Updates: Another Friday night edition of “mystery helicopter”

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helicopterwatch.pngJust got about half a dozen notes about a helicopter over Morgan Junction/Seaview/etc. We can hear it from WSB HQ in Upper Fauntleroy but can’t see anything. We’ve had some previous Friday night helicopter visits linked to high-school football but the reports so far say this one is using a spotlight to sweep for something. Scanner’s on, listening to see if we can pick up what it’s about, we’ll post if/when we find something out; if you see any obvious police search on the ground, please post a comment to help solve the mystery – thanks! 9:06 PM UPDATE: Just talked to the folks at the precinct, and it’s NOT a police call – they’re not on anything major – might be King County-related, but definitely not one of their cases. The info-quest continues … 9:17 PM UPDATE: Closer to our ‘hood and it looked like two choppers. Plus a knowledgeable source in e-mail says one is definitely King County’s “Guardian One” (Seattle doesn’t have its own police chopper so Guardian One works for multiple agencies). We left a message for the Coast Guard on the offhand chance it has anything to do with this. 9:25 PM UPDATE: Absent official information to this point, we’re going to head down toward L-Park (which is just down our hill) in hopes we might bump into someone on the ground who has actual info. Keep posting in the comments – if we don’t crack the case, you just might. (And as we typed that – an SPD cruiser just went past our house.) 9:30 PM UPDATE: OK, scratch that, whatever is going on, they’re zeroing in on “a house” somewhere and have just mentioned the helicopter on the scanner. No address heard, we’re going to stay here and keep listening. 10 PM UPDATE: KING 5 news says sheriff’s deputies were looking for a murder suspect in White Center, but they don’t have much info about the case – who was killed, when, where why. The suspect is reportedly in custody. That doesn’t entirely explain all the West Seattle searching unless it turns out (and we will be pursuing KCSO info too) that they were first looking here. 10:14 PM UPDATE: Actual information! Thanks to King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Urquhart for calling back. He says a man “assaulted his girlfriend by cutting her” — not serious injuries — she went to the Texaco station at 16th and Roxbury to get help — he ran to a friend’s house — officers, with helicopter help, zeroed in on that house to arrest him — he is in custody. Sgt. Urquhart says there was a report the man MAY have had a homicide warrant from SOMEWHERE ELSE but he has not verified that so far. As for what all the helicopter action over West Seattle was about – he doesn’t believe it was related except that it may have been the chopper setting up and waiting to get the signal to move in and help with this arrest. 10:32 PM UPDATE: TV says the suspect is believed to have been linked to a Kent murder in July. 10:36 PM UPDATE: Sgt. Urquhart just called us again to confirm that information — the man arrested in White Center tonight was wanted in a summertime murder in Kent. 10:49 PM UPDATE: Also got a note back from Lt. Ron Smith at the Southwest Precinct, who says two of his officers did help KCSO handle calls in White Center for a short time because of this incident — Seattle Police are all clear of the WC incident now — and also adds one other detail, that the location was “11th SW just south of Roxbury.”

128 Replies to "Updates: Another Friday night edition of "mystery helicopter""

  • Al October 24, 2008 (8:54 pm)

    They are definitely looking for something/one. It’s been steady for about ~30 minutes now. Our backyard was swept with the spotlight at one point.

  • quiz October 24, 2008 (8:57 pm)

    This thing has been flying for a while…pretty loud/low too. I assume it’ll need to re-fuel at some point.

  • holly October 24, 2008 (8:57 pm)

    our yard was swept as well, it seems as if they are circling. I was standing outside watching, then thought I should go back inside if they are in fact looking for something.

  • Todd October 24, 2008 (8:58 pm)

    Seems to have moved north a few blocks over us

  • hopey October 24, 2008 (8:59 pm)

    Your headline made me giggle. :)

  • Gatewood October 24, 2008 (9:01 pm)

    Mccain has escaped…break out the copter and lets catch us a republican ~!!!

  • brj October 24, 2008 (9:02 pm)

    If your backyard has been swept – PLEASE say where you are at!

  • Sara October 24, 2008 (9:03 pm)

    Helicopter seems to be banking over genesee hill then heading back towards morgan junction.

  • Al October 24, 2008 (9:04 pm)

    It’s between the Morgan Jct and 35th and Morgan area. Seems to be closer to Morgan Jct however. Am I hearing two helicopters now?

