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August 17, 2013
The Associated Press

Found boat thought to be tsunami debris

HONOLULU - The Department of Land and Natural Resources says a skiff that floated into Oahu's Kawela Bay may be tsunami debris.

KITV-TV reports that the 20- to 25-foot skiff discovered Wednesday was covered with barnacles. A state crew found no invasive species but located a vessel identification number and turned it over to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The agency will contact the Japanese government to determine whether the owner wants the boat back.

More tsunami debris is expected.


Driver pleads not guilty in fatal collision

HONOLULU - A driver accused of causing a freeway collision that killed a Honolulu Police Department officer has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

KHON-TV reported Thursday that a trial date for Scott Ebert has been set for Oct. 14.

A grand jury indicted Ebert earlier this month in the Jan. 21, 2012, death of officer Garret Davis.

Police said the 28-year-old officer had stopped his patrol car in the left eastbound lane of the H-1 Freeway in Aiea to help a motorist with a blown tire.

Prosecutors said Ebert was speeding at 83 mph when his pickup truck slammed into the patrol car, which burst into flames.

Ebert has posted $100,000 bail.


Hilo house fire kills two people and a dog

HILO- A house fire on Hilo's north side has killed two people.

The Hawaii Herald-Tribune reported that autopsies have been ordered and the identities of the victims may not be released until next week.

The Hawaii Fire Department took a call on the fire at 1:08 a.m. Thursday and sent 10 units. Firefighters said the home was engulfed as they arrived. The fire was declared under control at 2 a.m. The home was rented to tenants.

Fire officials estimated the loss at $150,000 and said the cause is under investigation.

A dog also died in the fire.


Pellet gun damages buses, hurts driver

HONOLULU - A Honolulu city bus driver injured by flying glass when his bus was struck by a pellet gun says he plans to continue driving.

The bus driven by Ernest Lake was one of four struck Tuesday night in what bus officials say were random shootings.

Lake tells KHON-TV that he was on Route 2 near Liliha Public Library when a side window was hit. He says glass shattered and a piece lodged in his arm.

Lake's bus was struck a few minutes after a Route 13 bus was hit.

About three hours later, buses on Routes 53 and 54 were hit by pellets.

Lake says drivers are not taking safety for granted and are keeping bus windows closed.

Damage to the buses was estimated at $1,600.


Whale sanctuary seeks council members

HONOLULU - The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for seats on its advisory council.

The sanctuary said Thursday that it needs people to fill 10 primary seats and 14 alternate seats representing various industries, interests and communities.

The vacant seats represent commercial shipping, whale watching, ocean recreation and conservation. It also needs people to represent the islands of Lanai, Molokai, Oahu and Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian community.

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat they're seeking. The sanctuary also considers the community and professional affiliations of applicants as well as their views on the protection and management of marine resources.

Applications are due Sept. 30.


Grand jury indicts man in his wife's death

HILO - A man suspected of killing his wife in 2008 on the Big Island has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge by a Hilo grand jury, and a judge has issued a warrant for his arrest.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that Alexander Malani Gambsky, 44, was indicted Wednesday in the death of 34-year-old Dawn Mancilla Gambsky.

"When I took office, one of the things I said is we're going to take a look at some of these cases," said Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth. "After we did an extensive and thorough review of the evidence and reinterviewed pretty much all of

the witnesses, we made the decision to go forward with this case."

Roth said the investigation uncovered new details, but he would not reveal what they were.

"We're not going to try this case in the press," he said.

He is confident, he said, he can win a conviction and will try the case himself.



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