Man is found guilty of assault
A Waipahu man faces up to 20 years in federal prison for assaulting and threatening two Army military police officers when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court on March 24.
A federal jury found Rex T. Harrison, 36, guilty Thursday of two counts of assaulting a federal officer and terroristic threatening of a public servant.
The MPs were patrolling the Army portion of Mokuleia Beach across from Dillingham Air Field on March 9 when they encountered Harrison.
UH launches career site, kiosks
Students looking to figure out their career options can go to a new University of Hawaii Web site or touch-screen kiosks being installed at community colleges statewide.
The Web site allows users to explore more than 1,000 career options, information on UH programs and information on salaries, occupations and industry outlooks in Hawaii and across the nation. It also features more than 400 career video clips, job-readiness tutorials on topics such as writing resumes and interviewing, and career-based activities and games.
The Web site and kiosks, which will be in the student services area of most campuses, will help students prepare for college, plan a career change and learn more about jobs and careers in today's marketplace.
The Web address is careerconnections.hawaii.edu.
"We know for a fact that students who have a clearly established career goal are much more likely to graduate than those who don't," said UH Community Colleges Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Rota in a news release. "That's why we see Career Connections as a critical piece in our strategy to help students achieve success."
Meals on Wheels gets $25,000
Hawaii Meals on Wheels has received a $25,000 grant from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation to purchase two cars for the delivery of hot meals to homebound seniors and disabled people.
The grant will purchase two "new and safe" Honda Fit vehicles to continue "our mission of ensuring that those who cannot leave their homes and who cannot cook for themselves receive nutritious hot meals and regular personal interaction," said Claire Shimabukuro, Meals on Wheels executive director.
Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 that relies on more than 300 volunteers who bring hot meals every weekday to elderly and homebound disabled people on 40 delivery routes throughout Oahu, a release said.
The foundation is the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank.
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Ai Fujiwara, a visitor from Tokyo, looks over items for sale at a booth at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet.
Free admission at swap meet
Operators of the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet are looking for new vendors and customers this holiday season, offering free admission from Dec. 19 to 24.
Centerplate, which operates the swap meet, said the swap meet will be open every day from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. that week.
Centerplate is also looking for new vendors. All merchandise categories are welcome, although food items have some restrictions.
Call 486-6704 for more information or to become a vendor.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man, 27, dies after motorcycle crash
A 27-year-old Mililani man died Sunday night after his motorcycle crashed.
Police said the man was riding a blue 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle east on Wikao Street near Waikalani Drive near Mililani at about 9:30 p.m. when he failed to make a turn and veered off the road.
The victim was thrown from the motorcycle after it hit a curb, according to police.
He landed on the road and suffered severe head and body injuries, police said.
The victim was taken in critical condition to Wahiawa General Hospital, where he later died.
Police said he was wearing a helmet.
Police were investigating whether excessive speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.
The man is the 62nd person to die on Oahu roads this year, compared with 86 at this time last year.
Rescue crews pull couple from stream
Fire rescue crews on the Big Island pulled two people to safety Sunday from a stream north of Hilo.
A husband and wife were sightseeing at Onomea at about 11 a.m. when the wife slipped and fell while taking pictures, according to a news release from the Hawaii County Fire Department.
The wife, 23, hit several ledges before landing in the water, the release said.
The husband, 34, jumped into the water to help and waited for rescue personnel to arrive.
The woman suffered a head injury, the release said. Her condition was not available.
Further details were not available.
HPD adds dates for Taser meetings
The Hawaii Police Department has added dates in South Kohala, Puna and Kau for public informational meetings about the Taser electronic control device.
The meetings will include an explanation about the device, a demonstration of its use and time for questions and answers.
All interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Public meetings in Hilo were held last week. The remaining meetings will take place on the following dates at the following locations from 6 to 8 p.m.:
» Today, at the Kealakehe Intermediate School cafeteria in Kona
» Thursday at the Kealakehe Intermediate School cafeteria in Kona
» Dec. 13 at the Naalehu Community Center
» Dec. 14 at Keaau Middle School (Music Building, Choral Room)
» Dec. 17 at the Waimea Community Center