Nurseries get frog fight funding
The federal Wildlife Service has approved $240,000 to fight coqui frogs at plant nurseries on the Big Island, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye announced yesterday.
The agency will continue working with the Big Island Invasive Species Committee and the state Department of Agriculture, Inouye noted. The Wildlife Service has hired and trained six technicians and plans to hire four more to spray citric acid at nurseries, Inouye said. Spraying began two weeks ago.
Japanese radar ship leaves RIMPAC early
TOKYO » Japan ordered a destroyer with advanced radar to return early from multinational war games in the Pacific Ocean, a defense spokeswoman said today, amid concerns about a possible North Korean missile launch.
The destroyer was being recalled from Rim of the Pacific exercises with ships from the United States and other allies in waters off Hawaii, a Defense Agency spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity. She refused to comment on the reason for the schedule change.
In a story from Washington, Kyodo News agency cited unidentified Japanese and U.S. government officials who indicated the destroyer was being brought home over concerns that North Korea could soon test-fire a long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
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Campbell estate gives schools grants
The Estate of James Campbell has awarded $115,000 in grants to nine schools to support their technology needs, including Kapolei High School, Kapolei Middle School, Kapolei Elementary School, Barbers Point Elementary School, Makakilo Elementary School, Mauka Lani Elementary School, Campbell High School, Nanakuli High
and Intermediate School
, and Waianae High School
» Christina O'Dell, who is pursuing a master's degree in curriculum studies at the University of Hawaii, received a $1,000 Continuing Education Grant from the P.E.O. Chapter F of Honolulu.
» The Red-Hot Lava Chamber Music Festival, which presented two concerts and several educational events May 15 through 26, received major sponsorship from Commercial Data Systems and members of the boards of the Honolulu Symphony Society and Foundation.
» The Jeffrey Samuels Real Estate Services helped build a new home through Honolulu Habitat for Humanity for the Kamaiopili family of Waimanalo.
» The American Cancer Society received $1,000 from the Mabel I. Wilcox Foundation Trust in support of the free "Look Good ... Feel Better" and "Reach to Recovery" programs for women on Kauai.
» Goodwill Industries of Hawaii received the $20,000 Annie E. Casey Foundation 2006 Family Strengthening Award from Goodwill Industries International. The award recognized the Hawaii branch's successful adoption and implementation of family strengthening strategies.
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Police, Fire, Courts
Police ID and arrest Subway suspect
A man caught on video surveillance cameras Saturday during a robbery at the Waimalu Subway looked familiar to his co-workers.
They identified him to police as Vicente D. Leonor Jr., who was subsequently arrested Monday at his home. He apparently had worn the same aloha shirt in the photo when he picked up his paycheck the previous Thursday, according to court documents filed yesterday in U.S. District Court.
Leonor's wife, who had no idea why he was being arrested, also confirmed later that the man depicted in the surveillance photos was her husband.
A federal complaint charged Leonor yesterday with unlawfully obstructing commerce by robbing Subway employees and for brandishing a firearm during the robbery.
Skydiver breaks leg at Dillingham field
A 29-year-old Canadian skydiver was in serious condition, but "awake and screaming," after her parachute hit power lines at Dillingham Airfield yesterday afternoon, according to Emergency Medical Services spokesman Bryan Cheplic.
EMS received the call at 4:28 p.m. yesterday.
EMS personnel stabilized the woman, and she was medevaced to the Queen's Medical Center, Cheplic said.
The woman and two friends had been skydiving with Skydive Hawaii.
Skydive Hawaii President Frank Hinshaw said the woman was an experienced skydiver, but he was told she opened her parachute a little low and ran out of altitude before landing.
The woman sustained a broken leg, Hinshaw said.
Police seek man in alleged sex attack
Police were looking for a man who allegedly kidnapped a teenager in Waikiki and sexually assaulted her.
Police said the man approached the girl at a Waikiki hotel Tuesday and told her he had a knife and that she should follow him to his car.
At the car, he blindfolded her and drove her to a scenic point and then sexually assaulted her, police said.
He then drove her back to the hotel, police said.