State roundup for March 10


Airplane forced to land on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — A Japan Airlines flight bound for San Francisco carrying more than 170 people made an emergency landing at the Honolulu International Airport.

The airport manager’s office says that the jetliner landed without incident around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Airlines spokesman Yang Jian says the Boeing 787 had cockpit indicators showing engine trouble and made the emergency landing in Honolulu.

Jian says none of the 160 passengers and 11 crew members was injured.

He says that the cockpit indicators showed that oil pressure was down with an engine.

Oahu killing suspect arrested

HONOLULU (AP) — A man wanted on suspicion of stabbing a homeless man to death on Oahu has been arrested in California.

Robert Roediger-Geauque was arrested Thursday in Santa Barbara and booked for investigation of second-degree murder.

A tipster called police after authorities put out a notice identifying him as a suspect in the Jan. 13 killing of 37-year-old Scott MacMillan in Kailua.

Honolulu police planned to send officers to California to pick up the suspect.

Monk seal gets eye removed

HONOLULU (AP) — Veterinarians have removed the infected eye of a young, underweight Hawaiian monk seal during surgery at the Honolulu Zoo.

The 1-to-2 year-old female juvenile found on Niihau was losing weight because it couldn’t feed itself, federal officials said.

The 95-pound animal was so thin that its hips and spine became more visible, said Dr. Michelle Barbieri, conservation medicine veterinarian for the Marine Mammal Center, a California-based organization helping treat the seal.

She said seals with only one eye can do well in the wild.

Bariberi said it appears something punctured the seal’s eyeball, and its lower eyelid was cut. Doctors don’t know whether humans injured the animal.

The seal has shown a great appetite since the surgery was performed Wednesday, Bariberi said.

“It’s really an encouraging sign in her recovery,” she said. “So far things are looking pretty good.”

A Coast Guard C-130 flew the seal identified as R1KU to Oahu as part of a regular training flight.

A federal team initially treated her with antibiotics on Niihau after the Robinson family, which owns the island, reported her injury. Officials decided to bring her to Oahu after she kept losing weight.

Honolulu, Nagaoka signing sister city memo

HONOLULU (AP) — City councilmembers from Honolulu and Nagaoka, Japan want to deepen their affiliation as sister cities.

The city councils from both cities are signing a friendship memo on Friday, laying out ways they’ll work together in the future.

The memo calls on the local leaders to promote peace by developing exchange activities between both cities. The programs will touch on culture, education, sport, politics, economics and other areas.

The memo says the leaders hope to further friendly relations between Japan and the United States.

Honolulu Council Chairman Ernest Martin says the city leaders have much to learn from one another.

The leaders plan a conference to discuss their affiliation.

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