Court hearing set for airborne photographer

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) – A first court appearance is scheduled for a well-known freelance photographer who was charged with misdemeanor trespassing after he flew a paraglider over a Kansas feedlot while shooting pictures.

George Steinmetz, of Glenn Ridge, N.J., and his assistant, Wei Zhang, of Beijing, China, are set for a first appearance hearing Aug. 29 in Finney County. Steinmetz was on assignment for National Geographic magazine when he flew above Brookover Feed Yard last June 28. The feedlot owners say he did not seek permission for the flight.

A National Geographic spokeswoman says the magazine hired a Garden City attorney to represent the men.

It’s not clear if the men will appear in court. State law allows misdemeanor defendants to appear through their attorneys, if a judge agrees.

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