Larry Price recovering from cardiac surgery
Larry Price, former University of Hawaii football coach and half of the popular Perry and Price morning radio show on KSSK, is recovering from heart bypass surgery this week.
A friend of Price said Price elected to do the surgery because his doctors felt it was the right time to do so.
Michael W. Perry, Price's co-host, said he saw his partner in the station Wednesday to pick up his mail and to record commercials.
"He looks great and he wants to get back," Perry said. "I'm doing the heavy lifting right now, so you're not going to hear him on news and sports.
"What he wants to do more than anything else is be 100 percent. ... He thanks everybody for their support and says he'll be back," Perry said.
Stranded ship's owner shifts recovery effort
HILO » An effort to salvage the 62-foot fishing vessel Sky Sun, stranded on a rocky shoreline 25 miles south of Hilo since Dec. 15, has turned into a wreck removal operation, said Deborah Ward, spokeswoman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The ship's owner is now seeking bids to remove the ship as a wreck, Ward said.
The ship remains intact, but environmental conditions, including natural hazards seaward of the ship, could obstruct the ship's movement, she said.
The ship ran aground a half-mile north of the state's Waiopae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation District.
The ship's owner removed 1,100 gallons of fuel and oil products on Sunday, decreasing the environmental threat and leaving the ship in a position that the Coast Guard described as "stable."
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Man who ran meth lab sentenced to 80 months
A 45-year-old man who operated a crystal methamphetamine lab with his wife and friend at a Pearl Harbor Navy housing complex was sentenced to 80 months in prison yesterday.
Jimmy Yasay operated the lab between June and July 2004.
His wife, Navy Petty Officer Theresa Moss, was sentenced in November 2004 to seven years in a military prison. Yasay's friend Faleu Liilii was sentenced last month to 2 1/2 years in prison.
Navy authorities found out about the lab after Moss failed a drug test.
Woman says she was molested by a priest
A woman who says she was sexually molested by a Honolulu Catholic priest in 1964 filed a suit Monday asking for an apology and monetary damages.
Lavonne Cobb accused the Rev. Henry Sabog of sexual misconduct in the suit, which also names the Honolulu Catholic diocese and Pope Benedict XVI as defendants.
Cobb said the alleged incident happened when she was 12 years old and attending a catechism class taught by Sabog at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church rectory in Pearl City.
According to the suit, Cobb "suffered from repressed or lost memory." She "did not realize that she had been injured ... until 2004, when she read about sexual abuse."
The suit filed by attorney William Fenton Sink calls for the Catholic Church and the pope to act to keep unfit men from becoming priests, to publicly identify offending priests and their behavior, and to defrock priests who have hurt or are a danger to children.
Honolulu church spokesman Patrick Downes said the diocese has no comment. He said Sabog, 74, is a retired priest living in Honolulu.
Former officer says he did not assault arrestee
WAILUKU » A former Maui police officer, accused of beating a person in custody, pleaded not guilty to third-degree assault in Maui District Court on Tuesday.
Martell Irish, 39, is scheduled for trial in Maui Circuit Court. The date of the trial is scheduled to be set Jan. 3, when he appears before Maui Circuit Judge Richard Bissen.
Irish arrested Maui resident Joseph Crisafulli in the early morning of Dec. 19, 2004, outside Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli in Makawao, the county prosecution accuses. He then allegedly took Crisafulli to a cane field and assaulted him.
Irish has denied beating Crisafulli and said there was no time for the alleged assault while transporting him to the police station, Irish's attorney has said.
Crisafulli has also filed a lawsuit against Irish.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Police are seeking this man who robbed the Hickam Federal Credit Union in Kapolei at 5 p.m. on Monday.
Police seek suspect in Kapolei bank heist
CrimeStoppers is asking for the public's help in finding the suspect who allegedly robbed the Hickam Federal Credit Union in Kapolei on Monday.
Police said the suspect went into the credit union at about 5 p.m. wearing a fake beard, demanded money from a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of money. He fled on foot.
The suspect is believed to be in his 20s or 30s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was wearing a black baseball cape, a white long-sleeve T-shirt and camouflage pants.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Man, 28, is charged in Waikiki beach theft
Police charged a 28-year-old man with theft for allegedly stealing a woman's belongings off a beach in Waikiki.
The woman, 26, was apparently swimming in the ocean when her belongings were stolen.
At about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, a security guard called police after he noticed the suspect rummaging through two backpacks. Officers found some of the woman's belongings on the suspect.
Police charged Derick P. Simon with third-degree theft. He was released yesterday morning after posting $500 bail.
Bystanders help catch alleged purse thief
Two bystanders helped a woman get her purse back Wednesday after a man stole it in Waikiki.
Police said the victim was sitting next to a man at about 10:25 a.m. when the man grabbed her purse and ran.
The victim gave chase, and two bystanders who heard her yelling also chased the suspect, police said.
The bystanders caught the man, 25, and held him for police who later arrested him for investigation of second-degree theft.
Pair refusing to give up children is arrested
Police arrested a couple who had allegedly been hiding from state social workers for the past seven months after being ordered to turn their children over to state custody.
Police said, that according to state Child Welfare Services, the couple, a 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, were ordered to turn over their two children on May 4 but failed to show up or call after arrangements were made for the transfer. CWS officials told police the parents went into hiding and did not answer their cell phone or return calls.
Police later determined that the parents were hiding in a barn on an acquaintance's chicken farm at Waikupanaha Street in Waimanalo. Yesterday, police arrested the mother at the chicken farm and the father at another location in Aiea. They were each arrested for investigation of custodial interference and outstanding warrants. The children were turned over to the state.
Big Isle man sought for contempt of court
Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 22-year-old man wanted for contempt of court and in connection with several unrelated crimes.
Wren Kealoha Evans, also known as Wren Beaumont, was last seen driving a gray Chevrolet sport utility vehicle in Puna. He is known to frequent Hilo and Kona, and is described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall, 175 pounds, with brown eyes and hair.
Anyone with information on Evans' whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Robert Wagner at 808-961-2380 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.
To make an anonymous tip, call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.