  • b October 24, 2008 (9:06 pm)

    thanks for researching! we just logged in to see why it has circled multiple times…and seems to be closing in on a tighter circle…makes our windows rattle each time it flies overhead! We live near Othello and have not seen any searchlights…

  • holly October 24, 2008 (9:07 pm)

    I am at 45th and Raymond. It no longer has the spotlight, but it did for about 15 minutes.

  • HAM October 24, 2008 (9:09 pm)

    Flying over a lot and low. In the area of 45th and Raymond/Graham. Went outside, saw nothing but the whirly bird

  • Brandon October 24, 2008 (9:16 pm)

    he’s sure not sneaking up on anyone. You’d think there would be a ground force as well…

  • elissa October 24, 2008 (9:16 pm)

    we live at kenyon and fauntleroy and i’ve been hearing them for 30 minutes or so. i see 4 that are flying over Lincoln Park and surrounding areas.

  • A October 24, 2008 (9:17 pm)

    We’re at 44th & Juneau and unless it’s our imagination we think we have spotted two helicopters now. No spotlights (although we did notice a spotlight about 20 min ago over the CA Ave area).

  • A October 24, 2008 (9:19 pm)

    Spotlight spotted south of Graham. And he has slowed down also!

  • elissa October 24, 2008 (9:19 pm)

    They are spotlighting over lincoln park!!!! i just saw them. freaky!

  • miws October 24, 2008 (9:19 pm)

    I too have heard it, but not seen it, in the Morgan Junction area.


    Must have it’s cloaking device engaged! ;)



  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:20 pm)

    Hey we were curious with all the noise and went out side. The search light swept US and our house!!

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:21 pm)

    whats a cloaking device?

  • Ann October 24, 2008 (9:21 pm)

    it’s tres annoying and I bet they wouldnt “practice” over Mercer Island! Great headline though :)

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:22 pm)

    the serachlight is back on

  • ellen October 24, 2008 (9:22 pm)

    One just flew past California and Frontenac towards Lincoln Park and back with spotlight on.

  • holly October 24, 2008 (9:22 pm)

    it has its spolight on now…north of raymond,around 46th?

  • Scooper October 24, 2008 (9:22 pm)

    We live on the 49th block and the helicopter just swept our street.

  • que October 24, 2008 (9:22 pm)

    We saw it really low at the Alaska Junction about 8:45 and now it is overhead just south of the Morgan Junction at about 9:15 or so.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:22 pm)

    now it off
    what is this? can you say creepy?

  • sara October 24, 2008 (9:23 pm)

    spotlight swept top of genesee hill and then headed south toward lincoln park… only see one helicopter.

  • mk October 24, 2008 (9:23 pm)

    We live on 5600 block and are still overhead with light on.

  • b October 24, 2008 (9:23 pm)

    it is using the spotlight west of 47th, north of lincoln park and – as far as I can tell – up to graham or so? also flying significantly lower than 30 minutes ago.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:23 pm)

    spotlight went on around Junction and then off, i see two helicopters. does anyone have any clue what is going on?

  • J October 24, 2008 (9:24 pm)

    One of the helicopters keeps flying down by lincoln park and then back towards beach drive with no spotlight.

  • B-squared October 24, 2008 (9:24 pm)

    Looks to be flying between genesee and lincoln park, more or less along 48th. search light is back on, periodically.

  • kae October 24, 2008 (9:25 pm)

    From California and Orchard and have been watching from our window two helicopters make circles. I stuck my head out the window and looked up and the spotlight came straight to our house. The spotlight seems to come and go. What is the deal???

  • derek October 24, 2008 (9:25 pm)

    They’re definitely trolling around Lincoln Park. I can see the park from my apt and they’re cruising over it. Kinda tempted to hop on the bike and shred around there to see what kind of Hollywood hijinks I can get myself into.

  • sean October 24, 2008 (9:27 pm)

    Just was lit up by the ghettobird in my backyard on 47th near Charleston…hope everyone’s ok.

  • Jeff October 24, 2008 (9:27 pm)

    Still going strong over Morgan Junction. I can’t see the spolight any longer but the helicopter is still circling. There were two helicopters before but not now. He’s rattling my windows with each pass. Listening to the police scanner, no mention of major police action.

