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June 9, 2013
The Associated Press

HPD warns of rash of gasoline thefts

HONOLULU - The Honolulu Police Department is warning the public about a recent rash of gasoline thefts.

Police say thieves are targeting parked vehicles with plastic tanks, particularly sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The plastic tanks are easier to drill into.

According to Honolulu CrimeStoppers there have been nine reported cases from Halawa Valley to East Honolulu since May. Most of the thefts happened at night.

Hawaii has the most expensive gas in the nation. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the Aloha State on Friday was $4.36.


Single-family home prices down in May

HONOLULU - The median price for a single-family home on Oahu dropped 5 percent last month.

That's according to monthly figures released Friday by the Honolulu Board of Realtors.

The median price of a single-family home in May was $630,000, a 5 percent decrease from $664,000 in May 2012. The number of single-family homes sold during the month increased nearly 10 percent to 266.

May was a better month for condominiums. The median price for a condo was $315,000, up 5 percent from $300,000 during the same month last year. There were 452 condos sold during the month, a nearly 22 percent increase from May 2012.

Board President Kevin Miyama says condo sellers on average received 99 percent of their original listing price.


Honolulu surfer dies during south swell

HONOLULU - A surfer is dead after lifeguards found him floating at a popular Honolulu surfing spot during a south shore swell.

He was surfing Thursday at what's known as Ala Moana Bowls. Hawaii News Now reports he was found unresponsive in the water and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

His identity was not released.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that according to paramedics, a 46-year-old man was taken in serious condition to a hospital after he landed on his neck in the sand while bodysurfing at Sandy Beach on Thursday.

Hazardous ocean conditions have kept lifeguards busy. The National Weather Service says storms forming southeast of New Zealand typically send large swells toward Hawaii in June.


Officer injured by alleged drunken driver

HONOLULU - Honolulu police said an officer was critically injured after his SUV was rear-ended by an alleged drunken driver in Makaha.

Officials say the driver of another SUV was driving on Farrington Highway when he hit the officer's SUV and struck another vehicle late Friday night.

Police say the collision sent the officer's SUV through a brick wall of a home along the highway. The male officer remained in critical condition Saturday.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the driver, a female passenger and a 4-year-old boy sustained nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police say the driver of the white SUV, a 33-year-old Makaha man, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.


Tall Colombian naval ship visits Honolulu

HONOLULU - A Colombian naval ship is visiting Honolulu. The three-masted ARC Gloria is making a port call at Aloha Tower and is scheduled to stay through Tuesday.

The large sailing ship is a training vessel of the Colombian Naval School. It also serves as an ambassador of Colombia while abroad.

The Colombian navy is opening the vessel to public tours from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. today and Monday.



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