Monday, July 14, 2014

Green Township, Hamilton County, Ohio: Leonard Pflanz arrested for threatening to shoot at medical helicopter that flew over his property

GREEN TWP., Ohio -- A man faces multiple charges, including a felony, after threatening to shoot at the crew of a medical helicopter for flying too low over his property.

The incident happened at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Mercy West Hospital in Green Township.

Investigators say the crew of a UC Health Air Care helicopter was making a "routine patient transfer" from another hospital when Leonard Pflanz, 56, got out of his vehicle and began yelling at the pilot of the rotorcraft.

Witnesses reported that Pflanz threatened to shoot at the helicopter the next time it flew low over his home on Philloret Drive, according to a release from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The alleged threat grounded the helicopter for a time, keeping the crew from responding to other calls, according to the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Jim Neil said the patient transported by the helicopter was already inside the hospital when Pflanz arrived.

Pflanza is charged with misconduct at an emergency and aggravated menacing, both misdemeanors. He also faces a felony charge of disrupting public service.

The suspect was arrested and transported to the Hamilton County Justice Center. He's expected to be arraigned Monday at 9 a.m.

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