West Seattle Blog... » Helicopter http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:36:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Crime Watch: Seen this stolen 1986 Porsche? Plus, helicopter false alarm http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-seen-this-stolen-1986-porsche/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-seen-this-stolen-1986-porsche/#comments Sun, 22 Nov 2015 04:18:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329874

ORIGINAL 8:18 PM REPORT: Grant‘s 1986 Porsche was stolen today from the apartment-building parking lot at 6533 California SW in Morgan Junction. Maybe you’ll be the one to help find it.

The car was last seen in my parking lot at 8 am (ish) before I left for work on Saturday November 21st. And when I got home at around 4:30 or 4:45 the car was gone. It is a black Porsche 944 Model Year 1986. It means a lot to me and I would love to see it returned safe and sound. I have included a picture of the car, its not super current (and the white writing over the back window is no longer there, was when I first bought it) but it does show a view of the back and the current license plate.

The theft is already on record with SPD, and tweeted via @getyourcarback – as the tweet says, if you see it, call 911.

ADDED 8:37 PM: Unrelated to the aforementioned auto theft but since we already have this Crime Watch story up – Guardian One just explained what they were doing over Upper Fauntleroy/Gatewood for a few minutes (including a few passes over WSB HQ):

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VIDEO: Helicopter drill @ West Seattle’s Terminal 5, years in the making http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-helicopter-drill-west-seattles-terminal-5/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-helicopter-drill-west-seattles-terminal-5/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:31:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329314

(Mouse over the video window to bring up the “play” button)
You’re more used to seeing it helping search for suspects – but the Guardian One helicopter also works in search-and-rescue, and right now it’s in action as part of an emergency-preparedness exercise happening at West Seattle’s Terminal 5.

The Port of Seattle sent an advance alert last week and expects the aerial part of the drill, also involving other agencies from around the region, to continue until about noon.

ADDED MONDAY NIGHT: After the drill, Assistant Seattle Fire Chief A.J. Vickrey explained on camera what it was all about – and how many types of events this preparedness practice, years in the making, could help with:

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Helicopters over West Seattle: Sunday flyby; Monday reminder http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/helicopters-over-west-seattle-sunday-flyby-monday-reminder/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/helicopters-over-west-seattle-sunday-flyby-monday-reminder/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 01:26:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329217

You might have seen and/or heard those two military helicopters headed eastbound over south West Seattle – and then over east West Seattle – late this afternoon. While a flyby wasn’t listed as part of it, this is Military Appreciation/“Salute to Service” night at the Seahawks vs. Cardinals game. Meantime, it’s also an opportunity to remind you one more time about the helicopter exercises scheduled at Terminal 5 at midday tomorrow.

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HELICOPTER ALERT: Emergency-preparedness exercise at West Seattle’s Terminal 5 on Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/helicopter-alert-emergency-drill-at-west-seattles-terminal-5-on-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/helicopter-alert-emergency-drill-at-west-seattles-terminal-5-on-monday/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:11:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329018 Rare chance to tell you way in advance when and why helicopters are expected in the area. The Port of Seattle just announced that multiple agencies also including Seattle Fire, King County, and Snohomish County “will be conducting a joint exercise involving multiple helicopters for emergency preparedness training” on Monday at Terminal 5. This exercise, the announcement says, “will give the participants better training for rescue situations such as those that took place after the Oso mudslide in 2014.” The helicopter activity, “moving heavy loads of equipment and personnel,” is expected to last from 11 am to noon on Monday (November 16th).

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Search for possible Puget Ridge burglar http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-search-for-possible-burglar-in-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-search-for-possible-burglar-in-puget-ridge/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 07:55:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328208 11:55 PM: Police are searching in and around the 5400 block of 17th SW after a report of a possible in-progress burglary. We’re hearing that the Guardian One helicopter is either in the area or on the way – so if you hear a helicopter, this is what it’s about.

12:24 AM: No word of how this resolved; we’ll check later this morning.

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UPDATE: Air/sea search off south Bainbridge Island, seen/heard from West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/in-case-you-wondered-airsea-search-off-south-bainbridge-island/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/in-case-you-wondered-airsea-search-off-south-bainbridge-island/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:08:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327249 10:08 PM: We’ve had a few questions about what appears to be a search off Alki Point. The US Coast Guard has tweeted that there’s a search for someone in the water in Rich Passage, off south Bainbridge. (added) According to a USCG news release (read it here in full), a 54-year-old Bainbridge Island man is missing after his 15-foot fishing boat turned up empty and adrift more than three hours ago. He apparently had launched from the Port Orchard Marina.

