Bail denied for shooting suspect
HILO » Wearing colorful surfer shorts and sporting a bleached blond fringe in his black, pigtailed hair, suspect Rodney Bohol Sr. appeared in Hilo District Court yesterday to face charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and other crimes related to a woman apparently left to die in a remote Big Island forest.
Bohol turned himself in to police Sunday after the woman, suffering from gunshot wounds allegedly inflicted by Bohol, was discovered Friday in a forest 60 miles south of Hilo.
Deputy Prosecutor Kanani Laubach argued that the initial $1 million bail, which Bohol was unable to post, should be increased to "no bail" status. Bohol has been involved in crimes of violence before, and he is a danger to the victim and the community, she argued.
Defense attorney Francis Alcain argued unsuccessfully that Bohol had voluntarily given himself up to police and was not a flight risk.
Judge Harry Freitas said he would deny bail for the safety of the community.
Police continue holding two women, relatives of Bohol, who were alleged accomplices in the attack on the victim.
Freitas set a preliminary hearing for 2 p.m. today to determine if there is enough evidence to continue to hold Bohol.
Army destroys Molokai ordnance
WAILUKU » Practice bombs and rockets were destroyed near a landfill in central Molokai as part of an Army-controlled detonation heard several miles away.
"I felt the shaking and the loud noise," said Bettygene Dudoit, controller at the Molokai Community Service Council in Kaunakakai. "It's kind of scary. You wonder how many more ordnances are there on Molokai."
Police Sgt. Timothy Meyer said the Army explosive-ordnance disposal unit took the ordnance from the county landfill to an adjacent quarry and was able to explode whatever remained of them.
The Army said the munitions could be from World War II, and an initial assessment indicates that the items appear to be scrap metal from 2.25-inch practice rockets, 50-pound practice bombs and 4.5-pound practice bomblets.
But the Army said a small amount of other munitions were discovered that "could not be positively determined as nonexplosive."
The Army said the practice rockets and bombs were used by various military units and do not contain the explosives found in regular military ordnance.
The ordnance, whole and in pieces, was found in the county landfill Monday afternoon by a private scrap-metal contractor. The landfill was shut down Tuesday and yesterday, and will be closed today. It might open tomorrow.
Bureau advisers give testimony
Executives from a consulting firm that gave advice two years ago on improving the state Bureau of Conveyances appeared yesterday before the legislative panel investigating the agency.
Hoike Consulting President Riki Fujitani and Vice President Sherilyn Kimura told the House-Senate Investigative Committee on the Bureau of Conveyances that they did not know which, if any, of the recommendations in their firm's $74,000 report had been implemented.
Hoike consultants were never asked to present information gathered in its report to anyone other than "our sponsor," Bureau of Conveyances registrar Carl Watanabe, Fujitani and Kimura said.
When Hoike was doing its consulting work, some staff for the bureau, which records all property transactions in the state, were eager to embrace improvements that might make their jobs and service to the public better, Kimura said.
Others were neutral on whether change was needed, and some were against change altogether, Kimura said. Hoike consultants often see the same range of response to proposed changes at companies it does consulting for, she said.
The 10-member investigative committee has met five times this summer, gathering documents and questioning witnesses about the operations of the bureau, which is a division of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The next committee meeting is set for Aug. 22.
Fisher-Price recalls toys
Toy maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys -- including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters -- because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.
Owners of a recalled toy can exchange it for a voucher for another product of the same value. To see pictures of the recalled toys, visit www.service.mattel.com. For more information, call Mattel's recall hot line at (800) 916-4498.
