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State roundup for April 15

4-year-old hospitalized after fall from apartment

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 4-year-old boy is hospitalized with what’s described as serious injuries after he fell from the fourth floor of an apartment building in Kapolei.

The Star Advertiser reports the boy fell from a building at the Villas at Malu’ohai in the Villages of Kapolei around 11:30 a.m. Sunday — the second time a young boy has fallen from an apartment building in the area in less than a week.

The newspaper says on Monday night, a 3-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition after falling from a third-floor landing at a Waipahu apartment.

Oahu teen may have died while ‘hood surfing’

HONOLULU (AP) — Police say a Honolulu teen whose body was found in front of Sandy Beach may have been riding on the hood of on a moving car.

Lt. Robert Towne told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the 17-year-old boy’s head injuries and evidence at the scene suggest he was engaged in a stunt known as “hood surfing” or “ghost riding.”

A patrol officer found the boy unresponsive Friday on Kalanianaole Highway.

Investigators found no evidence at the scene of a vehicle hitting the boy, and autopsy showed his injuries were not consistent with a hit-and-run accident.

The Medical Examiner’s office identified him as Boydshiro A. Maycry.

Maycry’s family said he was cruising with his brother, relatives and friends at Sandy Beach.

Oahu ex-insurance agent pleads no contest to fraud

HONOLULU (AP) — A former insurance agent on Oahu has pleaded no contest to charges he defrauded two elderly clients of more than $38,000.

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs said Thursday Scott Akashi allegedly convinced an 88-year-old woman to withdraw $30,000 of her life insurance policy and place it into a separate bank account.

It says Akashi told the woman write checks to him for what he said would be a better investment.

The department says Akashi sold a $50,000 annuity to a 90-year-old man and convinced him to withdraw over $5,000 from the annuity to get a better return.

Akashi pleaded no contest to 11 counts of second degree theft.

Hawaii suspends tuberculosis clearance requirement

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s health department is temporarily suspending tuberculosis clearance requirements.

The department says the suspension is in response to a nationwide shortage of testing solution required for tuberculin skin testing.

Starting Thursday until further notice, the state will not restrict attendance at work or school because of a lack of clearance for the infectious disease.

Tuberculosis clearance is mandated for school personnel, students and food handlers, along with workers in health care, domiciliary care, daycare and residential care facilities.

Limited testing will be available at state clinics to high-risk groups including those with signs and symptoms of tuberculosis, an airborne bacterial infection of the lungs.


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