West Hawaii road work planned
Alternating single lane closures are planned this week in both directions on Mamalahoa Highway, between Uluoa Street and Old Kona Village Road, for pavement striping and guardrail installation, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Crews will be working from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work is weather permitting.
Police seeking man who robbed Lahaina bank
WAILUKI, Maui — Maui County police are looking for a man who robbed a bank in Lahaina.
The Maui News reported the man around 10:30 a.m. Thursday walked into Territorial Savings Bank, stepped to a teller’s counter and walked off without speaking.
Lt. William Juan said the man returned 20 minutes later and placed a note on the teller’s counter. The teller opened a drawer and put money on the counter. The man took the note and the money, walked out of the bank and headed north toward Papalaua Street.
A patrol officer searched but could not find the man.
Witnesses described him as being between 20 and 25 years old, 5-foot-8-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds.
He was clean-shaven. He wore a blue hat, black shirt, black or purple shorts and sunglasses.
AG: Grant to private school is unconstitutional
HONOLULU — The governor’s office is reviewing a $1.5 million state grant to a private Roman Catholic school after an opinion from Hawaii’s attorney general concluded it was unconstitutional.
The Legislature approved the grant to Damien Memorial School, a private school in Honolulu.
Carolyn Golojuch, an advocate for marriage equality, questioned the legality of the grant in an Aug. 28 email to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, D-Kalihi Valley-Moanalua-Halawa, asked for the legal opinion.
Randall S. Nishiyama, deputy attorney general, said in a Sept. 3 memo to Kim that the grant violates a section of the state constitution that “prohibits public funds from being appropriated for the support or benefit of any sectarian or nonsectarian private educational institution.”
The president of the school, Bernard Ho, said Damien officials were reviewing the opinion and the potential grant loss.
“We really haven’t discussed it internally yet,” Ho said.
Damien is attempting to raise $12 million for its campus master plan. School officials want to upgrade or build new classrooms, offices, athletic facilities and a conference room.
The House and Senate unanimously approved the budget.
State agencies review grants-in-aid and they can be withheld by the governor’s office if deemed inappropriate.
State identifies reasons for false siren alarms
HONOLULU — Hawaii Civil defense officials said an insect infestation caused an emergency siren to trigger on Oahu, while an improper setup triggered false alarms on Maui and Molokai.
Officials said the separate incidents on Friday were not indications of wider problems with the sirens used for tsunami and other warnings.
The infestation caused a siren to go off early Friday at Pearl City District Park.
The mechanical problem set off 14 alarms on Maui and Molokai later Friday. Officials said it was caused by control boards that were not properly set up. The boards triggered the sirens when a cancellation command was sent to the system.
Civil Defense officials said contractors fixed four of the sirens, while a representative for the siren manufacturer will fix the other 10 next week.
Hawaii park trail reopens after helicopter crash
HONOLULU — A trail in Napali Coast State Wilderness Park reopened this weekend following a helicopter crash.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Saturday that federal transportation officials released the site after concluding their investigation of Wednesday’s crash at Kalalau Beach.
State Department of Land and Natural Resources workers were conducting a three-day enforcement and maintenance project to remove discarded camping gear and trash from illegal campsites.
Officials said the pilot was injured while two state land employees suffered minor injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the Hughes 369 helicopter, which is owned by Airborne Aviation, was damaged when a tarp on the ground blew into the rotor blades.
Airborne officials have recovered the aircraft.
Georgia fugitive posing as attorney in Hawaii
HONOLULU — A man wanted in Georgia on felony charges of child molestation has been posing as an attorney in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Department of the Attorney General said Friday that 42-year-old Anthony T. Williams had been passing himself off as a “private attorney general.”
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Williams was arrested on a warrant issued by Georgia. He is being held pending extradition.
He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Attorney General David Louie said officials became aware of the situation after complaints were filed against Williams.
Louie said Williams appeared in federal and state courts, purporting to represent private parties in various types of litigation.
Authorities said the fugitive is not licensed to practice law in Hawaii.
Prison inmate from Oahu dead in apparent suicide
HARTFORD, Conn. — Officials said an inmate at Hartford Correction Center is dead after an apparent suicide.
Corrections officials said 31-year-old John Matthew Tyhurst was found unresponsive Friday night with a ligature around his neck. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The Pearl City, Oahu, man had been held since July 30 on charges of employing a minor in an obscene performance.
The state corrections department said Tyhurst was the alone in his cell when he was found. A state medical examiner will determine the manner and cause of death.
By local and wire sources