Gov picks Public Safety officials
Two veteran administrators in the state Department of Public Safety have been promoted to deputy director. Gov. Linda Lingle announced Friday that she has appointed Tommy Johnson to deputy director of corrections and David Festerling to deputy director of administration.
Johnson was Hawaii Paroling Authority administrator since 2001 and was named 2003 manager of the year for the department. He was a corrections officer at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and at a high security prison in Arizona Festerling was a budget analyst in the department for 13 years and has been executive assistant to the interim director, legislative coordinator and internal affairs investigator.
The department has undergone upheavals in top management for the past few years. It has had five directors in five years, most recently Iwalani White, who was appointed by Lingle last year but rejected by the state Senate in the recent session. Last month, Lingle named Clayton Frank, a 24-year veteran in the department, as interim director of the department.
Meeting explores Ala Wai harbor parking
A final meeting about proposed parking changes at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor is set for Wednesday at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources' Boating and Ocean Recreation Division has "taken input from all users" about parking at the harbor and plans to start charging day users for parking in the harbor area later this year, said Ed Underwood, boating administrator.
Parking at the old helipad will remain free, but will be for recreational use and closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Underwood said. Hiring a contractor to manage harbor parking will require public hearings later this year, he added. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the hotel's Mauna Loa ballroom.
Agency urges checks for leaks
Residents are asked to check for and fix leaks as part of the Board of Water Supply's Detect A Leak Week, starting today.
Free dye tablets to help check for toilet leaks are available at all satellite city halls. Single-family homeowners can also sign up for a free home leak check by mailing in an entry form found on Detect A Leek Week fliers at the city halls by Saturday . For more information, call 748-5041 or visit www.boardofwatersupply.com.
Police, Fire, Courts
Search for fisherman called off
Honolulu firefighters ended their search for a missing fisherman yesterday.
Firefighters and Coast Guard searched three days from Makapuu to Hanauma Bay for Stanley Chen, 60, of Waikiki. Police said Chen was last seen fishing Thursday morning at Bamboo Ridge near Sandy Beach.
About 5 p.m. yesterday, firefighters were shutting down the helicopter and boat search when a call came in from the Makapuu lighthouse area, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Paul Stankiewicz. A bystander reported seeing something in the ocean but rescuers found only a garbage bag, which they believe was the spotted item, he said.
The search ended about 6:30 p.m. and will not continue unless there is new information, Stankiewicz said.
Firefighters grab paraglider stranded on mountainside
Honolulu firefighters airlifted a stranded paraglider to safety yesterday after he found himself stuck in a tree on a mountainside near Pali Highway.
About noon, a fire helicopter picked up the man, who was holding onto a tree 1,800 feet up the mountain, Honolulu Fire Capt. Paul Stankiewicz said.
"He was lucky he could grab onto a tree," Stankiewicz said.
The man, in his 40s, used his cell phone to help direct rescuers to his location. He escaped without injury.