HFD targets safety fun for kids
The Honolulu Fire Department kicks off Fire Prevention Week today at the Children and Youth Day Festival at the state Capitol.
Fire safety displays and the HFD Keiki Fire Safety House will be at the Capitol for the festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The theme of this year's awareness campaign is "Practice Your Escape Plan."
There will also be promotions at various shopping centers and schools this week:
» Today: Windward Mall, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
» Wednesday: Lunalilo Elementary School, 9 a.m.
» Thursday: Aikahi Elementary School, 9:15 a.m.
» Friday: Alva Scott Elementary School, 10 a.m.
» Saturday: Ala Moana Center, from noon to 1 p.m.
Water service stalls on Big Isle
Water service for much of the Big Island's North Kohala district was still not restored yesterday.
It is unknown when repairs will be completed to restore service to residents in the area, said Daryl Ikeda, chief of operations at the Department of Water Supply.
The sole functioning water pump for the county's main system failed. Tankers are still at two sites -- at the Department of Public Works base yard in Hawi and at Kamehameha Park at Kapaau.
Entry fees due for Favela fun run
Early registration for the Steve B. Favela 2K Family Fun Run and Safety Fair ends Friday.
Entry fee for the run is $15. Late entry will be $20 after Friday. The run is coordinated by the widow of Honolulu Police Department Officer Steve Favela who died last year after a crash in President Bush's motorcade.
Proceeds and donations to the fun run will be presented to Holomua Elementary School and The Cole Academy. For more information, log on to www.stevefavela.com.
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Driver electrocuted to death
A 33-year-old man died yesterday after the raised trailer of a Kenworth tractor truck he was driving hit a high voltage power line in Waianae.
The man was apparently electrocuted after hitting the line on Puhawai Road about 3:55 p.m., police said, as he raised the truck's trailer to dump a load of gravel. The line arced, and the man jumped out of the truck and was electrocuted, police said. It wasn't clear if the man was working at the time.
The incident shut down power to hundreds of homes in Waianae Valley. The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died.
Police said a portion of the road was shut down for repairs.
Hawaiian Electrical Co. owns the utility pole, and its investigators were checking out the scene, said Sharon Higa, HECO spokeswoman.
Apparently, the vehicle snagged a 12-kilovolt line causing it to fall and come into contact with the vehicle, Higa said. The pole might have been a joint utility pole, carrying several power lines, and only the power line fell, she said.
After the accident, about 820 customers lost power. HECO was able to restore power to most of its customers in about an hour, but some 10 homes on Puhawai Road still had no power. HECO planned to have power restored last night.
Duo being sought for forged checks
Big Island police need help in finding a pair wanted for numerous theft and forgery cases.
John Hauoli, 37, and Ewa Gilbert, 31, are accused of producing payroll checks made out to themselves under the pretense that they were legitimate checks administered by various local and mainland companies.
Hauoli is described as being 5 feet 10-inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with tattoos on his neck and short black hair. Gilbert is described as a 5-foot, 7-inch woman, weighing 170 pounds with shoulder-length black hair. They might live in Puna, police said.
Merchants who routinely cash payroll or second-party checks are warned that the suspects might enter their establishments. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 935-3311.
September heist suspect at large
Police are looking for a man who robbed a pizza deliveryman at gunpoint Sept. 16 in downtown Honolulu.
Police said a man matching the description of the robber was caught on surveillance video about 4:50 p.m. Sept. 16 using a pay phone at 1088 Bishop St.
The pizza delivery man went to an address in the same building and the suspect confronted him, pointed a handgun and demanded money, then fled down the stairs, police said.
The suspect is described as in his 20s, standing about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt, khaki shorts, white sneakers and a dark-colored baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Wahiawa gambler robbed by quartet
Police are looking for four masked men accused of robbing another man early yesterday morning in Wahiawa.
About 1 a.m. yesterday, a 45-year-old man was leaving a home after an evening of social gambling. Police said as he sat in his car, four masked men approached him.
One of the men allegedly brandished a handgun and smashed the driver's side window before striking the victim several times with the gun's butt and demanding money.
After allegedly taking the money, he shot rounds into the air before the four men fled, police said. The four men are wanted for first-degree robbery and first-degree reckless endangering.
Car owner nabs its alleged thief
A 19-year-old man was arrested for alleged auto theft after the vehicle's owner caught him with the car.
A 59-year-old man reported his car stolen Friday. About 8 p.m., the man saw the car on the side of a Hauula-area roadway. As he called police to retrieve his vehicle, the suspect allegedly climbed into the driver's side.
Police said the victim held the suspect until they arrived. He was booked on suspicion of auto theft.