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The Associated Press

Judge moves Hawaii extradition forward

STOCKTON, Calif. — A Northern California judge has confirmed the identity of a man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital, allowing prosecutors to move forward with extradition proceedings.

Judge Michael Mulvihill confirmed Randall Saito’s identity during a court appearance Tuesday in Stockton.

During a hearing last month, Saito had the option of admitting his identity and returning to Hawaii but he refused to delay his extradition. Mulvihill confirmed Saito’s identity with a mugshot, testimony from an official, and fingerprints.

Saito has been a Hawaii State Hospital patient for nearly four decades since being found not guilty by reason of insanity of a woman’s murder.

He walked out of the hospital on Nov. 12 and took a taxi to the airport. Police arrested him in Stockton three days later.

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Pearl Harbor sailors awarded medals

HONOLULU — Two men are being posthumously awarded medals for helping save the lives of their fellow sailors during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Navy said Monday the late Lt. j.g. Aloysious Schmitt is being recognized for sacrificing his own life while helping his shipmates escape their capsizing battleship.  The USS Oklahoma chaplain is being awarded the Silver Star.

Chief Boatswain’s Mate Joseph George of the USS Vestal is being awarded the Bronze Star for saving the lives of several sailors from the USS Arizona. George tossed the sailors a rope they used to crawl to safety as flames engulfed the Arizona.

George died in 1996.

The Navy will present their families with the medals on Thursday, the 76th anniversary of the attack.