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Monk seal pups doing well after recent move

LIHUE » Two Hawaiian monk seal pups moved to Kauai's North Shore from two popular tourist areas on the South Shore where they were born are doing well in their new home, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman Tamara Faris said yesterday.

Both pups were recently weaned and able to fend for themselves. They were born in early August.

The first pup, a female, was moved last week from Mahaulepu, a popular tourist spot just east of the Poipu resort area.

The second was a male born at Poipu County Beach Park, the most popular beach on Kauai. The entire beach park was closed at one time because the pup and its mother were moving all over the bay.

Both were caught with nets and taken to an undisclosed location on the North Shore.

"I wouldn't say they're playing, but they're hanging out together," Faris said.

Spill releases sewage into Waianae drain

A waste-water spill Wednesday released about 5,400 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain that discharges into Kaupuni Stream in Waianae.

The spill occurred at about 11:19 a.m. Wednesday when a manhole on Kaneaki Street in Waianae Valley overflowed.

The overflow was stopped at 3:30 p.m. City crews said the spill was caused by a sewer line blocked with grease.

The waste water seeped into Kaupuni Stream's dry bed, and no surface waters were affected. The area was disinfected and warning signs were posted.

New deputy director for harbors is chosen

Gov. Linda Lingle has appointed a new state Transportation Department deputy director for harbors.

Barry Fukunaga, who will start next Friday, is director of the city Department of Enterprise Services, where he manages the Blaisdell Center, Waikiki Shell, Honolulu Zoo and municipal golf courses.

Lingle said Fukunaga "understands how DOT operates, he is familiar with the harbor needs in our state and he is an outstanding manager."

Fukunaga has also served as deputy director of the city's Department of Environmental Services, and for 25 years with the state Transportation Department's airports division. He got his master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Hawaii.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Bicyclist allegedly drags police officer

Police arrested a 29-year-old bicyclist for allegedly dragging an officer 40 feet after the officer tried to stop him from riding on a Waikiki sidewalk.

Police said the suspect, who has no local address, was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk at Seaside and Kalakaua avenues about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday when an officer motioned for him to stop.

Police said the suspect swore at him and kept riding. When the officer tried to stop him and grabbed his backpack, his watch got caught, and he was dragged about 40 feet, police said. The officer finally stopped the suspect with other officers' help.

The man was arrested for first-degree assault on a police officer, disobeying a police officer, resisting arrest, harassment and five outstanding traffic and criminal warrants.

The officer was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where he was treated and released.


Man, 20, is arrested after revenge beating

Police arrested a 20-year-old Ala Moana man Wednesday for allegedly beating another man in Hawaii Kai in an act of revenge. On Sunday, two men accused the 19-year-old victim of beating their friend and then assaulted him, police said. The man was hit with a baseball bat and a beer bottle, police said.

The victim identified the suspects in a photo lineup on Wednesday. Police arrested one suspect, 20, on suspicion of second-degree assault, promotion of drugs and a warrant. They are still seeking the second suspect.

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