Zipperlane work will close 2 lanes on H-1
Two westbound lanes on the H-1 freeway will be closed from the Zipperlane Hale to Waikele from 12:01 to 9 a.m. Monday.
The state Department of Transportation will replace damaged concrete barriers along the Zipperlane.
The Zipperlane will not be opened on Monday because of the King Kamehameha Day holiday. It will open at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Motorists should allow for extra travel time and drive cautiously through the work area, state officials advise.
Charter fishing firm victimized by vandals
NAWILIWILI, Kauai » The owner of a charter fishing company woke up yesterday to find his company was targeted for destruction by vandals, Kauai police said.
William Lawrence, owner of Wild Bill Boat Tours, woke around 6:30 a.m. to find the tires slashed on his Dodge pickup. Lawrence, a Niumalu resident, then walked to the Nawiliwili Small Boat harbor, where he found that his 24-foot charter fishing boat was sunk.
Kauai police said they are investigating but would not speculate on the reasons behind the destruction.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kauai CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.
2 rescued from plane to arrive in Honolulu
The pilot and co-pilot who were rescued after ditching a small plane in the ocean 535 miles northeast of Hilo Thursday are scheduled to arrive today in Honolulu.
The Coast Guard reported the two were OK after the emergency landing and were picked up by a small boat launched by a nearby Maltese-flagged container ship headed to China.
The container ship Virginius is scheduled to pull up 12 miles south of Honolulu Harbor today, and the Coast Guard will pick up the two and transfer them to the Coast Guard station at about 4:45 p.m.
The Australian-owned Piper Seminole had been flying tandem with another plane from California to Hilo when one of its engines overheated at about 11 a.m. Thursday. It was 1,000 miles off the California coast after leaving Santa Barbara.
The aircraft was one of five Piper Seminoles recently purchased by Airflite PTY Ltd.
The pilot continued on toward Hilo and shut the engine to preserve it for an emergency landing, a Coast Guard pilot said. Coast Guard and Navy planes intercepted the plane at 4 p.m. Thursday, and Coast Guard personnel assisted the landing by using floating flares to guide the 50-year-old pilot.
» The Lions Club of Honolulu Foundation
contributed $7,300 to the following groups this year: $500 to Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership
for leadership training for high school sophomores; $1,000 to the Hawaii Lyons Eye Bank
; $1,000 to Ho'opono
, a branch of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
, State Department of Human Services; $1,000 to the Hawaii Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
for peer support programs; $1,800 to the Lions International Youth Exchange
for three Honolulu Leos to participate in summer exchanges in Italy, Peru and Switzerland; and $2,000 to the Lions International Youth Camp
» Employees of the Wal-Mart Store in Kahului donated $1,000 to the Pacific Whale Foundation for four scholarships to its Ocean Discovery Camp this summer. The camp, for children 6 through 12, includes surfing and windsurfing lessons, beach games and other marine life activities next to the Maui Ocean Center.
» The Hawaii People's Fund distributed more than $30,000 in grants this year to grass-roots projects working for justice and social change. Recipients include Kaohe Homes Community/Farm Watch, Hale Halawai Ohana O Hanalei, Global H.O.P.E., Ohana Metropolitan Community Church, Truth to Youth, Truly Dually Productions, Hawaii Election Project, Tuff Talk for Peace and Street Beat.
» Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation donated $12,000 to the Nature Conservancy's Corporate Council for the Environment. The Council, begun in 1987, is a coalition of more than 100 local businesses that have given more than $3 million to protect the environment.
» The 2006 Kona Brewers Festival planning committee and the Bill Healy Foundation have raised $28,600 that has been distributed to nine local nonprofit organizations.
T.R.E.E. (Tropical Reforestation & Ecosystem Education) Center, the event's primary beneficiary for the past eight years, received $6,050; Innovations Public Charter School Foundation, $5,000; Society for Kona's Education and Art, $5,000; Recycle Hawaii, $3,750; Chef de Cuisine Kona Kohala Chapter, $3,600; Visitor Aloha Society Hawaii, West Hawaii, $2,500; Aloha Brewers Guild, $1,000; and Kulana Huli Honua, $1,000. A $700 donation was also made to the Ahuena Heiau.
» Maui's Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership has been awarded a $100,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative grant.
The watershed partnership is a consortium of 11 private and public watershed landowners covering 43,175 acres dedicated to regional koa forest restoration, protection of native forest birds and preservation of watersheds, the USDA said in announcing the grant.
The grant, channeled through the Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council, will be used to produce a resource management plan and document biological resources.
Police, Fire, Courts
Woman accused of hitting 2 with car
A 45-year-old Waianae woman was charged yesterday with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault after she allegedly struck her ex-boyfriend and his son with her car in Wahiawa.
Police caught and arrested Lorene Sanford on Thursday after she fled from the scene of the incident on Lehua Street.
Police said Sanford and a former boyfriend got into an argument in Wahiawa when she allegedly reversed her car into him at a high rate of speed, hitting him and grazing his 11-year-old son.
The two were not seriously injured, police said.
3 boys targeting Asian males arrested
Authorities charged three teenage boys yesterday who allegedly robbed four other teenage boys at Ala Moana Center on Thursday.
Police said the suspects were targeting Asian males to attack.
At about 4 p.m. the suspects, ages 16, 15 and 14, confronted five other teenagers -- four 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old. Police said the suspects were armed with brass knuckles, threatened them, demanded money and fled.
Police later found the suspects and recovered the brass knuckles and stolen cash. All three suspects were arrested for investigation of first- and second-degree robbery.
The 16-year-old suspect was charged with first-degree robbery, and the other two suspects were charged with second-degree robbery.
Man tells police he was kidnapped and cut
KAILUA-KONA » Big Island police are investigating a report by a 46-year-old man that he was kidnapped and cut with a knife after he failed to provide false identification for the alleged kidnappers.
The victim said he had been paid $1,000 for the false identification, according to police. No details were immediately available, said Capt. Robert Hickcox.
The victim told police that he was sleeping in an abandoned car in the Kailua industrial area when two men and a woman grabbed him at about 4:30 a.m. yesterday.
They placed him in the back seat of a Nissan sedan and drove him to the nearby Kona Palisades subdivision, where the two men sat with him in the back seat, cutting his face and body, he said.
When the alleged kidnappers saw patrol cars in Kona Palisades, they cleaned blood off the victim and let him go, he told police. He then caught a ride to the police station, making a report at about 6:30 a.m.
Police determined that the man had superficial cuts on his face and chest.
Police later caught the alleged kidnappers but did not immediately interview them until a search warrant was obtained for their car, Hickcox said.