West Seattle Blog... » Helicopter http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:58:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Advance helicopter alert: Drill announced for next Tuesday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/advance-helicopter-alert-drill-announced-for-next-tuesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/advance-helicopter-alert-drill-announced-for-next-tuesday/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:06:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292586

That’s a recent photo of the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One; today, KCSO sends an alert that you might spot it flying along the West Seattle coastline next Tuesday, and that’ll be part of a drill:

Notice of Joint Maritime Training Exercise

On Tuesday November 25th the King County Sheriff’s Office TAC 30 team (our department’s tactical unit) will be hosting a multi-agency maritime operations exercise in the area of the Des Moines waterfront. Citizens may see our helicopter flying from the Alki Point area south to Dumas Bay. Hours of the exercise will be from approximately 8 AM until 5 PM.

The main landing zone for the helicopter will be the Des Moines Marina. Agencies participating in the exercise include the Washington State Patrol, Seattle Police, Bainbridge Island Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and King County Medic One.

There will be numerous law enforcement boats involved in the exercise, along with one boat from Argosy Cruises. The main landing zone for the helicopter will be the Des Moines Marina. During the exercise there will be no public access to the pier.

We’ll remind you again when it gets closer, but for now, just so you know; the law-enforcement boats might be noticed as they head that way, too.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Search for armed robbers in Highland Park, with helicopter, after break-in http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglary-search-in-highland-park-with-helicopter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglary-search-in-highland-park-with-helicopter/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 02:41:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291074

6:41 PM: Thanks to everyone texting us about Guardian One, the law-enforcement helicopter – it’s over Highland Park because of a search for burglary suspects. We don’t know yet exactly where the break-in was, but we’re seeing some police vehicles along the 9000 block of 8th SW near Westcrest Park.

7:23 PM: Police describe the break-in that led to the search as “an armed burglary.” We don’t yet know if anyone was home or not; there were no medical calls in the area, so no indication that anyone was hurt. A K-9 team also was used in the search.

9:23 PM: According to Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams, early reports indicate “two male suspects armed with handguns entered a residence in the 9000 block of 8th SW) around 6 pm. They “encountered residents inside the house and fled on foot shortly thereafter.” Despite an extensive search, no arrests yet; no one was hurt.

ADDED 1:52 PM WEDNESDAY: SPD Blotter has just published details of how police were told this unfolded:

Two armed men broke into a West Seattle home Tuesday looking for marijuana and made off with a laptop and Xbox controller after pointing guns at the women living there.

A woman told police she was returning home when she saw two unknown men leaving her house in the 9000 block of 8th Avenue Southwest. The suspects walked past the victim, displayed two handguns and gave her a cryptic message for “Tommy” letting him know the debt has been paid.

The victim went inside to call police and found her two housemates inside already calling 911. The women said they were in the basement working on some crafts when they heard a loud bang from upstairs. When they investigated, the two suspects pointed guns at them and demanded to know where the marijuana was. The victims said they were unsure what they meant, and the suspects proceeded to search the home, eventually grabbing the electronics and leaving.

The victims described the suspects as black males in their twenties and wearing white masks over their faces. One of the suspects wore a gray sweatshirt while the other wore a brown rain jacket. One of the suspects was armed with a silver revolver while the other had an unidentified handgun.

Officers searched the area using K-9 and a helicopter, but were unable to find the suspects. Robbery detectives are asking anyone with information to please call (206)625-5011 and speak with officers.

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Hearing a helicopter? Not law enforcement, SPD says http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/hearing-a-helicopter-not-law-enforcement-spd-says/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/hearing-a-helicopter-not-law-enforcement-spd-says/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:08:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289813 11:08 PM: We’ve received multiple reports of a helicopter heard in the Seaview and Arbor Heights areas. We’ve checked with Seattle Police, and Lt. Alan Williams says it’s not Guardian One – quiet night for SPD. Still checking, but it’s a mystery for now.

12:08 AM: Just back from tracking it for a while. As noted in comments, it was flying too high for a search. Too dark, of course, to have any idea what it looked like. Not sure if we’ll be able to figure this one out, but we’re still trying.

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Update: Heard the helicopter? White Center search http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/hearing-a-helicopter-were-checking/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/hearing-a-helicopter-were-checking/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:08:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289053 12:08 AM: Multiple helicopter reports from Arbor Heights to Highland Park. Nothing on the scanner/911 log so far, which might just mean it’s a King County Sheriff’s Office case. If you’re seeing police on the ground, let us know so we can figure out what’s going on!

12:11 AM: And Guardian One just tweeted that indeed, it was a case in the county:

Per scanner, they are now headed over to SODO to check out something else.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Gunfire suspect out of jail; tonight’s helicopter http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-gunfire-suspect-out-of-jail-tonights-helicopter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-gunfire-suspect-out-of-jail-tonights-helicopter/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:59:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288820 Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

GUNFIRE SUSPECT OUT OF JAIL: 30-year-old Daren Atwood, charged with a firearms offense after last Thursday’s gunfire incident near Fairmount Ravine, is out of jail after one day. We reported Tuesday night that he had been charged and booked; this afternoon, he appeared in Seattle Municipal Court. According to the online docket, the city asked for $50,000 bail; a judge let him out on personal recognizance. His next court appearance is set for November 13th.

ABOUT THE HELICOPTER: Just before 9 pm, a relatively brief burst of helicopter activity brought some questions from north and northeast West Seattle. Via Twitter, the Guardian One crew confirmed it was them, helping Seattle Police with “a disturbance call.” No further details, so if we find out anything in the morning, we’ll add it here.

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Update: About the helicopters near east West Seattle … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/why-helicopters-are-near-east-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/why-helicopters-are-near-east-west-seattle/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:46:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288695

(Added: Guardian One video from the arrest scene)
5:46 PM: We’re getting a few questions about helicopter activity near east West Seattle. KIRO TV says it’s a search by the 1st Avenue South Bridge related to a stolen car, and that three people have been detained. Aerial pictures show a King County Sheriff’s Office vehicle, so we’re trying to contact KCSO for more information.

6:34 PM: KCSO confirms 3 – all the suspects they had sought – are in custody.

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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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