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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Owners of Westin Cleveland Downtown, already mired in FBI probe, face mortgage foreclosure lawsuit

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The owners of the Westin Cleveland Downtown – currently mired in an FBI investigation into whether they helped launder money through the purchase of real estate in the U.S. – are now facing a foreclosure lawsuit for the hotel.



a group of people standing in front of a building: The Westin Cleveland Downtown, seen here in a file photo.


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The Westin Cleveland Downtown, seen here in a file photo.

Optima 777 owes $35 million in the unpaid principal of a mortgage for the 484-room St. Clair Avenue hotel, as well as nearly $500,000 in interest and a $1.4 million late fee, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. The company obtained the loans from Cleveland International Fund of Cleveland Heights, a firm that connects foreign investors seeking residency in the U.S. with real estate development opportunities.

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Cleveland International Fund CEO Stephen Strnisha said in an interview Monday that Optima 777, which owns 95 percent of

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Montgomery County files lawsuit over massive dumpsite behind homes

Montgomery County has filed a lawsuit against a land clearing company that has built a massive wall of debris reaching 25 feet high and spanning more than six football fields in length behind a townhome development in Woodforest creating a safety hazard and a rodent and roach infestation for homeowners.

The lawsuit that names Justin Hasara, Ector Barrera, Hasara Land Services, J &H Land Venturs and Ash-Gram Materials follows investigations by the County Attorney’s Office, the County Environmental Health Services department, District Attorney’s Office and the Fire Marshal’s Office.

According to the lawsuit filed late Friday, the debris is “being maintained in an unsanitary condition and the neighboring residents have complained of the existence of rodents, snakes, and other disease carrying pests emerging from the piles. Defendants have been observed burning the wood waste at the Property for their unauthorized wood processing and mulching operations. Defendants do not have the

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