Hawaii to raise pay for blue collar state workers
HONOLULU — Hawaii has agreed to pay raises for blue collar state employees who are members of the United Public Workers union, collective bargaining unit 1.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, county mayors and union representatives signed the agreement on Monday.
The union’s Hawaii director, Dayton Nakanelua, says the settlement will affect about 9,000 people.
The 4-year contract says employees will receive 2 percent pay raises twice a year. The contract requires employers to pay 60 percent of health insurance costs.
Abercrombie says employees don’t lose any benefits under the agreement. He says the state achieved a better payment system.
Nakanelua says nearly 97 percent of members who participated at the union’s ratification meeting accepted the settlement.
He says the settlement brings certainty and stability to workers for the next four years.
HECO: 13.9 percent energy from renewables in 2012
HONOLULU — Hawaii’s largest electric utility claimed a record high 13.9 percent of its energy came from renewable sources last year.
Hawaiian Electric Co. said in a statement Monday it obtained 12 percent of its energy from renewables in 2011. The utility said it’s on the way to surpassing its goal of using clean energy for 15 percent of its energy needs by 2015.
The company said more solar panels boosted renewable energy output on all islands. The company also benefited from more wind energy generated on Oahu and Maui and increased geothermal production on the Big Island.
Hawaiian Electric is the parent company of Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light companies. The companies serve customers on Oahu, in Maui County and on the Big Island.
Man arrested and charged in country club shooting
WAILUKU, Maui — A 59-year-old man accused of firing at golfers and a police officer with a pellet rifle has been arrested and charged.
The Maui News reports that a grand jury on Friday indicted Alan Engling on 20 charges for allegedly shooting at golfers at the Maui Country Club and a police officer last week. He was arrested Saturday.
Engling is charged with 11 counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, seven counts of second-degree assault and one count each of first-degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
Engling is accused of shooting at seven golfers on April 21. One golfer suffered injuries to his upper right arm.
He also is accused of shooting an officer in the chest as officers approached to arrest him. The officer was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Man seriously hurt at Oahu waterfall
HONOLULU — The Honolulu Fire Department says a man was seriously hurt after either jumping or falling from a waterfall at Kalihi Valley trail on Oahu.
Hawaii News Now reports that the incident happened around 8:30 Sunday morning at Naohia Falls, also known as Ice Pond.
The fire department says the victim tumbled down the falls and lost consciousness. His two friends pulled him out of the water and performed CPR.
By the time rescuers had arrived, the man had regained consciousness. He was flown by rescue helicopter to an ambulance and taken to an area hospital to be treated for traumatic injuries.
Man charged with leaving toddler in hot car
HAGATNA, Guam — A 36-year-old Guam man is facing a felony child abuse charge for allegedly leaving his young daughter unattended in a hot car.
According to the Pacific Daily News, a magistrate’s complaint says that Terciano Nikonas is accused of leaving his 2-year-old daughter in the car at the Asan flea market on Sunday.
The complaint says bystanders managed to unlock the car door and remove the girl, who was sweating and screaming. The car window was rolled down about 2 inches. The complaint says the girl’s parents could not be found for about 10 minutes.
Nikonas allegedly told police he was with the sleeping baby while his wife was shopping, but he decided to leave to get some food. The child was taken by child protective services.