  • elissa October 24, 2008 (9:28 pm)

    i just called 911 and they said they are scanning the area looking for somebody. he couldn’t give me any details. I would lock you doors!

  • islander October 24, 2008 (9:28 pm)

    Citizen policing at its very best, well done! My 3-yr-old is convinced ET is coming back for a visit.

  • Mark October 24, 2008 (9:28 pm)

    they are immediately above us. 6700 block of beach drive.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:28 pm)

    its getting closer and closer to a house

  • Al October 24, 2008 (9:29 pm)

    Wow – it’s really low. Spotlight was off when it was heading south, then on again heading north. It looked like it was spotlighting Thriftway a moment ago. Does this have to do with the wine tastings? :-)

  • kae October 24, 2008 (9:29 pm)

    the searchlight is back and its so low i thought it was going to land for a second, what the hell??? isn’t it going to fast to actually see anything?

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:29 pm)

    its getting closer and closer to a house anyone else?

  • CLL October 24, 2008 (9:30 pm)

    We’re up on Gatewood Hill and am watching the helicopter with search light on circle round the area west and south of the Morgan Junction.

  • derek October 24, 2008 (9:30 pm)

    Just flew directly over my apt on Murray Ave just north of Lincoln Park with the spotlight pointing North. I’m sure things will end up fine, but I am kind of in a Cops sort of mood now.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:31 pm)

    same here derek! where did it head off too?

  • A October 24, 2008 (9:32 pm)

    Derek, have you been drinking tonight? ;)

  • b October 24, 2008 (9:32 pm)

    hmmm….quiet now?

  • DW October 24, 2008 (9:33 pm)

    Just flew off east very fast and abruptly. Seems to be gone now

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:34 pm)

    why are they searching for someone

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:35 pm)

    i bet he is re fueling, they got pretty close to a house about 5 blocks down from us, then we came to write, and it was gone.

  • Jeff October 24, 2008 (9:35 pm)

    Bye bye helicopter. I can’t hear it any more at Morgan Junction.

  • WSB October 24, 2008 (9:35 pm)

    Don’t know. Police at SW Precinct had nothing working. Which means it is likely another agency’s call. Trying to get a source at King County Sheriff’s Office since they would be the second most likely source.

  • Mark October 24, 2008 (9:35 pm)

    they were right over us and we saw something fall out of the sky. i went out into our yard and found a new women’s red tahari suit. so it must be the republican party giving back.

  • islander October 24, 2008 (9:36 pm)

    do you hear what i hear?

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:37 pm)

    what in the world. is that a joke?

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:37 pm)

    people in west seattle, this is not joke, keep serious.

  • Bayou October 24, 2008 (9:38 pm)

    There is a helicopter over here in White Center, near Roxbury and 12th- any relation?

  • Gatewood October 24, 2008 (9:39 pm)

    Copters are gone and the search for Mccain is over, Mccain has been caught. Now, off to the eastside with him where he belongs..

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:39 pm)

    we see that too, is that the second one?

  • miws October 24, 2008 (9:41 pm)



    Cloaking Device was a reference to the original Star Trek TV series. (I’m not a Trekkie, but always enjoyed the original).


    I saw the chopper out of my west facing window about the same time al saw it spotting Thriftway.


    Looking out my east facing window, I can see a spotlight circling above the clouds, though that must be from a haunted house or something, since the source of it has been static, going back several minutes.



  • WSB October 24, 2008 (9:42 pm)

    I believe there may be another call in WC – heard scanner fragments – and the chopper has headed off that way. It is an astoundingly busy time on the scanner, almost every frequency is catching with something from around the city/county …

  • WesCAddle October 24, 2008 (9:42 pm)

    It’s the military takeover of the United States.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:42 pm)

    we think we have spotted the so to be gone helicopter. re-fueling?

  • M&M October 24, 2008 (9:43 pm)

    we drove up to highpoint to get a better view. At around 9:15 we counted about 4 copters in the area.

  • Karen October 24, 2008 (9:45 pm)

    The one in WC is still circling – searchlight on. Glad to know I’m not the only one who wonders about these things!

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:45 pm)

    what is the scanner, yall are talking about?