9:46 AM TUESDAY: The search was reported to still be under way as of early this morning.

10:16 PM TUESDAY: As noted in comments, the USCG says it searched far and wide but finally had to suspend the search at 1:43 pm today.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police, helicopter search for armed car prowler http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-helicopter-searching-for-car-prowler/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-helicopter-searching-for-car-prowler/#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:08:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324016 12:08 AM: Guardian One is helping police search for a car prowler reported by neighbors in the 45th/Hinds area. A texter tells us car windows were broken, and one report via scanner said the prowler might have threatened someone with a gun.

12:18 AM: Confirmation from a texter: “My neighbor caught him in the act and grabbed him, and the suspect pulled a gun on him.”

12:33 AM: Haven’t heard anything further – the helicopter left before long. Meantime, the texter says it appears this might have been more a case of attempted auto thefts than car prowls: “Our car’s ignition was stripped. Nothing stolen out of the vehicles like our typical car prowlers. Seems they were after the cars themselves.”

10:18 AM: In comments, Beth says her son spotted what turned out to be a loaded gun near 45th and Hinds, and reported it to police, who picked it up.

3:26 PM: The aforementioned neighbor contacted us with more information. The gun, he says, turned out to be “a BB pistol but looks very much like a full size, ‘real’ gun. Model is a Smith & Wesson 327 TRR8 BB Revolver.” He confirms it’s the one the prowler threatened him with last night and was apparently tossed aside at the spot where the prowler got into a car and took off.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Helicopter search; car prowl http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-search-car-prowl/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-search-car-prowl/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 06:54:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323245 Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes before the night is through:

HELICOPTER SEARCH: We’re hoping to get more details on this from police in the morning, but for those who asked about the helicopter over southeastern West Seattle early this evening, it was related to a car crash in the Olson/Myers vicinity, reported as a hit-run; police were looking for someone who wound up in the greenbelt, and eventually, became the subject of a Guardian One search and SFD rescue.

CAR PROWL: From Robert:

My car was broken into last night. No damage and nothing stolen, just rummaged thru my glove box but nothing was of value. Woke up with all my stuff on my seat. I live at 34th and Alaska. Just wanted to give a heads up.

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UPDATE: Guardian One helicopter in the area (twice) http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/guardian-one-helicopter-in-the-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/guardian-one-helicopter-in-the-area/#comments Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:43:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322716 11:43 PM: Don’t know yet what has brought Guardian One back to West Seattle tonight but it’s helping with a search in the Southwest Athletic Complex/Chief Sealth IHS vicinity. More as we figure it out.

12:00 AM: Guardian One left shortly after that update; scanner traffic indicated police had been searching for (at least) three suspects and found two.

12:30 AM: Tweets by Beat finally has the initial classification on the call – robbery. Notable considering there was a robbery about 24 hours earlier in Roxhill Park, as noted here; no helicopter for that one because it wasn’t reported until later, when the victim made it home a few miles away.

7:24 AM: Comments mention G-1 back in the area in the 2 am hour, this time further south. The helicopter crew subsequently tweeted: “Assisted KCSO Deputies on search for subject who ran from traffic stop and possible unreported stolen car.”

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Possible church burglary/theft; Roxhill Park robbery report; Fauntleroy assault http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-possible-church-burglarytheft/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-possible-church-burglarytheft/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 06:13:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322617 Incidents we’ve been tracking tonight:

11:13 PM: Police are responding to the Westside Unitarian Universalists Congregation church in Gatewood (7141 California SW) right now after a report of a possible burglary/theft. The Guardian One helicopter is in the area and offered to help search for a possible suspect, so you might hear it shortly. No description at this point beyond “unknown race male” in a hoodie.

11:20 PM: The helicopter’s in the area now.

11:29 PM: And it’s moved on, while police continue investigating on the ground.


11:50 PM: **Separate incident** but while we have this Crime Watch report open, we’re adding it. Police are investigating a report of someone being robbed at Roxhill Park. No aerial search in this case – the trail was quite cold, as the victim did not report it until getting home about half an hour later. (We have no further info on this one but more often than not, street robberies have a reporting lag because the robber[s] take the victim’s phone.)


