West Seattle Blog... » Helicopter http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:41:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 VIDEO: Suspect arrested after South Delridge/White Center search with police, deputies, helicopter http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-sheriffs-helicopter-search-in-white-centersouth-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-sheriffs-helicopter-search-in-white-centersouth-delridge/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:56:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308312

(Aerial/infrared video of last 7 minutes of the search, ending with arrest)

12:56 AM: Thanks for the texts – a search that’s under way seems to be spanning both Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Office jurisdictions, with locations including the 26th/Roxbury vicinity. Working to find out what/who they’re looking for.

1:05 AM: Per scanner, deputies have taken a suspect into custody; at some point this included pursuit of a vehicle that the suspect ditched.

1:23 AM: Guardian One has explained via Twitter what it was about:


3:51 AM: Just added atop the story, Guardian One’s video of the last 7 minutes of the search, as they spotted the suspect hiding in the 9600 block of 24th SW and talked the ground officers (including a K-9 team) in.

P.S. Guardian One’s pilot is the guest at next Tuesday’s meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network – bring your questions – 6:30 pm at the SPD Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster).

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Call it ‘Guardian One 101′: West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network to feature law-enforcement helicopter’s pilot http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/call-it-guardian-one-101-west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network-to-feature-law-enforcement-helicopters-pilot/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/call-it-guardian-one-101-west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network-to-feature-law-enforcement-helicopters-pilot/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:22:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308009

(WSB photo from 2014)
You’ve probably seen – or at least heard – it in your neighborhood – our area’s only law-enforcement helicopter, Guardian One. You might have questions about how it works with local police departments, when it gets involved, how it gets involved, and why. Now you have the chance for answers! the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network has just announced its special guest for next Tuesday’s meeting (April 28th):

Our special guest will be Deputy Hersh T. Hoaglan, pilot of the Guardian One helicopter!

Guardian One is a familiar sight over West Seattle, helping Seattle Police from the air to apprehend suspects. Deputy Hoaglan, from the Air Support Unit of the King County Sheriff’s Office, will share with us in detail what he does, how the tools and technology work, and what he sees from the air. He’ll also talk about some of the searches that he works on with Seattle Police.

Bring your questions and take advantage of this opportunity to learn about Guardian One. Should be a very interesting evening!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, April 28, 2013, 6:30-8 PM
At the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30 – Arrive early for light snacks, socializing and networking with each other while we set up the room!

6:30-7:00 – Introductions, announcements.
7:00-8:00 – Deputy Hersh T. Hoaglan | Air Support Unit | King County Sheriff’s Office
8:00-8:30 – Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Hope to see you there! Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Helicopter search after 7-11 robbery http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-search-after-7-11-robbery/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-search-after-7-11-robbery/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:14:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307918 helicopterwatch.pngSeveral people are asking this morning about a helicopter search in eastern West Seattle early today. Here’s what we’ve found out: Guardian One helped Seattle Police try to catch a man who robbed the 35th/Avalon 7-11 around 2 am. According to the police report we’ve obtained, the clerk was mopping the floor when the robber approached him from behind and placed the barrel of a handgun against his neck, ordering him to empty the register and give him all the money. After the clerk complied, the robber grabbed six packages of cigars and ran out of the store – dropping the cigars in the process, but not the money. The clerk summoned police immediately; they searched on the ground with a K-9 and from the air with Guardian One, but couldn’t find the robber, whose track ended in an alley near the golf course, several blocks east. No description – we’ll add it if we get it.

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UPDATE: About that loud helicopter early this morning… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/about-that-loud-helicopter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/about-that-loud-helicopter/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 09:20:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306219 helicopterwatch.png2:20 AM: We haven’t confirmed it yet but are checking into whether it was Guardian Two, the King County Sheriff’s Office‘s military-surplus second helicopter. That’s what the similarly loud, military-style helicopter passing by two weeks ago turned out to be, returning from a rescue in the South Sound, and a few hours ago, the KCSO Air Support Unit tweeted that G-2 was headed out to hoist an injured climber in Jefferson County. When on approach to Boeing Field, they fly low to stay out of Sea-Tac’s path, we were told. If we get confirmation, we’ll update.

11:04 AM: As noted in comments below, a followup tweet has added a little more information.

9:29 PM: And here’s what the rescue was all about.

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UPDATE: Why Guardian One helicopter was over Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/why-guardian-1-was-over-arbor-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/why-guardian-1-was-over-arbor-heights/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:40:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305962

(Thanks to Sherry for the photo)
12:40 PM: Thanks for the tips (206-293-6302 any time) about the Guardian One law-enforcement helicopter over Arbor Heights. It was gone by the time we got there to look, and nothing was detectable via the scanner, but King County Air Support has just tweeted that they were helping look for a stolen car, and that the car was found.

ADDED 2:20 PM: We asked KCSO spokesperson Sgt. BJ Myers for a few more details. Among other things, this explains why we didn’t hear anything on the scanner:

Early this morning, a deputy on his way to another call got an indication on his in-car LoJack sensor that a stolen car was in the Arbor Heights area. The deputy wasn’t able to follow up on the alert, so Guardian One came out today with their LoJack sensor and located the stolen vehicle dumped near SW 102/26 Av SW. A detective came out and recovered and processed the vehicle for evidence. It was stolen from Seattle.

