West Seattle Blog... » Helicopter http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:51:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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PHOTOS: West Seattle military helicopter flyby, on the way to Snohomish County event http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-military-helicopter-fly-by/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-military-helicopter-fly-by/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:03:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312939

12:03 PM: Don’t know yet what it was about, but a group of military helicopters flew northbound over the west-facing West Seattle shore a short time ago. Anybody get a photo/video? We ran out the front door with the phone (resulting in this video, but they’re somewhat tiny-looking in the distance). One observer said via Twitter that it looked like four Chinooks and a Blackhawk.

12:24 PM: Thanks to James Bratsanos and to Joe for sending photos so far. The two above are from James – first the wide view of all five, then a closer look at two of the Chinooks and the (Blackhawk?).

12:28 PM: More info in comments – including Jim Clark spotting what might be the answer to the question of what this was about.

12:33 PM: Further verification of what Jim found – a program on that Facebook page says Special Forces from JBLM were to fly by/in (Paine Field in Snohomish County), with “Chinooks x 4.”

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police, helicopter search for possible trespasser(s) at Broadstone Sky construction site http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-construction-site-search/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-construction-site-search/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 05:54:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312515

(Added: Photos by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
10:54 PM: Don’t know yet what they’re looking for, but police are searching the Broadstone Sky construction site at 40th/Edmunds right now – thanks to the people who texted us that tip. And we’re mentioning it because you are likely to see/hear the Guardian One helicopter in the area shortly if you’re not already – they happened to be up and available, so they offered to help. If/when we find out more, we’ll update.

11:42 PM UPDATE: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli went over to see what more he could find out. Police told him they started searching the site after neighbors called to say they were hearing noises – they were still looking when he left. Guardian One didn’t spot anyone but the police officers at the site.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen bicycle; overnight helicopter http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-bicycle-overnight-helicopter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-bicycle-overnight-helicopter/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 13:44:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311730 Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning:


My 12-year-old son’s bike was stolen from the Seattle Public Library on 35th and Henderson. The bike is a Silver Fuji Absolute. It has an aftermarket rack on the back and a new gel seat. The bike was stolen May 28th before 4:30 pm. We are offering a $100 reward.

This has been reported to police via the online system, but the incident # isn’t available yet; you can reach JC at 206-261-2410.

OVERNIGHT HELICOPTER: Guardian One was in West Seattle briefly around 1:15 am; the crew tweeted later that they were helping SPD with a car-prowling incident “off Delridge Way,” no block specified.

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HELICOPTERS: Why Guardian One was (briefly) over Gatewood/Sunrise Heights; why a TV helicopter is over Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/why-guardian-one-was-briefly-over-gatewoodsunrise-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/why-guardian-one-was-briefly-over-gatewoodsunrise-heights/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 18:46:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311552 helicopterwatch.png11:46 AM: Our area’s only law-enforcement helicopter unit, King County Air Support (Guardian One), spent a few minutes over Gatewood/Sunrise Heights a short time ago, and now we know why. They tweeted that they happened to be in the area, so jumped in to help Seattle Police with a response to a situation described as a “fight” in the 3700 block of SW Webster. According to a neighbor, also via Twitter, police are still there, but they’ve said the situation is under control. When a Guardian One pilot/tactical flight officer spoke to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network last month (WSB coverage here), they mentioned that they do monitor emergency radio while they’re in flight, and if they happen to be in the area of an emergency call, they might turn up even without having been requested, so that’s what happened here.

11:51 AM: Unrelated but also involving a helicopter over West Seattle, and also bringing in texted questions – the KING/KOMO-shared TV helicopter is in the Admiral area right now because the governor of Alaska is visiting the Polar Pioneer oil rig at Terminal 5.

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UPDATE: Why Guardian One helicopter was searching here http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/why-the-guardian-one-helicopter-is-over-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/why-the-guardian-one-helicopter-is-over-west-seattle/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 16:57:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309472 helicopterwatch.png9:57 AM: Police and helicopter are searching east of California/Andover. We don’t know yet what the crime was but the person they were seeking was described as a white man in his 30s, black hair, blue jeans. More to come.

10 AM: Police report one person in custody near 35th/Andover. Whatever the incident was, it started at California/Hinds.

10:21 AM: We caught up with police there to find out how this started. They describe the man as being in crisis (added: “throwing things into the street, kicking cars and generally screaming obscenities” was an initial report) and say his behavior was what led to a police call; they didn’t call for Guardian One but the helicopter happened to be nearby and offered to come help them track the man down. (The pilot who recently spoke to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network – WSB coverage here – did say they monitor many frequencies when up, and sometimes self-assign this way.) The man is being taken to the hospital by private ambulance for a mental-health evaluation.

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Helicopter over Fauntleroy: Investigating possible burglary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/helicopter-over-fauntleroy-investigating-possible-burglary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/helicopter-over-fauntleroy-investigating-possible-burglary/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 04:51:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308808 If you’re noticing Guardian One over Fauntleroy southwest of Morgan Junction – while it’s in the same area of the fire, it’s not because of the fire. It’s a possible burglary. We had just returned from following up at the fire scene when we heard the call about a possible burglar at a house in the 6700 block of Fauntleroy (where the road just reopened, barely a block from the homes that burned), and the helicopter is helping in the search.

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