Plastic bag charge imposed on Big Isle
HILO - The Big Island took an important step toward a complete ban on plastic shopping bags next year.
As of Thursday, most retail outlets began charging for plastic bags, and many retailers are offering an incentive:?They offered a few cents off for each reusable bag that customers provide.
Big Island supermarket KTA wants to go beyond the county ban set for January 2014. By this time next year, it wants to ban all single-use grocery bags, including brown paper bags. The company says that on the Big Island alone more than 723 tons of paper grocery bags are used each year. The company says production of those paper bags requires the cutting down of 12,000 trees.
Big Isle police hold homicide suspect
HILO - A 30-year-old Kurtistown man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Big Island man.
Claude Keone Krause has been arrested for questioning in the disappearance of 44-year-old Dante Peter Gilman of Hawaiian Acres. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock.
Gilman was reported missing Jan. 10. Police said he was last seen in Hawaiian Acres on or about Dec. 30.
The missing-person case now has turned into a homicide investigation. Police say they continue to search for Gilman's body.
FBI looking for hijacker call source
HONOLULU - The FBI says it is very interested in finding the person who made a crank call reporting that there was a possible hijacker aboard a plane.
Special Agent Tom Simon in Honolulu said Friday shortly before noon that no one was in custody and no arrests had been made. But, he said, the FBI "absolutely" wants to know who made the call.
The call resulted in military jets being scrambled Thursday night to escort an Alaska Airlines flight from Kona into Seattle. Once there, authorities took a passenger off the plane for questioning.
Agents talked to the unidentified person for nearly two hours and decided the call was a hoax.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said airport K-9 dogs then checked the plane and found nothing amiss.
Lihue sugar mill smokestack razed
LIHUE - The smokestack that was part of one of Hawaii's largest sugar companies is no longer.
The Garden Island said the smokestack, which had stood over Lihue for almost 65 years, came down Tuesday.
The National Park Service said in a report that the Lihue Plantation Co. smokestack was built in 1948 and was 167 feet tall. It helped make the plant into one of the largest in Hawaii, with more cane produced at the mill than any other in the state.
The mill closed more than a decade ago. Demolition began in January.