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April 13, 2014
The Associated Press

Report: Honolulu ranks high for solar

HONOLULU - A national report ranks Honolulu first among major U.S. cities for the amount of solar energy systems installed per capita.

Environment America's report released Friday also ranks Honolulu fifth in the nation for total solar capacity.

Honolulu spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke says the ranking is for all of Oahu.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell calls the study great news for Honolulu as the island strives to transition to a green, sustainable energy system.

Hawaii has among the highest electricity prices in the nation because most of the state's fuel must be imported.


Five-year sentence in copper theft case

LIHUE - A 43-year-old Hanapepe man has been sentenced to five years in prison in a copper theft case.

The Garden Island says Jon Lopez Ceda was sentenced Wednesday in 5th Circuit Court for felony second-degree burglary in connection with the 2012 theft at the old Kekaha sugar mill.

Ceda also was sentenced to one year for a misdemeanor charge of possessing burglars' tools. That term will run concurrently with the felony sentence.

Ceda was arrested after witnesses in September 2012 reportedly saw flashlights on at the old Kekaha sugar mill.


Kona officer helps deliver his own baby

KAILUA-KONA - A police officer on Hawaii's Big Island delivered his own baby in his patrol car on the side of a highway.

Kona police officer Mario Ochoa was driving his wife, Ryan, to the hospital Tuesday morning when she said the baby was coming.

Ochoa told his wife to try to hold on, but they were 10 miles from the hospital, so the officer pulled over along Highway 190 in Waimea.

Ochoa says everything happened quickly. But he had enough time to put gloves on before his daughter, Marcella, was born on the passenger seat of his squad car.

Then they waited for an ambulance.

His wife was in labor for 30 hours with their first child, Ronan, so the couple thought they had more time.



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