In Brief | Big Island & State | 12-21-13


Police open attempted murder investigation

Hawaii Island police have opened an attempted murder investigation in connection with a disturbance Thursday afternoon at a Keaau home.

At 4:42 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a call of a disturbance at a home on Aulii Street in Keaau, according to the Hawaii County Police Department. Upon their arrival, police encountered 58-year-old Joseph Feliciano who was allegedly brandishing two edged weapons. The man was also wanted by police in connection with a separate assault incident that occurred Wednesday.

Feliciano allegedly refused to comply with several verbal commands given by police and reportedly threw one of the weapons at one of the officers, who managed to avoid being struck, according to police. No officers were injured.

Feliciano was arrested at 5:20 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, according to police. He was also taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He remains at the Hilo police cellblock while Area I Criminal Investigations Section detectives continue the investigation.

May’s Hawaiian style chicken thighs recalled

HONOLULU — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said a Kapolei company is recalling about 3,600 pounds of raw, frozen, marinated chicken products.

The department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday Palama Holdings is recalling 10-pound boxes of May’s Hawaiian style boneless and skinless teriyaki chicken thighs.

They were produced Oct. 15 and Nov. 5. They were distributed for sale on Oahu, Maui and Kauai and to a military commissary. The packages are marked with “EST. P-11077.”

There have been no reports of adverse reactions from consuming the products.

The recall is necessary because of possible improper temperature storage before the products were distributed.

State asks for help protecting monk seal

HONOLULU — State officials are asking the public to help keep a Hawaiian monk seal pup safe.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources on Friday asked the public not to feed or approach an 8-month-old pup that’s been frequenting southern Oahu harbors and marinas. Officials said feeding it will likely reduce its chances of survival if it continues to seek out unnatural food sources.

The pup is one of fewer than 1,000 seals that are alive today. It’s against federal and state laws to feed or approach Hawaiian monk seals, a critically endangered species.

Harbor and marina users who come into contact with the pup are asked to maintain a distance of at least 150 feet and not make eye contact.

Obama endorses Abercrombie re-election

HONOLULU — Campaign officials for Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said President Barack Obama is endorsing Abercrombie’s bid for re-election next year.

The campaign said on its website Friday that Obama is backing Abercrombie because of his handling of state finances and approach to making tough choices.

Obama said in a statement that he’s known Abercrombie for decades and appreciates him as a friend and public servant who doesn’t let politics get in the way of serving the people.

Abercrombie, a Democrat, said he is honored by Obama’s endorsement. Abercrombie is being challenged in a primary by state Sen. David Ige, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

By local and wire sources