... for those of us on the east side of town, around 6:20 -- the whirlybird was in pursuit of a burglary suspect, says the sheriff's station. Per scanner, it had to break off to handle a gun-related incident elsewhere (no details on that), but sheriff units are still in the neighborhoods as of 6:40.
A reader also wanted to know what the cops were doing at Mendocino and Porter around 5 PM -- per scanner, apparently found a vehicle that may have been fingered in a recent burglary.
UPDATE 4:30 PM: Called the sheriff's station to see how the incident resolved itself, seeing as there were several cars and police dogs deployed around Boulder Rd. and Page Dr. Deputy said that they caught the suspect, who had apparently grown tired of waiting afer a house-to-house search, and the scene wrapped up around 1:30 PM -- so congrats to the sheriff's department for this one.
UPDATE 12/21: Carolyn Seitz of the sheriff's community advisory council gives us the following:
As many of you on the east side are aware, there was a prolonged search for a burglar yesterday, and that suspect is in custody.
He is the burglar who likely burglarized a house on Porter the night before and then again around 6 am on Sunday.
The suspect used the wash between Altadena Drive and Mendocino to move through the area, although his car remained on Porter.
It was good work by the deputies that led to the arrest, and good information and observation from all of you makes an invaluable contribution.
Keep up the good work and stay safe!