Humane Society advises pets to stay in on New Year's
The Hawaiian Humane Society is asking pet owners to keep their furry friends indoors during New Year's celebrations.
"Fireworks noise and lights can be scary for animals," said Pamela Burns, Humane Society president and chief executive officer. "Keeping your animals indoors will keep them safe."
Pet owners are also urged to have a microchip implanted in their pets.
The chips allow pets to be identified quickly if they are lost and brought to the Humane Society.
More than 5,400 pets on Oahu were lost last year, and 100 animals were reported missing between Dec. 20, 2004 and Jan. 2.
For more information on installing a microchip, call the society at 356-2212. To report a missing pet, call 946-2187.
Sales of fireworks for New Year's Eve begin tomorrow.
Box jellyfish sting Honolulu swimmers
A small influx of box jellyfish came into Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches yesterday, stinging about 27 people.
One swimmer had an allergic reaction and was taken to an area hospital. Seven others were stung at Hanauma Bay.
The influx is expected to continue today.
Swimmers who are allergic to box jellyfish should stay out of the water, lifeguards said.
Bottle drive to help Windward Ahupua'a
The Windward Ahupua'a Alliance will hold a HI-5 bottle and can collection drive 10 a.m.-noon tomorrow at the Kawai Nui Wayside Park on Kapaa Quarry Road in Kailua.
Funds raised by "Recycling For Change" are used to support the alliance's activities, including a project to remove invasive species in the ponds and ditches along Kapaa Quarry Road.
For more information, call 247-6366 extension 2.
Hilo Public Library closing for repairs
Hilo Public Library will close for renovation from Jan. 14 through Jan. 19, although its book drops will remain open.
Librarians will also provide telephone service from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 14, 18, and 19. Customers may call 933-8888 to renew books and get reference help.
Renovations include re-tiling the lobby floor and circulation desk area.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Maui woman charged in Volcano break-in
Big Island police charged a Maui woman on Friday with burglary after she allegedly broke into a bed-and-breakfast Wednesday in Volcano.
Rachel Sciuto of Makawao, Maui, was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Puna police were called to the bed-and-breakfast after the woman was found in one of the rooms while the guests were out. When the guests returned, they found some of their belongings missing, police said.
Kauai tourist drowns, another critical
A 41-year-old tourist apparently drowned Friday afternoon at Kauai's Kealia Beach, and another visitor is in critical condition after a snorkeling incident yesterday.
Lifeguards found Laurie Reola, of New Hampshire, floating face down in shallow waters Friday, a county official said.
She was taken to Wilcox Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Also on Kauai, an 84-year-old visitor began having difficulty breathing while snorkeling with his daughter in Poipu yesterday afternoon.
Police said two surfers brought Robert Isaak, of Seattle, to shore. He was taken to Wilcox, where he remains in critical condition.
Ex-boyfriend held in kidnapping, beating
A 41-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly kidnapped and beat his ex-girlfriend earlier this month.
Police said that about 9 a.m. Dec. 17, the suspect confronted his ex-girlfriend, 26, as she was walking to a bus stop in Hawaii Kai and forced her into his car.
He then drove around the area as he assaulted her, according to police.
When he stopped to get gas at a 7-Eleven, the victim fled into the store and called police.
Police arrested the man Thursday for kidnapping and third-degree assault.
Windshield smashed in parking dispute
Police arrested a 43-year-old man after he allegedly smashed another man's windshield because of a dispute over a parking stall Thursday night.
The incident took place at 8:26 p.m. in the parking lot at 835 Keeaumoku St. Police said the suspect and the victim, 31, were arguing when the suspect jumped on the hood of the victim's car and damaged the windshield.
The victim was in the driver's seat at the time and was hit by several pieces of shattered glass but was not injured.