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    Bakersfield Man Charged with Lasering Sheriff Helicopter

    http://sacramento.fbi.gov/dojpressre...1/sc030311.htm

    FRESNO, CA—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment today charging Jeffrey Lee Gentry, 33, of Bakersfield, with interfering with the safe operation of a Kern County Sheriff’s Department helicopter by shining a hand-held laser into the cockpit.

    The case is the product of a joint investigation conducted by the FBI, the Bakersfield Police Department, and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, as part of the Bakersfield Laser Strike Working Group (LSWG). The LSWG investigates laser strike cases and includes the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), California Highway Patrol, Kern County District Attorney’s Office, Kern County Airport Police, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Kern County Fire Department, Bakersfield Police Department, and Bakersfield Fire Department. It was created in early 2010 in response to numerous incidents in Bakersfield involving lasers aimed at aircraft cockpits. Assistant United States Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case.

    Court documents and hearings in this case indicate that on November 6, 2010, a powerful green laser beam tracked a Kern County Sheriff’s Department helicopter during a routine patrol in Bakersfield. The beam struck the cockpit four times while the aircraft was flying 500 feet above the ground and temporarily blinded and disoriented the pilot and spotter, causing the aircraft to veer off course. The pilot and spotter were able to pinpoint the origin of the laser beam to Gentry’s residence, where Bakersfield Police officers found Gentry, who retrieved the laser from within his residence and handed it over to the officers.

    Lasers, an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, pose a safety hazard to flight operations. The focused beams of a laser light remain powerful at extended viewing distances and can expose pilots to radiation levels above those considered to be flight safe. Brief exposure to even a relatively low-powered laser beam can cause discomfort and temporary visual impairments, such as glare, flash blind, and afterimages. The effect is amplified when the viewer is wearing goggles or eyeglasses. Both the pilot and spotter were wearing night vision goggles at the time of this incident. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), incidents involving laser illumination of aircraft occur daily and occur with significantly higher frequency in the Western Pacific Region.

    U.S. Attorney Wagner stated, “The lasering of an aircraft is a serious offense, which compromises the safety of flight crews and passengers and can cause significant damage to their vision.”

    Gentry is scheduled to appear for arraignment on the indictment before a United States Magistrate Judge in Fresno on Friday, March 4, 2011. He is in custody.

    If convicted, Gentry faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

    The charge is only an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Anyone with information regarding the lasering of an aircraft should contact the FBI. The number for the Bakersfield Office of the FBI is (661) 323- 9665.
    Another one bites the dust. Not the sharpest tool in the shed, I might add.
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    In my opinion, that is the same as taking a shot at them with a firearm.


    Does he live with his mother?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by crass cop
      Just do it in front of a camera and try not to get a boner and you shoudl be fine.

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      • #4
        Its much worse with NODs on.

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        • #5
          Sure it's important, but you would think that a task force called the "Laser Strike Working Group" would be doing something really cool. Just sayin..

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          • #6
            I believe that people should not point lasers at Police or helicoptors but to say that the laser disoriented the spotter and pilot so it went off course is a little far reaching. It sounds a llittle played up for the charges.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jiu-Jitsu Cop View Post
              I believe that people should not point lasers at Police or helicoptors but to say that the laser disoriented the spotter and pilot so it went off course is a little far reaching. It sounds a llittle played up for the charges.
              It's possible for a laser pointer to disorient pilots and/or spotters.
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              Originally posted by mitojo
              I was once thanked by two citizens in one day. Weird.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jiu-Jitsu Cop View Post
                I believe that people should not point lasers at Police or helicoptors but to say that the laser disoriented the spotter and pilot so it went off course is a little far reaching. It sounds a llittle played up for the charges.
                Lasers that are strong enough to penetrate cockpits of aircraft several thousand feet up can easily blind/disorient the flight crew. Anytime we (airport PD) are called about the incident, it's taken very seriously. Both us and the feds are chompin at the bit to catch the person that's doing it. It's also a violation of state law to point a laser at a LEO, so that would be a double whammy in our state to shine the laser at a LE aircraft.
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                • #9
                  I don't understand the attraction to hitting a plane or helicopter with a laser pointer. I wish there was a way the aircraft could send the laser back to the person and burn the you know what out of them. Is there a legitimate need for the high powered laser pointers?
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                  • #10
                    Just received an email today that the US House passed H.R. 386 making laser illumination of cockpits a federal offense.
                    I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Justsaying View Post
                      I don't understand the attraction to hitting a plane or helicopter with a laser pointer. I wish there was a way the aircraft could send the laser back to the person and burn the you know what out of them. Is there a legitimate need for the high powered laser pointers?
                      Green lasers are excellent for weapon sight aiming, much more visible in daylight than red lasers.
                      So yes there is a legitimate need for them.

                      Plus of course that pesky concept of freedom that some people in this country feel is important.

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                      • #12
                        Plus of course that pesky concept of freedom that some people in this country feel is important
                        While I agree that some lasers may serve a legitimate purpose in different fields (science, etc), I don't see how keeping a certain colored laser off the market is a violation of some constitutional right.
                        I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SgtScott31 View Post
                          While I agree that some lasers may serve a legitimate purpose in different fields (science, etc), I don't see how keeping a certain colored laser off the market is a violation of some constitutional right.

                          How many airplanes are taken down a year by green lasers? I would say none ever. How many people are killed per year with the common household kitchen knife? Yet some would ban the lesser of two evils just because they don't personally have any interest in such items. It's not freedom unless you don't regulate it, then it's called something else.

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                          • #14
                            My mistake, I was thinking of the little BS laser pointer you can buy at a store. I understand that a green laser is much more powerful. I apoligize for my post.
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                            • #15
                              We arrested a USC student not too long ago for that, kept hitting the airship from a high level dorm room. Occurred over several nights so the airship decided to do a few flyover and orbits near the building and the idiot hit them with it every time. Boy was he surprised when about 10 USC DPS officers and 4 LAPD officers started knocking on the door. He denied at first but his roommate sold him out very quickly and he ultimately confessed though he still said it wasn't a big deal.

                              He changed his mind about the seriousness of it after he saw the inside of a jail in south central.
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                              maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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