More needles found on beaches
The state Department of Health is advising the public to beware of medical needles found washing up on Ewa beaches after more were found yesterday.
The department, the Coast Guard and city teams surveyed the area and disposed of medical needles that washed up March 5, the Health Department said in a news release.
Crews went out again Tuesday to investigate and clean up the area after another report of needles washing ashore.
Illegal disposal of medical needles is subject to a fine of $1,000 for each offense.
Anyone who is pricked by a needle is advised to clean the wound thoroughly, apply medicine and cover the puncture with a clean bandage. A doctor should look at the puncture if it shows any sign of infection.
Memorial set for famed journalist
A memorial service for John Roderick, a world-renowned Associated Press correspondent, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary in Honolulu, followed by internment of cremated remains at Punchbowl at 11:30 a.m.
Roderick won fame for his reports on Mao Zedong and other communist guerrilla leaders while living with them in their cave headquarters in the mid-1940s.
He died Tuesday morning at the age of 93.
Roderick was a leading China-watcher for decades, covering the country from its pre-revolution days to the economic reforms of the 1980s. In 1977 he was named an AP special correspondent -- one of only a handful -- and in 1985 the Japanese government honored him with its Order of the Sacred Treasure.
Abercrombie seeks church input
U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie has taken to a higher level the debate about the legality of torture, asking Roman Catholic Church officials whether they consider it a sin.
In a letter Tuesday to the Vatican, the Hawaii congressman asked for "a statement as to whether the use or support for the use of torture as an instrument of state policy is a mortal sin."
"The church's judgment on this moral issue will provide a profoundly important context for the critical dialog taking place throughout the world," said Abercrombie in the letter to Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
The letter came three days after President Bush vetoed legislation that would have banned the CIA from using harsh interrogation measures such as waterboarding on suspected terrorists.
Abercrombie wrote in response to reports of Girotti's comments about sin in the modern context of "violations of the basic rights of human nature." The Vatican official cited sin that is by society beyond an individual's acts, and particularly cited pollution, mind-damaging drugs and genetic experiments in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
Police, Fire, Courts
Woman's leg is impaled in fall
WAILUA, Kauai » A 19-year-old Kapaa woman sustained serious injuries Tuesday after falling into a stream and impaling her leg on a piece of metal.
County officials said the woman, whom police did not identify, was attempting to walk over a culvert on Loop Road near the Wailua Arboretum at about 6 p.m. when she slipped and fell.
She fell into the stream and impaled her lower right leg on a piece of rebar that was hidden beneath the surface of the water.
Police, fire and medical personnel responded and freed the victim from the exposed rebar. She was treated at the scene and then taken to Wilcox Hospital.
Auto theft victim:
His photo was found on a key chain left behind in a separate theft
Man in photo was also theft victim
A man whose photo was found on a key chain left behind by robbers in a stolen vehicle recovered by police apparently was a victim himself in a separate auto theft.
Honolulu police and CrimeStoppers asked for the public's help in identifying the man wanted for questioning after his key chain was found in a stolen 2003 Cadillac belonging to a 78-year-old woman.
The woman was a victim of a brazen robbery on Hokulewa Place in Mililani on Friday. The car was later recovered on Loaa Street in Waipahu.
Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers said police determined yesterday that the man in the photo was also a victim of an auto theft. Further details were not available.
Police are still looking for the two male suspects in the robbery case. The first suspect is described as a man in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 240 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue denim long pants and a red bandanna. Police described the second suspect as also in his mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a muscular build. He was also wearing a baseball cap.
Missing woman is found safe
A missing 25-year-old Kailua woman was found Tuesday morning in Laie, police said.
Rebecca Robison disappeared March 5 and was described as emotionally distraught.
Police said Robison called her mother from a supermarket Tuesday and was reunited with her family.
Robison was in good condition, police said.
She was last seen at Straub Clinic on South King Street and had told a friend she was going hiking, police said.
3 arrested after alleged burglary
Police arrested three people Tuesday afternoon at an Enchanted Lake house they allegedly burglarized.
A neighbor reported seeing people in the house at about 12:17 p.m. Tuesday and leaving through the back door, police said.
Responding officers caught the three suspects: a man, 20, and two women ages 19 and 30.
The three were arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary at 1746 Akaakoa St.
Police said jewelry was taken in the burglary, but did not have any estimate of its value.
The three suspects gave police bogus names, and all were wanted on warrants.