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June 19, 2012
The Associated Press

Accused puppy mill manager extradited

HONOLULU - A man accused of managing a Hawaii puppy mill has been extradited from Las Vegas to face animal cruelty charges.

The Honolulu prosecutor's office said David Lee Becker arrived in Honolulu on Friday. His bail was set at $200,000, and a hearing has been set for Thursday.

He's charged with 153 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in connection with conditions at a now-defunct Waimanalo puppy mill.

Facility owner Bradley International Inc., pleaded no contest to the charges in December.

Becker left Hawaii before he was served with the complaint. He was detained in Las Vegas June 8.


Tech education gets boost in isle schools

HONOLULU - Technical education is drawing more Hawaii high school students.

Some 27,000 took at least one career technical education course in high school during the 2010-11 school year. That's up 52 percent from five years earlier.

What used to be known as vocational education has been revamped to be relevant for the current workplace. For example, state education officials say that what used to be woodworking has been revamped into building and construction. Graphics has become gaming, animation and fashion design.

Schools also are expanding courses even to those who plan to pursue four-year college educations.


Tourist who entered closed park cited

HONOLULU - State officials say there will be zero tolerance for entering Sacred Falls State Park on Oahu's windward side, which has been closed for about 13 years.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources cited an 18-year-old tourist for entering the park last week. She was hiking with two juvenile boys when one of them slipped and fell. The 17-year-old boy needed to be rescued by the Honolulu Fire Department.

The state closed the park to protect the public after a landslide there killed eight people and injured dozens of others in 1999.



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