Big waves raise risks on North Shore
A high-surf advisory is in effect for the North Shore of Oahu through noon today.
A storm north of the islands could generate waves of more than 15 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
Two swimmers who got into trouble in the high waves about 100 yards offshore from Turtle Bay Resort were helped to shore by lifeguards at 11:50 a.m. yesterday. The Oahu Civil Defense Agency warned swimmers and beachgoers to be aware of hazardous wave action and rip currents.
Supplies headed to Maui community
WAILUKU » Thanksgiving turkeys will be flown tomorrow into a community in East Maui that has been cut off since mid-October after earthquakes and torrential rain damaged a bridge to Hana.
An Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter will be carrying about 240 pounds of turkey to isolated Kipahulu, in addition to 120 pounds of vegetables, including carrots, potatoes and onions.
About 300 residents have been relatively isolated since the Oct. 15 quakes off the Big Island and the heavy rain.
Mayor Alan Arakawa said the airlift will also include about 250 pounds of rice, 50 1-gallon containers of distilled water and four 55-gallon containers of fuel.
Meanwhile, workers are continuing to build a temporary bridge to replace the damaged Paihi Bridge and are scheduled to have it operating by Dec. 1.
Some parts of the temporary bridge have arrived on Maui and are expected to be hauled to Paihi tomorrow or shortly thereafter, the county said.
The county is scheduled to have a report by Monday on how to secure the rocks along cliffs on the back access road to Kaupo, Arakawa said.
Mentally ill drifter to be confined
A federal judge has ruled that a drifter found not guilty by reason of insanity for the fatal shooting of a Big Island national park ranger is a danger to other people and property.
Because of that risk, U.S. District Judge Susan Mollway remanded Eugene Frederick Boyce III, 37, yesterday to the custody of the U.S. attorney general, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Sorenson.
He was accused of shooting park ranger Steve Makuakane-Jerrell twice with the ranger's own semiautomatic handgun in December 1999 following a struggle.
Makuakane-Jerrell was investigating complaints about Boyce's three dogs.
Mollway found Boyce not guilty last month following a five-hour nonjury trial. The government's psychologist had testified Boyce believed the ranger was trying to kill him and his dogs.
Sorenson argued that Boyce should always be confined because he will continue to suffer from his mental disease.
"The government's position is that he'll always be a danger, always suffer from paranoid schizophrenia and has already proven throughout his life that he is going to commit violent acts," Sorenson said.
Boyce's attorney could not be reached for comment.
UH grad wins law fellowship
Recent University of Hawaii law school graduate Blaine Rogers is the first recipient of a law fellowship designed to assist in enforcement of the state's environmental laws.
The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative funds the one-year fellowship, which is a partnership between the group, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the state Attorney General and the William S. Richardson School of Law Environmental Law Program.
The fellowship is a full-time job working with DLNR's Division of Aquatic Resources to prosecute people who violate laws designed to protect Hawaii's natural resources. Fellows work under the supervision of state deputy attorneys general who focus on natural-resources protection.
Rogers started his fellowship Oct. 16.
He received his law degree with a certificate of environmental law from the William S. Richardson School of Law in May.
The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative was established in 1998 with federal funds to support scientific research and monitoring to protect Hawaii's coral ecosystems.
Goodwill Hawaii receives charitable gifts
The David C. Ai Charitable Trust
donated $50,000 to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii
to fund its Ohana Career and Learning Center building project in Leeward Oahu.
The center is scheduled to open in 2008 in Kapolei and provide classrooms for its job training and placement programs, a community access and resource room, and a retail store. It will create more than 150 jobs.
Other donations for the center came from Servco Foundation, $25,000; Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, $10,000; and the Island Insurance Foundation, $25,000.
The annual PetWalk 2006, sponsored by the Hawaiian Humane Society and other companies, raised approximately $130,000 to support the society. Some 3,000 animals and their owners participated in the event, co-sponsored by Central Pacific Bank, Hawaiian Telcom and KITV.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded $100,000 to the Institute for Human Services, Oahu's only 24-hour emergency homeless shelter.
The grant will be used to provide critical services to an estimated 300-plus Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian clients to be served in 2007, including safe shelter, meals, clothing and hygienic supplies, and support housing and employment services.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
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Teen girl from Idaho missing since Friday
Police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 13-year-old Idaho girl who was visiting Hawaii with her family.
Meriah Flores was last seen leaving the Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. Flores told a relative she was going to the ABC Store on Hobron Lane near the hotel. She has not been seen by her family since then, police said.
Flores has brown eyes and black hair. She was wearing a gray miniskirt, flower-print sarong top and white tennis shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
2 men are collared in assault of officers
Police arrested two men for allegedly assaulting police officers who were trying to break up a fight in Waikiki early Sunday.
Police said officers were sent to a fight outside the Zanzabar nightclub, 2255 Kuhio Ave., at about 4 a.m. As the officers were trying to break up the fight, a 23-year-old man punched one officer, according to police.
As a second officer was trying to arrest the man who threw the punch, a 22-year-old man wrapped his arm around the second officer's throat, police said.
Police arrested the younger man on suspicion of assault of a police officer and resisting arrest. Police arrested the second suspect on suspicion of assault of a police officer and disorderly conduct.
Men's argument leads to baseball bat assault
A 19-year-old man struck another man with a baseball bat Sunday during an argument in Waialua, police said.
The suspect and a 26-year-old were arguing at about 3 a.m. when the younger man hit the other man with a bat, police said. Police arrested the younger man for investigation of second-degree assault.
Man arrested working on stolen motorcycle
A 37-year-old man who was working on a motorcycle on the side of a road was arrested Saturday after a police officer learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen.
Police said a 42-year-old woman from Windward Oahu reported her motorcycle stolen on March 24. On Saturday an officer saw the suspect working on the cycle on the road in Leeward Oahu.
The officer checked the motorcycle's vehicle identification number and learned that the bike had been reported stolen.
The officer arrested the suspect for investigation of second-degree theft and two outstanding warrants.