Ohio man to use insanity defense in air base security case

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the federal trial of a man accused of causing the evacuation of two buildings at Ohio's largest military base did not begin Wednesday as scheduled after the defense filed notice it is planning an insanity defense.

The public defender's office filed notice hours before Edward Novak's bench trial was to start in Dayton. No other details were immediately available.

Authorities say the unarmed Beavercreek man entered a secure building at Wright-Patterson Air Force base last year after driving past sentries at a security gate. Base officials say the intrusion and building evacuations hindered operations at the base near Dayton for hours.

Novak has pleaded not guilty to charges including trespassing, assault, inducing panic and making false alarms.

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