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January 18, 2012
A helicopter made an emergency landing in the parking lot of Huntington State Beach on Monday morning after the pilot noticed smoke coming out of its electrical equipment. No one was hurt in the landing, authorities said. The Huntington Beach Fire Department responded to the emergency landing at Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Street after receiving a call from John Wayne Airport about it, said Deputy Fire Marshal Bob Culhane. Culhane originally said there was only the pilot in the helicopter but later said there were two people on board.
NEWS
July 31, 2003
Shirley Davis Kim Palzes' "Sounding Off" column was very interesting; however, she was not thoroughly informed on the police calls and criminal activity in this city. She said she reads the police blotters every week and sees nothing that would warrant the use of helicopter. The police blotter in your newspaper had 27 calls listed. However, the article one page over from Kim's letter did list several major incidents here in town. A 19-year-old died from head injuries as the result of a fight.
NEWS
June 24, 2004
Harvey Broadway I disagree with Jason Smith ("Police helicopters an invaluable tool," June 17) in relation to his opinion on the Huntington Beach helicopters, and I disagree on the actual uses he seems to believe the helicopters are being used for. Helicopters with pilots on stand-by (as in use in Los Angeles city and county) can be airborne in minutes and on scene within 8-10 minutes on average in response to the situations he has cited as reason for full-time airborne operations.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | August 16, 2010
Huntington Beach is looking to eliminate a number of positions across the board, including the downtown's daytime foot patrol officers, to fill a $3-million budget gap next year. The fire, police, public works and community services department heads presented their departments shares of the proposed $3 million in cuts for the 2010-11 fiscal year at a City Council study session tonight. The city has made about $20 million in cuts over the last 24 months and implemented a retirement incentive program that is projected to save the city about $11 million over the next six years, but still has to trim down its budget.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | December 4, 2013
The kids at the Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach could barely contain their excitement Tuesday as a sword- and shield-wielding Judah Maccabee - the hero in the story of Hanukkah - stepped from the Los Angeles Police Department helicopter that had just landed on their playground. "I've been an administrator for 25 years and nothing like this has ever happened at one of my schools," said the academy's principal, Megan Carlson. Shmuel Newman, a chaplain for the LAPD West Bureau and Air Support Division, was dressed as Judah.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | February 8, 2007
The Huntington Beach Police Department just bought a new helicopter, but now they need an aviation mechanic. Fortunately for city officials, there's a nearby pool of qualified candidates at the only Federal Aviation Administration-certified Airframe and Powerplant program in the county. The program, offered at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, has provided students with the technical skills necessary to garner positions as certified mechanics in the aviation industry since 1969.
NEWS
November 8, 2001
It's easy to sensationalize something, even though you're telling the truth. As an example, most people are aware that Huntington Beach is in difficult financial straits. I'm not the only one talking about it. The Los Angeles Times did a lengthy piece on the subject just last weekend. So, in view of that, what would you say if I told you that the Huntington Beach City Council, by a vote of five to two, just approved the expenditure of over $1.1 million to buy another police helicopter?
NEWS
July 4, 2002
Helicopters are a nuisance -- not an aid While the Independent had a really nice article about the new police helicopter fleet in Huntington Beach ("A higher power," June 27), I feel, in the interest of good journalism, perhaps you should report on the other side of the story. Huntington Beach is the eighth safest city in the United States, according to a recent report. Perhaps it is due to the helicopter fleet, perhaps not. I moved into the city last August, glad to be in a very safe community.
NEWS
October 10, 2002
Thomas Arnold I would like to take a moment to respond to some of the recent correspondence regarding the Huntington Beach police helicopter. I am the aero unit supervisor and have been part of the unit since 1976. Huntington Beach has operated police helicopters since 1968, which made it the fifth police agency in the entire United States to use aircraft in a law enforcement role. During the past 34 years, we have been involved in some incredible operations, from large drug seizures to firefighting operations, as well as the rescue of potential drowning victims.
