Electrical workers ratify new contract
Union workers at Hawaiian Electric Co. on Oahu and its neighbor island subsidiaries have ratified a new contract, which includes a 12 percent wage increase over four years.
Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers reached a tentative agreement with Hawaiian Electric Co. last Saturday after a marathon bargaining session.
Members overwhelmingly voted to accept the new contract, IBEW Business Manager Harry Kameenui said yesterday.
He said other than the wage increase, there are no major changes to the contract.
Workers covered under the contract are employed in a wide range of jobs that include clerical workers, linemen and power plant personnel.
H-1 westbound lanes will undergo repairs
Two westbound lanes of the H-1 freeway will be closed from 10 p.m. tomorrow until 10 a.m. Tuesday for repair and maintenance of the Zipper Lane barriers, the state Department of Transportation announced.
The left lanes will be closed between the Airport Viaduct and Manager's Drive. The Zipper lane will be deployed for the maintenance but will not be open to motorists on Tuesday, which is a state holiday.
Motorists are advised to use caution when driving through the work area, and to allow for extra travel time.
Registration deadline nears for Maui college
KAHULUI >> Registration for Maui Community College's spring semester begins Nov. 21.
Class schedules are available at the college's admissions office in the Hookipa Building and on the Web at mauicc.hawaii. edu.
Prior to registration, new students are asked to complete a college application and take mathematics and English placement tests.
For more information, call admission counselors at 984-3286.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
3 men lost after going off Kahuku trail
Firefighters were using a helicopter last night to try to find three men in their 20s who were lost in the woods after riding their motorcycles off the trail at the Kahuku Motocross.
One of the men had a cell phone and was able to notify a relative about 7:10 p.m. that they had wandered off the trail and were unable to find their way back in the dark.
The cell phone was out of range when firefighters tried the number just minutes later.
Women with fake $100 bills arrested
A 51-year-old woman was arrested on forgery charges Friday after paying for some drinks at Dot's In Wahiawa restaurant with a counterfeit $100 bill, Wahiawa police reported.
The woman, identified as Laverne Lavarias-Kealoha, had another counterfeit $100 bill in her possession, police said.
They handed the case over to the Secret Service after the initial investigation, an officer said.
Wildfire burns 2 acres on Waahila Ridge
A wildfire on Waahila Ridge burned about two acres of land yesterday.
About 35 firefighters responded to the scene about 7 a.m. The fire department helicopter was also used to drop water on the remote location. The fire was contained by 5 p.m.
A fire spokesman said the ridge's harsh terrain made it difficult for firefighters to contain the fire.
Man held for allegedly threatening girlfriend
Police have arrested a woman's estranged boyfriend, who allegedly held her at gunpoint for hours in her home Thursday night and threatened to shoot her if she ran.
When the woman went to work Friday morning and told colleagues about the incident, they encouraged her to call police. Police arrested the suspect in an Ewa Beach home Friday night. A search of his car found a rifle and three boxes of ammunition under the driver's seat.
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers