6 schools cite academic progress
The state Department of Education has determined that six more public schools have met annual federal progress benchmarks under the No Child Left Behind law.
That means 119 of Hawaii's 283 public schools achieved so-called Adequate Yearly Progress following the Hawaii State Assessment taken in the spring.
The six additional schools are Hanalei, Pearl Harbor Kai, Waialua and Kualapuu elementary schools, Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate, and Kalani High, according to the Education Department.
Court backs Superferry security
WAILUKU » A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled that the U.S. Coast Guard can establish a security zone around the Superferry without a federal environmental impact statement.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said yesterday that the Coast Guard was not required to consider the Hawaii Superferry and its preparation of an environmental impact statement when establishing a security zone.
Several people opposed to the Superferry's operation at Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai filed an appeal alleging the Coast Guard's security zone violated their First Amendment right to free speech.
A U.S. District Court judge in Honolulu previously denied a motion to halt the operation of the security zone around the Superferry at Nawiliwili Harbor.
Lanny Sinkin said the 9th Circuit ignored the fact that that the Hawaii Supreme Court determined the Superferry was operating illegally. "They ignored the fundamental issue raised by the plaintiffs," Sinkin said.
Sinkin said his clients are still evaluating whether to take further court action.
State to auction seized items
The state will hold a public auction today at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center to auction off property forfeited and seized during criminal activities, a Department of the Attorney General news release said.
Some of the vehicles on the auction block are a custom 1941 Chevrolet pickup truck, a 2005 Honda Accord, a 2002 Ford Ranger extended-cab pickup truck, and a 1995 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 extra-cab pickup truck. Other auction items include laptop computers, musical instruments, digital cameras, car audio equipment, fishing equipment, power tools and jewelry.
The auction will be held at noon in the Blaisdell's Pikake Room. Property can be inspected from 11 a.m.
For a list of the property, visit www.rosenauctions.com.
Assets used in criminal activities can be forfeited under state law. The proceeds from the auction will go to state and local law enforcement agencies to fight crime.
Hickam to host 9/11 freedom walk
Join the second annual Freedom Walk at Hickam Air Force Base to commemorate the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S.
Operation Homefront of Hawaii is partnering with the Department of Defense in the "America Supports You" program to renew its commitment to freedom and to honor past and present military veterans.
The 1.4-mile walk begins at 9 a.m. Thursday. Participants should meet at the baseball field at Valkenburgh and Main streets.
The event is free and open to the public.
Participants are encouraged to register online at www.operationhomefront.net/hawaii. Sponsors of the event are TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Lockheed Martin.
Police, Fire, Courts
Dead alleged killer from Pearl City
The alleged shooter in the Aiea convenience store murder-suicide case has been identified as 61-year-old Dennis Minoru Inouye of Pearl City.
A customer entered Bobo's Mini Mart on Kamehameha Highway at 9:44 a.m. Thursday to discover Inouye's body lying in a pool of blood and a firearm next to him.
When emergency officials arrived, they found the body of Judy Shimamoto, 54, of Aiea, behind the store's counter. Police said although they have not arrived at a motive, the two were co-workers. Shimamoto's husband, Stanley, is the store's owner.
The case has been ruled a murder-suicide, the fifth of its kind in the state this year.
2 teens arrested in alleged robbery
Police arrested two teenagers for allegedly robbing a 60-year-old man last month.
On Aug. 14 the victim reported that he was at a bus stop in the Honolulu area when he was beaten and robbed by two suspects.
On Thursday the two suspects were arrested on Kalakaua Avenue on suspicion of second-degree robbery.
Waikiki crash puts officer in hospital
A police officer was taken to the hospital in good condition last night after a two-vehicle crash involving a police cruiser in Waikiki, police said.
The officer, responding to a fight call at about 7:40 p.m., was driving in the Diamond Head direction on Kuhio Avenue near Paoakalani Avenue when a car turning left broad-sided it, said Honolulu police Maj. Alan Bluemke.
Two Japanese visitors in the car that hit the police car were not hurt, Bluemke said.
Police ID victim of fatal accident
Big Island police identified the victim in a motorcycle and truck crash that killed the 26-year-old motorcycle driver Thursday in South Kohala, a Hawaii County news release said.
Police identified the victim as Warren W. Hollister of Kamuela.
Police said Hollister was driving a 2007 motorcycle southbound on Queen Kaahumanu Highway at 6:10 p.m. when it collided with a 1995 pickup truck making a left from Puako Beach Drive. A 58-year-old Kamuela man driving the truck was not hurt.
The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, police said.
Police opened a negligent-homicide investigation and ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death. It was the 19th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared with 26 at this time last year.