COLUMBUS

State representative to take

Portage County post

Democrat Kathleen Clyde has resigned her Ohio House seat to take an appointment as Portage County commissioner.

The 39-year-old Clyde, of Kent, had served eight years in the House and so was unable to return due to term limits. She lost a bid for Ohio secretary of state in November.

In a statement, Clyde said it was "good to be home" after four terms in "a gerrymandered legislature whose conservative majorities seemed increasingly out of touch with the struggles of everyday Ohioans."

Her resignation came last Thursday, the same day the Portage County Democrats' central committee named her to the commission vacancy.

She replaces Democrat Mike Kerrigan, who suddenly resigned four weeks after winning a two-year term in November. Kerrigan was appointed in December 2017 after a commissioner's death.

COLUMBUS

No citation for driver

who crashed into church

Police are not citing a 92-year-old driver who lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a church during a Christmas service in Ohio.

Columbus police say officers determined it was a private-property accident. The driver was treated for leg injuries, and three older church patrons were treated at hospitals for minor injuries from glass and debris. A 60-year-old passenger was also treated.

Officers responded at around 10:40 a.m. Sunday to Crossroads United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Jay Anderson says members were singing a hymn when the car crashed through the wall. He says that the wall "just exploded" and that pieces of glass went flying.

He says the church was unusually crowded with some 100 people because there was a special Christmas performance. The driver's name wasn't released.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Shopper accidentally

shoots self in leg

A man was treated Sunday afternoon after accidentally shooting himself in the leg inside a discount store in Portage County, according to the Kent fire department.

The man, whom firefighters did not name, sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from University Hospitals Portage Medical Center, said Capt. Bill Myers of the Kent Fire Department.

The injured man was shopping at Dollar Tree, on the border of Franklin and Ravenna townships off Route 59, when a gun he was carrying apparently discharged.

“It was completely accidental,” Myers said. “The gentleman was actually very embarrassed about the whole situation.”

Deputies from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office were investigating.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Randolph house damaged

in Monday morning fire

A house fire on New Milford Road in Randolph this morning resulted in heavy damage to a bedroom, according to Diane Bunker, assistant chief of the Randolph Township Fire Department.

No injuries were reported and the person who lives at 2445 New Milford Road was out of the house when the department arrived, she said.

The bedroom and its contents were lost, Bunker said. There is not currently an estimate of how much damage the home sustained.

The house is repairable, said Randolph Township Fire Chief Mike Lange Jr., but it is not currently livable. There was significant smoke damage to the inside of the home, he said.

Lange said the fire was under control within 15 minutes. About 24 firefighters from Randolph Township responded to the fire after the homeowner called the department.

The cause is under investigation.

 

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