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June 1, 2013
The Associated Press

Alaska man wanted for questioning

KALAPANA, Hawaii - Police on the Big Island are looking for an Alaska man to question him about a strangled California woman he had been camping with before she died.

Hawaii County police said Friday that they are looking for 22-year-old Boaz Johnson of Petersburg, Alaska. He was reported missing and last spoke with his family Monday.

He's wanted for questioning in the death of 25-year-old Brittany-Jane Royal, whose body was found Tuesday after being caught in a fishing line in waters near a lava viewing area.

Police say Royal and Johnson had reportedly been camping together before her death. She had recently moved to the Big Island, and her last known permanent address was in Tustin, Calif.

Her father, Ted Royal, told KCAL-TV in Los Angeles that she was two months pregnant.


Body found off Oahu is identified

KANEOHE - A body found floating in waters off windward Oahu has been identified.

The Honolulu medical examiner determined that the body found Wednesday morning is that of 51-year-old Domingo Claro of Wahiawa.

Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said firefighters on personal watercraft recovered the body after being alerted by police and the emergency services department. The body, first spotted by fishermen, was about a quarter-mile from the coastline of Waiahole Valley.


State tries to stop booting of cars

HONOLULU - The state has filed a civil lawsuit in an effort to prevent companies from immobilizing illegally parked cars with a device called a boot.

The State Office of Consumer Protection says in the lawsuit filed Thursday that the only legal way to deal with an illegally parked car is to tow it, according to a Hawaii News Now report. The lawsuit is seeking a temporary injunction to stop the practice of booting cars immediately and also wants refunds for people who have had their cars booted.

Lawyer Megan Kau said the lawsuit against Hawaii Boot Removal is frivolous. She maintains that it is an attempt to sway the public and the governor given that there is a bill on his desk that if signed would prohibit booting completely.

A judge is expected to rule on the temporary restraining order next week.


Law lifts permitting rules for harbors

HONOLULU - Lawmakers say a new law could help the state develop commercial harbors faster and more efficiently.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill last week to allow the state Department of Transportation to sidestep conservation district permitting requirements when working on underwater areas of state commercial harbors.

Senate and House negotiators say permits can create unnecessary delays. They say efficiency is important because 98 percent of Hawaii's imported goods pass through harbors.

But the Office of Hawaiian Affairs opposes the measure and says the law could endanger Hawaii's natural resources. The agency says affected areas may include "ceded" lands that belong to Native Hawaiians.

The state Department of Transportation says there is already enough oversight to ensure that the environment will be protected.



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