Police / Fire


POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2009


Driver who ran over woman is arrested

WAILUA, Kauai » A Kapaa man who ran over a woman on the beach last month was arrested yesterday.

Kawai Watanabe was charged with second-degree negligent injury and reckless driving, county officials announced. He was released on bail.

On Jan. 18, Watanabe was driving on the beach known as Kitchens near Lydgate Beach Park when he came up over a dune and ran over Jacqueline Bigno of Puhi.



Girl allegedly steals car with baby in it

Police arrested a 14-year-old girl who allegedly stole a car with a baby inside.

Police said that at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, there was an altercation between two women at Makiki and Kinau streets.

Police said the teenager jumped into a car belonging to one of the women and drove away. A 1-year-old child of a 33-year-old woman was inside the car, police said.

Police searched for about two hours before finding the teen in Liliha. The child was unharmed, police said. Police arrested the girl on suspicion of kidnapping, auto theft and driving without a license. Police said the suspect and the infant's mother are related, but did not provide details.


'Acid bomb' explodes at Hilo site

HILO » An “;acid bomb”; exploded Wednesday morning in an empty restroom at the popular Rainbow Falls overlook in Hilo, the Hawaii County Fire Department said.

No one was present, but remnants of a plastic bottle and an acidic smell prompted a janitor to call authorities.

As the maintenance man was sweeping up, he noticed “;smoke”; coming from his dustpan, and his eyes began to burn, the department said.

The unknown acid is the danger from such bombs, which can throw the acid a “;significant”; distance, said acting fire Capt. Henry Silva.

Police are investigating.

University of Hawaii at Hilo student Edward Emerson Wine II is accused of placing several such bombs on the university campus early on the morning of Dec. 18.

Wine pleaded not guilty to felony counts of owning a prohibited explosive and terroristic threatening yesterday and is to be tried May 11. He is not known to be linked to Wednesday's case.