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Day care operator indicted for death

HONOLULU — A Oahu woman has been indicted for manslaughter in the death of an infant girl in her care.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports an Oahu grand jury indicted 41-year-old Dixie D. Villa on Thursday.

A Honolulu medical examiner determined 7-month-old Abigail Lobisch died Feb. 23 after receiving nearly double the concentration of an antihistamine than what is usually lethal for babies.

Honolulu police arrested Villa on July 20 in connection with the death at an unlicensed home day care on Aliamanu Military Reservation.

Villa has remained in custody since her arrest in lieu of $1 million bail.

A circuit court judge reduced the bail to $500,000 Thursday after the grand jury declined to find Villa eligible for a life prison term with the possibility for parole due to the girl’s young age.


Scientists concerned over finless sharks

HILO — Multiple sharks have been found in Hawaii waters without their fins, raising concerns among marine biologists.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday that three sharks were found and photographed Wednesday on the Big Island without fins, one of them gutted.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says two of the sharks found alive were from the threatened oceanic whitetip shark species and the third was a whitetip reef shark.

Authorities say capturing, killing and selling shark or conducting any of those activities with the purpose of shark finning is illegal.

Officials say investigations would be difficult to conduct without knowing who is responsible and when the crime occurred.

Scientists say sharks help sustain fish communities, balance the marine ecosystem and are considered by some to be important to island culture.