  • Tami October 24, 2008 (9:45 pm)

    Our neighborhood Faunt/Holly st. has been swept w/ spotlight a number of times in the past 30 minutes. We saw the helicopter change direction (towards Roxbury) quickly and quiet it’s engines. Can’t wait to hear the final report.

  • L M October 24, 2008 (9:45 pm)

    Finally quiet around 45th sw 4700 to 6000 block

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:46 pm)

    i sound stupid, but how do you guys know that its a WC and where do you go to see the “scanner”

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:47 pm)


  • WSB October 24, 2008 (9:48 pm)

    Scanner is a radio monitor with frequencies that are used by police, fire, sheriff’s, etc. Like most news organizations we have one and we listen to it much of the time. But they’re available to anyone who’s interested. P.S. To Tami’s point, if no information is obtainable tonight (and I am still trying) … I will of course have followup as soon as someone CAN tell us what it was about, in the fine tradition of some past “what all the choppers were for” reports.

  • elissa October 24, 2008 (9:48 pm)

    call 911 and ask them what’s going on. they told me they are searching for someone.

  • GenHillOne October 24, 2008 (9:48 pm)

    WC = White Center Madd&EM, WSB & few others have police frequency scanners

  • kae October 24, 2008 (9:52 pm)

    quiet now at cafe ladro on california

  • Alison October 24, 2008 (9:53 pm)

    Still circling around 12th & Roxbury (WC). There are a ton of cops out too. Has anyone herard anything new?

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:53 pm)

    anything neww?

  • WSB October 24, 2008 (9:53 pm)

    Media inquiries to 911 are verboten. BTDT.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:54 pm)

    and i take it you have to buy the scanner?

  • Tim October 24, 2008 (9:56 pm)

    I’m thinking 911 might not be the number to call to get status reports … it should be reserved for emergencies. Not to be a jerk, or anything :-)

    Thanks for keeping us updated on what happened. It’s all very exciting.

  • WSB October 24, 2008 (9:56 pm)

    Yup. Radio Shack, electronics store. Meantime, if there’s no revelation from a TV station at 10 pm, I’m going back to the original plan of heading out to see if we can find any action on the ground.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (9:58 pm)

    goodluck! and thanks for all the help, but anything new.. any sign of a chopper?

  • InArborHeights October 24, 2008 (9:58 pm)

    In big cities it must be a digital trunking scanner.

  • BC October 24, 2008 (9:58 pm)

    Was quiet for a while here at 42nd and Andover, but I hear them coming back.

  • Michelle October 24, 2008 (9:59 pm)

    I just saw it turn off it’s searchlight and fly away – right over my house at 18th and Trenton

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (10:00 pm)

    how many cops have been spotted on foot or in a car?

  • holly October 24, 2008 (10:00 pm)

    I phoned King 5 and gave them a report/asked if they knew what was going on. They didn’t seem to know, so I told them they can check on WSB. :)

  • kae October 24, 2008 (10:01 pm)

    breaking news on channel six, “a high risk situation… homicide investigation in white center”

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (10:01 pm)

    lets get WS on the news! woohhoo! we will be famous. Laugh out loud, just kidding

  • kae October 24, 2008 (10:01 pm)

    “suspect is in custody, high risk arrest going down without any trouble” channel 6

  • elissa October 24, 2008 (10:01 pm)

    i know 911 is for ER but i’m home alone with my baby and would like to know if some dude is going to break in to my house and kill me. NEWS: homicide investigation in white center.

  • kae October 24, 2008 (10:03 pm)

    not kidding. the news brief is over now.

  • stephanie October 24, 2008 (10:03 pm)

    They were searching for a homicide person. They caught him and he is in custody. It happened off Roxbury.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (10:04 pm)

    did they catch him off of the heli?

  • WSB October 24, 2008 (10:05 pm)

    I just watched that report and have to caution this – I worked in TV for 20-plus years and I know how to read TV writing. While the reported murder suspect was apparently caught somewhere on Roxbury, that doesn’t mean there was a murder there – the reporter said they had very little info about the case, what happened, where it happened, when it happened, who it happened to, only that a search zeroed in on a Roxbury house and a suspect is in custody. MAY have been a murder somewhere else, with a suspect traced here. And it still doesn’t explain all the WS chopper searching, so we’re not giving up our info quest. I have a message out to the King County SO person who handles media inquiries.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (10:06 pm)

    did they catch him more like when they got 100 yards away from that house?!

