COURTESY OF THE MILK PROCESSOR EDUCATION PROGRAM
Olympian examples: Isle athletes star in 'got milk?' ad
Hawaii's own Bryan Clay and Natasha Kai are among 10 of America's Olympic athletes headed to Beijing who have joined the Body by Milk campaign, designed to encourage teens to drink three glasses of milk each day. The ad hit newsstands yesterday in Sports Illustrated. U.S. Olympians, from left, swimmer Ryan Lochte, softball's Cat Osterman, front, track and field's Allyson Felix, gymnasts Morgan and Paul Hamm, swimmer Maritza Correia, soccer player Leslie Osborne, Clay and soccer players Kai and Sacha Kljestan posed for a Got Milk? ad in Los Angeles. Castle's Clay is going for the gold in the decathlon, while Kahuku's Kai, who played for the University of Hawaii, will play a key role following an injury to star Abby Wambach.
Honey Girl, a green sea turtle, was found slaughtered Saturday at Laniakea Beach.
NOAA examines slain turtle
Officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service observed knife marks on an endangered female green sea turtle that was apparently slaughtered over the weekend.
On Saturday a volunteer found the remains of the turtle beheaded with its organs cut out on Laniakea Beach.
The turtle, identified as L-20 but called Honey Girl by volunteers of Malama na Honu for her honey-colored shell, was the largest female of the 24 sea turtles that frequented the beach. Officials said she was a "resident basker" at the beach since 2005 and had nested at French Frigate Shoals in 2000.
According to a necropsy by NOAA Fisheries, knife marks were observed on one of the turtle's shoulder blades, or pectoral girdle. Muscles from the turtle's shoulder blades had been picked clean of meat, as was the turtle's belly, experts determined.
"The good body condition along with the lack of lesions in organs available for examination indicates this animal died rapidly and did not suffer from a chronic disease," officials said.
In a written statement, Laura Thielen, chairwoman of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, said, "These findings indicate that the turtle known as Honey Girl was a healthy female adult able to breed and help sustain the population of endangered green sea turtles in Hawaii. Her untimely loss saddens us all."
Hawaii's sea turtles are protected under federal and state laws.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources is investigating the case. Anyone with information may call 643-DLNR or NOAA Fisheries at 983-5730.
Court OKs extended prison terms
It is OK for judges to stack prison sentences back to back, according to a split opinion issued yesterday by the Hawaii Supreme Court.
Justices Paula Nakayama, Simeon Acoba and James Duffy voted in the majority. Chief Justice Ronald Moon and Justice Steven Levinson wrote dissenting opinions.
The case involves Andrew K. Kamanao, found guilty in 1983 of two counts of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree sodomy. He was eventually sentenced in 2004 to an extended term of life in prison for each of the Class A felonies, which normally carry a maximum 20-year prison term.
A U.S. District Court judge threw out the sentence in 2006 because the U.S. Supreme Court had previously ruled that juries, not judges, should determine a person's eligibility for a prison sentence longer than what is normally allowed by law.
In October 2006 a state judge resentenced Kamanao to 20 years in prison for each of the counts, with mandatory minimum terms of five years because he is a repeat offender. The judge also ordered that Kamanao serve the sodomy term and one rape term consecutively for a total of 40 years in prison.
Moon and Levinson argue that state law says multiple sentences imposed by the court shall be served at the same time, or concurrently. But the other justices said state law allows an exception when a person is sentenced as a repeat offender.
Police, Fire, Courts
Beating suspect turns himself in
Police arrested a 28-year-old Kaimuki man yesterday morning who was featured in a CrimeStoppers bulletin Tuesday for a December beating.
Blaine K.W. Hirayama turned himself in at about 9:50 a.m. yesterday at the main police station and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and two contempt warrants.
Police said a man left Karaoke Hut at 909 Kapahulu Ave. at about 1:20 a.m. Dec. 11 and was confronted by a group of men, forced to the ground and allegedly beaten by several males, including Hirayama.
Police said the man suffered severe facial injuries and a broken arm.
The three other suspects were arrested earlier in connection with the case.
Police arrest man in Kalihi burglary
Police arrested a 36-year-old man in a burglary case after he was seen driving into carports of empty houses.
At about 1:45 p.m. Monday, police responded to reports of a suspicious man driving into carports of unoccupied homes in Kalihi. Police saw two men in the area.
One of the men was arrested on outstanding warrants and was linked to a burglary after he was found with stolen goods, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary.
Police seek teen in alleged robbery
Police are looking for a teenage boy wanted in the alleged robbery of another teenager.
At about 5 p.m. Tuesday the victim, a 15-year-old boy, was walking in Waikiki when the suspect, armed with a screwdriver, demanded his wallet, police said. Police said when the victim refused and tried to leave, the suspect punched him in the neck.
The suspect again demanded money, but fled after the victim refused, police said. The victim suffered minor injuries. The suspect is about 15 to 17 years old and is wanted on suspicion of first-degree robbery, police said.
Woman suspected of beating girl, 6
Police are investigating a suspected assault of a 6-year-old girl in Mililani Monday night.
Police said the girl was taken to the Queen's Medical Center with head injuries. A 25-year-old woman is suspected in a second-degree assault case.
The incident occurred at 11:58 p.m. Monday.
Man allegedly uses gun to threaten
Police arrested a 26-year-old Kaaawa man Tuesday morning after he allegedly threatened a 36-year-old Laie man with a handgun.
The 36-year-old was driving Kaneohe-bound on Kamehameha Highway, turned into the Kokololio Beach Park parking lot and was followed by the younger man in another vehicle.
Police said the 26-year-old man allegedly threatened the older man at the park parking lot in Hauula at 8 a.m. Tuesday by allegedly pointing a black handgun at him and threatening to kill him.
The victim left and went to his home and found the stranger on his doorstep.
Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening but found no handgun in his vehicle.
The suspect was released pending investigation.
Suspect sought in Kailua robbery
Police are looking for a masked man who robbed a Kailua gas station cashier Tuesday night.
Police said the man entered the gas station at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, threatened the 24-year-old woman with a crowbar and demanded money.
The suspect fled on foot with the cash. Police said the man was in his 30s.
Man is accused of gun violations
Big Island police arrested a 60-year-old Keaau man after he allegedly tried to enter a state building with a bag containing a loaded revolver and ammunition.
Police arrested John G.S.H. Kanekoa at 10 a.m. Tuesday after security screeners saw what appeared to be the outline of a handgun in his bag.
A deputy sheriff detained Kanekoa until police arrived. When police arrived, they found a loaded Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver and 84 loose .38-caliber rounds in the bag.
Detectives charged Kanekoa with a felony gun violation, punishable by 10 years in prison. Bail was set at $2,000. He was released on bail Tuesday night.
3 arrested in alleged mango theft
Police arrested two homeless men and an Ewa Beach woman for the alleged theft of 909 pounds of mangoes from a Mokuleia farm yesterday.
Police said that an employee of Mokuleia Farms reported seeing a vehicle leaving the farm at 6:35 a.m. yesterday.
When police stopped the vehicle in Haleiwa, they recovered 909 pounds of mangoes.
Police arrested the three on suspicion of second-degree theft.