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November 22, 2017

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Federal indictment accuses Henderson man of pointing laser at Metro helicopter

A Henderson man is accused of aiming a laser pointer at a Metro Police helicopter six different times this year and could face up to five years in federal prison.

A federal grand jury indicted James David Zipf, 30, on six counts of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, said Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney in Nevada.

Zipf is suspected of pointing the laser at the helicopter on six occasions between Jan. 30 and Feb. 12, Bogden said. A federal law passed in 2012 makes it illegal to knowingly target an aircraft with lasers.

Zipf is scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and six fines of up to $250,000 each.

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