Police identify officers shot in Hilo
HILO - Hawaii County police have identified the two police officers shot and injured in Hilo while investigating a report of gunfire.
Police say that the two officers are 40-year-old Garrett Hatada and 31-year-old Joshua Gouveia.
A raccoon recovered from a cargo ship in Honolulu this week did not have rabies.
Hawaii Department of Agriculture photo
Hatada has been with the department 14 years. Gouveia has been on the force four years.
The two officers received gunshot wounds to their legs Wednesday night after approaching a man who was hiding under a car. They were reported to be recovering at Hilo Medical Center.
Thursday afternoon, the suspect, Keaka D. Martin, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest at a home in Hilo. Police arrested him on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, and he also was taken to Hilo Medical Center.
Students to get lessons on flight
HONOLULU - Several dozen Big Island middle-school girls and their teachers will learn about flying airplanes when they visit Oahu this month.
The Pacific Aviation Museum said Thursday that 30 students from Ka'u High and Pahala Elementary School will participate in its young aviators-in-training program Jan. 16-18. They'll be accompanied by four teachers.
The three-day "Flight School" program will teach the girls the basics of flight and introduce them to historical figures like Amelia Earhart and Rosie the Riveter.
The 6th-, 7th- and 9th-graders will have an opportunity to get close to the museum's planes and hear from professional women in aviation.
Stowaway raccoon negative for rabies
HONOLULU - A raccoon that stowed away aboard a cargo ship from California has tested negative for rabies.
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture announced the results Friday.
Personnel from the shipping company Matson called the department this week after seeing the animal scampering on the ship's deck in Honolulu.
Hawaii is the only rabies-free state, and raccoons are seen as a threat because they could introduce rabies here.
A department spokeswoman said the animal had to be euthanized in order to conduct the rabies test.