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September 8, 2012
The Associated Press

Armored car worker faces charges a $73K theft case

HONOLULU - An armored car company employee responsible for restocking ATMs is facing charges he stole about $73,000 from cash machines over a three-and-a-half year period.

Steven Dagli pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 6.

The indictment alleges he stole from Hickam Federal Credit Union machines between February 2008 and Aug. 4, 2011.

The U.S. Secret Service, which investigates federal financial crimes, found that the 68-year-old took money from four machines. He worked for the armored car company for 15 years.


Hawaii DOE files waiver for NCLB education application

HONOLULU - Hawaii's Department of Education has filed its application with the federal government asking for flexibility from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

The department said it filed the waiver application with the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday.

Hawaii is among the states applying for waivers for the Bush-era law, which has drawn criticism that it's a one-size-fits-all approach to defining student success. If approved, it would be in effect for the 2013-14 school year. Dozens of states have already been granted waivers by the Obama administration.

Hawaii education officials say public outreach on the application led to some modifications. Adding Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander as additional distinct ethnic subgroups is one of the modifications.


Former elections workers on Big Island file lawsuits

HILO - Two fired Big Island elections workers are suing for defamation.

Lawsuits were filed earlier this week on behalf of former Elections Administrator Pat Nakamoto and Senior Elections Clerk Shyla Ayau. The defendants are Hawaii County, the county clerk, the county council chairman and a county-contracted private investigator.

West Hawaii Today reports that the lawsuits allege information was leaked about an investigation into drinking parties and a private business operation at the elections warehouse, which led to their firings.

After union grievance hearings, they were reinstated to their positions but neither has returned. Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida said he received the lawsuit Thursday and was still reviewing it.


Girlfriend in Hawaii water crash postpones court case

HONOLULU - The girlfriend of an Australian tourist recently sentenced in a Hawaii watercraft crash that killed a California teen will likely plead guilty or no contest, her attorney said.

Natasha Ryan is charged with second-degree hindering prosecution after telling investigators that boyfriend Tyson Dagley was sitting on his rented personal watercraft and that she didn't see the crash that killed 16-year-old Kristen Fonseca of Vacaville, Calif., last month. However, two deleted videos were later recovered from her camera showing the crash and Dagley standing on the watercraft.

Ryan, 21, who is free on $500 bail, didn't attend her arraignment Friday in Honolulu District Court. Because she's charged with a misdemeanor, she was allowed to waive her appearance. Her defense attorney, Walter Rodby, asked for a two-month continuance to prepare a possible plea bargain. She faces a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.


Endangered birds relocate from Nihoa to Laysan Island

HONOLULU - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and conservation groups have moved more endangered birds from Nihoa Island to Laysan Island to boost the species' chances of survival.

The Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that biologists captured 26 millerbirds on Nihoa and moved them to Laysan in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument last month.

They are the second group to move to Laysan.

A self-sustaining millerbird population on Laysan will help protect the species if a hurricane or alien disease hits Nihoa and wipes out the population there. A related subspecies once lived on Laysan but disappeared in the early 20th century after introduced rabbits destroyed the island's vegetation.



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