Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Pro fighter arrested in brawl outside club

A professional fighter was charged yesterday with first-degree assault on a police officer after an early-morning brawl fronting Zanzabar Night Club.

Bail for B.J. Penn, the first American to be named a Brazilian jiujitsu black-belt world champion, was set at $20,000.

The officer involved was treated at the scene.

The incident happened about 3:15 a.m. yesterday after a police officer broke up a brawl, which included as many as 10 people, outside the nightclub.

After the fight, Penn allegedly returned to the scene and punched a police officer. Officials could not say yesterday whether the officer involved was in uniform.

Biker loses control on freeway offramp

Just after midnight yesterday, a 57-year-old Ewa Beach man on a 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle missed a curve on the Ewa offramp from the westbound H-1 freeway, veered onto the grass shoulder and collided with a marker post, police said.

The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the bike and critically injured.

He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center. Police said speed was a factor in the crash and that alcohol might also be a factor.

Mooring line mishap injures 2 at Arizona

Two people were injured yesterday at the USS Arizona Memorial after being struck by a mooring line used to secure Navy-operated shuttle boats to the pier.

The victims, a man and a woman who are not related, were taken to Kaiser Permanente's Moanalua Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Details on their conditions were not immediately available.

The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. yesterday when a tour boat was pulling away from the pier. Apparently, said Navy spokeswoman Lt. Barbara Mertz, the boat's mooring line was still attached to the pier when the craft departed.

Mertz said an investigation into the incident is ongoing, and two of the tour boat's crew members have been removed from duty.

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