Falling concrete closes short stretch of Nimitz
A short stretch of Nimitz Highway was closed yesterday after a chunk of concrete apparently fell from the H-1 freeway viaduct overhead.
State Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa said motorists saw the piece, about 1 square foot in size, fall at about 2:45 p.m. It did not strike any vehicles.
A 500-foot length of the center eastbound lane between Paiea and Ohohia streets was closed while a state crew in a boom truck inspected the underside of the viaduct. The highway is three lanes wide in that area.
Thielen takes over Case's campaign office
State Rep. Cynthia Thielen is hoping for more luck the second time around.
The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate unveiled her new campaign headquarters yesterday at 715 S. King St., in the office just vacated by U.S. Rep. Ed Case -- who lost the race for the Democratic nomination to incumbent Daniel Akaka.
Thielen's daughter, Laura Thielen, said her mother's campaign had been looking for an office in downtown Honolulu and was worried one would not be found quickly.
"We have been calling around, and we knew this one would be vacant," she said.
Thielen became the GOP candidate after Jerry Coffee won the Republican primary. He had dropped out of the race because of health problems.
Forum hosts hopefuls for Board of Education
Candidates for the Board of Education will answer questions at a forum 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, 2500 Pali Highway.
The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the church's Social Justice Council.
Light refreshments will be served.
Register to vote at Wal-Mart
Anyone interested in registering to vote can go to any Hawaii Wal-Mart store, where the Hawaii Chapter of the NAACP will be sponsoring a registration drive this weekend. The drive, set for Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is just in time for Monday's registration deadline for the Nov. 7 general election. "The NAACP's theme this year is 'Voting our values -- valuing our vote,'" said Alphonso Braggs, president of the Hawaii Chapter of the NAACP.
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Hanauma Bay Education Program volunteers honored by city for their service
Volunteers of the Hanauma Bay Education Program were honored by the City and County of Honolulu for exemplary service to the community. They include Ben Waiolama
, a volunteer for the past five years, originally from the Big Island; Melissa MacGarrett
, the University of Hawaii Sea Grant's volunteer coordinator for the program; and Bob Uyeno
, a volunteer for six years. The program is supported by the partnership of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, the nonprofit Friends of Hanauma Bay and the Sea Grant program. According to MacGarrett, the volunteers provided 11,800 hours of service in 2005 in educating visitors about the ecology of the bay and "coral reef etiquette."
Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu of the class of 1951 at Saint Louis School is the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 2006. He has been a member of the board of trustees for more than 10 years and a leader in the field of dentistry for 45.
In 2003 he was named America's Top Dentist by the Consumer Research Council of America. He is president of the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, USA, and serves on the boards of the East-West Center International Foundation, Bishop Museum, Salvation Army and the Palolo Chinese Home, among others.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man in critical condition after collision
A 43-year-old man was in critical condition suffering from a medical condition after the crash of his pickup truck with a flatbed truck at about 1 p.m. in Kakaako.
The man was driving a 1995 Chevy pickup truck when he lost control on Queen Street near Ala Moana Boulevard, police said.
Emergency Medical Services transported the man to the Queen's Medical Center.
Spokesman Bryan Cheplic said the man's condition was a medical condition, unrelated to the crash.
Man caught after allegedly taking bag
Police arrested a 23-year-old man who allegedly robbed another man in broad daylight Monday in downtown Honolulu.
Police said a 34-year-old man was alongside a public roadway at 11:18 a.m. when the suspect attacked him and stole his backpack.
Patrol officers chased the suspect as he fled on foot. After catching him, they arrested him for investigation of first-degree robbery, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and outstanding warrants.
He was later released pending investigation.
Baseball bat threat results in man's arrest
Police arrested a 23-year-old man who allegedly threatened another man with a baseball bat last month.
Police said that at about 10 p.m. Sept. 22, a 34-year-old man reversed his car into another car, setting off its alarm.
The owner of the hit car retrieved a bat and threatened the older man, police said.
The younger man was arrested Tuesday for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening and then released pending investigation.
Ex-boyfriend nabbed in woman's kidnapping
Police arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and threatened to hurt her if she did not resume their relationship.
Police said the incident happened just after midnight Sept. 20. The 21-year-old woman got away and called police.
The man was arrested Tuesday for investigation of kidnapping.
Man is punched after trying to resist robbery
Police arrested a 39-year-old man who allegedly punched another man and stole his money early Tuesday.
Police said the suspect confronted the 36-year-old victim at about 2:30 a.m. in downtown Honolulu and asked him for money.
When the victim refused, the suspect punched him in the face and took his wallet from his pants pocket, police said.
The suspect then took money out of the wallet and tried to run away but was stopped by patrol officers, police said.
He was arrested for investigation of second-degree robbery.