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October 1, 2011
The Associated Press

Firefighters rescue stranded paraglider

PEARL CITY, Oahu - Honolulu firefighters have rescued a paraglider who was stuck overnight on an Oahu mountain.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said the paraglider called for help Thursday afternoon. The paraglider was blown from the windward side of the Koolau mountains over to the leeward side, he said.

The experienced paraglider managed to land safely and was not injured. Poor visibility and strong winds prevented a helicopter from reaching him Thursday, forcing the paraglider to spend the night on the mountain. Rescuers waited for the clouds to lift Friday morning before reaching him.


Cause of death pending for Marine

HONOLULU - Autopsy results are pending for a 20-year-old for a Hawaii-based Marine from Utah.

The Marine Corps said Lance Cpl. Samuel Johnson of North Logan, Utah, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead by first responders Sept 24.

Johnson was found dead at a friend's Kalihi home.

The medical examiner's office said Friday that a cause of death has been deferred, pending additional testing.

Honolulu police said the death does not appear suspicious. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating.


Authorities arrest Pearl Harbor workers

PEARL HARBOR- Federal authorities have arrested 24 civilian contract employees working at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on outstanding warrants for felony and misdemeanor violations.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the arrests on Wednesday and Thursday follow a multiagency investigation aimed at protecting military assets and information from being compromised.

Officials said none of the people arrested was in a position that would "cripple the military's ability to complete the mission" or place the public in danger.

Three people are facing extradition to face charges in other jurisdictions. One will be extradited to California for aggravated assault, another to Maui for assault and one to Nevada for writing bad checks.



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