Coast Guard wraps up weeks of training
HONOLULU - Coast Guard personnel from throughout the Pacific on Friday wrapped up two weeks of search-and-rescue training in Hawaii.
Instructors picked Hawaii for the training session because of the consistently challenging offshore sea conditions here and because the Coast Guard keeps two state-of-the-art response boats in Honolulu.
Coast Guardsmen spent some time in the classroom, then practiced towing and passing gear about two miles off Diamond Head.
They practiced in conditions nearing 12-foot sea swells and 40-mph winds - the operational limits of the Response Boat-Medium vessel.
Woman accused of Kauai mall violence
LIHUE - A woman has been arrested for allegedly taking a baseball bat and smashing an ATM machine and several store windows inside a Kauai mall.
Police say that 31-year-old Patricia Lewis is facing multiple charges, including criminal property damage. She is being held on $31,000 bail.
Police say Lewis used a baseball bat to smash an ATM machine at the American Savings Bank inside the Kukui Grove Shopping Mall on Wednesday night. She then continued on to Longs Drugs where police say she struck a glass door before heading to Jamba Juice and smashing a glass window. Lewis then tried to strike a window at Starbucks.
At that point, she was confronted by police officers who took the baseball bat and arrested her. Police said no one was injured.
Officials make plans for debris cleanup
HONOLULU - Officials in Hawaii are making plans to spend $100,000 for marine debris cleanup.
That figure includes $50,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a $50,000 matching grant from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
NOAA provided grants of $50,000 to each of the five Western states expected to be affected by debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
Laura McIntyre, with the state Health Department, said officials are finalizing a solicitation to beach cleanup groups and nonprofits.
The solicitation is expected to go out in February, with hopes of funding at least four groups.