Services set for Doug Woo
Services for former reporter and city information officer Doug Woo will be held on Friday and Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.
Visitation will be at 5 p.m. Friday, with the service following at 6 p.m. The burial is scheduled for Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park.
Aloha attire is requested for both services.
Woo was a former Honolulu Advertiser and KGMB-TV reporter and was a spokesman for former Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro. He died last Monday at age 57 after experiencing chest pains from a workout at the gym.
Woo is survived by wife Patricia, two daughters and a son.
Coast Guard suspends search
The Coast Guard suspended a search yesterday for six missing crew members from the Chinese container ship Hai Tong No. 7, which sank 375 miles northwest of Guam on Tuesday.
The Coast Guard searched an area roughly 10 times the size of Oahu, completed about 82 hours of flight time and conducted 100 hours of search patterns on the sea surface.
Several good Samaritan vessels and Navy planes also assisted in the search.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this time," said Lt. James Garland, District 14 search and rescue coordinator, in a news release.
By Friday, 13 of the 22-person crew were rescued after the 420-foot vessel sank in Typhoon Man-Yi. Rescuers took eight members to Guam for medical attention. Three bodies were recovered from the water.
The Hai Tong No. 7, owned by Fuzhou Haijing Shipping, was en route to China from Papua New Guinea when its cargo began shifting in 70 mph winds and 24-foot seas.
Airports to get funds for vehicles
Almost $2.5 million in federal transportation funds will be released to airports on the neighbor islands to acquire aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles.
The Lihue Airport and Hilo Airport will use the funds to acquire replacement vehicles, while Waimea-Kohala Airport, Hana Airport and Kalaupapa Airport will acquire firefighting vehicles to meet certification requirements.
Here is a breakdown:
Lihue Airport, Kauai: $760,000 for a replacement 1,500-gallon aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle and to meet certification requirements.
Hilo Airport, Big Island: $750,000 for a replacement 1,500-gallon aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle and to meet certification requirements.
Waimea-Kohala Airport, Big Island: $330,000 to acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle to meet certification requirements for air-carrier operations.
Hana Airport, Maui: $323,000 for an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle to meet certification requirements for air-carrier operations.
Kalaupapa Airport, Molokai: $323,000 for an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle to meet certification requirements for air-carrier operations.
UH-Hilo hires vice chancellor
A San Diego community college administrator will take a new job as vice chancellor for administrative affairs at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, according to a UH-Hilo news release.
Debra L. Fitzsimons begins her new job on Aug. 1.
Fitzsimons joins UH-Hilo from the Southwestern Community College District, where she has served as vice president of administrative affairs and chief business officer since 2005.
Police, Fire, Courts
Aid sought in ID of hurt pedestrian
Big Island police want the public's help in identifying a female pedestrian who was struck Wednesday by a motor vehicle in Pahoa.
The crash occurred at about 11:15 p.m. on Route 130 near the 13-mile marker.
The woman was treated at Hilo Medical Center, then flown to the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu. She is described as Caucasian, between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall with a thin to medium build, reddish-brown hair and a fair complexion. She was wearing a blue denim skirt and a black top.
Anyone with information about her identify is asked to call Officer Allan Watanabe at 966-5835 or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311.
Brawler allegedly hits man with pipe
Police arrested a man in his 20s near Kalihi Valley Homes yesterday after he allegedly injured another man with a metal object.
The two men were fighting on Kalaiwa Way at about 4:15 p.m. when the suspect attacked the victim, who is in his 20s, with a rusty metal pipe, said Kalihi Lt. Robert Chinen.
The victim sustained a small cut to his forehead.
Police found the suspect about 30 minutes later outside a property fence line and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree assault, first-degree terroristic threatening, and a warrant.
Dispute allegedly leads to break-in
Police arrested a 40-year-old man in Aiea for allegedly breaking into his co-workers' apartment to confront them about a work-related issue.
The suspect and the co-workers, both men ages 28 and 51, argued Thursday about commission payments, police said. At about 10:30 that night, the suspect forced his way into their apartment to attack them, police said.
Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of first-degree burglary.
Small blaze burns brush at Oahu's tip
About 15 firefighters extinguished a brush fire near Kaena Point yesterday.
It burned about half an acre beyond Mokuleia, a quarter-mile past the end of Farrington Highway.
"There's nothing out there, just brush," said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Frank Johnson.
Firefighters responded at about 1 p.m. and had the blaze under control by 1:35 p.m. Its cause was under investigation.