Youth football teams in probe
National Pop Warner officials are investigating whether sanctions are warranted against three teams involved in a brawl last week at the Disney World All-Star Resort.
The three teams under the probe are Baltimore's Westport Patriots, the Kahaluu Heeia Broncos and the Waianae Tigers. A 15-year-old boy was injured in the fight. All three teams and their families were evicted from the resort.
Josh Pruce, Pop Warner's national director of media relations, said the teams' past victories or awards will remain. He said sanctions range anywhere between probation to suspension from post-season play. The teams were participating in the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Florida last week.
Japan to take part in missile test
MANA, Kauai » A Japanese destroyer, the JS Kongo, will attempt to shoot down a missile off Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility next week, the first time an allied ship will take the lead on such a test.
The Kongo, which is equipped with the Aegis sea-based ballistic missile defense system, has already tracked targets off the Kauai coast, including the most recent test in November. But it will attempt to shoot down a missile for the first time after being fitted with the Standard Missile system recently, missile defense officials said.
Coast Guard saves man offshore
The Coast Guard rescued a 43-year-old Wailuku man from his sinking sailing vessel that sustained damage in heavy sea conditions and gusty winds.
The Coast Guard received a distress call from the man at about 5 p.m. Thursday. He said his trimaran was taking on water about 230 miles off of Maui.
The vessel sustained damage to the center hull after the starboard hull broke in heavy sea conditions and winds of up to 20 knots, according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard sought assistance from the merchant ship CS Victory, which was 60 miles away from the sinking vessel. A Navy plane was able to provide the merchant ship coordinates to the distressed vessel. The Coast Guard said the man suffered no injuries. He is safe and aboard the CS Victory, which is bound for Japan.
Disaster relief centers scheduled
State and city agencies are setting up Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers on Maui and Oahu next week to help those who sustained property damage from the high winds and heavy rain from Dec. 4 to 7. The service centers will be open at the following locations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
» Monday: Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii Loa Campus Lanai, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway
» Tuesday: Neal Blaisdell Center, Exhibition Hall, Hawaii Room 1, 777 Ward Ave.
» Tuesday: Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, 91 Pukalani St., Pukalani
» Wednesday: Ke Alahele Building (Pacific Disaster Center), Maui Research and Technology Park, 1305 North Holopono St., Kihei
Police, Fire, Courts
Man, 22, accused of stabbing guard
Police arrested a 22-year-old Moiliili man yesterday after he allegedly stabbed a security guard and damaged a police car.
Police said that at about 1:10 a.m., the man tried to stab the 22-year-old guard, who is also his acquaintance, near the intersection of South King and Hoawa Lane. The guard blocked the strike and both men fell to the ground, where the suspect allegedly stabbed the victim in the thigh.
The suspect's father took away the knife and the two were walking away when police arrived.
Police said the suspect was combative when he was placed in a blue and white police car and kicked out the window. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder and fourth-degree criminal property damage.
Pounders swim kills 18-year-old
An 18-year-old man died yesterday after getting into trouble at Pounders Beach, a shorebreak in Hauula.
At about 1:20 p.m. the man's friends noticed he was struggling in the water and went to help him, police said.
Paramedics took the man to Kahuku Hospital, where he died at about 7:30 p.m., police said.
Blaze damages Punchbowl house
A Punchbowl-area home at 150 Prospect St. was damaged by fire last night.
Four fire companies responded to the 7:48 p.m. call and brought the fire under control by 8:01, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. James Todd.
No one was home during the fire, which damaged half of the house. Investigators were still determining a cause and a damage estimate yesterday.
Wrong-way driver crash injures 2
A 43-year-old woman who police say was driving the wrong way on the H-1 freeway was critically injured early today when her car collided head-on with another vehicle.
Police said that at about 3:32 a.m., the woman was Koko Head-bound on the innermost Waianae-bound lane of the H-1 when she hit an oncoming vehicle near the Houghtailing Street offramp.
The 43-year-old woman was driving a green 1997 Toyota Camry. The other car was a black 1998 Toyota Corolla driven by a 36-year-old woman, who police say, tried unsuccessfully to avoid the collision.
The older woman was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, police said. The other woman was listed in serious condition.
The Waianae-bound lanes of the freeway were closed for about two hours while police investigated.
Scream startles burglary suspect
Police arrested a 35-year-old man who allegedly burglarized his ex-girlfriend's home while she was sleeping.
At 12:59 a.m. on Dec. 2, the suspect allegedly broke into the Kailua home of the 41-year-old woman by removing the screen door, pushing open the interior shutters and reaching in to unlock the sliding glass door.
Police said the suspect went into the woman's bedroom and was searching through her belongings when she woke up and screamed.
The suspect was startled and fled, police said.
He was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree burglary.
Flames engulf Big Island home
A Big Island fire caused $137,000 in damage to a single-family home yesterday in Hawaiian Paradise Park.
Firefighters arrived at 20th Avenue at 3:40 a.m. to find the one-story wood-frame structure engulfed in flames.
No one was home at the time. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.