More schools meet benchmarks
The number of public schools that met federal progress benchmarks in the past school year rose to 182 from 100 a year ago, according to the state Department of Education.
Preliminary results released in July had showed that 170 isle schools had met so-called adequate yearly progress, or AYP, part of the No Child Left Behind law.
But the number of schools achieving the annual goal went up to 182, or 64.5 percent of 282 schools, after appeals were settled and the status of one school was finally determined, according to the Education Department.
Schools that had their AYP status changed from "not met" to "met" included Academy of Arts & Science, Kahakai Elementary, Kaiulani Elementary, Kaleiopuu Elementary, Kamakau Laboratory, Kealakehe Elementary, Mililani Waena Elementary, Olomana School, Waimea Elementary, West Hawaii Explorations Academy and Wheeler Middle.
Linapuni Elementary, whose status was previously undetermined, also made AYP.
Fireworks show set for Tuesday
Due to the sensitivity of the date, Sept. 11, Aloha Tower officials are letting the public know about a private fireworks show there Tuesday.
The display, scheduled for 8:45 p.m., is for an event for the CPCU Society insurance underwriters convention.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the state Department of Transportation asked Aloha Tower to make the announcement to media.
Police, Fire, Courts
Police seek suspect in robbery
Police want help in finding a man in his 40s who robbed a downtown Honolulu sandwich shop at 3:50 p.m. Sunday.
Police said the man entered a Subway at 1130 Fort Street Mall and demanded money from the cashier while brandishing a handgun.
He is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, 220 pounds, and was wearing a white T-shirt, dark-colored shorts and a black baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
This man is sought in a heist yesterday at Subway.
MDA ambassador's van is found
Police found a van that was stolen from the family of Damon Kaneakua, goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, but the vehicle is unusable because it was stripped by thieves.
"It's not running at all," said mother Waylin Ashley, who used the van to transport 10-year-old Kaneakua. "It's been gutted. They murdered my van."
Ashley's family bought the van for her three weeks ago to help her drive Kaneakua to school and to his appearances with the MDA.
Police found the van at 11:40 p.m. Thursday on Kaukamana Street in Waianae, Ashley said. Thieves had taken the tires, engine and all the contents inside the van.
After news reports about the stolen vehicle, some residents have offered a replacement van.
Stolen-truck ride leads to charges
Authorities charged a man and woman, both 19, Wednesday who they say fled on foot after crashing a stolen truck in Kapolei.
Andrea Taporco of a Sand Island Access Road address was charged yesterday with auto theft. Bail had been set at $50,000.
Joshua K. Feliciano Jr. of Ewa Beach was charged Wednesday with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $2,000.
Police said officers spotted the stolen truck near the Kalaeloa campground but did not chase the truck because they saw a toddler inside who turned out to be Taporco's 18-month-old son.
The woman lost control of the truck, causing it to roll onto its side on Kapolei Parkway.
The two fled with the boy but were caught nearby, police said. The child was not injured and was turned over to the Child Welfare Services Division.
Man is arrested in machete threat
Police arrested a 46-year-old man who allegedly threatened a woman with a machete.
Police said that at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday, the suspect and a 36-year-old woman were arguing at the suspect's home on Pupuole Place in Waipahu.
Police said the suspect armed himself with the machete and threatened to kill the woman.
Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.