Fashion 45's liquor license halted
The Honolulu Liquor Commission slapped a Waikiki nightclub with a four-week suspension of its liquor license after club officials pleaded no contest to two counts of furnishing liquor to a minor.
Officials from the club Fashion 45, in the Waikiki Trade Center, answered the two violations, which allegedly occurred between March 8 and 16, during a commission hearing on Thursday.
On two occasions, liquor investigators found minors holding beer bottles and drinking from them on the premises, said Anna Hirai, commission assistant administrator.
During the suspension, Fashion 45 can remain open for business but cannot sell alcohol. Fashion 45 officials did not return a call for comment.
Services set for slain bicyclist, 18
Services for 18-year-old bicyclist David Wayne Aldridge II, who was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver, will be held Tuesday.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Schofield Barracks Main Post Chapel. Service is to begin at 7 p.m. Burial will take place in Jeffersonville, Ind.
Aldridge, a Leilehua High School graduate, was riding home from work when he was struck by a red truck in front of Dole Plantation sometime before 1:35 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Aldridge was wearing a helmet and traveling on the shoulder of the road.
He is survived by father David W., mother Crystal, stepmother Susanne, sisters Destiny Alyson and Candace, paternal grandfather William David Aldridge, paternal step-grandfather James Houck, paternal grandmother Betty Carol Houck, paternal step-grandmother Sylvia Ann and maternal grandmother Linda Valez.
Waimea hospital gets new CEO
HILO » The private, 40-bed North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea announced the appointment of interim Chief Executive Officer Ron Vigus late Thursday night following the suddenly resignation of former Chief Executive Officer Jeff Comer on Tuesday.
Vigus had been chief operating officer at Sparks Memorial Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark.
Comer, on the job for just 2 1/2 months as part of a takeover of management of the hospital by Quorum Health Resources, resigned in the face of community anger when he laid off 59 employees a week earlier due to a projected $7 million deficit.
$13M comes to isles for security
The Department of Homeland Security awarded Hawaii and Honolulu $13 million yesterday to improve homeland security and prepare for catastrophic events, according to U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.
The money will be distributed in Hawaii as follows:
» $6 million to the state for local homeland security capabilities.
» $5 million to Honolulu for building homeland security capabilities in urban areas.
» $2 million to Honolulu to prepare for and develop the system for managing regional catastrophic events.
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Vandalism plagues Kauai parks
KAPAA, Kauai » Kauai Mayor Bill "Kaipo" Asing said he is thinking about closing county parks at night after someone stuck a pig's head in a county toilet.
The pig's head was stuffed in the new county facilities at Donkey Beach earlier this week. The toilet, built as part of the county's coastal path, had been opened only recently.
On Sunday the toilet seats in the men's and women's bathroom were ripped off the stalls at Kealia Beach Park -- just a couple of months old -- about a mile away from the other restroom, county officials said.
And the two are far from isolated incidents. Police said there have been reports of graffiti, rocks thrown in stalls, trash cans removed from the restrooms and flung onto roadways, as well as broken beer bottles left in the restrooms.
There have been 35 vandalism cases at county facilities so far this year, county officials said.
Asing said, "I don't want to start closing our parks at night because of senseless acts, but we really need everyone's cooperation in keeping our facilities safe from harm."
Officials ask that anyone witnessing vandalism on Kauai is urged to call Police Dispatch, 241-1711, or CrimeStoppers, 241-1887.
Visitor drowns near Kauai resort
A 60-year-old California visitor died yesterday in an apparent drowning in Poipu.
The San Jose, Calif., man was found unresponsive at 4:46 p.m. yesterday about 50 yards off a Poipu beach in front of the Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, a Kauai County spokeswoman said.
The surfers brought him to shore, where lifeguards performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until firefighters and medics arrived and continued CPR.
The man was taken by ambulance to Wilcox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Truck collides with officer's SUV
A truck driven by a 20-year-old Hilo man allegedly struck a police officer's sport utility vehicle in Hilo, causing the SUV to overturn into a drainage canal, Big Island police said.
The 34-year-old officer, a six-year veteran of the Hawaii County Police Department, was taken in satisfactory condition to the Hilo Medical Center for his injuries.
Officers responded at 10 a.m. yesterday to a two-vehicle collision at Komohana and Kukuau streets in Hilo. They found the officer kneeling next to his subsidized vehicle, a Toyota 4Runner, which had landed in a drainage canal on the north side of the Kukuau Street intersection, police said.
The driver of the late-model Ford pickup truck received minor injuries and declined treatment at the scene.
Witnesses who stopped to render aid told police the officer was traveling north on Komohana Street with his blue strobe light and siren activated, police said.
The truck was going west on Kukuau. Police said the 20-year-old driver allegedly failed to yield the right of way to the emergency response vehicle.
Teens who fled youth facility found
Police caught two teenage girls yesterday who escaped from the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility.
The girls, ages 16 and 17, climbed on a roof and managed to run away at 5:30 p.m. July 14 from the Kailua facility, police said.
Yesterday, patrol officers responded to a report of two possible runaways in the Waianae area.
They were found to be the escapees, and police arrested them at about 3 a.m. for investigation of second-degree escape.
Witness's call nabs burglary suspect
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy who allegedly burglarized the home of an 80-year-old Waipahu woman early yesterday morning.
A witness called 911 when he saw the lights on inside the woman's house, because he knew she was not home, police said.
Officers found a window screen torn and hanging from its frame when they arrived. An officer looked into the house and saw the teenager carrying a woman's handbag and running toward the front door.
Police stopped the boy outside and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree burglary.
Woman allegedly uses pen in attack
Police arrested a 32-year-old woman who allegedly stabbed two men, ages 36 and 46, with a plastic pen early yesterday morning in downtown Honolulu.
Police said the woman reportedly saw the two men sleeping in front of a business establishment on River Street and wanted to sleep near them. One man told the woman to leave, which she did, police said.
She returned 10 minutes later at about 12:15 a.m. yesterday and allegedly stabbed one man three times in the lower leg with a plastic pen, then stabbed the other man in the elbow, police said.
Police arrested the woman on suspicion of two counts of second-degree assault.
The two men refused medical treatment, police said.