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September 1, 2013
The Associated Press

Motorcyclist charged in shooting incident

HONOLULU - A man suspected of firing a handgun after a road rage incident on Oahu has been charged in the shooting.

Hawaii News Now reported that 21-year-old Brandon Abiva was charged Friday with terroristic threatening in the first degree. His bail is set at $35,000.

Honolulu police say a woman driving along highway H-3 got into a confrontation Wednesday afternoon with at least three motorcyclists.

Two male relatives of the woman's family and the bikers then confronted one another on Kalanianaole Highway between Ehukai and Hinalea streets.

Authorities suspect that Abiva then fired shots. They say he was apprehended after trying to flee on foot.


Women arrested for kidnapping on Oahu

HONOLULU - Honolulu police have arrested two women for holding and threatening a 19-year-old woman on Oahu.

Hawaii News Now reported that police took 38-year-old Michelle Padilla of Ewa Beach and 44-year-old Pisa Padilla of Waipahu into custody early Saturday morning in the Ewa area.

Authorities arrested them on charges of terroristic threatening and assault.

Police initially responded Friday afternoon to a reported kidnapping.

They say the women threatened the teenage victim with a "dangerous instrument" and wouldn't allow her to leave.

The case is still under investigation.


Effects of deployment on families studied

HILO - The University of Hawaii at Hilo is researching the effects of deployment on military families.

The university of announced Friday that the Department of Defense is funding the Ohana Heroes Project with $2.7 million.

Project principal investigator Charmaine Higa-McMillan says the goal is to understand the effects of military deployment on families in order to develop support programs.

The project is looking for families on the Big Island and Oahu with at least one child. Families will complete interviews and surveys. They'll undergo noninvasive physical measures over the course of one week. Families will be compensated for their time.

The university is teaming up with the University of Central Florida and University of Houston on the project.


Intermediate school principal wins award

HONOLULU - A windward Oahu intermediate school principal has been named National Middle Level Principal of the Year by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The state Department of Education says Sheena Alaiasa of King Intermediate School is the first principal from Hawaii to receive the award.

She was honored Thursday during a surprise student assembly attended by Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti says Alaiasa has done remarkable work to create a safe, personalized environment in which all students feel welcome and valued.

More than 600 students in grades 7 and 8 attend King Intermediate in Kaneohe. Eight elementary schools feed into King. They are Ahuimanu, Benjamin Parker, Heeia, Kahaluu, Kaneohe, Kapunahala, Puohala and Waiahole.


Leaking fuel tank washes up on Kauai

LIHUE - Emergency crews responded to examine the contents of a leaking fuel tank that washed up on a Kauai beach.

The aluminum tank washed up Wednesday on Waipouli Beach near the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach hotel, Kauai County spokeswoman Sarah Blane said.

"The container had approximately 5 gallons of a liquid inside," she wrote in an email. "Caution tape was posted around the tank while HAZMAT crews investigated."

Carl Berg, the Japanese tsunami marine debris coordinator for Surfrider Kauai, and Kauai District Fisheries Biologist Don Heacock were the first responders.

"We moved it to make sure it wouldn't wash back out," Berg said. "To us, it definitely smelled like diesel fuel, but the tank was not really very heavy."

Japanese characters on the side of the tank and the large amount of marine growth led Berg to conclude that the tank came from Japan after the March 2011 tsunami.

"It did have a hole in it, so it could have leaked the contents out onto the beach or reef," Berg said.



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