Thu, Aug 03, 2006
Not Again, Part Deux
We were really hoping we'd heard the last of this... but
evidently, some people still think it's cool to shine lasers at
aircraft passing overhead.
New York police say the latest to point a laser at an aircraft
is 19-year-old Anthony Pepe, who allegedly shined his laser pointer
at an NYPD police helicopter late Monday night... temporarily
blinding the officers at the controls.
Pepe the third man in the New York region to be charged with
shining a laser at an aircraft in less than a year... after Pedro
Vega, who was charged with a variety of offenses... including
interference with transportation, and assault... after authorities
said he beamed a laser pointer into the cockpit of a WNBC
television helicopter last December.
And then there was the case of David Baranch... who pleaded
guilty earlier this year to a violation of the USA Patriot Act,
after he shined a laser at two pilots onboard a charter flight from
Boca Raton, FL... causing the pilots to temporarily lose sight of
their instruments, as they were on approach to land.
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