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September 7, 2013
The Associated Press

Police locate escaped Hale Nani inmate

HILO - Police have found one of two inmates who escaped from a minimum-security facility in Hilo.

Police say 27-year-old Andrew Wanat was spotted in Kailua-Kona on Friday. He allegedly tried to run away from officers twice before he was arrested.

Robert Garcia remains at-large.

Garcia and Wanat were not present for a Wednesday night count at Hale Nani, Hawaii Community Correctional Center's reintegration program.

Hale Nani is for sentenced inmates who are about to be released.

Garcia's sentence for a probation violation was to end Oct. 2. Wanat's sentence for probation violations was to end Jan. 13.

Anyone who sees 23-year-old Garcia is asked to contact Hawaii County police.


Woman pulled from Kalapaki Bay dies

LIHUE - A 67-year-old Lihue woman found unresponsive in Kalapaki Bay has died.

The Garden Island reported that Karen Lardizabal was pulled from the water Wednesday night.

County officials say Lardizabal was a good swimmer and often swam in the Kalapaki Bay area.

A doctor swimming in the bay carried Lardizabal to shore and performed CPR until medics took her to Wilcox Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A cause of death has not been determined and autopsy results are pending.


Celebration will honor Inouye on birthday

HONOLULU - A public celebration will be held at the Honolulu Civic Center to celebrate what would have been the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye's 89th birthday.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will be hosting today's event but mayors from other counties will also pay tribute to Inouye's life and legacy.

Inouye died in December after serving Hawaii in Congress for more than 54 years.

Caldwell's office says a new kukui nut tree on civic center grounds will be dedicated in honor of Inouye.

Inouye's widow, Irene Hirano Inouye, and his former chief of staff, Jennifer Sabas, will speak at the event, which will be televised live on Olelo channel 49.



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