Air Force Settles $25 Million Lawsuit for F-16 Strafing Run That Killed Contractor

Editor’s Note: Randi McGinn, the family’s lawyer, told Military.com on Friday that the family has settled for an undisclosed amount less than $25 million. “$25 million was the initial demand, but the case was never settled for what the demand was,” McGinn said in a phone call, but would not disclose the new amount, citing family privacy. “They have enough to take care of them for the rest of their lives,” she added. The article and headline have been updated to reflect this new reporting.

A district judge ruled this week ruled that the U.S. Air Force was responsible for the death of a U.S. contractor accidentally killed during a live-fire training exercise.

Charles Holbrook, a retired master sergeant and former Tactical Air Control Party airman, died Jan. 31, 2017, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, after an F-16 Fighting Falcon student pilot incorrectly identified the target location during

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Family of contractor killed in F-16 strafing accident will get payout in settlement with Air Force

The family of a contractor who was killed in a strafing accident during a 2017 Air Force training exercise has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the service.

Charles Holbrook, a retired Air Force master sergeant and tactical air control party airman, was fatally shot Jan. 31, 2017, at the White Sands Missile Range near Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. An F-16 Fighting Falcon, flown by a student pilot on a nighttime training mission, mistook a row of rental cars in an observation area for the target and fired on them.

Holbrook was struck in the head with a 20mm round at about 7:18 p.m. and died an hour and a half later at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

His wife of more than 22 years, Belen, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Air Force and two unidentified F-16

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3 killed in Northern California wildfire; thousands flee


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting orders for nearly 70,000 people to evacuated. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state.

In Sonoma County,

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Three Killed in Northern California Wildfire; Thousands Flee | Montana News

By JANIE HAR, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting overnight evacuation orders for more than 50,000 people. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state.

In Sonoma County, residents of the Oakmont Gardens senior living facility in Santa Rosa boarded brightly lit city buses in the darkness overnight, some wearing bathrobes and using walkers. They wore masks to protect against the coronavirus as orange flames marked the dark sky.

The fire threat forced Adventist Health St. Helena hospital to suspend care and transfer all patients elsewhere.

The fires that began Sunday in the famed Napa-Sonoma wine country about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of San Francisco came as the region nears the third anniversary of deadly wildfires that erupted in 2017, including

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Three killed in Northern California wildfire; thousands flee

SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting overnight evacuation orders for more than 50,000 people. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state.

The fire threat forced Adventist Health St. Helena hospital to suspend care and transfer all patients elsewhere.

The fires that began Sunday in the famed Napa-Sonoma wine country about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of San Francisco came as the region nears the third anniversary of deadly wildfires that erupted in 2017, including one that killed 22 people. Just

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City of Cleveland expresses condolences for Daniel Ripepi, killed in Interstate 480 accident

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The city of Cleveland released a statement Friday evening on the passing of Daniel Ripepi, who died after an Interstate 480 highway sign collapsed on his truck Thursday morning.

A statement from Mayor Frank Jackson, Public Safety Director Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Calvin Williams says Daniel Ripepi and his family have been “longstanding partners of the City of Cleveland, especially our safety force.”

The statement called A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes a well-respected business that has served residents in time of grief. Most recently, it accommodated Cleveland police in honoring its fallen detective, James Skernivitz, and donated money for Cleveland K9s to wear ballistic vests.

“Daniel C. Ripepi was instrumental in gifting our Cleveland Police canines with ballistic vest,” the statement says. “We offer our deepest sympathy to Daniel’s wife, Kristen, their children, the Ripepi family and all who knew and loved Daniel.”

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Man killed when I-480 highway sign fell on truck identified as vice president of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 62-year-old man who died after an Interstate 480 highway sign fell on his pick-up truck was Daniel Ripepi, vice president of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes, his family confirmed.

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Ripepi died in the crash that happened about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes of I-480 at the State Road exit in Cleveland, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

State Highway Patrol said a white 2015 Western Star dump truck with the bed raised struck the highway sign that extended over three lanes of traffic.

The sign collapsed and fell on Ripepi’s gray 2019 Ford F-150 in one of the highway’s middle lanes, State Highway Patrol said.

Troopers did not say if the dump truck driver suffered any injuries, if the driver stopped or if they face potential charges.

The crash is still under investigation.

A family member who answered the phone

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