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August 26, 2012
The Associated Press

Damien graduate to lead JPAC

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - A Damien Memorial School graduate is being appointed to lead the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.

The National Guard Bureau said Monday that Air Force Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague has been selected to lead the U.S. military command that searches for and identifies Americans from past conflicts.

JPAC says McKeague will take over from Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Tom during a ceremony in October.

McKeague would be the first Air Force general officer to command the Hawaii-based unit.

McKeague currently works at the Pentagon as an assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard issues.

A biography posted online by his college fraternity at the Georgia Institute of Technology says McKeague grew up in Kahaluu and attended Damien.


Historic church wall to be repaired

HONOLULU - About four months after a city bus crashed into a historic Honolulu church wall, repairs are set to begin.

On Monday, crews began clearing the rubble that has sat in disarray behind yellow tape since the April crash.

The bus ran through a busy downtown intersection and crashed into the 170-year-old wall at Kawaiahao Church. There were no passengers on board but the bus narrowly missed choral singers headed to a concert.

Church Board of Trustees Chairman William Haole said that the work is expected to cost about $70,000 to $100,000.

Haole said the goal is to use as many of the original pieces as possible to retain its history.


Officer fired after pot-growing plea

HONOLULU - The Honolulu Police Department has fired an officer who pleaded guilty in an indoor marijuana-growing operation.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that the department said it terminated Michael Steven Chu earlier this month.

Chu had blamed his girlfriend, Athena Sui Lee, saying he was simply helping her. Lee also pleaded guilty to possession and cultivation charges.

Federal prosecutor Thomas Muehleck opposed Chu returning to work because investigators believe he may have used information he obtained as a police officer to get involved in his crimes.



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