Sunday, October 19, 2014

Photo Gallery/Video: Argyll crew clear L.F. Wade International Airport runway

Personnel from the UK Royal Navy vessel HMS Argyll were this morning [Oct 19] seen walking the runway at the LF Wade International Airport clearing any debris deposited by Hurricane Gonzalo. 

A public transportation bus could be seen near the group as they progressed along the runway along with other airport vehicles and personnel. The crew were walking with trash bags collecting debris from the runway and surrounding area.

The UK Royal Navy vessel HMS Argyll traveled to Bermuda to stand-by in case we needed assistance, and provided the helicopter that was flying overhead yesterday.

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Hazmat crew cleans up after Allegiant passenger gets sick: Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, Vienna, Ohio

VIENNA — Authorities with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport called in a hazardous-material crew as a precaution after a man vomited on a flight Sunday night.

Dan Dickten, director of aviation with the airport, said a man became ill on an Allegiant Air flight and the plane landed at the airport at 6 p.m. He said authorities were notified, specifically Vienna Township police and fire, along with the Trumbull County HazMat team and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

He also called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to let them know about the situation.

Dickten said it was “a precautionary move to call HazMat” and that someone was “using the Ebola word and it definitely was not.”

No runways were shut down during the time, and Dickten said once the plane was cleaned, passengers would board it for the next flight. He added airport officials were notified the man was sick.

“Everything’s fine and everything’s being cleaned up,” he told The Vindicator.

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Indian River Aerodrome, Vero Beach, Florida: Man fatally shot, brother is person of interest

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 42-year-old man was shot to death Sunday at his home at the Indian River Aerodrome, and Indian River County Sheriff’s Office officials say his brother is a person of interest in the shooting.

Deputies responded about 2:30 p.m. to the home of Rex Deffendall and his two sons, Mark and Eric Deffendall, in the 8500 block of De Havilland Court at the Aerodrome, a residential subdivision with a landing strip west of Vero Beach.

Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Consalo said Eric Deffendall was found dead in the home by his father about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said his brother, Mark, is a person of interest.

About 6 p.m. Consalo said detectives had tracked Mark Deffendall and “believe they know his location. Detectives will be speaking with him shortly."

Consalo said Rex Deffendall and a female friend left the home about 10:30 a.m. to go shopping in the area near the Vero Beach Outlets. When he left, his two sons were alone in the home.

When he returned, Rex Deffendall found his 42-year-old son Eric dead, with four gunshot wounds, Consalo said. No gun was found at the scene.

His body was found on the floor of the first-floor family room, Consalo told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.

Deputies put out a bulletin for Mark Deffendall’s vehicle, Consalo said, and an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working a detail at the Indian River Medical Center saw his name on the patient list and found the vehicle at the medical center.

Consalo said Mark Deffendall had “some injuries indicating he had been in a physical altercation but not a gunshot.”

As for motive, Consalo said Rex Deffendall said “brothers argue sometimes.”

Late Sunday afternoon, crime tape surrounded the home in the quiet neighborhood. One door of the four-car garage was open and a white Honda with the trunk open was inside.

Neighbor Jack Fisher said all three Deffendalls live in the home. He said Mark Deffendall is a pilot who is studying to be a commercial pilot. Eric Deffendall owned a trucking company.

Rex Deffendall declined to comment late Sunday afternoon, telling Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers only, “We can’t talk.”

Fisher said Rex and Mark Deffendall build experimental aircraft at the home.

A blue-and-white dump truck was parked next to the house. Behind the house is an airplane hanger.

Neighbor Buddy Marks, who lives across the street, said he saw the family’s plane was up in the air sometime this morning.