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Man facing charges for allegedly shooting gun

Hawaii Island detectives are investigating an incident involving the discharge of a firearm in the Mountain View area Sunday afternoon.

At 12:04 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a report that a 64-year-old Mountain View man had allegedly discharged a firearm in a residential area off Kukui Camp Road and threatened a nearby resident. Responding officers located and arrested Falaniko N. Himphill of Mountain View.

At 1:55 p.m. Monday, detectives charged Himphill with first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree reckless endangering and ownership prohibited.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $21,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday.

Navy extends comment period on impact statement

The Navy is extending the comment period for the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing activities final environmental impact statement. Officials said the document’s Appendix E failed to include an 11-page Section E.5. The Navy will allow comments through Oct. 28 to give the public more time to view the omitted section.

The final EIS is available online at hstteis.com.

2 men face charges in Saturday assault

Big Island police have charged two men with various offenses stemming from an incident early Saturday morning in Hilo.

At 3:27 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a 19-year-old Hilo man who had allegedly been assaulted in front of a closed business establishment on the 1700 block of Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo.

Witnesses informed police that two men apparently were involved. One suspect allegedly punched the victim while the second removed his cellphone.

The victim reported being assaulted a second time after he tracked down his cellphone to a home in Hilo. One of the suspects allegedly damaged the victim’s vehicle following the assault.

Upon receiving the report, police were able to track the phone to a location off of Kalanianaole Avenue. They recovered the cellphone and located both suspects, who were arrested at 4 a.m. and taken to the Hilo police cellblock.

The victim sustained minor injuries and declined treatment.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

After conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged 22-year-old Dustin C. M. Snedeker-Abadilla of Pahoa with second-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, fourth-degree criminal property damage and third-degree assault. His bail was set at $4,750.

Detectives charged 18-year-old Jacob Anthony Blanco of Hilo with second-degree robbery and third-degree theft. His bail was set at $11,000.

Both men were scheduled to make their initial court appearances Monday afternoon.

44 DUI arrests made from Sept. 23 through Monday

Police arrested 44 motorists for alleged drunken driving Sept. 23 to Monday. Six of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Five were younger than 21.

So far this year, there have been 984 DUI arrests compared with 1,057 during the same period last year, a 6.9 percent decrease.

There have been 1,021 major accidents so far this year compared with 1,096 during the same period last year, a 6.8 percent decline. So far this year, there were 23 traffic fatalities on Hawaii Island compared with 30 during the same period last year, a 23.3 percent decrease.

To date, five fatalities were related to drugs only, one to alcohol only and six to a combination of both.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue islandwide.

Man lying in road killed by passing car

A 26-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Sunday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian collision, police said Monday morning.

Richard Penrose was lying across the southbound lane of Highway 11, near the Puuloa Road junction, when a southbound 2004 Mercedes-Benz ran over him. Christian S. Yamagata, 39, of Kealakekua, who was driving the car, was not injured. He was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and released pending further investigation.

Police requested an autopsy to determine the exact cause of Penrose’s death.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the collision call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, ext. 229.

This is the 23rd fatality this year compared with 30 at this time last year.

Boa constrictor found, run over on Pali Highway

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture says an Oahu motorist ran over and killed a boa constrictor on Pali Highway last week.

The department said Monday the driver ran over the snake in the Honolulu-bound lanes near the entrance to Nuuanu Reservoir on Sept. 22. He took it to a relative’s home and called authorities the next day.

Inspectors went to the area but didn’t find evidence of other snakes.

The department is reminding the public snakes are illegal to possess and transport to Hawaii. It’s urging those who spot illegal animals, or who know of people possessing illegal animals, to call the state’s pest hotline.

Snakes are not native to Hawaii and could devastate the ecosystem if they were to become established in the islands.

Comic book style used to tell WWII veteran stories

KAHULUI, Maui — Efforts to remember the sacrifices and heroism of a World War II unit have taken a new twist — manga, or Japanese-style comics.

Stacey Hayashi’s book “Journey of Heroes” uses chibi characters — cute Japanese comic book figures with small bodies — to tell what members of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team endured after the Pearl Harbor attack, in internment camps and on Europe’s battlefields.

“Stories are the foundation of our culture,” Hayashi told an annual memorial service at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Wailuku, The Maui News reported Monday. “They are the ways we share our values and pass them along to future generations.”

Letters from Maui’s Saburo Maehara, who served in the battalion, to his young daughter helped inspire the book’s manga style, she said.

“What surprised me about Saburo was how tender he was with his daughter,” she said. “He would write her letters and draw her pictures of a pup tent, saying this is daddy’s house, or a rabbit saying this is daddy’s new friend.”

Hayashi read the letters in a 100th Battalion newsletter a few years ago and then learned that that Maehara had been killed in action on his 30th birthday and left behind a wife and young daughter.

“Pictures can say so much more than words and can convey so much meaning especially for a child too young to understand war,” Hayashi said.

Her long-term goal is to make a movie but she’s looking for new and creative ways to present history using modern media and technology.

“Some of you may worry that your legacy will die when you do, but I want to assure you that it will not,” she said of the veterans who are in their 80s and 90s.

Hayashi said she is donating 5,000 copies of her book to 83 schools in Hawaii, including some on Maui. Teachers are constantly asking for copies because there is not much history on the 100th Battalion/442nd.

The 442nd — which absorbed the 100th Infantry Battalion during the war — is the most highly decorated military unit in U.S. history for its size and length of service. The unit consisted mostly of Americans of Japanese ancestry.

By local and wire sources