Sharks might have killed baby humpback
Sharks apparently killed a 10- to 15-foot humpback whale calf that was in distress while trapped inside the reef off Mokuleia on the North Shore yesterday.
A National Marine Fisheries Service biologist reported the calf was in distress with cuts caused by scraping the reef.
Three sharks took the calf beneath the surface of the water, and it was not seen again.
City lifeguards placed shark warning signs throughout the area. The fisheries service said the area will be monitored for sharks for the next few days.
Inmate accused of filing false tax returns
A Halawa inmate has been indicted by an Oahu grand jury on charges he obtained about $7,400 in state tax refunds while in prison.
Paul Campos was charged yesterday with three counts of making false statements in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and three counts of second-degree theft.
Deputy Attorney General Dwight Nadamoto asked the court yesterday to impose bail of $50,000 on Campos, a felon with a extensive criminal history but who "could be released soon."
Campos allegedly made up employers, prepared false W-2s and obtained the refunds while in prison, Nadamoto said. He was allegedly issued refund checks of $1,502 in 2000, $2,687 in 2001 and $3,283 in 2003.
3 firms to pay fines for campaign donations
Three local companies have agreed to pay $6,800 in fines to settle charges that they made illegal political contributions to Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris and state Rep. Jerry Chang.
Wilson Okamoto & Associates Inc., an engineering firm, agreed to a $5,000 fine for making about $8,000 in contributions made under false names to Harris, while developer Stanford Carr Development Corp. will pay $600 for making about $1,800 in excessive donations to Chang (D, Piihonua-Kaumana).
The engineering firm of AM Partners also agreed to a $1,200 fine for making about $2,000 in excessive donations to the Harris campaign, according to Bob Watada, commission executive director. The fines require the approval of the commission's five-member board.
Corrections and clarifications
>> Chuck and Aaron Norris will be in Honolulu next week in part to meet with Gov. Linda Lingle about their NBC TV Oahu-based series, "The Guard." A story on Page D7 Wednesday incorrectly said they were in Honolulu this week.
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Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Police are looking for a group of men who teamed up to allegedly steal from Oahu jewelry stores. See story below.
Cops ask help to find alleged jewelry thieves
Police want help finding a group of men who apparently work as a team in stealing from jewelry stores on Oahu.
Police say they are looking for five men who work in groups of two or three. Police say one member of the group will ask questions of store employees while the other members of the group roam through the store.
One store reported losing a vase, while another reported two watches stolen by Spanish-speaking men.
One jewelry store owner reported that a group of men entered her store and started speaking Spanish to each other but left quickly after being startled by an employee who also spoke Spanish, police said.
Police are looking for a group of men who teamed up to allegedly steal from Oahu jewelry stores.
The suspects are described as in their 20s, clean-shaven and wearing casual clothes. A surveillance camera recorded images of the suspects at an Ala Moana jewelry store on March 28, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.
HFD searches for hiker on Manoa trail
Honolulu Fire Department units began searching after dark last night for a hiker missing on the Manoa Cliffs trail.
The man, in his mid-20s, was reported missing by a female hiking companion who found her way out on the Round Top end of the trail.
The pair, both from the mainland, started hiking at 5:15 p.m., said HFD Capt. Kenison Tejada. The department helicopter searched the area last night.
Rescue One crew members entered the trail, but a thorough ground search would have to wait until daylight, the spokesman said.
The hiker was reportedly wearing a raincoat and carrying a backpack.
Fire chases 6 people out of Kaimuki home
A fire started by overcooked food put six people out of their homes last night.
The 6:30 p.m. fire at 1126 1st Ave. in Kaimuki was confined to the second-floor kitchen, but there was smoke damage throughout the second-floor unit occupied by a couple and their daughter, and smoke and water damage in a first-floor apartment occupied by three men, a Fire Department spokesman said.
Damage was estimated at $80,000 to the building and $20,000 to contents.
The Red Cross helped the displaced residents with housing.
Big Isle police want to question woman
Big Island police are looking for a 29-year-old woman wanted on a parole violation warrant and for questioning on credit card and theft offenses.
Christine Kaiawe is described as 5 feet 2, about 195 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. She is also described as having tattoos on her left hand, left ankle and right shoulder.
She was last seen Monday in Waikoloa, South Kohala.
Anyone with information is asked to call 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.