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September 29, 2013
The Associated Press

Man recovers after surgery for bacteria

HILO - A Maui man who contracted a rare flesh-eating bacteria is recovering after having surgery to repair his leg.

Hawaii News Now reported that 71-year-old Stephen "Steamer" Johnson underwent skin graft surgery Friday on his right leg.

Johnson of Kihei has been hospitalized in Hilo since swimming at the Ahalanui Park hot pond on Aug. 31. According to Johnson, he went swimming despite a bleeding cut on his shin. Johnson says he got chills and a fever within 24 hours.

Doctors say the bacteria spread to five different places on his right leg but didn't attack his muscles.

Hawaii County officials say there are signs at the pond warning people not to swim with an open wound.

But the park remains closed until test results on the water come back.


Woman drowns at Kailua-Kona beach

KAILUA-KONA - Authorities say a woman has died after swimming in Kailua-Kona beach.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the 43-year-old woman somehow drowned after she went swimming in Kua Bay on Friday afternoon.

The Hawaii County Fire Department says beachgoers found her face-down in the water. They took her to shore and tried to do CPR.

Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities are not yet releasing the woman's identity.

Hawaii County firefighters say Kua Beach does not have any lifeguard stations.


Two men charged in goat theft - police

HONOLULU - Honolulu police say two men have been charged in connection with the stealing of goats from a Kahuku farm.

The Honolulu Police Department said in a statement Friday that the two men, both 24 years old, were charged with livestock theft.

The owner of Kahuku Goats farm says more than 20 purebred goats were stolen recently. Keal Pontin believes that those responsible wrapped the goats' mouths with duct tape to prevent them from making noise.

Pontin suspects the thieves watched the farm, got to know its routine and then waited for a full moon to steal the animals.

Twenty-one of the goats were pregnant and 10 of them were days away from giving birth.


Police probe cutting of 100 papaya trees

HILO - Big Island police are investigating the slashing of 100 papaya trees in the latest case of papaya vandalism.

Police say the trees were cut down in Kapoho at some point between 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday.

The trees were about 3 to 4 feet tall and worth about $3,000.

Police are investigating the tree cutting as a case of criminal property damage. There have been other instances of papaya destruction in recent years.

An Oahu grower in Mililani found nearly 400 trees cut down in May 2010. A month later, 8,500 trees were destroyed on the Big Island.


Three being sought in robbery incident

HONOLULU - Authorities say a woman and two teenage boys worked together to rob a man in Waikiki.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Saturday that police in Honolulu are searching for a 39-year-old woman, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy.

According to police records, the woman arranged to meet a 51-year-old man Friday.

When the victim showed up, both teenagers assaulted him and stole his shoulder bag.

Police said the woman then drove the boys from the scene.

All three are wanted on a charge of second-degree robbery.



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