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BRYAN

1 dead, 1 injured in plane crash

The State Highway Patrol says a Michigan was killed and a second injured when the small plane they were flying crashed at a northwest Ohio airport after veering to avoid another aircraft.

The Ohio patrol says the crash occurred about 8:30 Saturday morning at Bryan Aero Park near Bryan, about 55 miles west of Toledo.

Troopers say pilot Leslie Dean, of Ann Arbor, Mich., died Saturday afternoon at a Toledo hospital. The condition of his passenger, 51-year-old Kent Hyne, also of Ann Arbor, wasn’t immediately known.

The patrol says Dean was trying to land the 2010 model, self-assembled single-engine aircraft on a grass runway when another aircraft attempted to land from the opposite direction. Troopers say Dean’s plane lost power and crashed in a field north of the runway.

TOLEDO

Chrysler putting $20M into plant

Automaker Chrysler plans to put close to $20 million into one of its northwest Ohio plants.

Chrysler says the work at the machining plant just outside Toledo will go toward new equipment and tooling. The investment won’t bring any new permanent jobs though.

The spending will increase capacity for a torque converter for the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

The plant near Perrysburg makes torque converters and steering columns for several Chrysler plants in the Midwest as well as Canada and Mexico.

CLEVELAND

Defendant in fraud case fighting charges

A former fugitive suspected of running a $100 million cross-country scam collecting donations for Navy veterans is mounting a vigorous defense on his own behalf in Ohio.

The Harvard-trained defendant facing trial in Cleveland identifies himself as Bobby Thompson but authorities say he’s really 65-year-old John Donald Cody. He is defending himself on the fraud charges and has filed scores of motions challenging his prosecution.

The case was scheduled for trial April 29, but last week a judge pushed the date back to Sept. 30 as the defendant fights for a dismissal.

He is jailed awaiting trial on charges of defrauding donors in 41 states of up to $100 million through a bogus Florida-based charity. He was arrested last year.

CINCINNATI

Road dedication honors OH Marine killed in Iraq

Dedication of a portion of a highway in southwest Ohio is honoring a U.S. Marine from Ohio who was killed in Iraq in 2005.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the dedication Saturday in Miami Township in Hamilton County honors Marine Sgt. David Kreuter.

Kreuter was one of 14 Marines killed in Iraq on Aug. 3, 2005 when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. The Marines served with the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines Lima Company.

The ceremony at the Miami Township Community Center honors the dedication of the Sgt. David Kreuter Memorial Highway that includes a part of Ohio 264 from the city of Cleves through Miami Township and into Green Township.

Kreuter’s father, Ken Kreuter, said he was grateful that the state of Ohio allows such tributes.

STRONGSVILLE

Tentative agreement reached in school strike

Striking teachers in a Cleveland suburb have reached a tentative agreement with the school board that would return them to the classroom if it is approved.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that representatives for the striking teachers and the Strongsville City Schools district reached a tentative deal before a federal mediator after meeting for seven hours Friday.

The strike over salary and working conditions at the district southwest of Cleveland involves around 400 teachers and about 6,200 students.

The district superintendent and the teachers’ union president say they cannot discuss details before teachers vote on it.

The union’s website says voting was to begin Saturday.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said in a statement that both sides affirmed their joint commitment to move forward in a positive atmosphere.


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