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Pilot sentenced to jail for buzzing charter boat

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 26th, 2014

Dean Edward Battersby

NEWPORT A former U.S. Army pilot, who buzzed a charter boat last year, was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail and fined $5,000 for his antics.

Dean Edward Battersby, 65, was convicted March 20 by a six-member jury on 19 misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, menacing and prohibited operation of an aircraft.

Lincoln County District Court Judge Paulette Sanders issued the sentence, giving Battersby credit for about two months of time already served.

The Lobster Valley resident, whose home base was Newport City Airport, was also ordered to serve five years of probation, during which he must stay away from airports.

Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Cable claimed Battersby buzzed the Newport-based charter vessel, Umatilla II, on Jan 20, 2013, before flying his Cessna 172 to Waldport where he skimmed a shoreline packed with beachcombers.

For the complete article see the 03-28-2014 issue.

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