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Recorder's chief deputy set to be released from jail today

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    David Keener, chief deputy at the Lorain County Recorders' Office, appears in court along side of attorney Michael Towne on Tuesday, July 16. * This text has been modified to correct the attorney's name.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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The Lorain County Recorder’s Office chief deputy will be released from county jail today, with conditions.

David Keener, 43, was charged with violating a protection order, which is a misdemeanor. His estranged wife filed the order and reported him to police after she said he had texted her more than 20 times.

His wife originally sought the protection order after Keener took a gun, walked across the street from their house and fired the weapon, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Keener and his wife are in the middle of a divorce.

A bond hearing was Tuesday with Elyria Municipal Court Judge Gary Bennett.

Per stipulations Bennett handed down, Keener cannot have any contact with his wife, both physical and online, unless in court for divorce proceedings. Also, he cannot be around or have any alcohol or drugs, and he cannot have access to any firearms.

Keener is allowed to take prescription medication, as long as he does not abuse it. He also must follow a treatment plan his doctor outlines.

His first bond hearing was July 9, but Bennett ordered a second safety evaluation from a psychiatrist before determining bond.

Elyria Law Director Amanda Deery requested a special prosecutor in the case. She said it was to avoid any appearance of impropriety since Keener is a public employee and many people, including Deery, know him.

North Ridgeville Prosecutor Cynthia Adams took over the case. Adams asked that the gun Keener fired remain in the Sheriff’s Office custody.

Bennett also ordered Keener to provide to officials the location of two guns that his wife had been unable to find.

“Mr. Keener, it’s kind of all on you now.” Bennett said. “You can certainly improve this situation and follow up on everything this court requires.”

Contact Laina Yost at (440) 329-7121 or lyost@chroniclet.com.


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