Aircraft tests to raise noise
The state Department of Transportation warns that there will be increased aircraft noise from runway approach testing by the Federal Aviation Administration today and tomorrow.
During the testing, aircraft will fly over Aloha Tower 1,000 feet or lower and land on the Reef Runway.
The noise will particularly affect downtown residents, the department says.
Termite damage shuts Kaneohe Fire Station
Kaneohe Fire Station closed yesterday and will remain shut temporarily for termite treatment.
Firetrucks and personnel will be relocated to the Kokokahi YWCA's Hale Nanea Lodge at 45-035 Kaneohe Bay Drive until Friday.
The substantial termite damage required immediate treatment. Treatment will include drilling the floors and walls, into which chemicals will be pumped before tenting begins today. The tent will remain pressurized today and tomorrow. Degassing starts Thursday, and if no problems arise, fire personnel will move back into the station by Friday.
A banner notifying the public of the temporary closure will be displayed in front of the station.
» The Assistance League of Hawaii has elected the following officers for the 2006 to 2007 school year:
Gretchen Neal, president; Dee Andrews, vice president; Connie Culbertson, recording secretary; Eileen Urquhart, corresponding secretary; Norma Bryce, treasurer; Dot Mason, public relations; Lindsay Issell, education; Peggy Walker, tutu tutorial chairman; Mary Kay Junk, We Care chairman; LaVonne Holmberg, Operation School Bell chairman; Shirley Raffia, Operation Wildlife chairman; Raynette Scruton, strategic planning; and Margie Van Swearingen, thrift shop manager.
Appointed board members are Liz Benton, financial advisor; Bee Robinson, historian; Jan Howes, communications; Dot Mason, grants; Dot Mason and Liz Benton, property management; Carito Miller, hospitality; and Margie Van Swearingen, capital campaign.
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Police, Fire, Courts
Head-on collision with tow truck kills pickup driver
A 42-year-old man died after a tow truck crashed into the white pickup truck he was driving on Wilikina Drive near Kaukonahua Road last night.
Police said the driver of a Nissan pickup was heading south on Wilikina when a Stoneridge tow truck, heading north and towing a blue convertible, drifted into the oncoming lane.
The head-on crash was reported at about 5:15 p.m.
Fire crews worked to free the pickup truck driver, who was pinned inside, using two Jaws of Life, a fire spokesman said. Fire crews extricated the man at about 6:20 p.m., police said.
The man had initially been reported in critical condition and was to be medevaced to the Queen's Medical Center, said Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the city Emergency Services Department.
But the man's condition worsened, and he was taken by ambulance in extremely critical condition to Wahiawa General Hospital, where he died.
The tow truck driver complained of some pain and was taken to St. Francis-West Medical Center to be tested for alcohol and drugs, police said.
He was in serious but stable condition, Cheplic said.
Police closed Wilikina Drive between Kamananui Drive and Kaukonahua Road while police investigated the accident.
Man held in alleged choking and theft
Police arrested a 20-year-old man who allegedly choked a woman and took her money over the weekend.
The incident was reported at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Wahiawa.
Police later found the suspect and arrested him for investigation of second-degree robbery and drug offenses.
Mom allegedly takes girl on shoplifting trip
Police arrested a 39-year old woman who was allegedly shoplifting with her 9-year-old daughter.
The woman was stealing more than $300 worth of merchandise from the Macy's department store at Pearlridge Center on Friday, police said.
Store loss prevention officers caught the woman and handed her over to police.
She was arrested for investigation of second- and third-degree theft as well as endangering the welfare of a minor. She was later charged and held in lieu of $30,000 bail.
The daughter was taken into custody by state Child Protective Service workers.
Boy flees mental ward, is found in stolen bus
Police arrested a 13-year-old boy who allegedly fled a hospital mental health ward and stole a tour bus Sunday.
The teenager was spotted in the Laie area at about 1:45 a.m. while operating the bus without headlights, police said. Police stopped the bus and found that the teen was listed as an escapee from the Kekela Ward of the Queen's Medical Center.
Police said that while in custody the teen mentioned that he stole the bus with the keys inside.
He was arrested for investigation of auto theft and for being a runaway juvenile.
The case was reclassified as a runaway because the boy's admission to Queen's had not been ordered by the court, police said.
CPR fails to revive Kewalo fisherman
An off-duty firefighter pulled a fisherman found floating face down from the water at 9:24 a.m. yesterday at Kewalo Basin, Bryan Cheplic, city Emergency Services Department spokesman, said.
Police said the man had been fishing when he was knocked over by a wave.
A lifeguard performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Cheplic said.
Police said the 44-year-old man could not be revived. He was taken to Straub Clinic & Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Homeless man is held in assault of girlfriend
Police arrested a 51-year-old homeless man at Ala Moana Beach Park yesterday for allegedly hitting his girlfriend with a metal rod and attempting to strangle her last week.
The man allegedly struck her repeatedly with a metal rod, then briefly tried to strangle her at 5 p.m. July 3, police said.
The 43-year-old woman reported the incident to police yesterday, and the man was arrested without incident.
Shark warnings go up at Haleiwa Beach Park
A school group was in the water at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park when the supervisor saw a shark far in the distance.
The supervisor was able to get all the children out of the water and called the Ocean Safety Division at about 10:50 a.m. yesterday.
Lifeguards saw an 8- to 10-footer far off the beach.
Warning signs were posted at the beach.
Vehicle runs over, kills girl in driveway
A 2-year-old girl was killed when a car ran over her in a private driveway yesterday morning in Wailuku.
Police said a Wailuku woman started up a 1994 four-door Ford station wagon in front of a Kaae Place home, drove forward and ran over the child. Police said the driver stopped the car shortly afterward.
The girl's mother was a passenger in the car.
The accident happened at 9:23 a.m. yesterday.
Police said the girl, Cherish Reinhardt-Chock, was pronounced dead at Maui Memorial Medical Center at 10:16 a.m. yesterday.