- - Wednesday, June 16, 2010

FLORIDA

Spirit makes deal to end pilots strike

MIRAMAR — Spirit Airlines made a deal with its pilots on Wednesday that will end their 5-day-old walkout, the union said.

The airline said it will resume flights on Friday. Pilots were working out a back-to-work agreement and technically were remaining on strike until the deal was completed, said Andy Nelson, vice chairman of the council for the Spirit branch of the Air Line Pilots Association.

“Our intention is to help get the airline back up and running as quickly and efficiently as possible,” he said. Spirit canceled its Thursday flights before the agreement was reached.

GEORGIA

Army post visitor found with war gear

FORT GORDON — A former National Guardsman pretending to be a U.S. Army soldier persuaded an officer to give him a sophisticated laser sight for military rifles before he was caught hours later on the post with a land mine, several grenades and night-vision devices, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors charged Anthony Todd Saxon, 34, with impersonating an Army master sergeant and stealing the infrared laser targeting sight. He did not enter a plea during a preliminary hearing in federal court, as his attorney said he needed more time to review the case.

Mr. Saxon was wearing a full combat uniform, including rank and insignia, when he was stopped at Fort Gordon by military police and questioned about his activities, according to the complaint. After Mr. Saxon gave them consent to search his vehicle, authorities said, they found several grenades and the land mine, among other equipment.

According to the complaint, Mr. Saxon told investigators that he was able to obtain the laser sight by telling a captain in the post’s military police office that he was a master sergeant in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and needed it to train a soldier.

MASSACHUSETTS

Man pleads guilty in black church arson

SPRINGFIELD — One of three white men charged with burning down a predominantly black church hours after Barack Obama was elected president pleaded guilty to civil rights charges Wednesday in a deal that calls for him to spend nine years in prison.

Benjamin Haskell, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate civil rights and damaging religious property because of race, color or ethnic characteristics. Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 29.

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