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Mass. Airport Owner Sues After Presidential Visit

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The owner of a small Massachusetts airport has sued the U.S. Secret Service for $676,000 for damage he says was caused by President Obama's security detail during a visit last year.

Robert Stetson, owner of the private Marlborough Airport, filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Worcester.

Stetson says in his suit that Secret Service vehicles caused severe damage to the runway and grass apron of the airport when the presidential helicopter landed there in April 2010.

Obama was in Massachusetts to inspect severe flooding in the area.

Stetson says the helicopter had permission to land and caused no damage, but he never gave permission for the accompanying vehicles.

Stetson says he tried to settle the matter out of court but the Secret Service has denied causing any damage.

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