Holiday brings DUI roadblocks
The Honolulu Police Department is setting up checkpoints to deter drunken drivers during the Presidents' Day weekend. Checkpoints will be set up at unannounced times and locations through Tuesday. So far this year, 13 people have died in traffic accidents on Oahu, compared with nine at the same time in 2006. Police believe drugs or alcohol might have led to at least one of the accidents. Honolulu police said officers arrested 3,278 impaired drivers between Oct. 1, 2005, and Sept. 30.
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Armed man robs Mililani restaurant
Police are looking for an armed man in his 20s who robbed the Mililani Town Center Subway restaurant yesterday.
The man entered the business at 95-1249 Meheula Parkway brandishing a black handgun and ordered the cashier to open a safe, police said.
The employee gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash from the register instead, and the man fled, police said.
Police described him as about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds, wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants and black shoes.
Man allegedly kicks officer during arrest
Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly assaulted a state law enforcement officer.
Police said that at about 11 a.m. last Saturday, Michael Espinueva was arrested at Cane Street in Wahiawa by an enforcement officer with the Department of Land and Natural Resources for an outstanding warrant and for allegedly breaking into a car. He was handcuffed but complained the cuffs were too tight.
As officers adjusted the handcuffs, the suspect ran, and one officer tackled him, police said. Espinueva allegedly kicked the officer in the mouth and escaped.
He turned himself in Thursday at the Wahiawa police station and was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a law enforcement officer, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and fourth-degree theft.
Rescuers save 4 from rough surf
Big Island county firefighters and lifeguards rescued four women yesterday from the surf next to Kahaluu Beach.
Nearby residents heard the two surfers and two bodyboarders calling for help at about 8 a.m.
The National Weather Service has had a high-surf warning for the western shore of the Big Island since Wednesday night.
Firefighters said the surf at Kahaluu yesterday morning was 4 to 5 feet, but they said there is an unusual current at the point north of the beach. They blamed the emergencies on a lack of experience with the large-surf conditions.