State tax return drop-off offered
Curbside drop-off service for last-minute state taxpayers will be available Monday from 5 p.m. to midnight, the state Department of Taxation announced.
Monday is the deadline for state individual income tax returns because the actual deadline of April 20 falls on a weekend. The drop boxes will be available on both the Punchbowl and Halekauwila street sides of the Princess Ruth Keelikolani Building at 830 Punchbowl St.
Pair of psychologists indicted
A federal grand jury indicted two former Hawaii psychologists last week on tax evasion and related tax offenses.
David and Lei Ross, who now live in Nevada, were licensed psychologists in Hawaii and allegedly used entities they established or controlled to hide the income they earned from their services. They were indicted April 10.
Both were charged with five counts of tax evasion for years 1998 to 2002, and one count of conspiracy relating to the evasion. They also were charged with two counts of failing to file income tax returns for 2001 and 2002. The taxes owed total more than $182,000, out of $794,000 in taxable income.
If convicted on all counts, they each face a maximum sentence of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Sewage spills decline this year
Sewage spills have dropped to 22 in the first quarter of 2008 from 30 at the same time last year, the city announced yesterday.
Only one public spill was recorded last month -- the lowest monthly total on record -- when the Board of Water Supply broke a sewer line while repairing one of its own water mains, according to the city.
The top causes of spills have been grease and roots, as well as damaged pipes and heavy rain.
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Police tentatively ID victim of fire
WAIMEA, Kauai » A man believed to have been living in his van died this week when the van caught fire and burned him.
Kauai police said yesterday that they have tentatively identified the man but are waiting for DNA results before releasing his name.
Due to the severity of the burns, he could not be identified by other means.
"We suspect it was an accidental death," said Roy Asher, assistant police chief, adding police found lanterns, cooking materials and white gas in the vehicle.
Police and firefighters responded to a 6 a.m. call Wednesday at the Russian Fort for a brush fire but also found a van totally engulfed in flames.
After the fire was extinguished, police found the body.
An autopsy was completed yesterday, but police officials said they are hoping that a final determination on the cause of death will be made with the results of a toxicology report, which will likely take a few weeks.
No evidence of foul play has been found, but police are still investigating. Anyone who was in the area in the early morning Wednesday is asked to call Detective Patrick Barbarino at 241-1684 or Kauai CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.
Blaze burns shed behind gas station
Fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of a fire yesterday that burned a storage shed behind a gas station convenience store in Kalihi.
Damage was estimated at $12,500.
The fire began at 11:41 a.m. at North King and Kalihi streets behind the Chevron Food Mart.
A wooden shed behind the convenience store caught fire, fire Capt. Terry Seelig said. Flames from the fire scorched the metal siding of the store and a fence, he said.
King Street was closed for 20 minutes while firefighters took a hose line across the street from the fire station, Seelig said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire at 12:07 p.m.
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Crews put out a fire yesterday behind the Fast Stop at the Chevron station (left of firefighters) and next to the 7-Eleven (right of firefighters) at the corner of King and Kalihi streets.
Man, 35, charged with touching teen
Prosecutors charged a 35-year-old Honolulu man for allegedly slapping and inappropriately touching a 16-year-old girl.
Benusto Rabauliman was charged Thursday with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
Police said the girl reported the man slapping her face and touching her genital area on several occasions between November and Jan 2.
Rabauliman was initially arrested Wednesday.
His bail was set at $6,000.
BB attack on riders lands man in cuffs
Police arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday who allegedly shot a BB gun at two motorcycle riders in Wahiawa and then knocked one of the riders off his motorcycle with his vehicle.
Police said two men, ages 42 and 43, were riding their motorcycles at 7 p.m. Thursday when the suspect, driving a vehicle, allegedly shot them with a BB gun.
The 42-year-old was hit in the arm and fell off his bike, police said. The 43-year-old then began chasing the suspect, who then allegedly used his vehicle to knock the man off his bike, police said.
The second victim also began pursuing the suspect.
The two motorcycle riders pulled up to a police officer, who arrested the suspect.
Fake money orders spur forgery arrest
Police arrested a 63-year-old Waipio man yesterday who allegedly tried to cash counterfeit money orders in Mililani.
Police said the man went into a Mililani area store at about 11:15 a.m. yesterday and tried to verify the validity of the money orders and allegedly tried to cash them. The store discovered they were counterfeit and called police.
The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree forgery and later released.