State roundup for April 12
Hawaii fisherman gets up close with hungry shark
WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii fisherman has an unbelievable fishing tale: a close encounter with a 9-foot shark that jumped dangerously near his kayak. But he has the video to prove it.
Isaac Brumaghim (brew-MAH’-jim) was fishing off the Waianae Coast Sunday when the shark sprang up and chomped on the tuna he was reeling in.
He described Thursday the mix of fear, excitement and disappointment at losing a big catch. The emotions are summed up by the expletive he let out moments later, heard in the footage from the camera on his kayak.
The video shows the shark jumping behind his kayak and the 37-year-old’s surprised reaction.
The father of three says there are still many who don’t believe his tale, accusing him of doctoring the footage. He’s still in shock, himself.
Showers could lead to flash flooding
HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Emergency Management says a flash flood watch has been issued beginning Friday afternoon.
The agency says a cold front approaching from the northwest will trigger increased showers, which at time could become heavy. The National Weather Service in Honolulu says the flash flood watch has been issued for Oahu, Kauai and Niihau.
The watch means that conditions could lead to flash flooding, which can be dangerous.
The agency is encouraging residents to closely monitor the latest forecasts.
The watch is in place until 6 a.m. on Sunday.
Man who died while snorkeling is identified
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The man who may have drowned while swimming with his wife off Mauai’s Kamaole Beach Park was from Washington.
The Maui News (http://is.gd/zF2GDH) reports that police have identified the man who died Tuesday as 49-year-old Glen Burlingame of Vancouver.
Police say the couple was snorkeling 10 to 15 yards offshore at about 10:45 a.m. when the wife turned and saw her husband floating face down in the water. Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division says Burlingame’s wife swam back to shore with him, where bystanders helped bring him to the beach and began efforts to revive him.
County lifeguards and firefighters arrived and continued CPR efforts but Burlingame died at the scene.
Honolulu morning commuters contend with small dog
HONOLULU (AP) — Police have caught a small dog that was running loose on a Honolulu freeway, causing a traffic standstill during the busy morning commute.
Hawaii News Now reports it took police on foot and on motorcycles nearly 20 minutes to corral the Chihuahua running across the H-1 freeway Thursday morning.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports westbound traffic near the Liliha off-ramp was completely stopped as the dog bolted across the lanes.
Traffic resumed its flow after the dog was safely off the freeway.
Schatz election campaign raises $1.1 million in 1Q
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz’s election campaign has raised over $1.1 million in the first quarter.
The campaign announced Thursday that the money primarily came from individual donors and that nearly 80 percent of donations were from within the state.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie in December appointed Schatz to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye even though it went against Inouye’s dying wish to have Democratic U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii replace him. Schatz was Abercrombie’s lieutenant governor.
Schatz said in a statement that he is grateful for the support he’s received in his first three months in office.
Schatz faces an election in 2014, which will determine who serves the rest of Inouye’s original term through 2016.
Virgin American plans Hawaii service
HONOLULU (AP) — Virgin America is planning to expand its service to Hawaii in 2015.
Airline spokeswoman Jennifer Thomas told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://is.gd/LKcOiX) in an email that it hopes to bring service to Hawaii when it adds more Airbus A320s to its fleet. The planes are equipped with Sharklets, or wing tips, which improve fuel efficiency and enable the jet to make extended trips over water.
The A320 with Sharklets can reach Hawaii from the West Coast.
The airline will be adding 10 Airbus jets with Sharklets to its fleet from 2015 to 2016.
Hawaii man pleads guilty to investment fraud
HONOLULU (AP) — A man who recently surrendered in Hawaii to face charges in an investment fraud scheme has pleaded guilty to operating a Ponzi scheme in Kauai.
FBI spokesman Tom Simon says 63-year-old Peter Heckmann changed his wire fraud plea on Thursday in U.S. District Court.
Simon says Heckmann’s sentencing has been set for July 25.
A Honolulu grand jury indicted Heckmann on wire fraud charges five years ago. Prosecutors say he fled and they became aware in 2010 that he was on the island of Bali, where he was operating a recording studio and a record label.
The FBI launched a social media campaign to generate interest in an international manhunt for Heckmann.
He surrendered last month at Honolulu International Airport after voluntarily returning to Hawaii to face charges.
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