Tue, Dec 11, 2007
Police Pinpoint Location, Man Found Minutes Later
As the ANN staff works diligently to
ready our End-Of-Year coverage, one category of citizen has risen
to the very top of our "Aero-Twerps" list for 2007: bozos who shine
laser pointers at flying aircraft. And lo and behold, we have
another one to tell you about.
A Medford, MA man will likely face federal charges, after he
allegedly illuminated a State Police helicopter with a portable
laser beam device.
The Boston Globe reports the light never actually shined in the
pilots eyes, or interfered with the flight... and, as has become
rote in such matters, officials add there was no link to a
The helicopter was flying on a mission to secure a gas tanker
that was leaking near the shore when the flight crew noticed a
laser light shinning on the aircraft. Police onboard the helicopter
used equipment to pinpoint and identify the origin of the laser
beam in the Medford-Somerville area.
A search for the unidentified male ensued. Officers from the US
Coast Guard -- as well as Medford, Somerville and state police --
searched the area, and arrested the suspect about 90 minutes
The case has been turned over to federal officials, since
illuminating aircraft in non-emergencies is a federal offense.
Incidentally... a quick search of the ANN archives revealed
at least 10 stories of similar occurences since January 1 of
this year. Sigh...
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