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Hubbard man accused of flashing laser at news chopper

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HUBBARD, Ohio - Authorities are investigating a report that someone flashed a laser at a news helicopter covering high school football games in the valley last weekend.

A camera operator from a Cleveland television station tells police that he saw the green laser light several times as the helicopter he was in flew over the Hubbard area last Friday.

Officers tracked down the source of the laser to the area of Wendemere Drive and Meadowland Drive.

That's where a suspect was found pacing in his driveway with a police scanner and a green laser pointer.  Police say the man confessed to them and gave them the  laser.

The suspect, whose name was not released, could face local charges of obstructing business.

In July, a federal grand jury indicted Travis  Krzysztofiak for allegedly flashing laser light at a medical helicopter as it approached Akron Children's Hospital in Boardman on June 15.

It is a federal offense to shine a laser at an aircraft or into 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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