NEWS
July 1, 2004
Suspect pleads not guilty to murder John Steadman Nilsen pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and armed robbery charges stemming from the shooting death of a 19-year-old store clerk. Nilsen made the plea in Superior Court in Westminster after receiving continuances on two occasions. Nilsen is being held at Orange County Jail without bail. He was paroled in October 2003 after receiving a 25-year sentence for a kidnapping conviction in 1989.
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By Beau Nicolette | December 4, 2013
The kids at the Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach could barely contain their excitement Tuesday as a sword- and shield-wielding Judah Maccabee - the hero in the story of Hanukkah - stepped from the Los Angeles Police Department helicopter that had just landed on their playground. "I've been an administrator for 25 years and nothing like this has ever happened at one of my schools," said the academy's principal, Megan Carlson. Shmuel Newman, a chaplain for the LAPD West Bureau and Air Support Division, was dressed as Judah.
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NEWS
June 20, 2012
Costa Mesa has signed on to use Huntington Beach's police helicopter for three years, netting Huntington Beach at least $900,000 over the term of the contract. In a unanimous vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting, Costa Mesa leaders said the $300,000-per-year agreement with Huntington offered equal service to their own now-defunct helicopter program but at a fraction of the cost. The contract has an option to extend it annually for the fourth and fifth years. The two cities would reopen the contract for negotiating if the cost of fuel increased more than 10% during the preceding contractual year.
NEWS
January 18, 2012
A helicopter made an emergency landing in the parking lot of Huntington State Beach on Monday morning after the pilot noticed smoke coming out of its electrical equipment. No one was hurt in the landing, authorities said. The Huntington Beach Fire Department responded to the emergency landing at Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Street after receiving a call from John Wayne Airport about it, said Deputy Fire Marshal Bob Culhane. Culhane originally said there was only the pilot in the helicopter but later said there were two people on board.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joseph Serna | November 16, 2011
Huntington Beach's police helicopter will continue servicing Costa Mesa for the next six months with the approval of Costa Mesa's City Council extending that city's $150,000 contract Tuesday night. Though the contract was criticized by some residents who challenged the need for police in the air and others who complained about the noise, Costa Mesa officials said the money was worth it. "Staff has been pleased with the service," said Costa Mesa police Capt. Les Gogerty. In June, Costa Mesa signed a contract with Huntington Beach to have its helicopter respond to Costa Mesa incidents to the tune of $700 an hour.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | August 18, 2011
Huntington Beach has entered a three-year agreement to share police helicopter services with Newport Beach, continuing a recent county trend of cities partnering with neighbors to cut costs. The Huntington Beach City Council on Monday voted for the agreement following the dissolution of the AirBorne Law Enforcement (ABLE), a joint partnership between Costa Mesa and Newport. At $700 an hour, the agreement is expected to generate $2.1 million for Huntington. More sharing is expected, as Huntington officials are discussing the possibility of sharing other services with Newport and Costa Mesa, and fire services with Fountain Valley, said Huntington City Manager Fred Wilson.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
Huntington Beach is looking to eliminate a number of positions across the board, including downtown's daytime foot patrol officers, to close a $3-million budget gap. The fire, police, public works and community services department heads presented their departments' shares of the proposed $3 million in cuts for the 2010-11 fiscal year at a City Council study session on Monday. The city has made about $20 million in cuts over 24 months and implemented a retirement-incentive program that is projected to save the city about $11 million over the next six years.
LOCAL
July 16, 2008
When a 1-year-old was choking Friday morning, the Huntington Beach police helicopter crew landed near his house and saved his life, authorities said. Emergency dispatchers got a 911 call at 11:45 a.m. from a distraught mother who said her son was choking, police said. Because she was so upset, she had trouble understanding the first aid instructions dispatchers tried to give her, according to authorities. An emergency response team was on its way, but they were held up by road construction on Beach Boulevard, near the child’s home in the 18300 block of Springtime Lane.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | February 8, 2007
The Huntington Beach Police Department just bought a new helicopter, but now they need an aviation mechanic. Fortunately for city officials, there's a nearby pool of qualified candidates at the only Federal Aviation Administration-certified Airframe and Powerplant program in the county. The program, offered at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, has provided students with the technical skills necessary to garner positions as certified mechanics in the aviation industry since 1969.
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