Isle ocean research to benefit from feds
Hawaii will receive about $13.7 million in federal funds for research and management of the islands' fisheries and ocean resources, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's office announced.
About $8.7 million is earmarked for initiatives including further study of the endangered monk seal, coral reef health research and management, and physical oceanography and climate change, Inouye said in a news release.
The remaining $5 million will go toward Hawaii's fisheries and protecting the endangered sea turtle population from inadvertent harm from fishing gear.
"I believe that in order to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy our oceans, we must invest in the research that will support sound management practices," Inouye said.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
SUV slams moped and rider is hospitalized
A 26-year-old moped driver was in critical condition yesterday after being struck by a sport utility vehicle on Dillingham Boulevard, police said.
The victim was driving westbound in the left lane of Dillingham at 2:41 p.m. when a 34-year-old man driving the SUV turned into the Waiakamilo Plaza Shopping Center from the eastbound lane and struck the moped, according to traffic investigators.
The moped rider was wearing a helmet. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center.
Alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors in the accident.
Public warned about phone call scams
CrimeStoppers has asked the public to be careful about giving out personal information over the phone, after two incidents of attempted identity theft.
On Oct. 14, a Honolulu resident got a call from a man who identified himself as a Verizon employee. He said the resident had an outstanding balance and tried to get credit card information.
The day before, a man called a Kalihi business and said the company was overdue on a payment. When an employee asked for an invoice to be faxed over, the caller refused.
Police said residents should never give out their Social Security or credit card numbers to unknown callers.
Police seek suspect in July robbery
Honolulu police and CrimeStoppers are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who allegedly robbed two men in July.
On July 12, at about 9:30 p.m., a man robbed two men at gunpoint while they were standing in front of the store at 1333 N. School Street.
The man fled in a white or silver four-door Suzuki hatchback with Hawaii partial plates JWY or JWT.
Police described the suspect as in his early 20s, 5-foot-6 and about 150 pounds. He had a mustache, a goatee and a dental retainer.
Anyone with information about the robbery may contact police Detective Shannon Kawakami at 529-3057. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the CrimeStoppers hotline at 955-8300 with any information.
Suspect in custody after Wahiawa theft
A man was arrested yesterday after allegedly attempting to rob a Wahiawa McDonald's shortly after midnight.
Police said the suspect pushed his way into the eatery as an employee escorted two people out. The man demanded money from the cash register and fled on foot.
The employee and two others followed and called police, who later arrested the man.
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