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» Consumer Product Safety Commission: www.cpsc.gov
Here is the list of model names and product numbers for the nearly 1 million recalled Fisher-Price toys, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
33662 Elmo Light Up Musical Pal
33663 Ernie Light Up Musical Pal
33664 Big Bird Light Up Musical Pal
34658 Elmo Stacking Rings
39038 Elmo Tub Sub
39054 Sesame Street Shape Sorter
87946 Elmo Keyboard
90267 Ernie Splashin' Fun Trike
90609 Elmo Collectible
90611 Cookie Collectible
90612 Zoe Collectible
90613 Ernie Collectible
90614 Big Bird Collectible
90745 Construction Playset
93068 Elmo Boom Box
93107 Action Fire Engine
93307 Press N Go Elmo
93308 Rev & Go Cookie Monster
93492 Cookie Saxophone
93493 Elmo's Guitar
93615 Splash Tub Puzzle
93780 Music And Lights Phone
B7554 Count To Beat Elmo
B7888 Shake, Giggle & Roll
B7987 Elmo in the Giggle Box
B7989 Silly Parts Talking Elmo
B9620 Dora's Talking House
C6908 Dora, Backpack, Perrito Figure Pack
C6909 Diego Figure Pack
C6910 Swiper Figure Pack
C6911 Boots, Tico Figure Pack
G3825 Dora Talking Vamonos Van
G5112 Sing With Elmo's Greatest Hits
G9717 Giggle Doodler
H2943 Grow with Me Elmo Sprinkler
H3343 Cousin Daisy
H3344 Birthday Dora
H5569 Elmo & Pals (Elmo, Cookie, Ernie)
H5570 Elmo & Pals (Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird)
H4187 Dora Figures in Tube
H4628 Water Fun Tote
H8236 Dora 3 Pack Figures in Tube
H8237 Blue 3 Pack Figures in Tube
H8238 Sponge Bob 3 Pack Figures in Tube
H9124 Chef Dora
H9125 Bedtime Dora
H9186 Giggle Grabber Ernie
H9188 Giggle Grabber Oscar the Grouch
J0338 Diego Talking Field Journal
J0343 Go Diego Go Antarctic Rescue
J0344 Go Diego Go Deep Sea Rescue
J0345 Go Diego Go Mountain Rescue
J0346 Go Diego Go Talking Rescue 4 X 4
J5935 Giggle Grabber Soccer Elmo
J5936 Giggle Grabber Chef Cookie Monster
J6537 Sesame Street Giggle Toolbelt
J6762 Queen Mami
J6763 Royal Boots and Tico
J6765 Prince Diego
J7983 Sesame Street Tub Pots & Pans
J9518 Sesame Street Giggle Drill
J9692 Dora's Talking Pony Place
K0617 Twins Nursery
K3414 Diego Talking Gadget Belt
K3571 Go Diego Go Mobile Rescue Unit
K3580 Fairytale Adventure Dora
K4139 Go Diego Go Dinosaur Rescue
K4140 Toucan Motorcycle Rescue
L0305 Dora Figure
L3194 Surprise Inside Diego Eggs
L3215 Sesame Street Elmo Jack-in-the-Box
L3488 Sesame Street Birthday Figure Pack
L3507 Sesame Street Super Boom Box
L5202 Birthday Dora
L5813 Diego Tub Trike
L8905 Pablo & Pals
M0351 Dora Figures Dora & Kitty
M0352 Dora Figures Diego & Bear
M0524 Go Diego Go Talking Gadget
M0527 Sesame Street Giggle Doodler
M0732 Dora's Talking House
M2051 Let's Go Rescue Center
M2052 Fairytale Castle
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Motorcycle, SUV in collision; 1 hurt
A 24-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured yesterday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle on Kamehameha Highway near the airport.
The incident occurred at 6:57 a.m. at Kamehameha Highway and Valkenburgh Street. Police said a 33-year-old woman was driving the Isuzu Rodeo when it struck the 2004 Suzuki motorcycle, injuring the motorcycle operator.
The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was taken by ambulance to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
The SUV driver was uninjured, police said.
77-year-old dies after car hits wall
KAILUA-KONA » A 77-year-old woman died last night after a one-car crash in Kailua-Kona, police said today.
Big Island police said that at about 7:40 p.m. the victim's vehicle struck a rock wall near Lako Street and Hualalai Road. She was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she died at 8:25 p.m.
The victim was wearing her seat belt, but she might have suffered from a medical condition before the crash, according to police. An autopsy is planned to determine the exact cause of death.
The woman's name is being withheld pending notification of kin.
Alcohol suspected in fatal car crash
KAPAHI, Kauai » A 34-year-old Kapaa man died yesterday in a one-car crash near Puu Kaa subdivision in Kapahi, county officials said.
Craig Miller was driving west on Kawaihau Road at about 12:30 a.m. when he apparently lost control of his Toyota sedan, slid onto the grass shoulder and struck a hollow-tile wall and a tree, officials said.
He was taken to Wilcox Hospital, where he died of injuries. There was no one else in the car.
Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, police said.
Police say pair had gun in vehicle
Police arrested a man and a woman in Waianae after officers said they discovered a handgun in a vehicle they were occupying.
At about 8:30 a.m. Monday, police received an anonymous call that a 28-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle with a handgun in Waianae.
Police arrested the suspect and a 26-year-old woman on suspicion of firearm offenses.