Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sheriff’s Department surveying roofs of county buildings from helicopter Friday

June 30, 2011


Douglas County Sheriff’s Department will be surveying the roofs of several buildings today.

The surveyed buildings will include the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.; Douglas County Jail, 3601 E. 25th St.; Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.; and Douglas County Youth Services, 330 Industrial Lane.

The contractor for the project, Infrared Concept Corp., will be flying a helicopter over the buildings during the day and at night.

The day flight is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the night flight from 9 p.m. to midnight, though high winds and other weather could delay the operation.

The day flight will be at 3,500 feet with one pass at 1,000 feet, and the night flight will be at 2,500 feet and higher.


nschwerm 6 years, 10 months ago

invasion of privacy they need a warrant for every house they fly over. This is NOT cool.

Joseph Jarvis 6 years, 10 months ago

@nschwerm: Police do not need a warrant to fly over private property and look down.

nschwerm 6 years, 10 months ago

They are using infrared to actually look inside people's houses for suspicious heat sources (ie lamps used to grow weed)

Joseph Jarvis 6 years, 10 months ago

@nschwerm: Good point; I missed that. The test set out in the Kyllo case is whether the technology is in "general public use." I would not think specialized equipment you had to independently contract for would meet that, but who knows. I don't have a sense of how a court would interpret "general public use."

nschwerm 6 years, 10 months ago

also, I can't believe we are spending tax dollars on this wtf.

pace 6 years, 10 months ago

I imagine there is some point, I want to fly along. Someone was flying a helicopter all over west Lawrence a couple of years ago. We could do a poll and imagine the goal. I say thermal imaging, not. It is for security designs and needs, not , it is, here it comes. to see it from the other side.

Liberty275 6 years, 10 months ago

Did they lose the jail again? Don't let them fool you, just like they can't tell which side of the car to get in if one light isn't red and the other blue, sometimes they misplace the county jail and have to use the "Officially Chartered" chopper to find it again.

Big deal. I say we cut them a little slack.

Also, someone with time and sheets near the fairground needs to spell out "anarchy" on their roof top. Keep it there long enough for the google satellites to record it and Lawrence can take credit for the next round of anarchy like we do for the civil war.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 10 months ago

Do we have time to get a flash mob together? Any marching band students in town that can choreograph the thing?

Liberty275 6 years, 10 months ago

Just post the exact time we are supposed to be at the fairground flashmobbing. The good people of lawrence can get themselves orchestrated as they do or don't feel the need to clone the actions of other people.

day, date, approx time. Those are what we need to know. We can wave at all choppers in the area around that time.

Also, no musical theatre other than the barndance scene from Oklahoma! One cannot question the sexual identity of Oklahoma!

Tim Quest 6 years, 10 months ago

Some really stupid/paranoid people around these parts.

They're all public buildings, and the contractor - ICC - specializes in infrared roof surveys that can detect structural problems, mold/moisture problems, and energy leaks in roofs. It's pretty simple, and a drop of common sense or Googling ability would have gone a long way for some of you morons.

Liberty275 6 years, 10 months ago

Are the feral animals in question of Vietnamese origin?

Note: I think this joke reference Apocalypse Now! and was not a pejorative against the people or nation of Vietnam.

"Colonel Kilgore: [Explaining why the helicopters play music during air assaults] We use Wagner. It scares the sh(censored)t out of the slopes. My boys love it! "

riverdrifter 6 years, 10 months ago

Are we talking about black helicopters here?

cheapskate 6 years, 10 months ago

I called my insurance agent to check my roof for hail damage.... should have just dialed 911.

somedude20 6 years, 10 months ago

I wonder if some people in that neck of the woods will use da choppa as a reference point for their Roman candles


weeslicket 6 years, 10 months ago

omgoodness. father francis mulcahy says: "jocularity!! jocularity!!"

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