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From MPD:

“On 7/18/21 at approximately 11:50pm, MPD units were at New Jersey Ave SE & M Street SE when they observed a vehicle that had recently been taken in an armed carjacking in PG County, MD. The carjacked vehicle was a Nissan Pathfinder with Maryland tags. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it led them on a brief pursuit, ending on M Street SW, near the District Wharf. Read More

From MPD:

“1D officers and detectives are currently on the scene investigating a Robbery that occurred today at about 2:15 PM where a vehicle was taken in the 500 block of G St SE. The suspect approached the victim and demanded his car keys. The suspect then went to the victim’s vehicle and drove it to the intersection of 5th and G Streets SE where the vehicle’s controls proved too cumbersome and the suspect fled. A significant patrol response with support from our police helicopter and an observant citizen led to the apprehension of the offender. Read More

Ed. Note: You can read the recent response from the National Park Service about helicopter noise here.

From the office Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, today said the response from the Department of Defense (DoD) to her February 26 letter requesting limits on helicopter flights over District of Columbia due to noise is a good step forward. DoD expressed enthusiasm for continued collaboration with Norton and assured adherence to considerate airmanship, stating that “all DoD aircrews are expected to ‘fly neighborly’ with regard for the safety and comfort of persons on the ground at all times.”

“In my letter, I requested that helicopters fly at higher altitudes, limit nighttime flights, limit flights over residential areas, and provide advance notice of prolonged training missions in a particular area as the noise affects the daily lives of residents in D.C.,” Norton said. “I am pleased to hear of the DoD’s commitment to working with me on this issue, and I look forward to future work with them.”

The response from DoD follows. Read More

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9th and N Street, NW

Update 2:27pm residents report: “They just removed the guy from his apartment, he came out with his hands up. Looks like they will be leaving soon.”

Readers report:

“There’s a huge police presence in the colonel apt building on 9th and N, including at least six cops with a riot shield and a chopper circling overhead. I heard them knock on a door in the bldg and yell “come out with your hands up” but no one has come out yet.Read More


Photo by Eric P.

From AlertDC:

“The Helicopter Squadron Mission Control, Joint Base Andrews, reports 3 UH-1 helicopters will be participating in an aircraft flyover of the National Capital Region on April 23, 2021 at 3:05 PM.”

This has been a test of the PoPville broadcast system.

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Photo by Sam Ward near Judiciary Square

About those low flying helicopters at the June BLM protests the Washington Post now reports:

“In an announcement, the Army said one helicopter “hovered under 100 feet” over the heads of people in the nation’s capital on June 1 as D.C. police and federal agencies worked to disperse crowds protesting police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis days earlier. Read More

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Photo by John Sonderman

“Dear PoPville,

…And do they wanna go on a date with me?

Maybe it’s just because it’s the pandemic and I’m home all the time, but it feels like the year of the helicopter. I’ve watched the same Air Force one pass over my apartment like, 4 times in the last hour while I’ve been working on my deck. I waved and I really want to know if the pilots can see us! Read More


Photo by Eric P.

From Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Office:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas asking that their departments’ helicopters in the District of Columbia fly at higher altitudes, limit nighttime flights and flights over residential areas, and provide advance notice to residents of prolonged training in a particular area.

“D.C. residents contact me frequently about helicopter noise in their neighborhoods,” Norton said. “Residents say that it affects their sleep and their ability to think and have conversations, and that it can cause structural damage to their homes.” Norton asked for a written response by March 19th.

The letter follows. Read More

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