Thursday, April 24, 2014

3 arrested, charged with assault

Police arrested and charged three men with assault in connection to a confrontation early Saturday in Kona.

Kona patrol officers responded to a 2:15 a.m. report of a fight in a Kailua-Kona shopping center park lot between Alii Drive and Kuakini Highway.

An injured 38-year-old Kailua-Kona man was taken to Kona Community Hospital and later flown to Kaiser Permanente's hospital on Oahu, where he remains in stable condition.

An investigation revealed the victim and three men had been in a verbal dispute that became physical. The victim was reportedly punched and kicked in the head and face.

Police arrested Kailua-Kona resident Kapena Kuahiwinui, 29, at the scene. Two other suspects -- 24-year-old Kailua-Kona resident Smith Alani and 23-year-old Captain Cook resident Noah Alani -- fled by car prior to police arrival. Officers located and arrested them at 2:45 a.m. in a Henry Street parking lot.

All three suspects were taken to the Kona police cellblock while Area II Criminal Investigations Sections detectives continued the investigation. They were charged with second-degree assault Sunday evening.

Kuahiwinui was held on $10,000 bail until his initial court appearance Monday. The other two men were released from custody after posting $2,000 bail each.

Police arrest 25 for suspected DUI

Police arrested 25 motorists for suspected drunken driving from Oct. 24 through Sunday. Four of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes and two were under the age of 21.

So far this year, there have been 1,233 DUI arrests with 1,280 during the same period last year.

There have been 1,136 major accidents and 18 fatalities so far this year compared with 1,174 major accidents and 23 fatalities during the same period in 2010.

To date, 13 fatalities were related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both.

Hawaiian Telcom workers vote to authorize strike

HONOLULU -- Workers at the state's largest telephone company have voted to authorize a strike.

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1357 voted 513 to 85 against the company's latest contract offer.

The union said workers could strike any time but have been told to report for work on Tuesday.

The vote comes less than two weeks before President Barack Obama hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Honolulu and puts Hawaii in the global spotlight.

Hawaiian Telcom said it has plans to ensure service isn't interrupted, including during the APEC summit.

The union objected to the contract's overtime and sick leave cuts, pension freeze and medical cost increases.

American Samoa teacher pleads not guilty to rape

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- An American Samoa elementary school teacher has pleaded not guilty to charges he raped a 13-year-old girl.

Tone Pulou was arraigned in High Court in Pago Pago on Friday. A pre-trial conference hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 21.

He has been charged with first degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to court documents, the girl told police she had sex with Pulou starting around September 2009. The girl became pregnant.

Pulou was arrested in Honolulu last month and extradited to Pago Pago shortly afterward. He had been wanted by American Samoa authorities since August 2010 when he allegedly fled the territory for Australia.

Abandoned yacht ends up on Maui's north shore

PAIA, Hawaii -- A yacht abandoned at sea when its injured captain needed to be rescued by a cruise ship has washed up on Maui's north shore.

The Quantum Leap ended up on a reef off Maui's Baby Beach in Spreckelsville last week. The Coast Guard and the state were working to remove the wreck.

Phillip Johnson was rescued earlier in October. Johnson was delivering the boat to Hawaii from San Diego when he ran into bad weather. Rough waters and heavy winds knocked the boat over 30 degrees, sending him flying across the galley and leaving him too injured to navigate the boat.

The boat remained in the Pacific after the Hilo-bound cruise ship Celebrity Century rescued Johnson and two others on board.

Man lifted from Kauai mountain, dies at hospital

WAILUA, Kauai -- A man died from possible heart trouble while hiking along a Kauai mountain trail.

The 59-year-old was airlifted Sunday from atop Nonou Mountain in Wailua and taken to Wilcox Hospital, where he died.

Kauai police said it appears he had a massive heart attack or stroke. An autopsy will determine a cause of death.

The man's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Police don't suspect foul play.

Oahu security guard charged with attempted murder

WAHIAWA, Oahu -- A central Oahu shopping center security guard is charged with attempted murder and other charges after allegedly shooting at three adults and a seven-month-old baby.

Raford Percival of Mililani is expected to appear in court Monday.

Police say the 26-year-old Wahiawa Shopping Center guard got into an argument with two men last week and followed them home where he allegedly began shooting. The girlfriend of one of the men was outside holding their infant daughter at the time.

No one was hit.

Percival returned to the shopping center where he was later arrested.

He could not be reached Monday at the cellblock where he is being held on $100,000 bail.

Oahu traffic cameras to be restricted during APEC

HONOLULU -- Public access to Oahu's traffic camera network will be restricted during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.

Images from live cameras operated by the City Department of Transportation will be restricted starting 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 through Nov. 14.

Information about traffic conditions during peak commuting periods will be made available to the public through the news media.

The city said restricting access to the cameras is a safety precaution during APEC, which will bring some 20,000 attendees and world leaders to Oahu.

By wire sources

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