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.
1:00 p.m. UPDATE: A report of a stolen vehicle in Elk Grove led to an motorcycle officer firing on a suspect after being hit by a stolen car, according to a statement from the Sacramento Sheriff's Spokesman Sergeant Tony Turnbull.
(AP) - A man who police say was walking into traffic in Fresno to ask people for money has racked up his 70th citation for aggressive panhandling in the past year.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has a new social media tool. A new smartphone app lets people report crime and find out about crimes in their neighborhoods.
A Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office canine is continuing to recover after being stabbed last week while trying to apprehend a suspect. Officials say the dog will be back on duty after several weeks.
Law enforcement agencies in California will need to get a warrant to access your digital records, including your physical location, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.