tampered with records to cover up the theft.

During that same time period, Ladd attempted to pay back the money she took, writing 11 checks totaling $1,045 to KSU. However, the checks were not honored by her bank, according to her indictment.

-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier