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March 1, 2013
The Associated Press

Oahu committee backs tent legislation

HONOLULU - A City Council committee has given initial approval to a bill that would make it harder for people to set up tents on Oahu sidewalks.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said the Public Safety and Economic Development Committee approved the measure Tuesday. It now goes to the full City Council for a public hearing.

Under a city ordinance, city officials tag and then wait 24 hours before removing tents and other personal items from city sidewalks. The bill under consideration would do away with the 24-hour notice. Property owners would then have 30 days to retrieve their items for a fee, though the fee could be waived if contested successfully.

A spokesman for the mayor said city employees Tuesday tagged items left on sidewalks in more than a dozen locations.


Big Isle police give 'snapshot' of crime

HILO - Police Chief Harry Kubojiri has provided the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce with a "snapshot" of crime on the Big Island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald said that Kubojiri told the Chamber this week that homicides doubled over a five-year period from three in 2008 to six last year, and there have been six killings so far this year.

He said last year's 26 armed robberies were the most in five years, 82 percent higher than average. But, he said, the cases involve some relatively minor crimes where force was used, such as purse snatchings.

The chief said assaults declined steadily from 2008 but climbed last year. He says sexual assaults also had dropped but shot back up to 308 in 2012.


Driver sought in hit, run on Big Island

KAILUA-KONA - Police on the Big Island say they are looking for a hit-and-run driver.

According to KITV-TV, a man was killed early Thursday morning on Mamalahoa Highway in Kealakekua on the west side of the island. The incident happened near Hokukano Road at about 1 a.m., requiring that the highway be closed for a few hours while police investigated.

The victim has not been identified.


Missing Navy SEAL ID'd as Calif. man, 33

HONOLULU - Military officials have identified the Navy SEAL who went missing last week off Oahu during an open ocean training swim. The Navy has identified the missing SEAL as 33-year-old Matthew John Leathers of Woodland, Calif. He was training off Kaena Point when he became separated from his unit.

The Coast Guard, Honolulu lifeguards and firefighters, along with Navy and Marine Corps crews, searched more than 24,000 square miles using aircraft, cutters and small boats but found no sign of Leathers. The search was suspended Sunday.

Leathers enlisted in the Navy on Aug. 11, 1998, and reported to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One at Pearl Harbor on Aug. 24, 2004.



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