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5/8/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Findlay teenager was killed in a Wednesday night crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year-old Nathan McKee was killed when the Jeep he was driving hit a deer and rolled over. The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on Liberty Township Road 67, near Township Road 80.

Investigators say McKee was driving south when he hit the deer and lost control. The Jeep went off the side of the road and rolled in a field. McKee was wearing a seatbelt, but was ejected anyway. His passenger, 17-year-old Leon Lopez of Findlay, was also injured. EMS crews rushed Lopez to Blanchard Valley Hospital. His condition has not been released.

The accident remains under investigation.

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5/7/14 – 8:36 A.M.

It’s been a longtime coming, but Fostoria finally has a new police chief. Keith Loreno was sworn in during last night’s city council meeting. Loreno has served as the Fire Chief for four years.

Mayor Eric Keckler named Loreno the next chief in April. Former chief John McGuire retired in December 2013, but had been on an extended medical leave since 2012.

Work will now start to pick a new fire chief.

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5/7/14 – 8:30 A.M.

A high-profile and sometimes contentious Hancock County Commissioners race apparently wasn’t enough to draw people to the polls Tuesday. Hancock County Board of Elections Director Jody O’Brien says only 20% of the county’s registered voters cast ballots yesterday.

There are 49,736 registered voters in Hancock County and only 9,888 voted on Tuesday.

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5/7/14 – 8:15 A.M.

A crash on U.S. 68 north of Arlington tied up the road for a few hours Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened near Township Road 25 in Jackson Township around 3:40 p.m.

22-year-old Ryan Muns of Bruce Township Michigan was driving north on 68 when he went left of center and hit a semi driven by Allen Walters of Casco Michigan. Debris from the crash hit a car driven by Chelsea Coppler of Arlington.

Muns was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Walter and Coppler were not hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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5/7/14 – 7:43 A.M.

Republicans in Wyandot County chose Ron Metzger to represent the party in November in the race for county commissioner. Metzger defeated Robin Schuster and Ed Boutwell Tuesday, taking 878 votes.

Metzger was appointed by the county Republican Central Committee in June 2012 to replace Mike Wheeler, who resigned. Metzger was elected in 2012 to complete Wheeler’s unexpired term.

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5/7/14 – 7:38 A.M.

Republicans in Seneca County threw their support behind Mike Kerschner for county commissioner Tuesday. Kerschner bested Philip Frankart of New Riegel by nearly 1,700 votes. Kerschner will now run against Independent Dave Sauber in the November general election.

The two are vying for a seat being vacated by Jeff Wagner, who decided not to run for reelection.

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5/7/14 – 7:34 A.M.

A contested Wood County primary race went to the incumbent. Commissioner Doris Herringshaw took 73% of the vote in a three-way race. Herringshaw will now face Democrat Andrew Newlove of Bowling Green in the November general election.
Herringshaw was appointed to the post last year to replace former Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown.

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5/7/14 – 7:13 A.M.

Voters in and around Arlington approved funding for EMS services during the Tuesday primary. The Appleseed Emergency Medical Service levy for operating expenses was approved. 86% of the ballots cast were in favor of the measure.

The replacement levy will allow the 0.6-mill tax to be collected on current property valuations, which have increased.

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5/7/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A contested state house race in Allen County went to a former Ohio Supreme Court justice. Bob Cupp defeated former Lima City Councilman Kurt Neeper for the Republican nomination to run for the 81st district house seat. Allen County encompasses the entire 81st district.

Cupp will now run against Democrat Bo Huenke of Elida. The current representative, Matt Huffman, is stepping down due to term limits.

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5/7/14 – 6:38 A.M.

Putnam County voters elected to keep the incumbent probate and juvenile court judge in place. Judge Michael Borer took 66% of the vote in the Democratic Party primary race. He was challenged by county Prosecutor Gary Lammers.

Borer will be unopposed in November.

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