Marine training session shut down by Toledo mayor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, pulled the plug on a plan by Marine reservists to hold an urban warfare training session downtown.

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner told about 200 Marines based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to go home Friday.

A spokesman for the mayor told The Grand Rapids Press that Toledo residents were frightened by past training.

Major Dan Whisnant says members of the Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines were extremely disappointed by the mayor's decision. The training was planned for Friday and Saturday at an abandoned 10-story office structure.

The Marines last trained in Toledo in February 2006, prior to an Iraq deployment that year.

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