Managing director serves penalty
City Managing Director Wayne Hashiro has served a five-day suspension for his conduct over a dispute with several city employees.
The mayor's office declined to provide details of the dispute involving Hashiro last month.
In a written statement, Hannemann said, "Wayne has taken full responsibility for his own actions, and his humble response to me and to the employees has only affirmed to me the strength of his character and made more resolute the trust and faith I have in him as my managing director."
Storm damage shuts Kailua pool
A pool located at the Kailua District Park will likely remain closed for another two weeks after water from last week's heavy rainstorms short-circuited a major electrical line.
The city Department of Parks and Recreation shut down swimming pools across the island after last week's storms to clean debris that littered the facilities. All have opened since then, except the Kailua pool, said Les Chang, the department's director.
The city is waiting for a replacement electrical line starter to be shipped to Honolulu needed to power the pool's filtering system, said Dana Takahara-Dias, the department's deputy director.
Pumps at the pool failed to work when heavy rains pounded the island, allowing water to flood the aging electrical line, Takahara-Dias said. The part should arrive in about 12 days, she said. Cost estimates have not been determined, she added.
City ferry suffers new setback
The city has canceled rides on one of its commuter ferries, the Rachel Marie, until the end of the week.
The Rachel Marie has been burdened with problems since the launch of the city's year-long pilot program, TheBoat, in September. Officials said the Rachel Marie has been out of service since Monday.
Passengers for the 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. rides going from Kalaeloa to Aloha Tower and the 7:05 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. in the opposite direction are directed to use TheBus instead. Rides on the other ferry boat, the Melissa Ann, are operating as scheduled.
Sewage spills into canal
About 200 gallons of sewage overflowed from a manhole at 1874 N. King St. and into Kapalama Canal, the state Department of Health reported yesterday.
The problem was caused by debris in the sewage line, the department said.
Warning signs were posted along the canal, which leads to Honolulu Harbor.
Police, Fire, Courts
Alcohol blamed in fatal crash
Traffic investigators say alcohol use played a role in a single-vehicle crash that killed a Nanakuli woman early yesterday morning.
Police said that at about 3:24 a.m., a 22-year-old woman was driving her maroon 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup truck headed east on the H-1 freeway.
The Medical Examiner's Office identified the woman as Roelle Hoohuli and said she died of head injuries due to the motor vehicle accident.
Police said that just before the Ewa exit, the woman's truck veered off the right shoulder of the freeway and rolled over several times before landing on its wheels.
Hoohuli was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:54 a.m. Police said she was not wearing a seat belt.
Police are asking for witnesses in determining where Hoohuli was before the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call the HPD vehicular homicide section at 529-3499.
It was Oahu's 65th traffic fatality this year, compared with 87 by the same time last year.
Teen arrested in break-in try
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy who allegedly tried to break in to a 61-year-old Honolulu woman's condominium yesterday morning.
Police said the woman heard the boy trying to open a screen door at about 3:45 a.m. yesterday.
She called police and they caught the teenager in the back yard and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree attempted burglary.
Police say suspect bit ex-girlfriend
Police arrested a 51-year-old Waipio man after he allegedly bit his 44-year-old ex-girlfriend on the nose.
Police said the man became angry while discussing their relationship status and bit the woman's nose and stabbed her in the right arm with a sharp object at 1:50 a.m. in Kalihi.
Pedestrian injured when car hits him
A 44-year-old Kaneohe man was critically injured Monday night when he was hit by a car after he stepped off the curb onto Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe, police said.
Police said the man was hit about 10:22 p.m. near Kahuhipa Street by a 55-year-old Kailua woman who was Kailua-bound in a silver four-door 2006 Sentra.
Police said there was no crosswalk in the area and that the driver did not have time to stop.
The victim suffered head, leg and internal injuries and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, police said. Speed, drugs and alcohol were not factors with the driver, police said.
Police were investigating whether drugs or alcohol were factors with the victim.