West Seattle Blog... » Helicopter http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:58:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Update: Helicopter flybys along the shore http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/helicopter-flybys-along-the-shore/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/helicopter-flybys-along-the-shore/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:10:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284058 Thanks to everyone who’s reported a helicopter seeming to be searching for something off the west-facing West Seattle shore. Don’t know yet what it’s up to, but wanted to let you know we’re trying to find out.

1:12 AM: No info so far.

SATURDAY MORNING: Commenter FM says they were searching for overdue paddleboarders. (Here’s hoping they turned up, safe.)

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Maybe you’ve been noticing the helicopters … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/maybe-youve-been-noticing-the-helicopters/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/maybe-youve-been-noticing-the-helicopters/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:03:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278880 We’ve received a few phone calls about unusual helicopter traffic today – and have heard/seen a few going over WSB HQ. Turns out there is a huge “emergency exercise simulating an aircraft accident” at Sea-Tac, going on for another hour or so. Participants include “eight evacuation helicopters, more than 175 emergency vehicles and 300 victim volunteers.” Airlift agencies that are participating, according to the summary, include “the U.S. Coast Guard from Port Angeles and Astoria, Oregon, U.S. Navy Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington Air National Guard – Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Snohomish County Sheriff, King County Sheriff, and Airlift Northwest.”

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Mostly quiet night, with a brief helicopter interlude http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/mostly-quiet-night-with-a-brief-helicopter-interlude/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/mostly-quiet-night-with-a-brief-helicopter-interlude/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:44:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276947

(Mostly cloudy by sunset – some drizzle, too. Photo by JayDee, from Upper Alki)
With the SPD promise of presence on Alki for potential last-day-of-school gatherings, we’ve been monitoring the situation since afternoon. Nothing major. We did see officers at the beach during our afternoon and evening drive-throughs. We ourselves had a bit of a close call just after sunset at Me-Kwa-Mooks, dodging a group of teens running back and forth in the street on Beach Drive. Not long afterward, the Guardian One law-enforcement helicopter was over that same area for a bit and subsequently tweeted that they “assisted @SeattlePD near 56/SW Oregon with a large group of teenagers partying that took off into the woods. Patrol contacted them.” (Right after that, the helicopter headed north to Ballard, tweeting that they helped SPD handle “a large fight disturbance” at Golden Gardens.)

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Helicopter over Fauntleroy/Gatewood: Tour company http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/helicopter-over-fauntleroygatewood-tour-company/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/helicopter-over-fauntleroygatewood-tour-company/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:55:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276529 In case you also noticed the small yellow helicopter circling/hovering over Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy (almost directly over WSB HQ for a while, so we grabbed a bit of video), thanks to Shannon for noting in a Twitter discussion that it was a tour-company helicopter. (Photo added, shared by Rey via Facebook)

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Update: Police/helicopter search in Lincoln Park area http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/helicopter-search-in-lincoln-park-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/helicopter-search-in-lincoln-park-area/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 06:06:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274985 11:06 PM: The Guardian One helicopter is on the way to join Seattle Police in a Lincoln Park-area search. We’re still tracking down details but wanted to let you know that’s what’s happening, in case you see/hear the helicopter (or are seeing police on the ground).

11:15 PM: They’re looking for multiple suspects, one of whom was described as armed with a knife, last seen running into the north end of Lincoln Park. There’s a K-9 team in that area too.

11:32 PM: They’re still searching the park. Still no word on the nature of the call; all we know for sure is that there have *not* been any major-injury incidents in the area tonight.

11:47 PM: Basically the helicopter – which has been circling for a full half-hour now – is helping point police to just about anyone in the park/vicinity.

11:57 PM: Possible suspects found in the park, toward its central area.

12:06 AM: They’re still working to figure out if the possible suspects are who they’re looking for. And via multiple sources and bits of information, we believe this all started with a business robbery.

12:14 AM: Chopper has moved on – but the case isn’t necessarily closed yet. Their tweet confirms this is a robbery case:

12:23 AM: Seattle Police add that it “started as a shoplift call in 7400 block of Fauntleroy – male suspect drew a knife and fled into Lincoln Park.” (That’s the mini-mart/gas station across from the north end of the park.)

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Update: Why Guardian One was up over southern West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/why-guardian-one-is-up/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/why-guardian-one-is-up/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 17:59:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274144 helicopterwatch.png10:59 AM: Just checked with Seattle Police; the Guardian One helicopter is helping them look for a domestic-violence suspect. That’s all we know so far; thanks for the texts about Westwood/Roxhill chopper sightings.

