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Work under way on damaged Chinese ship
Coast Guard crew members conducted a safety patrol of the Chinese cargo ship Tong Cheng as it made hull repairs near Pearl Harbor on Wednesday. Efforts continued yesterday off Honolulu Airport's reef runway to pump water out of the ship's damaged cargo hold. Coast Guard Lt. Nikki Samuel said the 485-foot ship needs to be lighter to enter Barbers Point Harbor to finish repairs on a 56-inch crack on its hull below the waterline. CLICK FOR LARGE
Students compete in science bowl
More than 100 science and math students from 23 public and private Hawaii high schools will compete for the state title at the 14th annual Hawaii Science Bowl tomorrow at Honolulu Community College. Top teams will be recognized with cash awards ranging from $50 to $500 to schools' math/science departments. The winning team and coach will represent Hawaii in the National Science Bowl from April 23 to 30 in Washington, D.C.
Coming this weekend in your Star-Bulletin:
The first Chinese immigrants from the village of Nam Long built rice paddies in Punaluu. Generations later, their descendants still honor their memory and respect that heritage of hard work. Also in Sunday's Today section, take a guess at what will happen when "Lost" resumes with new episodes Feb. 7. Write up your thoughts for our "Get 'Lost'" contest -- the prize is a valuable collection of collectibles.
Business: While nationwide homeowner spending on remodeling is experiencing a slowdown due to a light slump in the housing market, Hawaii's building industry continues to grow. Also in the Business section, sellers often feel the strain of living in a place and keeping it in tiptop shape for prospective buyers.
Travel: The Basque region of Spain boasts a rich cultural history and a renowned modern art museum. The area is also known for its spectacular surf. The 2006 Billabong Pro contest, usually identified with Hawaii or Australian shorelines, took place in October at Mundaka and other big-wave beaches along the nearby Bay of Biscay.
Police, Fire, Courts
Prada heist suspect is charged with theft
Authorities charged a 40-year-old man with first-degree theft yesterday for allegedly stealing almost $500,000 worth of Prada merchandise from a Kakaako warehouse on Dec. 26.
Tracey Coryell Sr. had already been charged with second-degree burglary for the crime.
Prada Hawaii Corp. initially reported losses of about $1 million, but police found later that was not the case after a review of company records.
Coryell is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Transient arrested in man's strangling
Police arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the death of Ted Hiroshi Arifuku, who was found bound and strangled earlier this month.
At about 10:50 Wednesday night, the suspect was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder. Arifuku, 58, was found dead in his Kapiolani Boulevard apartment lying face down with his hands tied behind his back. An autopsy later revealed he was strangled.
Police described the suspect as a transient. Police declined to release more information, citing the ongoing investigation.
Man turns himself in over sex assault case
Police arrested a 42-year-old downtown Honolulu man Wednesday after he turned himself in on a sexual assault case.
A juvenile reported being sexually assaulted by the suspect from 2003 to last year. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree sexual assault and seven counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Police declined to release the age and gender of the victim.
Crook is sought after safe would not crack
Police are looking for a man who broke into a Kapiolani business early Wednesday.
At about 2:15 a.m., workers at the business heard a loud noise coming from the upstairs office. As they went to investigate, a man ran past them, police said.
The workers discovered the office was broken into and that the man had tried to pry open the safe but was unsuccessful, police said. Police did not provide a description of the suspect.
Woman is accused of punching officer
Police arrested a 51-year-old woman for allegedly punching a police officer in the face.
At 7:42 Wednesday morning, an officer was sent to investigate a trespass complaint in Waikiki. The suspect was walking away from the area, and the officer tried to serve her with a temporary restraining order, police said.
The woman became violent and allegedly punched the officer in the face. She was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
Victim is left bleeding after suspect's attack
Police are looking for a man who hit a 26-year-old woman late Tuesday night in Waikiki.
Police said that at about 10:05 p.m. a witness saw the man hit the victim in the face, knocking her down. Police said the man fled after the assault and left the victim bleeding on the road.
Mom's nose broken; her son gets busted
Police arrested a 52-year-old man for allegedly assaulting his mother.
At about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, the two got into an argument at their Waianae home when the son shoved his 77-year-old mother to the ground, causing her to break her nose, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Motorcyclist is killed in collision with truck
KOLOA, Kauai » A 25-year-old Kapaa man died yesterday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on the road known as the "tunnel of trees."
According to police, Luke Ichiyama, 25, was heading south on Maluhia Road at about 6:40 a.m. when he collided with the northbound pickup truck. Ichiyama died in the accident. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.
Ichiyama is the second traffic fatality this week on Kauai.
On Monday, Michael Caughran, 51, of Alaska died in a collision with a tour bus.