Man indicted in laser pointer case

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Hubbard man was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury for allegedly flashing a laser pointer at a television news helicopter.

Nicholas Vecchiarelli, 46, was arraigned Friday on charges of endangering an aircraft and obstructing official business.

Hubbard police said Vecchiarelli pointed a laser light at a Fox 8 Cleveland TV News helicopter while the station was covering a Friday night football game in Hubbard in October. Vecchiarelli has been released on bond and he has a preliminary hearing scheduled Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Last summer, a Boardman man was indicted by a federal grand jury for aiming a laser pointer at an emergency helicopter approaching Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman on June 15.

According to federal court documents, Travis D. Krzysztofiak, 33, pleaded guilty last month in federal court in Cleveland to a felony charge of knowingly aiming a laser pointer beam at an emergency helicopter. He will be sentenced May 6.

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