Woman indicted in mom's killing
A 25-year-old woman accused of murdering her mother was indicted yesterday by an Oahu grand jury, and a judge increased her bail because she might be suffering from an mental illness.
The grand jury indicted Carol Weidman on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the May 30 stabbing and strangulation death of her 55-year-old mother, Lisa Weidman.
She was being held on a $50,000 bail, but Circuit Judge Derrick Chan increased it to $100,000. Prosecutors said that based on preliminary investigation, she may suffer from an "undiagnosed and untreated mental condition."
Carol Weidman may pose a threat to others, especially since she just moved to Hawaii and is in an unfamiliar environment, prosecutors said. Police said she admitted that she had to kill her mother "before she killed me."
Neutering program out of money
Pet owners who plan to have their pets spayed or neutered at a reduced cost will have to wait until next month.
The city's Neuter Now program has run out of money for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and has stopped issuing reduced-rate sterilization certificates.
The certificates cap the price for a spay or neuter procedure at $75 for a female dog, $50 for a male dog, $50 for a female cat and $40 for a male cat at participating veterinarian clinics. Families on government assistance pay just $20 for any procedure.
Reduced-rate certificates will be available July 2 at the Hawaiian Humane Society and at satellite city halls.
Salvation Army gets $500,000 gift
The James Campbell Co. and the James and Abigail Campbell Family Foundation have donated $500,000 to the Salvation Army toward the construction of the Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Kapolei.
The combined grant is among the largest donations made for the Hawaii Kroc Center. The church is raising $23 million to match money the widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc dedicated for the center in her will.
The center will sit on 12 acres on the corner of the new North-South Road and East-West Road in Kapolei. It is scheduled to open in 2010.
Box jellyfish returning to Oahu
The Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division is issuing a warning for box jellyfish sightings for Oahu on Sunday and Monday.
The division advises the public to stay out of the water to avoid being stung. The area most commonly affected is Waikiki Beach, especially in the "pond" areas. Other affected areas are Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay, Makaha Surfing Beach and Waimea Bay. There have also been reports of the box jellyfish on other north and west shore beaches.
Lifeguards will assess the beaches for jellyfish during the alert period and will post warning signs for beachgoers.
For more information regarding ocean conditions, advisories and warnings, call 922-3888, ext. 51, or visit www.co.honolulu.hi.us/esd/oceansafety/boxjellymainpaige.htm
Repairs to cut water to 12 homes
Twelve homes in Nanakuli will not have water beginning at 8 p.m. today as the Board of Water Supply makes its final repairs on a 24-inch main near the Kahe Power Plant that broke Sunday morning.
Water will be shut down during the repair, which should go into the night. The Board of Water Supply asked Leeward Coast residents to conserve water for the rest of the week, particularly today, though they should not have any water loss.
A water wagon will be set up during the night near the 12 homes for residents to collect water using their own containers.
The 46-year-old main supplies 60 percent of the water going to the Leeward Coast.
Asthmatic kids invited to camp
Children ages 5 to 12 with mild to severe asthma are invited to an Asthma Sports Day Camp sponsored by the American Lung Association of Hawaii.
The camps are scheduled as follows:
» Maui: June 22-24, Kamehameha Schools, Kula; call 244-5110.
» Kauai: June 30-July 1, Waimea Boys and Girls Club; call 245-4142.
» Oahu: July 13-15, McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park; call 537-5966, ext. 211.
» Big Island: July 20-22, Kamehameha Schools; call 934-1206.
The camps focus on outdoor recreational activities, sports clinics and crafts, as well as asthma management skills and maintaining a positive outlook.
Registration fee is $25, but AlohaCare is sponsoring its members on each island and Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring its members on Maui.
Caregivers of children with asthma are encouraged to contact the ALAH office on their island to sign up.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man rescued from sinking boat
A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew lifted a man from his sinking 12-foot boat yesterday off Molokai.
Two helicopters reached the scene just 13 minutes after the man radioed for help at 2:47 p.m., according to Coast Guard Lt. Peter Gavin. The aircraft from the cutter Galveston Island were diverted from routine patrols.
"This mariner actually saved himself," said Gavin, a search and rescue specialist. "He had on his lifejacket, first and foremost, then he contacted us on the marine band radio to let us know where he was. We just came along and gave him a ride."
The identity of the mariner was not released. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital for medical evaluation, according to a Coast Guard release.
There was no sign of oil pollution from the vessel, which was last reported still sinking about four miles southwest of Molokai.
Aiea man is ID'd as accident victim
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office identified a pedestrian who died after a car hit him on Moanalua Freeway as Anthony Matavao, 23, of Aiea.
Matavao died of head injuries at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday after sustaining them in the accident, the Medical Examiner's Office said.
Police said Matavao and a 20-year-old man had pulled over near the Ahua Street overpass about 11:30 p.m. The men were arguing and began running across the lane when a car struck them. They were taken to the hospital in critical condition. The other man remained in critical condition yesterday, police said.
Matavao was the 35th traffic fatality on Oahu this year.
Suspect's return leads to arrest
Police arrested a 28-year-old man after he returned to the scene where he allegedly broke into a car eight days earlier.
On May 29, a surveillance camera recorded the suspect breaking into a parked vehicle in the parking lot of a Kuhio Avenue building.
About 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, the woman whose car was broken into returned home and saw the same man in the parking lot, police said. Police arrested him for investigation of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
During a search of the man following the initial arrest, officers found seven counterfeit $100 bills and a glass pipe, police said. He was then arrested on suspicion of promoting dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia possession and first-degree forgery.
Neighbors catch suspected burglar
Neighbors helped catch a burglary suspect Monday evening.
Police said a 47-year-old man was seen going into a 47-year-old woman's home in Kapahulu at about 9 p.m., and then leaving with items in his hand.
Neighbors who saw the incident chased the man until they caught him a few blocks away, police said.
He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, but later released pending investigation.
Man, 18, arrested in 2 camera robberies
Police arrested an 18-year-old man who allegedly stole digital cameras from two girls in separate incidents.
The suspect allegedly forced a camera out of a 17-year-old girl's pockets in Waipahu on April 13. Police said he also threatened physical force when he took another camera from a 14-year-old girl on April 15, also in Waipahu.
He was arrested Monday on suspicion of two counts of second-degree robbery.
Campaign nets 33 truants in Puna
Big Island police arrested 33 students for truancy last month in Puna, bringing the arrest total to 85 for the school year.
Because of growing concerns from the community and school officials, police said they have started a campaign to reduce truancy.