Whale carcass buried on Kauai
ANINI, Kauai » After numerous shark sightings, a whale carcass was hauled out of the ocean and buried yesterday at Anini Beach.
The carcass, approximately 6 feet long by 6 feet wide, was first spotted Monday evening and reported to fire officials.
Yesterday morning, firefighters found the carcass had drifted northward to Anini Beach, and swimmers and surfers were cautioned to stay away because of sharks and other sea creatures that were seen in the area.
A county public works crew went to the area with a backhoe, retrieved the carcass from the reef yesterday afternoon and buried it about 25 to 30 feet above the high-water mark, county officials added.
Kauai hospitals to get upgrades
LIHUE » Two Kauai public health facilities will have substantial electrical upgrades over the next year, the governor's office said in a news release.
More than $3 million was released for the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital in Kapaa.
The funding will also include the replacement of a new emergency generator for KVMH and new windows at Mahelona. Design for these projects is scheduled to be completed this month, and construction is scheduled to begin in May and be completed in December, state officials said.
Lecture to discuss fate of reefs
The pressures of ocean warming on coral reefs will be the topic of a lecture from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Bishop Museum.
The first of a three-part International Year of the Reef special seminar series will feature Catherine Drew Harvell of the Cornell University & World Bank Research Project on Coral Reef Sustainability. The public is invited.
Program boosts Hawaiian kids
The Queen's Medical Center and Stevenson Middle School are developing a program to encourage interest in science and health care among native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students.
The program is supported by Queen's as part of a $747,644 grant it received from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to address the lack of native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in health care professions and to reduce health disparities.
A family health and science evening will be hosted by Queen's and Stevenson Middle School from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Papakolea Community Center to show what the students are learning.
For more information, call 547-4780.
Police, Fire, Courts
ATM robbery suspects strike anew
Police believe the same suspects involved in four previous automated teller machine break-ins might have hit another ATM early yesterday morning in Kalihi.
At 3:43 a.m., police were sent to an alarm call at an ATM at 1414 Dillingham Blvd. Police said they found that the ATM fronting Mytan Hair Salon had been broken into.
Police suspect three people who were involved in a 2 a.m. Thursday ATM robbery at the Aiea Cue billiard parlor might be involved with the theft. Two machine break-ins were reported Thursday morning outside the Waipio Big City Diner and at the Pearl City Business Plaza lobby.
Another ATM was broken into at the Aiea Shopping Plaza the night of April 1 or early last Wednesday morning.
Man arrested after family fight
Police arrested a 48-year-old Kalihi man yesterday who allegedly used a pool cue to hit his wife and tried to strangle another family member during an argument in Kalihi.
The man and his wife, 46, got into an argument 8:15 p.m. April 3. When a 17-year-old girl, a family member, tried to intervene, the man tried to strangle her, police said.
The man turned himself in to police yesterday at the Kalihi station.
Police are looking for this man, caught on a security camera, who robbed a Territorial Savings Bank branch Monday.
Bank robbery suspect sought
Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man who robbed the downtown branch of Territorial Savings Bank Monday afternoon.
Police said the man, in his 20s, entered the bank at 1000 Bishop St. at 3:10 p.m., demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of money on South King Street toward Aala Park.
The man is described as 5 foot 5 inches to 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighing between 140 and 160 pounds, and wearing a green camouflage bandanna on his head, an Army-green T-shirt with a design on the front, cargo shorts and beige shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Man is accused of teen sex assault
Police charged a 48-year-old Waianae man Saturday with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. At about 12:15 a.m., police arrested Robert D. Helser at his home after the girl had reported being molested. Helser was charged with third-degree sexual assault and prostitution. He was released on $20,000 bail.
Pedestrian killed in crash identified
Maui police identified a pedestrian who died after being struck by a truck Monday night as Franklin G. Boughner of Kahului.
Police said the 39-year-old man was not in a crosswalk when crossing Puunene Avenue at 8:53 p.m. and failed to yield the right of way to a Mazda pickup truck heading south on Puunene.
Police also said Boughner might have been drunk.
Boughner was taken Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he died following complications, police said.