Water main break affects 2 roads
A 12-inch water main broke on Kapiolani Boulevard yesterday afternoon, closing lanes and causing businesses, including the Honolulu Design Center, to lose water.
Police closed Kapiolani Boulevard in the Koko Head direction from Pensacola to Piikoi streets, and Piikoi Street was closed in the mauka-bound direction from Kona Street to Kapiolani Boulevard. Later in the day, crews closed two lanes of Piikoi in the makai direction.
The main broke at about 2 p.m. on a line that is part of the water and sewer project on Kapiolani. It wasn't clear whether the break was caused by a contractor, said Water Supply spokeswoman Moani Wright-Van Alsp.
She expected the water main to be repaired by this morning.
'Dog' out as parade marshal
EL CAJON, Calif. » Television bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman remains in the doghouse.
Chapman 's A&E show, "Dog the Bounty Hunter," was suspended indefinitely after the recent release of a private phone conversation in which he repeatedly uses a racial slur to describe his son's girlfriend.
Now he's been booted from the annual Mother Goose Parade in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon.
Chapman was still listed yesterday on the parade's Web site as one of its marshals.
But a statement released by El Cajon officials said he and parade organizers agreed he should skip the Nov. 19 event.
"Dog did not want to cause any disturbances with the parade," the statement reads.
Grant helps drug supervision
Hawaii County is establishing a Third Circuit Drug Court Team to track and supervise high-risk defendants with drug problems under a federal grant announced Friday.
The $443,405 grant from the U.S. Justice Department, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, will fund salaries for paralegals for both the County Prosecutor's Office and Public Defender's Office and two additional probation officers.
The funding is provided under the federal agency's 2007 Methamphetamine Initiative that supports communities facing significant meth problems.
The grant was announced by U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo and Big Island Prosecutor Jay Kimura.
"With better supervision, many of these high-risk defendants stand a better chance to succeed in putting their drug problems behind them and leading productive lives," Kimura said in a statement.
Show restricts Blaisdell parking
No daily or monthly parkers will be allowed to park in the Blaisdell Center parking lot tomorrow from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., a city news release said.
Parking will be for a private trade show only.
City and County of Honolulu monthly parkers will be allowed in, but directed to the third floor. For more information, call Diamond Parking at 592-7275.
Police, Fire, Courts
North Shore crash kills woman
One person died and another was injured last night in a single-car crash on Joseph P. Leong Highway near Weed Circle, according to a spokesman for the city Department of Emergency Services.
The crash on the North Shore happened about 9 p.m. and left the vehicle overturned, said spokesman Bryan Cheplic.
A woman about 50 years old died at the scene and another person was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital in stable condition, Cheplic said.
Police find vehicle seen in hit-and-run
Police, acting on a tip, found on Friday the light-colored Toyota sport utility vehicle allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident earlier in the day. But as of last night, they said they were still searching for man who was driving the vehicle.
"We have information that we're following up on still," said Sgt. Michael Brede of the Honolulu police traffic division. Brede would not say whether they were looking for the registered owner of the vehicle.
Police found the SUV in the area of Kapaa Quarry Road about 9:30 p.m. The SUV was taken to the main police station where evidence technicians were going over it yesterday, Brede said.
The victim, a 35-year-old woman who was carrying Canadian identification, remained in critical condition yesterday.
Crash in Waimalu downs utility pole
Moanalua Road was closed yesterday in both directions near Pono Street after an alleged drunken driver crashed into a utility pole, leaving wires across the roadway, police said.
The Waimalu accident occurred about 1:50 a.m. Police closed the road until 7:30 p.m., when crews finished repairs to the downed electrical lines.
The 25-year-old driver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant and had minor injuries, police said.
As many as 1,200 customers had lost power because of the accident, a Hawaiian Electric Co. spokeswoman said.