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August 25, 2013
The Associated Press

Woman freed after boyfriend's stabbing

HILO - A woman arrested following the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend near Hilo was freed from jail Friday night while police investigate the apparent domestic dispute at their home.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that police released 27-year-old Manaolanalani "Lana" Lina Benford after conferring with prosecutors.

Police said Benford called 911 to report the incident Wednesday night. Officers found 42-year-old Shane Kanoa Ah Chock Campbell with fatal stab wounds.

Benford was arrested and her children taken into protective custody.

Campbell had a history of domestic violence. Court records show that he was the subject of seven petitions for temporary restraining orders dating back to 1991. He had 25 convictions against him, including five for domestic abuse.


Council looks for UH regent replacement

HONOLULU - The Regents Candidate Advisory Council is looking for people to fill the remainder of Eric Martinson's term on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

Council Chairman L. Thomas Ramsey says the deadline to apply for the vacancy is Sept. 16.

The council said Friday that it will expeditiously work to provide Gov. Neil Abercrombie with a list of three finalists so the vacancy can be filled in a timely manner.

The university said Martinson resigned from the board this year for personal reasons.

There was a year left on his term.


Man faces felony charge in toy gun case

HONOLULU - A man who pointed a BB gun at a woman will be the first person in Hawaii to be tried under a new law that makes the offense a felony.

Television station KITV reported that 20-year-old Timothy Maioho was indicted on a charge of terroristic threatening.

Court documents said the woman spotted Maioho on Aug. 14 in a fast-food parking lot holding what she thought was a gun. She said that when she got out of her car he pointed the BB gun toward her. The orange tip indicating that it was a toy had been painted over.

The felony carries a prison term of up to five years.

A month earlier the crime would have been a misdemeanor.


Police ID man killed on Likelike Highway

HONOLULU - The man killed early Thursday in a crash on the Likelike Highway apparently fell asleep while returning from a fishing trip.

Honolulu Police Lt. Bobby Towne said 43-year-old Jason Shane Levy of Kalihi died when his sport utility vehicle ran off the road and flipped. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. Levy's wife, Candi, was sleeping in the back seat of the SUV. She suffered spine injuries.

Towne tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the Levys had been fishing in Hauula. He said Levy was not speeding when the SUV left the roadway near the Wilson Tunnel.


Hiker rescued after night on lava field

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - A Chinese hiker was rescued after getting lost in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and spending the night on an old lava field.

The park service said 76-year-old Zigui Yuan of China was rescued early Friday. His wife reported him missing Thursday night. He got separated from his wife and friend at the Puu Huluhulu trailhead.

Rangers used handheld spotlights to search the area. At 1 a.m., the search was suspended until daybreak.

In the morning, a helicopter pilot spotted Yuan about 660 feet southwest of Puu Huluhulu. He was cold, tired and dehydrated but had no major injuries.


Cannabis patch booby trap injures officer

HILO - Big Island police are investigating the injury of a federal officer who stepped on a booby trap set in a marijuana patch.

The Hawaii Police Department said Wednesday that the booby trap was made of nails and caused the officer to suffer puncture wounds.

He was injured when he ran into the brush area of a marijuana patch while chasing a wanted suspect in Puna. The officer was conducting warrant sweeps in the Ainaloa subdivision at the time.



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