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April 28, 2013
The Associated Press

Kayakers rescued in waters off Honolulu

HONOLULU - There are no reported injuries after the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department rescued a group of kayakers from the waters off Honolulu.

The Coast Guard said in a press release that one of the kayakers called authorities Saturday morning, saying that several of the crafts had overturned and four people were in the water.

Fire officials responded with a helicopter and several watercraft and contacted the Coast Guard, which sent out a boat. The Coast Guard crew rescued four people from the water and took another person on board from a kayak. A sixth kayaker stayed in his craft and crews escorted him as he paddled back to Kaimana beach.

The Coast Guard says everyone was wearing a lifejacket.


Person of interest in custody in death

KAPAA, Kauai - Kauai police say they have taken a woman's roommate into custody after finding her body at a Kapaa condominium.

In a press release Saturday, police said the investigation is still in its early stages, but detectives have reason to suspect foul play in the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found Friday afternoon. They said they wanted to question the roommate about the death.

Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau Roy Asher said police have a person of interest in custody in the case.

An autopsy is set for Monday. Police haven't released the identities of the woman or her roommate.


Man inspecting water tank electrocuted

HILO - A man who was inspecting the installation of a water tank on the Big Island was electrocuted.

Hawaii Island police said that the 56-year-old man was killed Thursday morning in Puna while inspecting the electrical system for the newly installed tank. Another man sustained a minor injury for exposure to electrical current.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police were withholding the man's identity until a positive identification could be made and relatives notified.


Detainee captured after fleeing custody

HONOLULU - Department of Public Safety officials said a shackled detainee broke away from custody in District Court in Honolulu and hid in a stairwell before being caught.

Hawaii News Now reported that Elloise Ysaol was with five other female detainees who were being moved into a courtroom on Thursday afternoon. Public Safety officials said the detainees were in a hallway in a secured area between the holding cells and courtrooms when Ysaol bolted into an emergency exit.

Sheriff's deputies immediately secured the building and the woman was found in a stairwell about a half-hour later.


Army completes an environmental study

HONOLULU - The Army has finished an environmental study on the proposed construction of a live-fire training facility at Pohakuloa Training Area.

The U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii study published Friday said soldiers would use the Infantry Platoon Battle Course to practice conducting raids, ambushes, reconnaissance and other work.

The Big Island facility would reduce a live-fire training location shortage for Hawaii-based units.

But the environmental study indicated that construction could significantly affect cultural resources.

The Army will decide what action to take after a 30-day public review period is finished in late May.



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