  • Lucky October 24, 2008 (10:09 pm)

    I saw four UFO’s a little while ago. I’m down in Brace Point and I saw their tractor beams scanning Lincoln Park for cattle and drunks.

  • Madd&EM October 24, 2008 (10:10 pm)

    beddd time for our household! ill check the update in the morning

  • WSB October 24, 2008 (10:13 pm)

    OK. I just got a call back from King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Urquhart. Full details to be added to the post above in a minute, I don’t want to type twice. Not as scary as it sounded on TV.

  • TP October 24, 2008 (10:22 pm)

    That was freakish…seeing the heli lights so close to home. Sigh…Makes me think it would be good to do a block watch party over by 12th and around…

  • kae October 24, 2008 (10:24 pm)

    wow, thanks for all the info, i love west seattle blog!

  • tj October 24, 2008 (10:27 pm)

    Yay!! Captured! Great job PD/Sheriffs!!

  • rob October 24, 2008 (10:29 pm)

    My shorewood neighborhood is safe. I am in my garage currently reloading more ammunition. trespassers will be shot……more than once.

  • Aim October 24, 2008 (10:30 pm)

    Seriously love you guys. You always have the scoop. It was definitely flying very low over 20th & Trenton or so at one point. Glad to know all worked out ok.

  • WSB October 24, 2008 (10:38 pm)

    Just updated, Sgt. Urquhart (HUGE kudos to him … I “knew” him from my TV days too, it is great he’s taking care of us as neighborhood media as well as the citywide folks) called again to confirm that indeed the man arrested in WC tonight was wanted in a summertime murder in Kent.

  • TP October 24, 2008 (10:43 pm)

    Thanks for the update! So nice to be informed.

  • Brian October 24, 2008 (11:11 pm)

    I can’t wait for all the comments when the UFO’s show up.

  • Bertha October 24, 2008 (11:48 pm)

    When the UFO’s do show, WSB will be the first to report it!

  • Scott B. October 25, 2008 (12:05 am)

    I have seen the King County Sheriff’s police helicopter before orbiting locations near White Center with its spotlight on. In the past, I wondered about its cost effectiveness.

    Considering the recent projections of cuts in King County Sheriff’s police force, I now feel more protective of resources available to our police forces.

  • WSB October 25, 2008 (12:34 am)

    Bertha, if they do show up, they’re probably coming for us. In the context in which many people use the line “if I should oh get hit by a truck or something,” I have been long known to use the line “if I should oh get kidnapped by aliens or something …” Data point. That said, I hope West Seattle skies are quiet … oh, for at least a few days.

  • ML October 25, 2008 (12:56 am)

    Why are helicpoters such a strange and freakish sighting? They do exist you know… not quite the anomoly everyone makes them out to be. Sheesh

  • cjboffoli October 25, 2008 (1:06 am)

    Ye gods! 113 comments in just a few hours. Is that some kind of record?

  • WSB October 25, 2008 (1:29 am)

    Maybe a WSB speed record. Volume record still belongs to the Nicholas Francisco threads.
    ML – it wasn’t so much the helicopter, as the fact that some kind of search appeared to be under way, for a good half-hour, and people (including us) in what looked to be the search area wanted to know what it was all about. Would have been the same thing if it had been squad cars sweeping the streets. It went on a LONG time.

  • Scott B. October 25, 2008 (1:33 am)

    Comment by ML — October 25, 08 12:56 am
    “Why are helicpoters such a strange and freakish sighting?”


    Helicopters are expensive to operate, so we don’t see them in operation very often. Helicopters have unique capabilities, but are more difficult to fly than fixed wing aircraft (helicopters are rotary wing aircraft).

    Some people (like me) are fascinated by helicopters because of the way helicopters fly and the way the controls to fly a helicopter work.

  • JanS October 25, 2008 (1:57 am)

    and it’s been a really quiet evening up here in the Admiral District…quiet bordering on boring…thanks for all the info :)

  • Scott B. October 25, 2008 (2:48 am)

    Comment by WSB — October 25, 08 1:29 am:
    “…it wasn’t so much the helicopter…

    There was at least one helicopter enthusiast among the spectators: me.

