Police and Fire


POSTED: Saturday, February 20, 2010

Felon, 49, faces charges in 2 bank heists in 2 days

; Charges are pending against a 49-year-old convicted felon who is suspected of robbing two banks in the past few days, police said.

Police arrested Ronald Manning on Wednesday at his Waipahu home for allegedly robbing the Pearl City branch of First Hawaiian Bank on Tuesday and the Kalihi branch of American Savings Bank on Wednesday, and attempting to rob the Mapunapuna branch of First Hawaiian on Wednesday. He was also arrested on a parole retake warrant.

Manning was found guilty in 2008 of second-degree escape, and violated parole in 2004 and 1997.

He was convicted in 1989 of one count of attempted first-degree sexual assault and two counts of first-degree sexual assault. He was also found guilty in 1998 of second-degree theft and in 1989 of first-degree burglary.


2 drivers die on Kauai after pickup trucks crash

Two Lawai men died yesterday in a head-on pickup truck crash on Kauai.

Don Kaneshige, 51, and James Denny, 86, were drivers of the trucks, said Mary Daubert, Kauai County spokeswoman, in an e-mail. The men were alone in their vehicles.

Daubert said Denny was heading west on Kaumualii Highway at about 10 a.m. when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into Kaneshige's truck near Omao Bridge.

Kaneshige died at the scene, and Denny died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

Police closed the highway for about three hours to investigate.