11:23 AM: No update on the search but the scanner indicates Guardian One is off to another case elsewhere in the city. On their Twitter feed, the helicopter crew describes the West Seattle assignment as having assisted in a case involving a “foot pursuit.” We’re also checking with Seattle Public Schools regarding commenters’ reports of shelter-in-place at Chief Sealth IHS.

11:48 AM: Still trying to get more info on the incident itself, and whether the suspect was arrested, but we did confirm with CSIHS by phone that the brief “shelter-in-place” has since been lifted.

12:15 PM: SPS spokesperson Lesley Rogers tells us Denny IMS and Roxhill Elementary also were in “shelter in place” for about 20 minutes, and that it was lifted an hour ago. (Added: An Explorer West MS [WSB sponsor] parent tells us they got word that school also took precautions for a similar amount of time.)

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In case you wondered about the helicopter … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/in-case-you-wondered-about-the-helicopter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/in-case-you-wondered-about-the-helicopter/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 19:44:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274097 Texts indicate some in Arbor Heights noticed the Guardian One helicopter checking something out in the North Shorewood/White Center area in the past half-hour; we’ve published an update on partner site White Center Now but are mentioning it here too – King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates says they were looking into an assault case that was a disagreement between people who knew each other, and they’ve moved on.

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Police-activity updates: Guardian One over High Point; SPD on Alki http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/guardian-one-over-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/guardian-one-over-west-seattle/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 02:03:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272006 7:03 PM: Just in case you see the law-enforcement helicopter overhead: The King County Sheriff’s Office has been over High Point for a bit assisting with a search – but the person that was being sought has been found. So, according to the scanner, the helicopter might be Alki-bound, where, in an unrelated incident, we’ve heard about a guns-drawn stop in the 1700 block and are trying to get details on that. Thanks for all the tips and texts – 206-293-6302 any time!

7:08 PM UPDATE: The High Point search that’s now over was for a missing child, Guardian One has tweeted. Still trying to get info on the Alki situation. Thanks to Mike and Steve for photos and to @ohwellmaybenot for tweeting this one:

ADDED 12:38 AM: We finally have been able to get a bit of information about the nature of the Alki response, thanks to Southwest Precinct Lt. Paul Leung. He didn’t have access to the full report, handled by an earlier watch – we will see if we can track that down later this morning – but it was a “gun call” (no shots fired that we know of).

While the officers did stop the vehicle that was reported to them, they did not find the gun that had been the subject of the original complaint.

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Helicopter video of this morning’s search http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-guardian-ones-aerial-video-of-this-mornings-search/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-guardian-ones-aerial-video-of-this-mornings-search/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:26:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270265

King County Sheriff’s Office Air Support has just published the video – and dispatcher/pilot/officer audio – from this morning’s helicopter-assisted search following an attempted burglary in the 9000 block of 16th SW (map). We reported on this as it unfolded just after 1 am. We have also followed up with SPD, which tells us four teenage boys were arrested, three of them booked into the Youth Services Center, one “declined by YSC and released to Spruce Street because officers could not locate a parent/guardian.” No one is living in the apartment where the break-in attempt happened, according to the police report, and there was no sign anyone actually got in. A neighbor heard the sound of breaking glass and called police, who spotted suspects on the run as they arrived; Guardian One was nearby and asked to help. The incident report says one of the suspects had a felony warrant out for his arrest, on a recent “taking a motor vehicle without permission” charge.

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Update: Helicopter assists with search in South Delridge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/helicopter-joins-search-in-south-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/helicopter-joins-search-in-south-delridge/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:21:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270243 1:21 AM: If you’re hearing a helicopter – Guardian One is helping with a police search in the 17th/18th/Henderson vicinity. Police were called by someone who heard glass break at a neighbor’s house. At least one suspect is reported to be on the run. More to come.

1:26 AM UPDATE: And it sounds like the search has ended, successfully.

1:40 AM: From Guardian One via Twitter:

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Guardian One’s video/audio (including dispatchers and officers) has been made public, and we’ve obtained more information about what happened. Here’s the followup story.

