Feds, police arrest 7, seize 'ice,' cash, gunsFederal agents and police arrested seven men and seized more than 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $150,000 in cash, two weapons and a vehicle in weekend raids at several locations.
Reynold Borges and Thomas Dunning, both 27; Kevin Canario, 29; Tonieng Erlandez, 35; Kalani Rabanal, 25; Clyde Nakata, 42, and Craig Vidal, 23, have been charged on federal counts of conspiring to distribute and of possession with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine.
Mirikitani refuses to release EEO reportCity Councilman Andy Mirikitani is refusing to allow release of a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity office regarding allegations that he sexually and racially harassed two fired employees.
Council Chair Jon Yoshimura was set to release the report Friday but reconsidered after complainant Jonn Serikawa asked that it not be released. The other complainant is Scott Lasater. Yoshimura's office said Serikawa changed his mind, but Mirikitani asked to have until today to read the report. The report found insufficient evidence to sustain a complaint against Mirikitani but notes that his "adherence to sexual harassment policies could best be characterized as reckless," a source said.
Kauai pro Dan Nishimoto was in the starting field of the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament last Thursday. He was in a group of 15 golfers that did not finish the first round due to darkness. An item in Friday's Golf Watch column included incorrect information.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Girl, 9, critically hurt in crash near WahiawaA 9-year-old girl was critically injured early today in a head-on crash between a Porsche 911 and Dodge Stratus on Kamehameha Highway near Kamananui Road.
The girl was a rear-seat passenger in the Wahiawa-bound sedan, which was struck at about 12:30 a.m. by the Porsche, police said. Her parents and two other children appear to have escaped serious injury but were held for observation at Wahiawa General and Tripler Hospital.
The driver of the Porsche, a man in his 40s, is in guarded condition at Queen's Hospital, where the girl also is being treated. Police investigators are looking at speed and alcohol as contributing factors. The Porsche was traveling at high speed toward Haleiwa when it went off the roadway and struck a sign before veering into the path of the sedan, police said.
Driver escapes alleged kidnap by ex-boyfriendA 25-year-old woman motorist was allegedly forced off the roadway and kidnapped by an ex-boyfriend yesterday in Waipahu.
The suspect, 27, allegedly choked the woman before entering her car and forcing her to drive to a location not released by police. She drove off when the suspect got out of the car.
The alleged kidnapping occurred at Waikele Road and Pupupani Street between 2 and 3 a.m. The suspect is still at large.
String of 3 blazes occur in Maui's central valleyWAILUKU -- Maui firefighters responded to three fires in the central valley within six hours of each other, including one that did $250,000 in damages to the contents and structure of a county restroom at Keopuolani Park after midnight.
No one was injured in any of the three fires.
Firefighters who received the alarm at 12:28 a.m. took 24 minutes to control the blaze at the restroom near the horseshoe-throwing area and more than three hours to extinguish it.
A fire started by electrical problems in a wall caused $2,000 in damages to the contents and structure at Tom's Mini Mart in Waiehu last night. Firefighters had the blaze under control in 18 minutes and extinguished in an hour and 10 minutes after the alarm at 8:27 p.m.
A halogen lamp caused a mattress fire and $1,000 in damage at a two-story unit at Kahekili Terrace in Happy Valley this morning. A relative doused the mattresses with water.
Firefighters had the fire under control in 16 minutes after the alarm at 2:19 a.m.
Haleiwa boat aground on reef off KaunakakaiA Haleiwa boat captain got disoriented, thinking Molokai was Maui, and ran his sailboat on the reef off Kaunakakai late Saturday night.
The vessel's owner and two passengers tried to get the boat, the "Zaca," off the reef. Unsuccessful, they shot off a flare at 6:25 a.m. yesterday. Police and a fire crew responded.
A fire rescue boat was unable to reach the sailboat, so a firefighter swam out and took two of the boat's occupants ashore in the sailboat's own dinghy at 7:30 a.m. One man remained on the boat to secure the vessel.
Spontaneous fire burns Hilo house, storage areaHILO -- Fire apparently caused by spontaneous combustion in charcoal briquettes destroyed about half a house and an attached storage area in the Panaewa area of Hilo yesterday, officials said.
The house on Noeau Street was owned by Rodney and Pearl Haili, but no one was home at the time, police said. Fire officials put the loss at $181,000, but police put it at $489,000.
Calif. crews help fight Volcanoes Park fireAbout 90 people, including two "hotshot" crews from California, continued today to put out hot spots around the 7.7-mile perimeter of a blaze that has burned 1,000 acres in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since Friday.
Although only declared 50 percent contained, the fire is not spreading, the park said.