State roundup for December 17

Man killed by police identified

HONOLULU (AP) — The identity of the man killed by Honolulu police has been released.

The medical examiner’s office identifies the 43-year-old Waipahu man as Victor Rivera.

Rivera was killed Saturday after officers arrived at his home.

Police Chief Louis Kealoha says officers repeatedly demanded Rivera put down a 12-foot steel pole, which had a six-inch blade attached.

Kealoha says Rivera advanced even though an officer deployed an electric gun. That’s when a second officer fired multiple shots.

The four officers at the scene are on administrative leave, pending an internal investigation.

Police, neighbors and family members say Rivera suffered from mental illness.

Bail set at $1M in sexual assault

HONOLULU (AP) — Bail has been set at $1 million for a Liliha man charged with the sexual assault of a 30-year-old woman Dec. 1

Asofitu Fio, 30, was taken into custody Friday in connection with the assault of a woman at a Cedar Street apartment.

He was charged Sunday with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

Honolulu police after the attack two weeks ago said the details were similar to sexual assaults of a 22-year-old woman May 28 and a 25-year-old woman June 13.

Like the December case, the women were attacked at their apartments.

Fio’s only previous conviction was for disorderly conduct in a Nov. 5, 2011, incident.

Typhoon benefit concert nixed

HONOLULU (AP) — Despite the cancellation of an outdoor benefit concert in Honolulu for typhoon victims in the Philippines, the event managed to raise more than $1 million.

Organizers of “Kokua for the Philippines” announced Sunday that the concert, which still played out for radio and Internet audiences on a smaller scale, generated more than $1.75 million in donations.

The show was to take place at the Great Lawn at Hilton Hawaiian Waikiki Beach Resort starting at noon and screen on the majority of local TV channels.

Concert spokesman David Sayre said earlier Sunday entertainers would still perform for TV and a phone bank would be open until 6 p.m.

Sayre says ticketholders can get a refund but are encouraged to make their ticket purchase a donation.


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