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September 18, 2012
The Associated Press

Alcohol could be new zoo item

HONOLULU - Alcohol could become the newest attraction at the Honolulu Zoo.

The company that manages food and beverage services at the zoo in Waikiki is applying for a license to sell beer and wine to increase revenue.

The liquor commission will be reviewing the application at a hearing later this month. If approved, it would be another month before alcohol sales are allowed.

Visitors to the zoo had mixed reactions to the idea.


Boy, 1, pulled from ocean ID'd

HONOLULU - The medical examiner's office is identifying the 1-year-old boy who died after wandering into the ocean at a North Shore Oahu beach.

The toddler was identified Monday as Coby Trask of Honolulu. Authorities say he was found underwater near Haleiwa on Saturday. An off-duty lifeguard performed CPR on him until firefighters arrived minutes later.

Firefighters continued trying to resuscitate him until paramedics arrived and he was taken to Kahuku Medical Center in extremely critical condition. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.


Guilty plea in firearms offenses

HONOLULU - A Kauai postal worker has pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges.

Troy Hamura was arrested in July after an unregistered fully automatic machine gun and 18 other firearms were taken from his Lihue home. Agents also seized 30 registered firearms and more than 23,000 rounds of ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Hino says Hamura pleaded guilty Monday to illegal possession of a machine gun and making a false statement in connection with the purchase of a firearm. Hamura faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Defense attorney Keith Shigetomi notes that Hamura didn't use the firearms improperly.



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