Sen. Menor released from jail
Sen. Ron Menor was released from the Oahu Community Correctional Center yesterday morning after completing his sentence for a drunken driving conviction, a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said.
Menor was sentenced to 48 hours in jail after pleading no contest to drunken driving charges on Friday.
He went to the Oahu Correctional Community Center Friday, but was released early as compensation for time served when police first arrested him, said Louise Kim McCoy, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety.
Police arrested Menor at about 12:30 a.m. on April 27. He spent about 90 minutes in jail that morning.
An initial field test that night recorded Menor's blood-alcohol level at 0.147, above the 0.08 percent limit.
In addition to jail time, Menor was fined $800 and had his license revoked for 90 days. He was ordered to spend 14 hours in an alcohol treatment class.
Menor (D, Mililani-Mililani Mauka-Waipio), who has been a senator since 2000, faces re-election this year.
Spill triggers beach warning
Beachgoers were greeted by warning signs advising them to stay out of the water yesterday at Maunalua Bay Beach Park because of a sewage spill, according to the state Department of Health.
The sewage spill occurred Friday afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m. near the Outback Steakhouse at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center, according to an e-mail from the Health Department.
About 200 gallons of waste water from the East Honolulu Wastewater Treatment Plant entered into a storm drain that discharges into Maunalua Bay, the release said.
Though the spill occurred on Friday, plant officials did not learn about the spill until about 11 a.m. yesterday.
It wasn't clear whether the sewage had reached the bay, but as a precaution, state officials posted warning signs and took water samples.
Students compete in science quiz
Hawaii will be represented for the first time in the National Science Olympiad this weekend at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Highlands Intermediate School and Farrington High School teams will compete with students from throughout the country Friday and Saturday.
The Farrington team includes coach Bebi Davis, Principal Catherine Payne and students Marry Ancheta, Joyce Aquino, Nadine Pilande, Crystal Maeshiro, Minh Trang Nguyen, Travis Takashima and Jorge Portillo.
The Highlands team includes coach Kathy Lin, Principal Amy Martinson and students Kara Ogawa, Abraham Kwan, Mitchell Yamashita, Shae Ideue, Reece Teramoto, Brock Honda, Danicia Honda, Kevin Oshiro, Daron Lee, Hannah Fulton, Erica Fulkenhausen, Grace Morita, Jonah Hookano, Tyler Mikami, Korie Lum and Mariah Hirata.
Police, Fire, Courts
Cap-wearing man robs bank in Lihue
Kauai police are looking for a man wearing a University of Hawaii baseball cap who robbed the First Hawaiian Bank branch yesterday at the Kukui Grove Center in Lihue.
Police said the man demanded money from a teller at about 11:40 a.m. and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
He was wearing a tan shirt, dark shorts and a dark-colored UH baseball cap. He was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and appeared to be in his 40s.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Kauai police dispatch at 241-1711, Detective Trent Shimabukuro at 241-1692 or Crime Stoppers at 241-1887.
Man arrested in hit and run
Police arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with a hit-and-run crash that injured a 9-year-old boy yesterday afternoon in Wahiawa.
Police said the boy was struck at the intersection of Kulia Street and Whitmore Avenue at 1:37 p.m.
The boy was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in stable condition, said Bryan Cheplic, Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokesman.
The suspect was arrested on Kaukonahua Road on suspicion of driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident, both misdemeanors.