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POSTED: Saturday, August 15, 2009

Japanese visitor missing off Waikiki

Police, fire and Ocean Safety personnel searched for a missing 29-year-old Japanese visitor yesterday afternoon in Waikiki.

The man's family said he had gone swimming alone, and last saw him at 9:30 a.m. yesterday at Duke Kahanamoku Beach, fire Capt. Terry Seelig said.

The family reported him missing at about 2 p.m. to hotel security, who called 911.

Fire and Ocean Safety members searched off Duke Kahanamoku Beach for the man, who used a mask, snorkel and fins. Police were interviewing people in the area.

While the Fire Department's helicopter flew over the area searching for the missing man, a 6-foot shark was spotted in the Ala Wai Channel in the area of Ala Moana Bowls. The shark did not meet the department's criteria to take any kind of action, Seelig said. The search was to resume this morning.

Big Island records 14th traffic fatality

A 58-year-old Pahoa man died Thursday at the Queen's Medical Center from injuries he suffered in a one-car crash in Puna.

The man was a passenger in a 1999 Saturn two-door sedan driven by a 39-year-old Keaau woman. The woman was heading south on Route 132 when she ran off the road and into some bushes, police said. The woman and the passenger were taken to Hilo Medical Center. The passenger was later flown in critical condition to Queen's in Honolulu, where he died at 12:02 a.m. Thursday.

This was the 14th Big Island traffic fatality this year, compared with 14 at the same time last year.

Anyone with information concerning the crash is asked to call Officer Clarence Davies at 961-8118.

Boy arrested in Waipahu High attack

A 16-year-old boy allegedly assaulted another 16-year-old boy for no apparent reason Thursday morning at Waipahu High School, police said.

The suspect reportedly punched the victim in the head numerous times, causing him to fall backward against a concrete wall. The victim was knocked unconscious during the 11:45 a.m. alleged assault. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.

Teens held in sex assault of girl, 12

Police arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl while in the Nimitz area.

The teenage suspects were arrested on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping.

The sexual assault allegedly occurred in the evening hours from March 23 to April 7, police said.

The 12-year-old told police the two acquaintances sexually assaulted her.

Tip helps police in beach break-in

An anonymous witness tipped off police to a car break-in at Laie Beach Park on Thursday, which led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Hauula man.

Police said the witness reported seeing the man break into a car parked at the park and gave police the license plate number.

Officers tracked down the car to the man's home and found items stolen from the car.

Police arrested the man for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. Police also seized the vehicle for possible forfeiture.