Kauai panel picks police chief
LIHUE » The Kauai Police Commission, in a special executive session meeting, selected a Kauai police chief Monday.
However, Kauai officials said the final candidate will need to satisfy county personnel requirements before they release his name.
The commission extended a conditional offer to one of the candidates after interviewing Gerald Mines from New York and Darryl Perry from Mililani last weekend.
Military ends exercise off Guam
The U.S. military wrapped up a major training exercise in the western Pacific, with the Air Force reporting yesterday that its tanker planes transferred 2.3 million pounds of fuel to airborne aircraft during the eight-day operation.
In all, more than 2,900 sorties were flown off Guam during the maneuvers, dubbed Valiant Shield.
The exercise featured more than 22,000 troops, 30 ships and some 275 planes. The drills, which were held for the first time last year, were designed to train and test U.S. troops.
"During Valiant Shield, we were able to validate our capability to work through a tough tactical- and operational-level problem in a joint construct," said Air Force Lt. Gen. Chip Utterback, Valiant Shield joint force air component commander.
"The complexity level mixed with the scale of the field training exercise, along with the command and control, makes Valiant Shield unmatched," Utterback said.
"Our operational tempo this year was higher than last year because we learned lessons and are attempting to apply those lessons and integrate new technologies and command and control capability," he said.
Guam is a U.S. territory about 3,700 miles southwest of Hawaii.
Attorney under cloud is disbarred
Attorney J. E. Mayla Blakley can no longer practice law in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Supreme Court disbarred her yesterday.
The court's Disciplinary Board had recommended suspending Blakley for misappropriating client funds. But the justices rejected the board's recommendation after Blakley failed to respond to the board's report and they learned that she had left the state.
The court's order also set conditions for Blakley's reinstatement including paying $9,440 restitution and the cost of the disciplinary proceedings.
Blakley, 60, became a member of the Hawaii bar in 1988. She received her law degree from Arizona State University.
Walk will commemorate 9/11
The public is invited to the second annual Mayor's Remembrance Walk on Sept. 9 in observance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The walk honoring the memory of 9/11 victims and first responders begins at 6:30 p.m. on the front steps of the Honolulu Police Department headquarters at 801 S. Beretania St. The march continues to the Honolulu Fire Department headquarters and the Prince Kuhio Federal Building.
A formal program ends the walk at Honolulu Hale with a wreath-laying ceremony and recognition of Honolulu's emergency services personnel. The Royal Hawaiian Band will provide music and KSSK's Michael W. Perry will serve as the master of ceremonies.
The city encourages participants to bring flashlights. Free parking will be available at the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center parking structure from the Alapai or Beretania street entrances.
Police, Fire, Courts
Woman arrested in Home Depot thefts
Police arrested a 19-year-old Kapahulu woman who was allegedly stealing items from the Iwilei Home Depot store and giving the merchandise to her friends.
Police said security at the store at 421 Alakawa St. saw the woman several times stealing merchandise and then giving it away.
Police arrested the suspect about 4:15 p.m. Monday for investigation of second-degree theft.
Man uses knives in alleged threat
Police arrested a 51-year-old Makaha man who allegedly threatened to kill his older brother with a pair of knives.
Police said the suspect and the brother, 52, got into a confrontation over money about 2:23 p.m. Monday.
Police said the suspect went into the kitchen, grabbed two large knives and threatened to kill his brother.
Police found the suspect at his mother's home in Waianae Valley and arrested him for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Husband accused of assault on wife
Police arrested a 42-year-old Kaneohe man who allegedly choked his wife Monday night.
Police said the suspect and his wife, 46, were both drunk and were arguing about 9:15 p.m. when he choked her, making it difficult for her to breathe.
Police later arrested the husband for investigation of felony abuse.