State roundup for December 4


Volunteers plan Philippines trip

HONOLULU (AP) — A group of Hawaii doctors, nurses and other medical volunteers will be traveling to the Philippines to help typhoon victims.

The Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii says they are preparing for the humanitarian mission to the typhoon-devastated Visayas region of the Philippines. The mission is scheduled for Dec. 13 to 23.

All 40 volunteers are paying for their own travel, lodging and other expenses.

The team expects to serve up to 25,000 typhoon survivors over five days.

Parts of central and southern Philippines were battered earlier this month by fierce winds and tsunami-like storm surges from Typhoon Haiyan, locally called Yolanda.

Volunteers say they’re bracing for a challenging mission under difficult conditions.

Calif. man faces murder charge

HONOLULU (AP) — A Southern California man is facing extradition to Hawaii in the killing of a man whose dismembered body was found in a ravine.

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force helped arrest Bryan Suitt Monday at his family’s home on Coronado Island in San Diego.

The marshals office says there will be a hearing in California to return him to Hawaii to face the murder charge.

A couple collecting cans and bottles for recycling found the dismembered and decomposing body of Alexis Gonzales in September in a central Oahu ravine.

Suitt was booked at the San Diego County Jail and is being held on $5 million bail. Relatives didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Police have not revealed a motive for the killing.

Death at Maui resort is probed

HONOLULU (AP) — Maui police are investigating the death of a 53-year-old man within Marriott Maui Ocean Club in Kaanapali.

The man’s body was found on pavement within the resort.

Police were called to the resort at 6:40 a.m. on Monday.

The man’s name was not immediately released pending notification of his family.

 

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