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Dundalk man pleads guilty to pointing laser at Balto. Co. police helicopter
Dundalk man pleads guilty to pointing laser at Balto. Co. police helicopter

A 24-year-old Dundalk man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of pointing a green laser at a Baltimore County police helicopter as it hovered above Patapsco High School last year. James Robert Hensler faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said the FBI has made it a priority nationally to pursue laser cases because "it occurs with a frightening degree of frequency" and poses serious dangers. Authorities say laser beams can disorient and temporarily blind a pilot. "We hope to get the message out so people understand it's not harmless, it's not all in good fun," Rosenstein told The Baltimore Sun. The...

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