Alleged Threat To Shoot Chopper Lands Man In Jail

Posted On July 14, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Leonard Pflanz Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

Leonard Pflanz
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Update posted at 1:29 p.m.:

Leonard Pflanz appeared in a Hamilton County courtroom Monday morning, where a judge told him to give up any guns in his home.

Pflanz was also ordered held on $15,000 bond. He must go on electronic monitoring if he is released, the judge said.

According to WLWT-TV, records indicate that Pflanz said he would use “small arms fire” if the helicopter at Mercy Hospital West flew over his property again. Pflantz lives across I-74 from the hospital.

Pflantz’s attorney told the court that his client has filed several previous complaints with UC Health concerning the helicopter flights, WLWT-TV reported.


Original story posted at 7:17 a.m.:

(Green Township, Oh.) – A Green Township man will face a judge Monday, accused of threatening to shoot down a medical helicopter.

Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies say Leonard Pflanz was arrested Sunday at Mercy West Hospital, after he drove there to threaten the AirCare pilot. He did not have a gun with him.

Plfanz, 56, was allegedly angry about the chopper flying low over his home that morning. He lives across Interstate 74 from the new hospital.

He remains in Hamilton County Jail facing a felony charge of Disrupting Public Services and misdemeanor charges of Aggravated Menacing and Misconduct at an Emergency.