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Man accused of flashing laser at medical helicopter in Boardman

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - A federal grand jury has indicted a man for allegedly flashing laser light at at a medical helicopter landing at a local hospital.

Travis Kryzysztofiak was indicted for allegedly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at the helicopter as it approached Akron Children's Hospital in Boardman on June 15.

Kryzysztofiak is charged with violating a provision of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that makes it a federal offense to shine a laser pointer at an aircraft or it's flight path.

According to the Justice Department, the crime is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and up to five years imprisonment.

The statute was enacted in response to a growing number of incidents of pilots being distracted or even temporarily blinded by laser beams.

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