The Los Angeles Police Department helicopter climbed over a ridge of homes surrounding the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club's golf course and dipped down over a fairway, its blades churning as it hovered above the grass.
Dozens of golfers, children and parents waved and snapped photos from the clubhouse deck.
There wasn't a suspect in sight. No crime had occurred. The police chopper was there for a different reason: to drop scores of golf balls onto the course as part of a fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Assn. at Palm Crest Elementary School.
The helicopter's appearance was arranged by an LAPD sergeant whose children attend the La Cañada Flintridge...