Power back on after brief outage
A Hawaiian Electric Co. transmission problem left hundreds of customers in the dark yesterday from 12th Avenue in Kaimuki to Kahala Mall.
"This is not a generation problem," said Darren Pai, HECO spokesman. "This was a problem that had to do with transmission ... and grid."
Homes and businesses were blacked out in parts of Kahala, Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Maunalani Heights and Wilhelmina Rise after the failure occurred at about 7:45 p.m., Pai said. Many large businesses had backup generators, he said.
Security said Kahala Mall remained open.
Possibly thousands of customers were affected, but a majority experienced only a short-lived blackout as they were auto-transferred to another circuit, Pai said.
"They may have seen it as a temporary surge that lasted only a few seconds," Pai said.
Within an hour after the initial problem, HECO restored power to all customers, including 600 in the Waialae area who were still waiting for power, Pai said.
Pai did not know the cause or location of the problem yesterday, but said crews would work backward to find where it started.
Man is sentenced for sex assault
A Florida man who flew to Oahu and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl he met on the Internet will spend five years on probation and be required to register as a sex offender.
Anthony Scott Waterman, 34, of Destin, Fla., was sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge Steven Alm on 13 counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Police arrested Waterman Nov. 21 at Honolulu Airport after the girl told officers he had fondled her in his rented room in Kaneohe a few days earlier. The girl showed police a picture of the man that she had taken with her cell phone.
Waterman, who faced 20 years in jail if the case had gone to trial, pleaded guilty to the reduced charges in a deal with prosecutors. Alm credited Waterman for the 307 days he spent in jail.
It is unclear whether Waterman will apply to serve his probation in Florida.
During court proceedings, Waterman said in his defense that the teenager had told him she was 25 years old and looking for a husband.
Jim Fulton, spokesman for the city prosecutor's office, said the victim acknowledged to investigators that she lied about her age.
"The law still says he has the burden to substantiate that from her," Fulton said. "It's an appropriate resolution for this case."
Waterman has been arrested 11 times for misdemeanor offenses in other jurisdictions.
Maui to host talk on film industry
Incentives and tax credits for the local film industry are the topic of a discussion scheduled for tomorrow by the Maui Film Office and the Office of Economic Development.
The free session will be held at 6 p.m. at the Iao Theatre in Wailuku.
Donne Dawson, Hawaii state film commissioner, and Joseph Tichy, administrative specialist for the state Department of Taxation, will explain Act 88, the Motion Picture Digital Media and Film Production Tax Credit, and Act 221/215, the High Technology Business Investment Tax Credit.
Moderating the discussion will be Benita Brazier, Maui film commissioner.
The seminar is the first in a fall series to be presented by the Maui Film Office. Subsequent seminars will include discussions on the Screen Actors Guild, film financing, film distribution and producing. For further information, call the Maui Film Office at (808) 270-7415.
Police, Fire, Courts
Woman tells police that she was raped
Police were looking for a man who kidnapped and raped an 18-year-old woman Tuesday night near Ala Moana Center.
The woman told police that the attack happened between 9:15 and 11:15 p.m.
Police described the suspect as in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and with a medium build.
Police did not provide further details on the suspect or the location of the alleged crime.
Offer of aid elicits threat, man says
Police arrested a 29-year-old man who allegedly threatened another man who was trying to help him.
Police said that at 11:47 p.m. Tuesday the suspect was standing at Hotel Street and Nuuanu Avenue in Chinatown, swearing to himself.
Police said a man asked him what was wrong, and then the suspect brandished a knife and threatened him.
Patrol officers found brass knuckles on the suspect, as well as another man's driver's license, police said.
Police arrested the man for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening, possession of a deadly weapon and unauthorized control of personal information.
Woman arrested over refund ploy
Police arrested a 20-year-old woman who allegedly tried to get refunds for items she never paid for from a Keeaumoku Street store.
Police said the incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The woman was later arrested for investigation of second-degree theft.
Partygoer allegedly takes host's money
Police arrested a 20-year-old man who allegedly stole cash from a woman during a party Monday night in Waianae.
Police said the 23-year-old woman had a barbecue with friends. After the party the woman discovered that $1,100 was missing from her home, police said.
On Tuesday the woman and a witness confronted the suspect, who was the only one to enter the house Monday night, police said. The suspect allegedly admitted to stealing the money and returned $100, stating he did not know what happened to the rest.
Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of second-degree theft.
Soldier purportedly exposes himself
Authorities charged a 22-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier for allegedly exposing himself to several girls in Aiea and Mililani.
Kenneth A. Stanley was arrested at his Schofield Barracks residence at 10 a.m. Tuesday and charged with four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and three counts of attempted fourth-degree sexual assault.
His bail was set at $7,000.
Police said the girls ranged in age from 12 to 16.
Police said on each occasion, Stanley would stop his car and ask the girls a question, then expose himself to them. The incidents occurred on Aug. 29 and 30 and Sept. 12, between 1:50 and 4 p.m. at different locations.
Kau man arrested in sexual assault
Police arrested a 26-year-old Kau man for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman Saturday.
The Kau woman told police that she was with the man at Kaalualu Bay when he held her against her will and sexually assaulted her.
The man later released the woman, police said. She suffered injuries to her body, police said.
The man is being held on three contempt-of-court charges at the Kona Police Station cellblock.