Daughter of 'Dog' Chapman dies before wedding
A daughter of reality TV star Duane "Dog" Chapman was killed in a car accident late Friday, a day before her father's wedding, a spokesman said.
Barbara Katy Chapman, 23, died near her home of Fairbanks, Alaska, said Michael Feeney, senior vice president of A&E television network.
Duane Chapman's wedding yesterday on the Big Island went forward as planned after the family consulted with a preacher and agreed to celebrate her life at the ceremony, Feeney told the Associated Press.
The star of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" married his longtime sidekick, Beth Smith, after being together for 16 years. The wedding is scheduled to be featured in an Aug. 14 episode of the show about Chapman and his tattooed crew of fugitive finders.
Barbara Chapman had not been expected to attend the wedding, and the circumstances of the accident were unclear, Feeney said.
She was one of 12 of the bounty hunter's children. She is survived by her mother, Lyssa Greene, and her 4-year-old son, Travis Drake-Lee Chapman.
New planes for air ambulance
Hawaii Air Ambulance announced it is adding three Beech King Air C90B aircraft, each with fewer than 2,000 hours of total air usage, to its fleet. The company grounded its four Cessna 414A aircraft after the pilot and two medical staff members were killed in an air ambulance crash March 8. One of the Cessnas has resumed interisland emergency service and the other three are being refurbished. The first of the new airplanes is expected to begin flying missions tomorrow.
Police, Fire, Courts
Residents safe after Pauoa home fire
A fire early yesterday morning burned a one-story home at 2341 Pauoa Road, displacing 13 people, including a family of eight with two children, two of their guests and three other people renting rooms, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig.
Residents woke up and smelled smoke, but were able to get out of the house and call firefighters at 3:26 a.m., Seelig said. The fire was under control by 3:38 a.m.
One resident wasn't home at the time of the fire and her dog was taken to the Hawaii Humane Society until she returned, Seelig said.
No one was injured in the fire and its cause is under investigation, Seelig said. One woman had to jump out a window to safety, he said.
There were smoke detectors in the house, but they had no batteries, Seelig said.
Damage to the house, which was at least half destroyed, was estimated at $220,000 and $30,000 to contents.
The American Red Cross of Hawaii was assisting victims of the fire with temporary housing, food and clothing.
Kuhio club damaged in early morning fire
A fire early yesterday did about $10,000 damage to Club Alley Cat, 2266 Kuhio Ave., Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said.
Firefighters were called at 6:21 a.m. and had the fire under control by 7:12 a.m.
The club manager and a few staff were in the building cleaning up when they smelled smoke and were able to get out, Seelig said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Man in hospital after rescue on Big Island
A man was found floating face-down in the water off Anaehoomalu Beach yesterday, and was rushed to North Hawaii Community Hospital, Big Island firefighters said. A nursing supervisor said she could not reveal the man's condition.
Firefighters said the man, who was in his 30s or 40s, was not breathing when they arrived at the beach at 12:50 p.m. Bystanders had pulled the man in from the water and were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation when firefighters got to the beach.
Diver apparently drowns off Big Island
A diver apparently drowned Friday night in waters off Kapoho Beach on the Big Island, Hawaii County firefighters said.
A friend last saw the man in the water at 8:30 p.m. and firefighters were called to the scene just before 9 p.m.
A ground search team, which got there within 30 minutes, spotted the man offshore and called in a helicopter to get him out of the water.
He was taken to shore, where he was pronounced dead.