Hana Highway to get emergency phones
WAILUKU » Emergency telephones are expected to be installed along the scenic but remote Hana Highway in East Maui, with $428,000 in funding from the state and federal government. Gov. Linda Lingle announced yesterday the release of $85,600 in state funds toward the installation of 13 cellular and land-line telephones, with construction starting in December and ending in June. The federal government will provide $342,400 to the project, according to a Lingle news release.
Orlando lays claim to land of the testy
The next time someone yells at you for inadvertently cutting him off on the freeway, consider this: The other driver's retribution could have been much worse if you were in Orlando, Fla.
According to MSN Health & Fitness, Orlando is the angriest of the 100 major U.S. cities it surveyed. The online news magazine considered the percentage of men with high blood pressure, traffic congestion and rates of aggravated assaults and workplace violence.
St. Petersburg, Fla., is second; Detroit, third.
Honolulu was 64th.
The least angry of the 100 cities is Manchester, NH.
Air Force vessel to return from Johnston on Monday
The Air Force charter vessel with five crew members and seven contractors that was forced to take refuge on Johnston Island Wednesday from Hurricane Ioke is expected back in the islands on Monday.
The Air Force said one of the 12 people is an Air Force environment specialist whose job was to monitor ground water on Johnston Atoll as part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirement. This trip was the first since the Air Force relinquished control of the atoll two years ago.
Democratic forum to host candidates
Democrats both opposed and unopposed in next month's primary are scheduled to appear at a forum featuring candidates running for offices in various districts encompassing Windward Oahu.
The event, organized by Windward Democratic Party Region Nine members, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa Room 103.
Representatives for U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka and gubernatorial candidate Randy Iwase are scheduled to attend.
Candidates scheduled to attend include Nestor Garcia, Colleen Hanabusa, Clayton Hee, Matt Matsunaga, Ron Menor, Brian Schatz and Joe Zuiker, who are running for the 2nd Congressional District; lieutenant governor candidate David Henkin; state Senate candidates Jill Tokuda and Frank Lockwood; and state House candidates Ken Ito, Pono Chong and Tommy Waters, all incumbents.
The event is free and open to the public.
What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:
Natalie Choy, mother of three, is headed for Hollywood to compete in the new WorldWide Web Games. She will compete against 74 other gamers for a $1 million grand prize, and the whole thing will be televised in December on the Game Show Network.
Today: Critters in cargo have become more commonplace as airlines have made animal travel safer and more predictable. Pets can even earn frequent-flier miles on some airlines. But not to worry -- although some snakes could get on a plane, poisonous ones could not.
Business: Split USA, an Irvine, Calif.-based surfing and skating retailer, is dressing up Wahoo's Fish Taco employees in a new type of guerrilla marketing called "influencer marketing." While it is easy in Hawaii to find restaurants sponsoring sports teams or events, it is not as common to find companies sponsoring restaurants.
Business: Consumers are cutting back on upscale purchases at such places as Starbucks and Williams-Sonoma as high gas prices and a housing slowdown reduce disposable income.
Sports: Tala Esera and Dane Uperesa grew up in the same small town along Oahu's North Shore but had to wait to play for the University of Hawaii football team before getting to know each other.
Police, Fire, Courts
Police shoot at woman following alleged threat
A police officer shot at but did not hit a 43-year-old Waipahu woman who allegedly threatened police and a neighbor yesterday with a meat cleaver and a large kitchen knife.
The woman, armed with the meat cleaver and knife, allegedly confronted a 47-year-old man shortly before 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of their apartment building, at 94-971 Kahuamoku Street, police said.
The two did not know each other, but they both lived at the apartment building, Maj. Debora Tandal said.
"He has no idea why she was going after him, from what we can tell," she said.
Officers took steps to try to get the woman to drop her weapons, but she failed to comply. Then "she lunged at officers," Tandal said.
One of the three officers then fired a single round at the woman at close range, but she was not hit, Tandal said.
Police arrested the woman on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening. It did not appear the woman was on drugs, Tandal said.
Most of the residents of the building did not know her well, according to Tandal.
Employee at business is robbed at gunpoint
Police were looking for two women who robbed a Pearl City business at gunpoint Wednesday night.
Police said the women walked into the business at about 6:30 p.m. One of them pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the only employee in the store, police said. Both women then fled with cash, police said.
Worker allegedly steals air compressor
Police arrested a 33-year-old man who allegedly stole an air compressor from the store where he works as others watched.
Police said the man told other employees at the Kapolei store on Aug. 13 that the compressor was for a customer.
The employer later learned that the compressor, valued at $499, had not been paid for.
Police arrested the man Tuesday for investigation of second-degree theft.
Man arrested, charged in sex assault attempt
A 23-year-old man allegedly tried to sexually assault his neighbor during a karaoke drinking party at his Kalihi home early Wednesday morning, police said.
Charlemagne Baisa was charged yesterday with first-degree attempted sexual assault.
Police said the neighbor, a 39-year-old woman, went over to Baisa's Bannister Street home Tuesday night where he was having a karaoke drinking party. After drinking a moderate amount of alcohol, the woman apparently passed out and awoke to find Baisa allegedly trying to sexually assault her at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
Police said the woman broke free and called police. The woman identified Baisa and he was arrested.
Neighbor helps catch would-be car thieves
An alert neighbor helped police arrest three men who allegedly broke into a car and tried to steal it early Tuesday.
Police said the neighbor was standing on his balcony in Salt Lake at about 1:05 a.m. and heard a window break.
The neighbor saw a man getting into a parked car while two other men stood alongside, police said. He called police and then went to the street where he confronted the suspects, police said.
The men who had been standing next to the car, ages 32 and 27, then warned the other man, 31, that they had been seen breaking into the car, police said. The suspects tried to walk away but were stopped by police.
Officers found the wallet of the car's registered owner on the street and also noticed that the car's ignition and window were damaged. Police then arrested all three suspects for investigation of attempted auto theft and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.