Trial for Watada to start Oct. 9
The second court-martial for 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, who refused to deploy to Iraq last summer, will begin Oct. 9 at Fort Lewis in Washington state.
Watada's first court-martial ended abruptly in a mistrial in February when Lt. Col. John Head, who presided over the military proceedings, questioned whether Watada fully understood a document he signed admitting to elements of the charges against him. Head ruled on July 6 that Watada, 29, could be retried without violating his constitutional right against double jeopardy.
Lawyers representing Watada, who contends the Iraq war is illegal, have appealed Head's ruling with the Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Arlington, Va.
If convicted, Watada, a 1996 Kalani High School graduate, could be sentenced to prison for six years and be dishonorably discharged.
'Minor' 3.2 quake hits off Big Isle
HILO » A magnitude 3.2 earthquake, described as "minor" by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, jiggled the Big Island early yesterday morning but was barely noticed.
The quake took place at 1:56 a.m. six miles below the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision on the Big Island's southeast coast. The site and depth indicates that the quake was a normal result of the gradual seaward slippage of land in the area, said observatory seismologist Dave Wilson. It was not related to the small eruption that took place nine miles to the northwest on June 19, he said.
Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Troy Kindred said the quake was too small for other agencies to notify him, and Civil Defense received no calls from the public.
Talk to focus on liver diseases
University of Hawaii gastroenterologist Dr. Michelle Randolph will discuss fatty liver disease and hepatitis B and C in a free talk from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Life Foundation, 677 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 226.
Randolph is an assistant professor of medicine who specializes in treatment of veterans at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Hawaii with Dr. Fernando Ona.
Her talk is sponsored by the Hepatitis, Prevention, Education, Treatment & Support Network of Hawaii, HepCats Support Group and Access Care Today.
Call 221-6204 or e-mail KenAkinaka@aol.com.
Police, Fire, Courts
Suspects sought in theft of safe
Police are looking for burglars who stole a safe from a Kakaako business.
Police said suspects entered the business sometime between 11 p.m. Sunday and 5:15 a.m. yesterday.
They took a safe containing an undisclosed amount of property, police said.
Alleged bat attack leads to arrest
Police arrested a 21-year-old Waipahu man Sunday night for allegedly hitting another man on the head with a baseball bat earlier this month.
At about 1:30 a.m. July 1, a 39-year-old man was confronted by the suspect in Aiea. Police said the suspect hit the man on the left side of his head with a bat and left. The victim was taken to the Queen's Medical Center.
At about 10:55 p.m. Sunday, the victim found the suspect and contacted police. Police arrested him on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Business loses beer in burglary
Police arrested a 22-year-old Waikiki man early yesterday for allegedly breaking into a business in Waikiki and stealing $25 worth of beer.
At 3:17 a.m. the man allegedly broke the glass door to a restaurant at 2132 Kalakaua Ave., causing an estimated $3,000 in damage.
Police officers found the suspect nearby and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree burglary.
Suspect sought in bank robbery
Police are appealing to the public to help identify and find a skateboard-toting man, about 18 to 20 years old, who allegedly robbed a Kalihi bank on Friday.
The man entered the bank, at 1956 N. King St., at about 2:20 p.m. Friday and handed the teller a demand note, police said.
The man, who carried a skateboard, fled in an unknown direction, police said.
The man was described as between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall, 120 pounds, wearing a black beanie cap, a tan long-sleeved shirt, a red Adidas T-shirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information about this person or the robbery is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.