Lagoon Drive to be restricted
Access to Lagoon Drive near Honolulu Airport will be restricted south of Aolele Street to area business tenants and their employees, customers and guests on official business on New Year's Eve.
The state Department of Transportation advises that the restriction lasts from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The use of illegal aerial fireworks in this area is prohibited. An airport security checkpoint near Aolele Street will ensure that only authorized people and materials are allowed access to Lagoon Drive, according to transportation officials.
Anyone seeing suspicious people or unsafe activities should contact the airport duty manager at 836-6434.
$2.9M released for school library
The state has released $2.9 million to expand Waimalu Elementary School's library.
The Aiea school's library was built in 1959 and, at 3,888 square feet, is about 35 percent smaller than what Department of Education guidelines suggest for a school of its size. The project will expand the library and improve its electrical system, Gov. Linda Lingle's office said yesterday.
The project, which will cost $3.7 million, should be finished in October 2009, state officials said.
Second trash pickup to end
The city is reminding Hawaii Kai and Mililani residents that the second trash pickup ends next Saturday to make way for its curbside recycling pilot program.
Residents in Mililani had the option of paying $10 a month to keep the biweekly trash pickup schedule, which only 373 of about 12,000 customers have purchased.
Hawaii Kai does not get that option.
Residents will have only two weekly pickups, one for trash and another for recyclables.
Mayor Mufi Hannemann reminded residents yesterday that they can request extra bins for the once-a-week trash pickup at no charge.
Journalism camp seeks students
High school students interested in a career in journalism can apply to attend "J Camp," which will be held July 18-23 in Chicago.
The free six-day training camp will bring together a multicultural group of high school students from across the nation to sharpen their journalism skills. The camp includes workshops, hands-on training and field trips.
The program is sponsored by the Asian American Journalists Association, but one does not have to be Asian American to apply. For more information and an application, visit aaja.org. Applications must be received by March 21.
Police, Fire, Courts
Authorities ID man in police shooting
Seattle » A former Honolulu resident who was fatally shot by a Washington State Patrol trooper on Tuesday has been identified as 28-year-old Aaron Larson.
Larson, of Olympia, Wash., recently returned to Washington from Honolulu with his girlfriend, his father, Jerry Larson, said. He moved to Hawaii after high school.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday that Aaron Larson died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The shooting occurred in the northbound HOV lane on Interstate 5 near South 320th Street in Federal Way, Wash., after Larson ran into traffic. Larson took off his clothing, hit vehicles with his belt and tried to open vehicle doors, officials said.
Trooper S. Michael Cheek used his service gun to shoot Larson after his Taser did not stop him, police said.
Cheek, 36, is on paid administrative leave as the Federal Way police investigate the shooting at the request of the patrol.
Jerry Larson told the Seattle Times his son was depressed because things were not going well with his girlfriend and he did not like living in Olympia. He worked for a Chehalis, Wash., trucking company. Company officials said he passed a drug test when he was hired three months ago but had not been tested since.
Mo-ped driver critically injured
A 44-year-old California man riding a mo-ped was critically injured Thursday when he was hit by a car on Pali Highway during heavy rain.
Police said that at about 4:30 p.m. the victim was Honolulu-bound on the right shoulder just above Waokanaka Street when he was hit by a 2004 Mazda four-door sedan. Police said the sedan, driven by a 24-year-old Palolo man, slid onto the shoulder from the right lane.
The collision forced the mo-ped into the right embankment, police said.
The mo-ped driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. Police said heavy rain was an apparent factor in the collision.
Big Isle reports more DUI arrests
Big Island police said yesterday they have made 1,373 drunken-driving arrests so far this year, compared with 1,257 at the same time last year, an increase of 9 percent.
Police also said there have been 2,113 major accidents on the island this year compared with 2,415 during the same period last year, a decrease of 13 percent. But traffic fatalities have increased 12 percent this year to 37, from 33 during the same period last year.