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Judge: Man must turn in guns for allegedly threatening medical crew

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The man, accused of threatening a medical helicopter crew at a local hospital, must surrender his guns to Green Township police.
 
56-year-old Leonard Pflanz was arraigned Monday on charges of disrupting public service, aggravated menacing and misconduct at an emergency.

Police say Pflanz was mad after an Air Care helicopter flew over his house. So, he drove to Mercy West hospital in Green Township and allegedly threatened the crew.

Investigators say he threatened to shoot the helicopter down if they did it again. According to court papers, the alleged threats forced crews to stop Air Care flights for a time.

People who live in the neighborhood say Air Care traffic is frequent, but police say this is not the way to handle the situation. They urge residents to contact UC Health or a hospital, or the police department with concerns.
     
A judge ordered Pflanz held on $15,000 bond.  If he makes bond, he must wear an electronic monitoring device.

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