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Choppers Chase Kids from Keg Party in Dobbs Ferry Woods

County helicopter picks up bonfire from local kids drinking at Juhring Estate.

Westchester County Police helicopters patroling the area on Dec. 30, came across a large group of Dobbs Ferry teens holding a keg party in the woods in the Juhring Estate, Dobbs Ferry Police said.

"The teenagers had a bonfire, which was detected by the helicopter's thermal control imaging camera," said Dobbs Ferry Detective Marc Bailey. "The camera got images of the fire and a number of youths running."

Apparently the chopper's spotlight startled the youths, who disbursed after they realized it had zeroed in on them at around 10 p.m.

No arrests were made.

Dobbs Ferry Patrol Officer Jeffrey Jee extinguished the small fire. He could not say how many teens seemed to have been involved.

mjb fresh January 04, 2012 at 12:36 AM
way to go, way to spend those county dollars...using helicoptors to break up keg parties, so the kids just go hide somewhere else to binge drink...does the county really think they achieved something here? Stopped archetypal teenage behavior? Is that how powerful the county thinks their anti-partying campaign is..that it can change the course of human behavioral evolution, and stop kids from being kids? And you wonder where the county budget went...its poof...up in the air, over dobbs, breaking up keg parties...good work county!
DFFootballAlum January 04, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Heat Seeking Helicopters? Really? And I thought we had it bad in the early 2000's. Who supports the funding of these police activities? Do we really pay to have helicopters fly around looking for suspicious activity? I really hope not. If the helicopter was returning from a drug raid or shoot out and happened to notice this bonfire that's one thing. If we have choppers patrolling parks, that's downright ridiculous.
Lizzie Hedrick January 04, 2012 at 12:06 PM
They just patrol the area, police said. Remember, there were special precautions around New Year's.
Palisades January 04, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Why were there special precautions for New Year's, and why was the chopper around Dobbs Ferry for so long? It was over us for several hours. If it's a County helicopter "just patroling", wouldn't it have been over other villages too?
Susan Beauchamp January 05, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Tell those teens to clean up the trash and beers cans.
Christen Lisanti January 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I know I did the same thing in 1979....1980....1981....Guess you get the picture
totally irrational January 08, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Spot on MJB fresh, but whats worse is that this was not an isolated incident. The same exact thing happened the next day in the town of rye, on a beach in a similar park, but for a smaller group and with a very small amount of alcohol. And to susen beauchamp, these kids actually put out most of the fire and collected the empties, an effort which was only made more difficult by being chased by a county helicopter, one that spent no less than 2 1/2 hours circling a couple acre area searching for about a half a dozen with its spotlight and IR. This is an unexplainable waste of thousands of tax payer dollars, and could have much more effectively and efficiently been addressed by a just couple of officers on foot, but not a single outstanding protector of the peace even bothered to directly investigate or to extinguish the fire and search the area. A helicopter will do nothing but make suspects flee and is highly visible, while a couple of officers could have approached quietly and issued a warning and actually addressed the situation peacefully without the incredible waste of effort and energy. Justify this police state all you want, but it seems the goon squad is far too hot and bothered with getting to use their big military grade toys at the end of the fiscal year than actually serving the public. There is far to little accountability for such actions and honest reflection by those in charge of making the decisions that justify over zealous and irrational police tactics.
S January 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Just as and FYI, the county police chopper is used during the summer months to patrol the parks and pools of the county. During the off season it is used as a back up to officer's who are conducting traffic stops, etc. When patrolling at night (be it going from a crime scene to base or on patrol) the chopper has it's IR camera on in order to see suspicious activity. When they see a fire in the woods... well they are going to stay on scene and call for back up. It is not a "waste" of money per say because it would have just been flying around during this time anyway.
mjb fresh January 10, 2012 at 01:53 AM
"...just flying around anyway..." so what part of that statement implies that we are not wasting huge dollars on copter fuel, a pilot and probably a co-pilot who gets to read the IR, use the cool techno spotlights and make loud announcements from the cockpit..."put down the Budweiser, get your hands off of your first ever girlfriend's knee, and step away from the golf course greens with your hands in the air..." oh those teens, starting trouble in the suburbs again, and lucky for us, the copter is just floating about to nip that poor behavior in the bud!
Loftbroker January 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
mjb fresh, keep your comments coming! Helicopters busting keg parties? But as the other poster wrote, they are "just flying around anyway"!! Hilarious. These kids will be laughing about this in the 2042 high school reunion.
Lizzie Hedrick January 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Loftbroker, you make a good point. MJB, want to blog on Patch? Seriously!
Loftbroker February 09, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I know the true identity of MJB, but I've sworn a solemn oath never to reveal it. But I think an anonymous blog from MJB would be great.
mjb fresh February 09, 2012 at 10:54 PM
mjb is not an anonymous human, as pictures and profile will reveal...its a sneaky name used years ago to find out what keg parties my kids were attending, to make sure they participated properly in ritual teenage behavior without crack cocaine or chrystal meth in the mix!

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