Man accused of biting candidate on nose at Cecil County polling place

ELKTON, Md. - A man allegedly bit a candidate for the Republican Central Committee in Cecil County on the nose at a polling place in Elkton during the Maryland Primary election Tuesday and charges have been filed.

The story was first reported by The Cecil Whig .

Around 9:15 a.m. election day, deputies from the Cecil County sheriff's office were called to Elk Neck Elementary School in the unit block of Racine School Road after getting reports of a disturbance there, according to the sheriff's office.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with 54-year-old Elkton resident Harold McCanick.  McCanicksaid he was arguing with a man he knew inside the polling place when the other man allegedly bit him on the nose, police said. Deputies noticed an injury on McCanick's nose consistent with being bit, police said.

Election officials told both men to leave the property after the incident and the other man had left the area by the time police arrived.

As deputies spoke with McCanick, they learned the other man, identified as 60-year-old Elkton resident Walter Rozanski, was at the District Court Commissioner's Office in the process of filing charges against McCannick, police said.

Rozanski said McCanick pushed him then voluntarily put his nose inside Rozanski's mouth, according to the sheriff's office.

Both men were referred to the court commissioner to pursue charges. Both men filed a single charged of second-degree assault against the other and were served a criminal summons later that day.

McCanick was running for Republican Central Committee in Cecil County. Preliminarily, he came in 21st out of 25 candidates in the race, according to the Maryland Board of Elections website .

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