    Here’s how to fly a helicopter (from what I have read…I have never flown a helicopter, but I would love to try it):
    One hand grips the cyclic joystick. The cyclic “lowers” the rotary wing (the main rotor blades) in the direction the cyclic is pushed.
    The other hand grips the collective. The collective increases or decreases the “bite” each blade of the rotary wing has on the air: at one extreme, the blade slices through the air like an edge-on knife and the load on the engine is low; at the other extreme, the blade is angled so it provides lift during its rotation, but more power is required to keep from stalling the engine. The motorcycle style “twist grip” throttle control on the cyclic is used simultaneously with the collective in order to keep the engine within safe and effective operating RPM range. Everything else being equal, the engine power would be increased as the collective’s “bite” is increased and vice versa.
    The rotary wing imparta a force that must be counteracted so that the helicopter does not spin in the opposite direction. The helicopter usually has a propeller mounted “sideways” on its tail that counteracts the “sideways” force imparted by acceleration/deceleration from the rotary wing, but sometimes the propeller is replaced by exhaust gases. That propeller is controlled by foot pedals.

    Those three major flight controls plus the throttle are responsible for a helicopter’s flight and are combined by the helicopter pilot in continuously varying ratios to create the helicopter’s flight through the air.

    Hovering using the ground effect at three or feet is said to be easier than hovering at altitude. Hovering at altitude during daylight is said to be difficult, so an orbiting flight path tonight makes sense to me in that sense. Higher rate of speed of the helicopter might also decrease chances of the helicopter being hit by groundfire.

  • Pat October 25, 2008 (5:49 am)

    When the helicopters and searchlights started over our house last night, I came to the WSB looking for info – didn’t find this thread in spite of clicking several different links. It wasn’t on my WSB front page like it is now. How can I find this kind of moment-to-moment info in the future?

  • WW October 25, 2008 (7:58 am)

    You have to click on the “comments” under the header, then keep refreshing periodically to see all the recent additions. This one was changed fast. It’s great to have this local information so fast when we’re all wondering what’s going on. Thanks WSB! Great job as always!

    Suggestion: It’d be great if the comments were numbered so it would be easier to find where you last read. :)

  • WW October 25, 2008 (7:59 am)

    Sorry, guess they are #’d with the time!!!! Just got to remember the time!!!!!

  • venusflytrap October 25, 2008 (9:53 am)

    I live in Shorewood and was awakened a little after 2AM this morning to the sound of a helicopter flying in a tight circle above the Sound close to the shore between 116th and 128th Street. It went on for about 45 min. and then left to the South and came back about 5 minutes later and flew up and down the Sound for another 30 – 40 minutes. Does anyone have any information on this?

  • WSB October 25, 2008 (10:49 am)

    WW — the comments actually do have numbers (if you mouse over the “number” sign next to the time stamp, you will see the number) – no one has asked before that they be displayed; I’ll ask our technical consultant whether that’s possible with a slight tweak.
    Pat – when we are following a changing story like this, we do try to put a line like “refresh page for the latest information at the bottom of this post” beneath the headline. Didn’t quite get around to that last night, so I apologize. The concept of making the page auto-refresh like some others has been batted around – I wonder if that would be more annoying than beneficial, however – TR

  • C.W. October 26, 2008 (12:01 am)

    Never heard a helicopter last night, and I live two blocks up from Lincoln Park. However, there has been a helicopter circling the neighborhood for the last 25 minutes. Doesn’t appear to have a searchlight on, though it does look like a police ‘copter versus a news one. Anyone know what is going on? Got little one’s here that are paranoid to go back to sleep now because of the loud noise.

  • WSB October 26, 2008 (12:04 am)

    Hi – we are covering tonight’s helicopter incident (with MUCH help from WSBers) in this post:

    Someone who’s talked to police on the ground says it’s a reported robbery search, Beach Drive/Lincoln Park Way.

  • wtf October 27, 2008 (9:13 pm)

    jesus christ. can’t they just move back to LA and take south central helicopter bs with them?

  • WSB October 27, 2008 (9:57 pm)

    Actually reminded me more of living in Las Vegas. Helicopter spotlight shining in the window almost every night.

  • venusflytrap October 31, 2008 (9:11 am)

    Another helicopter sweep of Shorewood last night between 2AM and 3AM. It was about an hour of traversing North to South and then South to North about a block or so East of the sound between about 110th St. and 150th. Anyone have any more info on this?

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