Planetary trio rises in dawn sky
Islanders with an unobstructed view of the eastern horizon may catch a rare sight of three planets in the morning sky, Bishop Museum Planetarium manager Carolyn Kaichi said. Mars, Jupiter and Mercury are approaching closer in the dawn sky, with the closest grouping on Dec. 10, she said. Astronomers differ on the next view of the three-planet conjunction. One says it will be in 2050 and another says it will be in 2026. The last time it occurred was in 1971.
Coast Guard air-drops pumps to leaky boat
Coast Guard rescue crews aided a foundering fishing vessel yesterday about 170 miles northwest of Kauai, the service said in a news release.
The captain of the fishing vessel Isabella T contacted the Coast Guard about 9 a.m. reporting a possible breach in the hull and flooding.
A Coast Guard C-130 airplane and crew from Barbers Point air-dropped two pumps to the Isabella T about 2:30 p.m., Coast Guard spokesman Michael DeNyse said.
A second Coast Guard plane circled overhead until the captain reported the pumps were working and the flooding controlled, the release said.
The captain told the Coast Guard that he was going to "retrieve his fishing gear" before returning to port. DeNyse didn't know last night what sort of gear the boat was retrieving or when it was expected at a port.
The Coast Guard would remain in contact with the boat, which has six people aboard, until it is safe at a port, DeNyse said.
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND
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P.O. Box 17780
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-0780
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Call 440-3804 for information about the program or to arrange for pickup of large items.
Big Isle teen wins $20,000 science award
, 14, of Waiakea High School on the Big Island, won a $20,000 scholarship and the America's Top Young Scientist of the Year award. The scholarship was awarded by The Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge for students in grades five through eight. Kamitaki's project analyzed the effect of arsenic in local soils on Big Island schoolchildren.
Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, Calif., awarded its new Teaching Artist Fellowships to Daniel A. Kelin II of Honolulu and three others from the mainland. Kelin is the director of drama education with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth.
Myron K. Brumaghim, principal of Nanaikapono Elementary School in Nanakuli, was selected as Hawaii's 2006 National Distinguished Principal. The award was presented by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education. He has served as principal for the past 16 years at the Waianae school.
KCAA Preschools of Hawaii has received $40,000 from the Hawaii Community Foundation to acquire software for the more streamlined management of student enrollment, record-keeping and reporting.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man, 47, arrested in alleged rape of juvenile
Police arrested a 47-year-old Pearl City man who allegedly raped a juvenile earlier this week.
The assault happened about 5 p.m. Sunday, police said. The victim reported the incident to school officials and police were contacted.
The victim positively identified the suspect through a photographic lineup, police said. Officers arrested the man at his Waiawa Road home Tuesday for investigation of first-degree sexual assault.
Alcohol cited as driver arrested in fatal crash
The 33-year-old driver of a blue Dodge Durango involved in a fatal crash in Kahaluu was arrested yesterday for suspicion of negligent homicide.
His passenger, a 31-year-old Honolulu woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as Marilyn Richard of Honolulu.
Police said speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the collision that happened at 4:35 a.m. yesterday at 47-515 Kamehameha Highway across from the Hygienic Store.
Police said the sport utility vehicle was traveling north on Kamehameha Highway when it veered off the road and struck a guardrail. The SUV flipped over and landed in the driveway of the 7-Eleven store.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver was taken to Castle Medical Center with minor injuries.
Ramming case leads to woman's arrest
Police arrested a 38-year-old woman who allegedly used her car to ram another woman's car Tuesday.
Police said the victim, a 42-year-old woman, was approached by the suspect about 10 a.m. The suspect then began yelling at the victim, police said.
The victim got into her car to drive away and the suspect then got into another car and reversed into the victim's car several times, police said.
The victim was not injured but her car was damaged, police said.
The suspect fled but was caught several blocks away at Ala Wai and Niu Street and arrested for investigation of first-degree criminal property damage.
Officer halts car theft in progress in Kalihi
An officer arrested a 21-year-old man after seeing him try to steal a car Tuesday, police said.
The officer saw the man as he walked up to a Honda parked on Puuhale Road in Kalihi, punched out the driver's side door lock and got into the car, police said.
As the officer approached the car he saw the man trying to break the car's ignition. The officer then arrested the man for investigation of attempted auto theft.