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Update: If you (were) hearing the helicopter http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/if-youre-hearing-the-helicopter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/if-youre-hearing-the-helicopter/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:38:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268928 helicopterwatch.png11:38 PM: Happened to hear this on the scanner – Guardian One was in the vicinity and volunteered to help check out a call police were en route to, a possible prowler sighting/possible shots heard in the 30th/Roxbury vicinity. Now we’re hearing that sheriff’s deputies told police the shots were in White Center county territory to the south, involving someone firing a gun after an incident involving a car. No report of injury. The helicopter isn’t seeing any evidence of a prowler so might not be around for long.

ADDED 12:10 AM: A texter on the county side of the line says deputies are still out looking for evidence of the reported gunfire, in the 28th/104th vicinity.

ADDED 12:31 AM: Our texting tipster adds that deputies did find shell casings in that area. But still no indication of any shooting victim or damage. The deputies arrived on the scene quickly, he says, because they were in the area for canvassing related to the ongoing search for the Roxbury rapist.

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Update: Police serve drug warrant at High Point home; helicopter assistance earlier http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/helicopter-north-of-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/helicopter-north-of-high-point/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:32:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268285

(Photos by Christopher Boffoli for WSB, added 9:37 pm)
8:32 PM: On the way home from a meeting, we have spotted Guardian One circling north of High Point. Not sure yet what’s going on, but we’re checking.

8:40 PM: One commenter reports what appears to be a search in High Point.

8:45 PM: Tweet from Guardian One confirms it.

9:18 PM: Found the house on which police had converged, along SW Juneau a couple blocks east of 35th; added a photo. Commenter “Soul Cat adds some context.

9:33 PM: New information via WSB’s Christopher Boffoli and Katie Meyer: Christopher confirmed at the scene that it was a narcotics warrant – adding his images shortly. Katie reports that scanner traffic indicated at least two people in custody.

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Update: Helicopter search over Greenbridge after WC robbery http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/helicopter-search/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/helicopter-search/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:42:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268104 9:42 PM: We have been chasing reports of a helicopter for half an hour and have finally found Guardian One over the Greenbridge area. We have just found sheriff’s deputies to ask on the ground – they say it’s a “possible armed robbery suspect” from a White Center business.

10:19 PM: Commenters say the chopper’s gone – we left the area it was circling (the wetland just west of Greenbridge) in hopes of finding the reported robbery target, described as a produce stand, but didn’t see anything on the ground along any of the main business streets. Will follow up with KCSO tomorrow.

10:41 PM: Via Twitter, the Guardian One team says the suspect they were seeking was not found. Description: “… male … about 5’9″, wearing a red hoody, blue jeans, wearing a black beanie.”

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West says, “(Last night) at about 8:40 pm at the Best Roasted Corn Stand on the corner of SW 98th and 15 Av Sw: A male suspect walked up to the stand, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect also demanded the employees cell phone. The suspect fled on foot. The suspect spoke to the victim in Spanish. He was described as a Hispanic male, skinny, about 5’8″ tall, mid 40′s and was wearing a red sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black beanie. The victim has seen him in the area before.”

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Reminder: Guardian One helicopter visiting White Center Heights Elementary this afternoon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/reminder-guardian-one-helicopter-visiting-white-center-heights-elementary-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/reminder-guardian-one-helicopter-visiting-white-center-heights-elementary-today/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:28:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267558 One more early warning – as first noted here last week, White Center Heights Elementary is due for a special visit by the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One around 1:25 this afternoon, as part of a special project kindergarteners have been working on. The North Highline Fire Department will be there too. WC Heights is at 6th SW and SW 100th, so Highland Park’ers might notice this too.

4:24 PM NOTE: We’ll publish a separate story here later but photos and video are up right now, if you’re interested, on our partner site White Center Now.

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Helicopter early warning! Guardian One school visit next week http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/helicopter-early-warning-guardian-one-school-visit-next-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/helicopter-early-warning-guardian-one-school-visit-next-week/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 06:56:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267100

That’s a WSB file photo of the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One – which helps in other jurisdictions too, including Seattle – and next Thursday afternoon, you just might notice it over south Highland Park and Greenbridge. White Center Heights Elementary PTA president David Sonsteng sent early warning of the plan. Kindergarteners are “working on their community-helpers module in class,” he explains, so Thursday (March 13) 1:25 pm-2:25 pm, they will “get to meet some of these community helpers.” In addition to Guardian One, they’re scheduled to meet KCSO Deputy BJ Myers (who’s based out of the downtown WC storefront office), a fire engine from the North Highline Fire District, and an ambulance from AMR. We’ll remind you again that day, but if you might be anywhere near the area, store away the info. (The school is at 10015 6th SW.)

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