Two men accused of shining a laser pointer at two commercial flights coming into Columbus and a police helicopter appeared in Fairfield County Municipal Court Wednesday.
Court officials say 19-year-old Levi Milstead and 45-year-old Dennis Smoke both plead not guilty at their arraignment hearing.
Sheriff Dave Phalen says Milstead,an army helicopter mechanic currently on leave and Smoke were arrested Monday night after the pilots reported a laser had been pointed at their aircraft.
Milstead and Smoke each are charged with one count of possession of criminal tools and two counts of interfering with the operation of aircraft with a laser, a more serious felony carrying up to eight years in prison if convicted.
They’re currently being held in the Fairfield County jail.
Both are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on September 25th.