Sewage spill not as bad as estimated
There were 64,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater spilled at the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant on Thursday, according to revised figures released yesterday by the city.
The initial estimate said 330,000 gallons of sewage had been spilled. The city is investigating what caused an overflow of treated wastewater at the plant between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day.
Some of the spilled wastewater entered a drainage system that leads to Honolulu Harbor. Signs have been posted in the area warning people to stay out of the water. The Sand Island plant treats wastewater for much of Honolulu, between Red Hill and Kuliouou.
State will inspect roads hit with mudslides
State transportation officials will be inspecting Kailua-bound roads after Wednesday's mudslides.
On Wednesday afternoon, a small mudslide occurred on Kalanianaole Highway between Castle Junction and Kapaa Quarry Road near Le Jardin Academy.
"We'll take a look at it, but it seems to be a minor one," state transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa said. "It seems OK for now."
Ishikawa said within the next two weeks, state transportation officials will work on stabilizing the hillsides along Kailua Road, tying down large boulders in hopes of preventing mud or landslides.
The Pali Highway was shut Wednesday after heavy rains brought mud and debris in front of the town-bound tunnels. The highway was re-opened in both directions Thursday night.
Hawaii Pacific boasts ranking as a 'best buy'
Hawaii Pacific University is one of 247 colleges and universities listed as one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education in its 2006 edition, the university said in a news release.
Barron's evaluates tuition rates, financial aid, student-faculty ratio, freshman profile, a survey of student satisfaction and other data in making its decisions.
HPU has also been ranked among the nation's best colleges and universities, according to the 2006 edition of U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and The Princeton Review 2006 edition guidebook, The Best 361 Colleges. HPU is the state's largest private university with more than 8,000 students.
Police, Fire, Courts
Public's help sought in homeless man's death
Police are asking for the public's help in solving the March 2005 murder of Owen K. Hamada, a homeless man who frequented the Waikele area.
On March 21, 2005, Waikele Community Park employees found Hamada, 55, savagely beaten and lifeless in the park's women's restroom, police said.
Hamada, who was well known in the area, slept in the park restrooms on Lumiaina Street at night and frequented the Waikele Shopping Center during the day. His wallet was also taken.
Police ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300. Free cellular calls can be made by dialing *CRIME.
Waipahu home fire does $55,000 damage
The Honolulu Fire Department is investigating a fire that caused $55,000 in damage at a vacant one-story structure in Waipahu on Thursday night.
Firefighters responded to the fire at 94-132 Poailani Circle about 7:15 p.m. and were told by witnesses that the fire started in the garage of the wooden house, said an HFD spokesman.
Before firefighters arrived, neighbors had tried to put out the fire and slowed it before it engulfed the entire structure.
Thirty percent of the house, which is currently under renovation, was damaged in the fire.
Mom held in alleged attack with iron
Police arrested a 35-year-old woman who allegedly hit her teenage son with an iron.
Police said the woman was arguing with her 13-year-old son about 3:30 p.m. Monday at a home on Linapuni Street in Kalihi when she hit him with the iron. Police arrested the mother for investigation of second-degree assault. The boy was not seriously hurt.
Woman is arrested at wheel of stolen car
Police arrested a 25-year-old woman for allegedly driving a stolen car.
Police said an officer pulled over a white 1990 Honda Accord for a traffic violation about 1:40 a.m. yesterday along Farrington Highway in Waianae.
The officer noticed a screwdriver in the car's ignition. The officer checked and learned that the car had been reported stolen and arrested the woman for investigation of auto theft.
Case of identity theft gets woman arrested
Police arrested a 37-year-old woman Thursday for her alleged involvement in an identity-theft case in September.
Police said that about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, the suspect used a counterfeit check to buy items from a Kunia store.
Police later learned that the suspect had used a checking account number belonging to a 57-year-old man and an alias.
The suspect was identified through a photographic lineup and arrested Thursday for investigation of second-degree forgery and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. She was later released pending investigation.
Argument leads to alleged gun threat
Police arrested a 40-year-old man who allegedly threatened another with a gun following a fight.
Police said the suspect and a 21-year-old man were arguing in Mililani about 1:30 p.m. Monday when the suspect went to his car, got a gun, and pointed it at the other man.
The suspect fled, police said, but was later found and arrested for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening.