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Pilot reported
problem before crash that killed 4
Cleveland — A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says the pilot of a small plane that crashed in Willoughby Hills Aug. 25 radioed the tower after takeoff that he was having problems climbing and would be returning to the airport.
The pilot and three passengers were killed. All were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. They planned to take a short sightseeing flight after their first day of classes when the plane crashed near Cuyahoga County Regional Airport.
The plane is being stored in an airport hangar as the NTSB completes its on-scene investigation. A preliminary report should be ready within 10 days, the NTSB spokesman said.
A man who lives near the airport said he heard a plane engine sputtering before the crash.
— Associated PresS

Serial rapist gets 135 years in prison
Cleveland — A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison.
The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Aug. 27 means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty.
The Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unsolved until Cleveland police began sending about 4,000 untested rape kits to a state lab for testing.
DNA found in the rape kits first linked five of the rape cases together. Green was initially linked through an address provided by a victim.
— Associated PresS

Driver resigns after hot-bus allegation
Lebanon— A southwest Ohio school bus driver has resigned after being accused of making elementary-age students sit with the windows up in hot weather as a punishment.
Lebanon Schools officials had placed driver Benjamin Spaulding on administrative leave after hearing reports of the Aug. 25 incident. They say the seven-year driver resigned just before a scheduled disciplinary hearing Aug. 27.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports that police are investigating complaints that Spaulding pulled the bus over because students were unruly. He allegedly ordered them to close windows, then left them inside for a yet-undetermined time before returning to finish his route. Temperatures outside hit 90 Aug. 25.
Police say they don’t know of any harm to any students.
— Associated PresS

Goodyear christens new airship
Akron — Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has christened its new airship, launching the next generation of its well-known blimps.
The company says “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts christened “Wingfoot One” Aug. 23 at its hangar just southeast of Akron.
Roberts also took a spin on the ceremonial first flight. She has ties to both Goodyear and Akron. She says the company recruited her great-grandfather to work for the company in 1918.
Goodyear has used the “Wingfoot” symbol for a century.
The high-tech, helium-filled craft has a semi-rigid internal structure different from earlier models that raises questions about whether it’s truly a blimp, though Goodyear still refers to it as such. Its silver balloon-like body has Goodyear’s yellow logo on a blue background.
— Associated PresS

Peach crop wiped out by harsh winter
Toledo — Ohio-grown peaches are in short supply around the state.
This year’s harsh winter devastated Ohio’s peach crop.
The president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association says the peach crop is a disaster this year. Bill Dodd says all but a few fruit farms along the Ohio River were wiped.
Many of the Ohio farm markets are now relying on growers in South Carolina and Georgia to replenish their peach supply.
Ohio isn’t a big peach producing state. Most of those grown in the state are sold directly to consumers.
What makes them tough to grow in the Midwest is that the trees have short lifespans and don’t do well in sub-zero temperatures.
— Associated PresS

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