State / In Brief
Waikiki shooting suspect arrested
HONOLULU — Honolulu authorities took three people into custody Sunday evening, one of whom is believed to be a suspect in a Waikiki shooting that left one dead and two others seriously injured.
The three subjects were pulled from an apartment building that police partially evacuated when authorities moved in.
The manhunt came after a suspect fired an assault rifle Saturday morning at a group of people standing near Club Alley Cat in Waikiki, police said.
The man fired about 10 rounds at the group, police said. A 22-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died. Two other victims, a 27-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, were taken to a hospital in serious condition.
The Honolulu Police Department’s SWAT and mobile command center staged in the parking lot of Shriners Hospital on Sunday. Officers told workers that the suspected getaway car from the shooting was found a few blocks away from the hospital, workers said.
Help sought in tracking turtles
HONOLULU — Scientists are asking the public for help tracking green sea turtles as they return to Hawaiian Islands after their nesting season.
The sightings will help officials identify where the marine mammals hang out and forage, said T. Todd Jones, a lead scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Administration workers have tagged 500 green sea turtles.
People can identify the turtles known to frequent Big Island, Maui and Kauai because numbers have been written on their shells with nontoxic white paint that will fade in months.
“The interesting thing now with these identifiers is if the turtles are reported, we’re going to make these connections to viable nesting females in the population,” Jones said.
The researchers can also track a few sea turtles with a handful of satellite tags, but officials said that the high-tech tracking equipment is expensive. By having the public help track the sea turtles, researchers can save money and help educate the public on conservation efforts.
The information will help officials better protect important habitats for the sea turtles and is especially important for the nesting females, said Irene Kelly, the administration’s sea turtle recovery coordinator.
People are being asked to stay at least 10 feet away from the turtles.
Big Island losing its Coast Guard cutter
HILO — The U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Kiska is pulling out of Hilo Harbor and is headed for its new home in Guam.
The cutter is leaving Hawaii island with only two Coast Guard personnel, prompting concern over how open-water searches and rescues there will be conducted.
Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said that the Coast Guard notified county officials of the upcoming move, but he is still waiting to hear the Coast Guard’s plan to cover the waters around the Big Island.
County lifeguards and firefighters will continue to conduct nearshore searches and assist boaters in distress and fishermen who get swept out to sea. But, Kim said, Hawaii island has relied on the Kiska for open-water search-and-rescue operations since it arrived in 1990.