POSTED: Wednesday, December 16, 2009

State Hospital security is topic

Security at the State Hospital in Kaneohe will be discussed at a neighborhood board meeting tomorrow night at Windward Community College.

The Dec. 3 escape of accused child molester David True Seal from the hospital and other incidents prompted the discussion, said Kaneohe Neighborhood Board Member John Flanigan.

A representative from the hospital has been invited to speak, and any concerns brought up will be forwarded to the hospital, Flanigan said.

Seal, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the molestation and kidnapping of two girls on Maui, is still at large.

Court documents show Seal attempted to escape twice before and that hospital officials had asked the court to allow staff to administer antipsychotic drugs without Seal's consent because of his recent behavior.



Big Isle facts are online in Data Book

There are 175,784 residents on the Big Island, and the median age is 37.2 years.

More than 1 million people from other parts of the country visited the island last year and stayed an average of 7.64 days, while more than 295,000 foreigners visited the island in 2008 and stayed an average of 4.25 days.

There are 408 people for every police officer on the island, and floriculture and nursery product sales totaled more than $42 million last year.

These are a few of the facts contained in the 25th edition of the County of Hawaii Data Book.

The book is available online only at http://hsblinks.com/ 1jc.

The book is the “;most comprehensive source of statistics on the social, economic, government and business activity”; for the county, according to a news release.