Munitions cleanup completed
The Army this week destroyed the last six of the 71 chemical munitions found at Schofield Barracks between June 2004 and September 2006 while workers were upgrading a training range.
The 71 World War I munitions destroyed were the largest amount of chemical munitions discovered on a military base in the United States, Army officials said before the project began in April.
The Army spent $7 million to erect and use what it calls the Transportable Detonation Chamber, a self-contained system used to destroy conventional and chemical munitions. The system now will be disassembled and returned to the mainland.
The weapons contained chloropicrin, a tearing agent, and phosgene, which causes choking and was used during World War I.
An Army statement said that "air monitoring confirmed that there was no release and that the munitions, including their chemical fill, were completely destroyed."
Honolulu Airport has valet service
Starting today, Honolulu Airport will offer a weekend valet service much like airports such as Los Angeles International.
Prepaid valet service is $20 a day and available from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Travelers dropping off vehicles can access the valet service near the commuter terminal on the mauka side. Pickup service is available at the curb in front of the commuter terminal lobby.
For more information, visit hawaii.gov/dot.
State flags to fly at half-staff
Gov. Linda Lingle has ordered all state flags at state and county buildings to be flown at half-staff on Monday from sunrise to sunset in honor of former state Sen. and Rep. Anson Chong.
Chong, 69, died July 15. He served in the House from 1972 to 1974 and the Senate from 1974 to 1980. He served on the Hawaii County Board of Appeals from 2003 to 2004. Memorial services on the Big Island will be tomorrow and in Honolulu on Monday.
Awards will honor volunteers
Nominations are being accepted for the Governor's Volunteer Recognition Awards.
Gov. Linda Lingle and the Hawaii Commission for National and Community Service have partnered to recognize individuals and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to the community. Those selected will be honored at a banquet held at the Ala Moana Hotel on Oct. 17. Lingle is scheduled to attend.
"This is the first of its kind of award. It's the highest honor that the commission can bestow," said Brysen Poulton, the commission's spokesman.
Award recipients will be determined based on their volunteerism in the community. Two or three honorees will be selected for each of four categories: organizations and businesses, seniors, students (kindergarten through 12th grade) and young adults (ages 19-25). The application deadline is next Friday. To download an application, visit www.hawaii.edu/americorpshawaii.
Police, Fire, Courts
Candidate contests 'ironic' arrest
A Republican candidate for state House District 46 (Schofield-Kahuku) was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of violating a temporary restraining order.
Carol Ann Philips said the charges filed against her were based on allegations given to police by a man against whom she had filed a TRO. She alleged the man falsified an e-mail and that the proper law enforcement agencies will be notified.
The 41-year-old was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at her North Shore home and was released the same day after posting $1,000 bail.
Philips is a former staff member in Gov. Linda Lingle's Office of Information and Constituent Services and a current North Shore Neighborhood Board member. She ran unsuccessfully in 2004 against Democratic Rep. Michael Magaoay.
"Had the Honolulu Police Department made any attempt to verify the authenticity of the e-mail, the arrest would not have taken place," she said. "The arrest was due to the misuse of a process designed to protect women from harm. Ironically, it has been used here to add to that harm."
Woman arrested in stabbing of man
Police arrested a 35-year-old Wahiawa woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend.
Police said the victim, 29, told them that he was stabbed when two men tried to rob him as he was walking near his home on Noholoa Loop in Mililani about 9 p.m. yesterday.
The victim was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital in serious condition. Officers investigating the incident said evidence at the man's house did not match his statement, according to a police report. When confronted about the discrepancy the man told officers that he was stabbed by his girlfriend during an argument, police said.
The woman was arrested at her Lehua Street home for investigation of first-degree assault.
Ewa man charged in relative's killing
Authorities charged 58-year-old Jose Tubera Jr. yesterday with the murder of his brother-in-law, Adolpho Alonso Jr., 62, at their Ewa Beach home.
The two men were involved in a heated argument in the front yard of the house, at 91-693 Pohakupuna Road, about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The argument turned into a physical confrontation and the men began wrestling, according to a police affidavit.
Alonso's son Richard went outside and found his father lying on the ground unconscious, police said.
Tubera was charged yesterday with second-degree murder and first-degree terroristic threatening. Bail was set at $250,000.
Alleged gun threat leads to arrest
Police arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly brandishing a handgun while on a mo-ped.
About 7 last night, the suspect was operating a mo-ped on private property in Palolo and was asked to leave by the property owner, a 56-year-old man, police said.
The suspect became upset and allegedly brandished a handgun before fleeing.
The suspect returned at about 4:30 this morning, and was arrested on suspicion of harassment.
4 to 5 suspects sought in robbery
Police are looking for four to five male suspects in connection with a Manoa home-invasion robbery of three other men yesterday.
About 1:15 a.m., four to five male suspects entered a Manoa residence occupied by three men, ages 20, 19 and 18, and took a wallet and other items, police said. The victims said one of the suspects was armed with a shotgun, and another with a crowbar. Police did not provide descriptions of the suspects.
Man allegedly abused family
Police arrested a 40-year-old Waipahu man who was allegedly abusing family members.
Police said that the suspect punched his 20-year-old nephew in the head yesterday. Officers arrested the suspect on suspicion of misdemeanor abuse of a family member.
He was also arrested for investigation of felony abuse of a family member for allegedly punching his 39-year-old wife on July 12.
The suspect was convicted of abuse in 2006.