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UPDATE: Sunday morning helicopter over south West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/sunday-morning-mystery-helicopter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/sunday-morning-mystery-helicopter/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:49:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304668 helicopterwatch.png8:49 AM: Some are asking, so here’s all we know: Heard the helicopter long before we saw it, to the south of where we are (Upper Fauntleroy/Gatewood). Sounded military. We stood outside waiting for a glimpse, finally got it as it passed, eastbound, to the south of us, over Arbor Heights. Hard to tell on a gray morning but it looked private, not military. (If you got a clearer look, let us know!)

9:50 PM: After much discussion in comments throughout the day/evening, we’ve learned that it was most likely the King County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit‘s second helicopter, Guardian Two, headed back in from the South Sound. It’s a UH-1H military surplus helicopter, which would explain the loudness.

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VIDEO: Two overnight incidents with Guardian One responses http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/heard-the-helicopter-heres-what-guardian-one-was-helping-with/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/heard-the-helicopter-heres-what-guardian-one-was-helping-with/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:05:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=303628

(ADDED: KCSO aerial video from search that followed Delridge/Trenton incident)
1:05 AM: The Guardian One law-enforcement helicopter was just over eastern West Seattle for a bit, and now we know why. They tweeted that they were helping Seattle Police look for suspects who ran from a stolen car. The search was focused near 18th and Graham. A K-9 team has been helping on the ground, but no luck finding the suspects so far.

2:18 AM: Guardian One is back because of a separate incident, this one at Delridge/Trenton. It drew a large police/fire response because of an apparently false report of “three people stabbed.” So far, they have found one person with a “small laceration” on a finger. Police had been called to the same area for a similar report earlier tonight.

8:05 AM: We’ve added, above, the aerial video from the second incident, Delridge/Trenton, that’s since been posted on the KCSO Air Support YouTube channel. (What you hear over it is the same audio we heard via scanner at the time, SPD on the ground and the helicopter deputy.)

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Update: Helicopter over High Point, police search on ground http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/helicopter-over-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/helicopter-over-high-point/#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:44:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301113

10:44 PM: Thanks for the tips – the Guardian One helicopter is in West Seattle now, in the High Point area, over Graham/Lanham. Not sure yet what it’s about – they seem to be focused on a vehicle – we’ll add what we find out.

10:55 PM: Officers are searching on the ground, too – one tells us this involves “stolen property.”

(Police at the Calugas Apartments in High Point)
11:01 PM: Guardian One appears to have moved on. We’ve heard on the scanner multiple times that this involves law enforcement from Mercer Island as well as SPD. Not sure how much more we’ll find out tonight.

11:06 PM: Guardian One’s Twitter account confirms:


11:32 PM: Photos added.

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Update: Police search after ‘lewd conduct’ reported near Chief Sealth IHS http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/police-search-after-exposer-reported-near-chief-sealth-ihs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/police-search-after-exposer-reported-near-chief-sealth-ihs/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:16:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300890 11:16 AM: Thanks for the tips about the helicopters. A police search is under way in the Chief Sealth International High School vicinity after, per SPD, a man “reportedly exposed himself (near Sealth) … and ran off.” Police add that they are “evaluating conflicting witness statements.” Earlier this morning, a significant police presence was visible in the area, following the three incidents reported by students yesterday. No description available yet, so we don’t know if this incident matches any aspect of the “flasher” report a few blocks east of Sealth on January 26th.

11:47 AM UPDATE: Just as we were on the phone with police seeking more details, they tweeted this:


There is some partial description info, Det. Drew Fowler told us: White man, 20s, gray shirt, black boots.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police search in South Delridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-south-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-south-delridge/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:11:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300779 1:11 PM: SPD is searching in the Delridge/Trenton area for a possible burglary suspect. That’s what the heavy police presence is about. More as we get it.

1:14 PM: You might soon see/hear Guardian One in the area to help with the search. No official description from police.

1:23 PM: Partial description of the suspect: Buzzcut, 20s, gray backpack with yellow trim. A neighbor says police also said the suspect was described as white or Asian.

3:18 PM: The search ended without word of an arrest. We now know the burglary was in the 8800 block of 22nd SW.

ADDED FEBRUARY 17TH: Aerial video from the search, available via this new YouTube channel:

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Guardian One’s third West Seattle/White Center visit of the night http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/guardian-ones-third-visit-of-the-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/guardian-ones-third-visit-of-the-night/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:56:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300360 9:56 PM: Guardian One is in the area for the third time tonight. This time we’ve heard it’s a call near 20th/Delridge but don’t have details yet. Earlier, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Twitter timeline, the helicopter assisted with calls described as a hit-run search in West Seattle and a robbery search in White Center.

10:44 PM: We couldn’t find any police activity in that area but Guardian One’s subsequent tweet says it was helping with “a robbery north of White Center.” Fragments of scanner traffic lead us to believe it was a store robbery, not a street robbery, but we’re still trying to confirm with police. No helicopter visible in the area (or anywhere else as we drove back north along 16th, and then onto Delridge, from there).

ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: Delridge 7-11, per comment.

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About the helicopter in Lincoln Park/Morgan Junction area http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/about-the-helicopter-in-lincoln-parkmorgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/about-the-helicopter-in-lincoln-parkmorgan-junction/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:54:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299642 Thanks for the texts/other messages about Guardian One circling for a few minutes in the north Lincoln Park/Morgan Junction area a short time ago. Mystery to us until G-1 tweeted:


They’ve since moved on.

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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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