Officer David White with the California Highway Patrol says a CHP pilot was targeted last week over Fair Oaks.
"The cockpit illuminated by a laser. Instinctively, he looked and the laser hit him in the eyes. So, he had temporary blind ness real quick, but he used the camera system that's on the airplane which has low-light lenses -night vision- and they were able to find the suspect shining the lense."
The FBI's program will combine a billboard and public service campaign with rewards of up to $10,000 dollars for information that leads to the arrest of someone shining a laser at a plane or helicopter.
"I would best describe it as if you were in a completely darkened environment and your eyes were very much acclimated to the night and someone set off a flash camera right in your face. But, unfortunately, this sometimes can last for a much longer duration so it would almost be a continual flash like that for in my experience up to 45 seconds."
Targeting an aircraft with a laser is punishable by five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
New details about suspected human trafficking at a large marijuana grow operation were released Tuesday by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
A Woodland woman whose infant son was found dead near the Sacramento River in 2015 has been convicted of murder.
The Yuba County Sheriff's Department says it has solved the 1973 shotgun deaths of two middle-school-age girls. Two men have been arrested.
Sacramento Kings Guard Darren Collison has pleaded guilty to a domestic battery charge in Placer County. Collison was arrested in May at his Granite Bay home after his wife filed a complaint about being assaulted.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says a check of 70 registered sex offenders last week yielded 29 arrests. The offenders were taken into custody for parole or probation violations and other offenses.