Tune in early to see the 'Dog' interviewed on the 'Today' show
NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer will interview Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife, Beth, this morning via satellite. The interview will be the first granted by the couple since Chapman's arrest last week. Chapman and two others from his reality show, "Dog the Bounty Hunter," face deportation to Mexico, where bounty hunting is illegal, in connection with an apprehension they made in the country in 2003. "Today" airs at 7 a.m. on KHNL/NBC. The interview is to take place at 9:05 a.m. East Coast time.
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Duane "Dog" Chapman was escorted by his wife, Beth, son Tucker and lawyer James Blancarte, behind, after being released Friday afternoon.
Lecture explores sharks' feeding
People curious about what sharks eat can find out during a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Hanauma Bay Education Center Theater.
Aaron Bush, professor at Leeward Community College and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, will discuss "Feeding Ecology of Scalloped Hammerhead Pups in Kaneohe Bay."
Visitors are asked to park in the lot in front of the education center.
U.S. Department of Agriculture awards rural business grants to 2 isle enterprises
Two Hawaii businesses have been awarded Rural Business Enterprise Grants totaling $130,000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced: Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council received $50,000 for technical assistance to conduct strategic planning and business feasibility study of a proposed open market in Kalapana; Pacific Gateway Center received $80,000 for development of organic farming on Oahu.
restaurant in Waimea on the Big Island has earned Wine Spectator's 2006 Award of Excellence for the fourth consecutive year. Owner Peter Merriman
credits his professional servers and cellar master Jim Lunchick
, who has paired wines with menu selections for 15 years. The restaurant offers more than 150 wines.
» The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross and Central Pacific Bank have selected the American Red Cross Health and Safety Volunteers as the American Red Cross True Blue Heroes for September. To nominate someone for an award, download a form at www.hawaiiredcross.org or www.centralpacificbank.com, or call 739-8130.
Police, Fire, Courts
Teens sought after alleged sex assault on 2 girls
Police are searching for two teenagers who allegedly sexually assaulted two girls Saturday night after leading them into a Honolulu park.
The girls, 15 and 16, were waiting at a bus stop at about 10:30 p.m. when two boys, both described as 16, approached them and led them into a nearby park, police said. The girls told police the boys sexually assaulted them in the park. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the boys.
The 16-year-old girl was taken to a sex abuse treatment center for an exam, police said. Police are searching for the boys on suspicion of two counts of first-degree sexual assault.
Police charge soldier in attack on girl, 15
Police charged a 19-year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at Pearlridge Center.
He is identified as Jon Joseph Rutherford, an Army soldier based at Schofield Barracks. Between 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. last Monday, police said, the victim was sexually assaulted by Rutherford, an acquaintance. Four days later the victim saw the suspect at an unknown location and called police. Police charged Rutherford on Saturday for first-degree sex assault and five counts of third-degree sex assault. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 aggregate bail.
Dead man identified after Big Island crash
Police have identified a 25-year-old passenger who died Saturday in a single-car crash on Hawaii Belt Road near the 8-mile marker in Papaikou as Aaron L. Alvarez of Pepeekeo.
At about 6:56 p.m. Saturday, a 25-year-old driver was traveling south on Route 19 in a 1993 Nissan sedan with Alvarez and another passenger. Police said the driver lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway. He struck an embankment and overturned.
Police said Alvarez, a rear-seat passenger, was thrown from the vehicle. The driver and front-seat passenger, 20, were transported to Hilo Medical Center.
Police said the driver was treated and released, while the passenger's condition was unknown at press time.
Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. Police said Alvarez was not wearing a seat belt.
The 25-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, driving without a license and having no car insurance. He was released pending investigation.
Police said an autopsy will be performed on Alvarez to determine the exact cause of death. This is the 27th traffic-related fatality on the Big Island, compared with 28 at the same time last year.
Man hit with car suffers minor injuries
Police arrested a 31-year-old man after he allegedly struck another man with his car in Hawaii Kai.
At about 9:31 p.m. Saturday, police said, the suspect and his girlfriend were involved in an argument when she started yelling for help. The victim, 37, told the suspect that he was calling the police, and the suspect struck him with his car. The victim suffered minor injuries and the suspect fled. Police arrested the 31-year-old man on suspicion of second- degree assault.
Police catch alleged cigarette thief, 14
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy who allegedly stole cartons of cigarettes from a store in Waianae.
At about 12:50 a.m. Saturday, police said a patrol officer heard an alarm go off from the Waianae Store and observed two juveniles fleeing.
Officers arrested a 14-year-old boy who was leaving with a backpack filled with four cartons of cigarettes. Police said three others fled the scene. The 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary.