Police and Fire


POSTED: Sunday, October 11, 2009

Children, man rescued in near-drownings

Lifeguards rescued two children and a 50-year-old man from Hanauma Bay and Ala Moana Beach Park yesterday in two near-drowning incidents.

Bryan Cheplic, city Emergency Services Department spokesman, said lifeguards brought an unresponsive man, who had been swimming at Hanauma Bay, to shore about 10:30 a.m. and revived him with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition, Cheplic said.

About 5 p.m., lifeguards pulled a boy and a girl, both under the age of 10, from the water at Ala Moana. Cheplic said paramedics took both children to the hospital—the girl in serious and the boy in critical condition.

Palolo man arrested in assault and abuse

A 30-year-old Palolo man who allegedly struck a man with a beer bottle and hit a family member was arrested yesterday.

About 10 p.m. Friday, the man struck a 32-year-old man in the back of the head with a beer bottle on Ala Moana Boulevard in Waikiki and punched a 37-year-old woman when she tried to stop him, police said.

Officers arrested the man at his Waikiki workplace on Lewers Street about 7:45 a.m. yesterday on suspicion of second-degree assault and abuse of a household member.

Police look for source of lasers aimed at jets

Hawaii island police are warning the public that it is dangerous and illegal to point lasers at aircraft.

Police received reports Wednesday and Thursday from the Hilo airport tower that green lasers were being pointed at the cockpits of commercial airliners. Officers opened two reckless endangering cases.

Police ask anyone with information about either case to call county police at 808-935-3311, or Crime Stoppers in Hilo at 808-961-8300 or in Kona at 808-329-8181.

Structure fire closes part of highway in Hilo

Highway 19 in Hilo between Waianuenue and Pukihae streets was closed for about 45 minutes Friday night as county firefighters put out a fire in what they described as a “;improvised shack-like structure.”;

The fire, reported just before 8 p.m. north of the Wailuku Bridge, also spread to some brush.

The fire was reported under control at 8:08 p.m. and extinguished at 8:30 p.m. No one was inside the structure and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Traffic was diverted to Wainaku Avenue.