H-1 lanes closed for inspection
Two right westbound lanes of the H-1 freeway will be closed from the H-1/Moanalua freeway merge to the Pearl City offramp from 5:30 to 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Officials need to inspect the concrete material used in the freeway widening.
If more time is needed for inspections, the two lanes might be closed from 5:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday.
Wildlife crews move monk seal on Oahu
Wildlife officials have moved a 2-month-old Hawaiian monk seal that was born near the Turtle Bay Resort to another Oahu location where it is less likely to encounter people.
The female pup, which was born June 1, was weaned by her mother last week and left to fend for herself, as is normal with the species, said Wende Goo, spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Tagged "RO32," the pup is a healthy 54 inches long, with a 50-inch girth, and weighs about 175 pounds. The animal's stored fat will help her survive until she learns to fend for herself, Goo said in a statement.
On Sunday, researchers and volunteers moved the pup to an undisclosed Oahu location where she will be with other monk seals and away from possible human disturbance, NOAA said.
Goo said yesterday that the seal has been sighted in the new location, interacting with other seals and "doing quite nicely."
RO32 was the first seal born on Oahu in a public area since 1998.
2 men indicted in Waipahu robbery
A federal grand jury indicted two Oahu men on robbery and conspiracy charges yesterday in a $2 million jewelry heist in Waipahu.
The indictments charged Bryan T. Higa, 25, of Aiea and Marvin Quemada Jr., 31, of Waipahu under the federal Hobbs Act covering crimes affecting interstate commerce. The owners of Flor & Annie Jewelry were involved in interstate commerce, according to the indictment.
They were also charged with using a firearm in commission of a crime of violence.
The indictment said Quemada called Higa June 1 after the jewelry business owners displayed their wares at his mother's Waipahu home. After following the salespeople, Higa approached their car in the parking lot of a Waipahu restaurant, fired one shot from a 9-mm pistol and fled with a jewel case, according to the indictment.
The two men were arrested by police and have been held without bail since June 16.
What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:
HONOLULU LITE EXTRA
Rising tide on Ahua Street
The tide rises on Ahua Street, a mile from the shoreline, bringing in sea water at levels high enough to float a kayak. Really.
From NYC to isle waterman
A new documentary, "Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown," explains how the pampered son of upper-crust New York City rajahs discovered surfing, to become a legendary Hawaii waterman who would brave waves no one else dared to ride.
Flying the stylish skies
Many designers have been called upon over the years to bring style to the skies over Honolulu. Aloha Airlines celebrated its 60th year with a fashion show demonstrating how flight attendants' uniforms have been inspired by the times.
Going after interns
With the labor market tight, Hawaii employers are finding that it pays to jump-start recruitment by offering internships, especially to Hawaii students or those with Hawaii ties.
Out of service
Pay phones, often abused and in disrepair, are disappearing around the nation as cell phones become more prevalent.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man arrested with alleged funny money
Police arrested a 43-year-old man who was allegedly seen holding counterfeit bills.
Police said that at about 12:01 a.m. Wednesday an officer noticed a damaged vehicle parked on Kopke Street in Kalihi and the driver slumped over.
The officer checked on the driver and saw that he was clutching numerous counterfeit $100 bills on his lap and that he appeared to be sleeping, police said.
The man also was allegedly holding a pair of scissors and had appeared to have been cutting new counterfeit bills. When the officer told the man to get out of his vehicle, a glass "ice" pipe fell to the ground from his waist, police said.
The man was arrested on suspicion of forgery in the first degree, promoting dangerous drugs in the third degree and drug paraphernalia.
Waipio Gentry man arrested for firearm
Police arrested a 19-year-old Waipio Gentry man after his neighbor saw him allegedly holding a handgun.
Police responded to the suspect's home at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and recovered the handgun. The man was arrested on suspicion of a firearm violation.
Suspect allegedly uses pellet gun to threaten
Police charged a 26-year-old man for allegedly threatening another man with a pellet gun Tuesday on the H-2 freeway in Mililani.
Police said that at about 10:30 p.m. a 30-year-old man was headed home to Mililani on the freeway when the car in front of him suddenly stopped, almost causing a crash.
Police said Lorenz Comilang was driving the car that stopped. Police said Comilang confronted the driver behind him and pointed what appeared to be a black handgun at him before driving away.
The victim followed Comilang as he got off the freeway onto Meheula Parkway, police said.
Police said Comilang then ran a red light, made a U-turn, pulled up opposite the victim and extended his left arm out of the window and pointed the handgun again.
Police were called and Comilang was arrested. Police later determined that Comilang was using a pellet gun.
He was charged with two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening. Bail was set at $2,000.
Man arrested in sex assault
Police arrested a 27-year-old man after he allegedly sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend.
Police said that at 11:18 p.m. July 19, the suspect entered the victim's Waianae home without her consent.
Police said the suspect and the victim, 28, have two children together.
The suspect had previously threatened and harassed the victim on a separate occasion, police said.
Police arrested the man on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree terroristic threatening and two counts of harassment.