Web publicity turns up 4 runaway juveniles
Four juvenile runaways who were recently reported as missing on a state Web site were located last week.
Department of Human Services officials released the names and pictures of the missing juveniles hoping that members of the public, through the media, could help locate them. About 50 children across the state were listed on the Web site last week, a majority of whom left their foster care homes over the last several years without notifying their foster parents or social service workers.
An updated list of missing children went online Friday at www.hawaii.gov/missing-children. Those with information about any of children featured are asked to call local police departments.
2 state parks on Kauai due for DLNR face lifts
The Department of Land and Natural resources announced that it is starting construction on improvement projects at two Kauai state parks.
Numerous areas of Kokee State Park, which includes Waimea Canyon, will be getting face lifts, accessible parking and restroom improvements.
Improvement areas include two of Kauai's most famous vistas, the Kalalau lookout and Puu O Kila lookout, which both offer views of the Kalalau valley from 5,000 feet above. The park headquarters, Kokee Lodge and Museum, the picnic pavilion, a camping site and a number of public cabins will also be renovated.
The total project cost is slated to be around $675,000, and construction is expected to finish by the end of the year, DLNR officials said.
While the park will remain open, camping permits will not be issued while work is being done on the comfort stations, said DLNR Chairman Peter Young.
Work on the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Park on Kauai's west side has already begun. The 17.8-acre park, which was built in 1817 and marks Russia's short-lived presence on the islands, will receive new accessible parking stalls, ramps and walkways, drinking fountain, toilets and signs, DLNR officials said.
The project is expected to cost just less than $400,000 and be completed by May.
Wilson town-bound lanes to close at night
The Wilson Tunnel will be closed in the Honolulu-bound direction from tomorrow to Friday between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. for resurfacing work, the state Transportation Department said in a news release.
Also from tomorrow to Friday, one lane of Kamehameha Highway will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Waiahole Valley Road and Crouching Lion Inn for resurfacing work.
Crews will be contra-flowing traffic along the stretch.
Police, Fire, Courts
Health building fire suspect is charged
Police charged a 52-year-old homeless man Saturday with allegedly setting fire to the front entrance of the state Department of Health Building last month.
The man was identified as John R. Denis. Police said a fire was intentionally set at the front entrance of the downtown building on Jan. 31.
Police received leads of Denis' location at the Institute of Human Services after a CrimeStoppers notice was issued. Denis was arrested Friday and charged the following day for criminal property damage in the first degree and arson. He is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Witnesses to hit-run at UH-Manoa sought
University of Hawaii-Manoa campus security guards are asking for witnesses to a hit-and-run mo-ped accident on Wednesday.
At about 10:40 p.m. a car struck a mo-ped next to the Hale Ilima student residence hall and then failed to stop and render aid. The mo-ped rider received multiple injuries.
The car was a compact and described as dark, possibly green. The license plate number began with the letters "PCE." The car collided head-on with the mo-ped, so its front end might have been damaged, campus security said. The driver was described as a man with a crew cut. Witnesses can call 956-6911 or 956-8211.
Man dies after diving into pool from house
A 19-year-old man died yesterday after he jumped into a pool from the second floor of a Kaneohe home.
At about 1:20 a.m., police said, the man was at a party at a home located on the 46-300 block of Holopu Place. The man jumped into a swimming pool head first, striking the pool floor, police said. Other people who had also jumped from the second floor pulled him out. Police said he was taken to Castle Medical Center by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
The city Department of the Medical Examiner said a positive identification has yet to be made.
Single-vehicle crash kills 18-year-old man
An 18-year-old man died late Saturday in a single-vehicle crash on Makani Road in Makawao, Maui police said. Police identified him as Edwin J. Bayle.
At about 9:55 p.m. Saturday, Bayle was driving a brown, 1998 Nissan pickup truck Pukalani-bound along Makani Road when he apparently lost control and veered off the road, striking a utility pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 21-year-old front seat passenger and an 18-year-old man seated in the bed of the pickup truck were not injured.
This is the third traffic-related fatality in Maui this year, compared with one at the same time last year.