Tests go on while office is closed
The Commercial Driver License Office on Salt Lake Boulevard will close for repairs starting today , according to the state Department of Transportation.
Commercial vehicle and motorcycle skills testing will still be done at the same testing site during the same hours. Only drivers with proof of payment for appointments will be allowed to take the test, the Transportation Department said yesterday.
Test fees must be paid before the test date at the City Square Driver Licensing Office at 1199 Dillingham Blvd. in Kalihi.
Utility work closes Nanakuli lane
Crew members from Hawaiian Electric Co. are conducting utility work in Nanakuli through Saturday. Work will continue Jan. 28-31.
Work will occur on Farrington Highway between Haleakala Avenue and Kahau Street. One Waianae-bound lane will be closed in the work area between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
HECO will use traffic control measures to ensure safety around the construction area.
College scholarships available
High school seniors graduating in 2008 can apply for a scholarship of up to $1,500 through the Simon Youth Foundation.
Eligible students must plan to enroll in an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school. Applicants will be selected based on financial need, academic record, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities.
An application form, along with the student's official school transcripts and parents' most recently filed tax form, must be sent to Scholarship America by Jan. 31.
Students can apply online at www.simonyouth.scholarshipamerica.org, or by visiting the Simon Guest Services Center at Waikele Premium Outlets.
Police, Fire, Courts
Cockfighting charges hit quartet
WAILUKU » Four Molokai men were charged yesterday with second-degree animal cruelty stemming from a cockfight attended by some 150 people.
The alleged cockfighting took place at a Hawaiian Homestead residence in Hoolehua on Sunday.
The four men are scheduled to appear in Molokai District Court on Feb. 26.
Police Capt. Jody Singsank said two birds along with gaffs and a timer were seized.
Raymond Gomes III, 42, of Hoolehua was released on $800 bail after being charged with misdemeanors, including second-degree animal cruelty, promoting cockfighting and possession of a gambling device.
Charged with second-degree animal cruelty and possession of a gambling device were John Henry K. Kaiama, 37, of Hoolehua; Eligio Manangan, 46, of Kalamaula; and Marlo Guerrero, 18, of Kaunakakai.
Kaiama posted $1,200 bail, and Guerrero and Manangan, $400 each.
The maximum penalty for second-degree animal cruelty is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
New Mexico man arrested in fatality
POIPU, Kauai » A 53-year-old man was arrested Monday and charged in the death of a pedestrian.
George Hostetter of New Mexico was charged with misdemeanor third-degree negligent homicide in the death of Juan Lorenzo, who was hit in the crosswalk while crossing Kaumualii Highway near Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo around 7 a.m. Thursday morning.
Lorenzo, 81, of Kalaheo, was taken to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to the Queen's Medical Center.
He died Saturday.
Hostetter was released after posting $100 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in District Court on March 5.
Windows smashed in Makiki break-in
Police arrested a 43-year-old man after he allegedly broke into a 25-year-old woman's Makiki apartment yesterday morning.
Police said the man allegedly kicked the front door several times at 5:19 a.m. yesterday, called out her name and demanded entry.
After she told him to go away, he allegedly shattered the windows and entered the apartment, police said.
Police said she retreated into her bedroom and called 911.
He then opened the woman's bedroom, looked at her and left, police said.
Police said the man fled but was found an hour later and arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary.
Arson damages park restrooms
Police are investigating an intentionally set fire in a park bathroom Monday night.
The fire destroyed the men's restroom and a storage room and damaged the women's restroom at Kakaako Waterfront Park comfort station about 9:45 p.m. Fire investigators determined the fire started in the men's restroom, and they still are trying to find out the cause. Police said they did not have any suspects.
Husband arrested in couple's assault
Police arrested a 46-year-old man who allegedly broke into his estranged wife's apartment and assaulted her and her boyfriend.
Police said that about 9:40 Monday night, the suspect went over to his 42-year-old wife's apartment on Wilder Avenue, assaulted her and placed her new boyfriend in a submission hold.
Police were called and arrested the suspect on suspicion of first-degree burglary, abuse of a household member and third-degree assault.
Man uses spear in alleged threat
Police arrested a 33-year-old man who allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a fishing spear. At about 10:20 p.m. Monday, the suspect and his 30-year-old girlfriend argued on St. Louis Drive about her visiting another man earlier in the day, police said.
Police said the suspect was drunk and that he picked up a fishing spear and threatened the woman with it. Officers arrested him on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening and recovered the spear.