Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Water park honors Bethany Hamilton

In this photo made available by the Kalahari Water Park, surfer Bethany Hamilton tried out the Flowrider, an indoor surfing ride, yesterday in Sandusky, Ohio. Hamilton, 15, a Hanalei resident, is the first recipient of the Kalahari's "Wave Maker" initiative, which honors children and teens who have made a difference in their community. She made headlines in October 2003 when she lost her left arm to an attack by a shark. In spite of the attack, Hamilton has continued competitive surfing, recently taking first place in the Explorer Women's division at a National Scholastic Surfing Association event.

Recycling total doubles in June

Twice as many bottles and cans were recycled under the state Deposit Beverage Container Program in June compared with the quantity recycled in May, the state reported yesterday.

More than 73 million HI-5 labeled containers were redeemed for a nickel each at official redemption centers in June, and more than 4 million unlabeled containers were turned in as well. The 77 million total recycled in June is more than double the 35 million containers recycled in May, the Department of Health reported.

Plastic and aluminum bottles and cans can now be accepted at all redemption centers that accept hand-counted or weighed containers. Reverse vending machines cannot accept crushed or flattened containers.

Gov. Linda Lingle signed House Bill 1015 yesterday, which allows the crushing of aluminum cans and plastic bottles before redemption.

Hawaii's redemption program has been refunding deposits to consumers since January, but crushed containers were not accepted until now because too many unlabeled containers were still around. Accepting crushed containers is intended to reduce the storage space people need for recyclables.

Manoa and Palolo pools are back open

Two city pools have recently reopened to the public after repairs were completed.

The Manoa Valley District Pool reopened Saturday, and the Palolo Valley District Pool reopened Sunday.

"They're both running normal," said Les Chang, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Mechanical problems involving the Manoa pool's filtration system prompted its week-long closure. "One of the motors got burned out in the filtration system for the pools," Chang said.

At the Palolo pool a power surge caused a blowout of one of its motors, resulting in a three-week closure.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Navy sailor charged in murder attempt

A Navy petty officer has been charged with the attempted murder of another sailor.

Petty Officer Patrick Criswell, a crew member of the destroyer USS Paul Hamilton, could get life imprisonment if convicted of shooting a 20-year-old sailor from the cruiser USS Lake Erie in the parking lot of Pearl Harbor's bachelor enlisted quarters at 6:30 p.m. June 9.

The victim was treated and released from Tripler Army Medical Center.

Criswell, who is from Houston, is being held in the Ford Island brig.


Man allegedly abuses wife and threatens son

Police arrested a 39-year-old Honolulu man Wednesday after he allegedly abused his wife and threatened his son.

The suspect and his wife, 37, were arguing when he began to physically abuse her, police said. The couple's 17-year-old son tried to intervene, but his father allegedly grabbed a knife and threatened him.

Police arrested the father for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening and abuse of a family member.


Officials probe cause of Molokai brush fires

WAILUKU » Fire officials were investigating the causes of two brush fires that occurred within several hours of each other on Molokai.

One fire burned 200 acres in Hoolehua, Fire Battalion Chief Frank Tam said yesterday. The fire was reported at 4 p.m. Wednesday and contained about 3 1/2 hours later, Tam said.

The other fire burned 30 acres mauka of the Kaluakoi resort in western Molokai, fire officials said. It was reported about 8 p.m. Wednesday and brought under control eight hours later, officials said.

Big Island police seek missing inmate


Christopher Nasario: The Big Isle inmate was last seen at Punaluu Beach Park in Kau

Big Island police are searching for an inmate who violated terms of his extended furlough from Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

Christopher Neal Nasario failed to report his whereabouts and was last seen May 17 at Punaluu Beach Park in Kau.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Uwao Chartrand at 961-2382.

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