12:44 AM: **Separate incident** Police rushed to Fauntleroy after multiple calls about someone screaming for help. After trying to figure out where exactly it happened, they found a victim in the 8600 block of 46th SW, a 21-year-old woman who is reported to have been assaulted. SFD is en route to evaluate her injuries. Police are trying to sort out what happened.

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UPDATE: Helicopter search for prowlers, apparently a false alarm http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/helicopter-search-for-prowlers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/helicopter-search-for-prowlers/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:10:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321034 9:10 PM: Guardian One is up west of The Junction looking for prowlers in the Genesee area.

9:25 PM: No prowlers found, and Diego says via comments that it apparently was a false alarm. So does Judy via Twitter:

Thanks for the texts/calls – you never know.

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UPDATE: Police/helicopter search on Puget Ridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/policehelicopter-search-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/policehelicopter-search-on-puget-ridge/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:46:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320517

9:46 AM: Thanks for the tips that Guardian One is up over Puget Ridge, with police on the ground near 18th and Dawson. SPD media relations tells us they’re looking for an assault suspect in a suspected case of domestic violence.

10:02 AM: Our crew reports the helicopter is still up and while there’s a significant police presence in the area, including K-9, Dawson (which takes a much-used turn through that area, between Puget Ridge and North Delridge) remains open.

10:48 AM: Guardian One has moved on, but no arrest is reported yet.

11 AM: Commenters have been asking about whether the closest schools that have Kindergarten Jump Start this week – Pathfinder, Sanislo, and Arbor Heights at Boren are each about 1 mile away – were in lockdown or shelter-in-place; some say they received notice that Pathfinder was, but Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Stacy Howard tells WSB, “We’ve just told them to lock their front doors. No shelter-in-place.”

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Seeing/hearing helicopter(s)? If you missed the reminder – it’s a drill http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/seeinghearing-helicopters-if-you-missed-the-reminder-its-a-drill/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/seeinghearing-helicopters-if-you-missed-the-reminder-its-a-drill/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:33:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=313832 9:33 AM: Just got a text about helicopters – heard them nearby passing the West Seattle shore – but this time, we already know what it’s about: If you missed the alert we published last week, it’s a big air/sea drill happening all day down in Des Moines, with some air traffic visible as far north as here.

2:08 PM: Some photos tweeted by the King County Sheriff’s Office, one of the participating agencies:

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Advance helicopter alert! Air/sea drill next Tuesday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/advance-helicopter-alert-airsea-drill-next-tuesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/advance-helicopter-alert-airsea-drill-next-tuesday/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:40:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=313272 Most of this will be happening south of us, but this alert just sent out by the King County Sheriff’s Office mentions that helicopter activity might be visible, so take note (and we’ll remind you again Tuesday):

On Tuesday June 16th, 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 8am until 5pm.

The main landing zone for the helicopter will be the Des Moines Marina. Agencies participating in the exercise include the 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 the King County Water Taxi. During the exercise there will be no public access to the pier.

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UPDATE: Police search in Junction for 2 suspects, both arrested http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/police-search-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/police-search-in-the-junction/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:11:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312971

(WSB photos taken between 5 & 5:30 pm)
5:11 PM: Police are searching for a suspect on the north end of The Junction, not sure yet why. Updates shortly.

5:22 PM: The suspect police are looking for is someone wanted on a warrant. They were apparently trailing him near California/Dakota when he bolted.

5:31 PM: Helicopter has headed south. Our crew is out trying to find out more from SPD on the ground.

5:35 PM: Police tell us one person is in custody, found by a K9, another still on the loose.

5:43 PM: Another officer we asked said this involves felony theft warrants. And no, we have no description at all of the person being sought.

7:55 PM: Someone asked us if the search is still active; no, it was wrapping up two hours ago as we left The Junction. The post-search Guardian One tweet says the same thing police told us – it started as police tried to arrest someone for whom they had a warrant. The one arrest happened close to where the search started, in the California/Dakota area.

9:01 PM UPDATE: We checked with Lt. Alan Williams at the Southwest Precinct to see if the second suspect had ever been found; he confirms BOTH suspects are now in custody.

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