Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Web site packs bites of data on isle sharks

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has created a Web site with information about sharks: .

The site has descriptions of all sharks found in Hawaiian waters, basics of shark biology, shark safety tips and data on shark bite incidents, plus articles about sharks' role in Hawaiian culture. The site includes photographs, maps, graphs, illustrations and a shark game.

"People have a lot of questions about sharks and the site provides a number of answers," said department Director Peter Young.

Randy Honebrink, of the Division of Aquatic Resources, helped create the site, which he called "a work in progress. We will keep adding content to the site over time."

For more information, contact Honebrink at 587-0111.

Norwalk virus reports continue on decline

The number of people complaining of the Norwalk virus in Las Vegas is continuing to drop.

Six new complaints from people who suffered from the stomach flu-like virus during Las Vegas visits were reported April 10-16, according to David Tonelli, spokesman for the Clark County Health District.

Ten cases were reported April 3-9, said Tonelli. So far, 1,634 cases were reported between Dec. 3 and Monday.

Those who reported contracting the illness visited or stayed at the California Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Many of the visitors were from Hawaii.

Symptoms of the Norwalk virus include acute vomiting and diarrhea that can last up to three days.

Health officials will consider the outbreak over when they see a decline to four complaints each week over a one-month period.

Until this week, the benchmark for considering the outbreak over was two to three cases a week.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Police charge suspect after stabbing at party

Police charged 20-year-old Joshua Sojot of Honolulu with attempted second-degree murder Monday in connection with the stabbing of a teenager at a post-prom party in Mililani on Sunday.

Police said he stabbed the 17-year-old victim in the midsection, critically injuring him. Sojot was released last night after posting $40,000 bail.


Vacant home in naval housing catches fire

A vacant home in the Halsey Terrace naval housing near the airport was damaged by an early morning fire yesterday.

The Navy said three federal fire units and an ambulance responded to the blaze at 2924 Noonan Place about 2:30 a.m. No one was injured.


Big Isle farm reports theft of citrus fruits

Kau Gold Orchards on the Big Island has reported the theft of large amounts of oranges, tangerines and tangelos from its orchard on South Point Road in Kamaoa.

Kau police are asking anyone with information about the thefts or the identity of the thieves to call the Kau police station at 939-2520 or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

1,100 people evacuate as fire damages hotel

WAILUKU >> A fire that started in the laundry room at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea caused substantial damage and forced the hotel to relocate about 100 guests to other accommodations, Assistant Fire Chief Alan Cordeiro said.

The fire forced the temporary evacuation of about 1,100 people from the building, including workers at the resort.

No one was injured in the fire but the laundry room on the first floor of the hotel was heavily damaged and there was some smoke and water damage throughout the seven-story hotel and ducts that connect the floors. The fifth floor was especially damaged where water sprinklers went off, Cordeiro said.

Firefighters took almost two hours to get the blaze under control, after the initial alarm at 12:46 p.m. yesterday.

A cost estimate of damages was not available.

Hotel spokesman Jim Kennedy said lint in an exhaust vent of the laundry room caught fire.


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