Free ceremony at USS Missouri
The Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor is hosting a free Veterans Day sunset ceremony this evening. The hour-long ceremony starts at 4:45 p.m. and will include a keynote address by Rear Adm. Townsend Alexander, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. The ceremony will also include a rifle volley salute, a moment of silence and buglers performing echo taps. A complimentary public shuttle service will be available from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
Police, Fire, Courts
830 evacuated and street closed after workers cut gas line
Workers severed a 3-inch gas line at a Waikiki construction site at 9:16 a.m. yesterday, forcing the evacuation of 830 people from three nearby buildings.
Police said workers from GTK Contracting Co. accidentally cut the line along the sidewalk area fronting 249 Beach Walk.
Police shut down Beach Walk and evacuated occupants from Niihau Apartments, Hawaiiana Hotel, Breakers Hotel and the construction site.
Fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said the leak was minor and was mostly contained when firefighters arrived shortly after 9:40 a.m. A hazardous-materials unit monitored the air and determined the site was safe.
The area was reopened at 11:30 a.m., and people were allowed to return to the buildings and construction site.
Maui house fire does $115,000 in damage
WAILUKU » A fire caused an estimated $115,000 in damage yesterday to the structure and contents of a single-story house in West Maui.
Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Shaffer said the blaze at 516 Aki St. in Lahaina was extinguished within an hour after firefighters received the call at 4:15 a.m.
No one was home at the time of the fire, and the cause, which appears to be "suspicious," is under investigation, Shaffer said.
2 Big Isle home blazes are deemed suspicious
Police on the Big Island are investigating two suspicious house fires in the Ainaloa subdivision in Puna.
On Oct. 31 the Fire Department and Puna police responded to a fire at a home under construction on Jewel Road. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which was contained to the lower level, and inspectors determined the fire was suspicious.
On Sunday, fire and police responded to a second fire in the same area. The fire was extinguished, but the structure was a total loss and damage estimates are still under investigation, police reported.
Investigators determined the second fire was also suspicious. No one was injured in either fire.
Anyone with information should call Detective Darren Horio at 961-2385, the police nonemergency number at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
Woman arrested after alleged cane assault
Police arrested a 20-year-old woman who allegedly attacked a 35-year-old woman with a metal cane last month.
Police said the assault happened at about 5:40 p.m. Oct. 8. The victim suffered substantial bodily injury, police said.
The suspect was arrested Thursday on suspicion of second-degree assault and released pending investigation.
Suspect is charged in knifepoint robbery
A 23-year-old woman who allegedly robbed a 77-year-old woman at knifepoint in Makiki last month was charged yesterday with first-degree robbery.
Bail for Jaime M. Pulido has been set at $25,000.
At about 9:15 a.m. Oct. 26, Pulido confronted the elderly woman in the parking lot of First Christian Church at 1516 Kewalo St., police said. Pulido allegedly pulled a knife on the woman and demanded her purse. The two women struggled over the purse, then Pulido took the purse and fled to a waiting vehicle, police said.
A witness who intervened was able to recover the purse. Pulido fled the area and was later identified, police said. The suspect was located and arrested on Thursday.