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National Geographic Photographer Arrested After Flying Over Feedlot

Associated Press - July 10, 2013 10:49 am

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Finney County authorities say a freelance photographer working for National Geographic was arrested and briefly detained after he shot pictures of a feedlot near Garden City while on a paraglider.

George Steinmetz, of Glenn Ridge, N.J., and his paraglider instructor, Wei Zhang, of Beijing, China, were arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespass on June 28 after flying over the feedlot. They were held briefly in the Finney County jail before each paid a $270 bond and were released.

Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue says Steinmetz and Zhang didn’t have permission to launch their paraglider from private property and they didn’t tell anyone they were going to take photos from the air.

National Geographic spokeswoman Beth Foster says the organization doesn’t believe Steinmetz broke the law.


Associated Press information from: The Hutchinson News

Iggy p Daily

July 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Hmmm its alright for K-State to have Droans flying around taking pictures but not these guys? Therefore the K-State people in charge of the droans should also be arrested.

Aaron A. Aurora

July 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Who do we have to blame? All the politicians taking our rights away that’s who.

Bronson Waite

July 11, 2013 at 1:25 am

From what I heard, flying within range of 500 feet from man-made structures in any directions are considered to be trespassing. Not sure if that’s accurate. Even though if it’s accurate, I think this law are slightly too harsh.

Iggy p Daily

July 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

My question is why is it not enforced on a full scale?

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