State roundup for April 19
Guilty plea deal in fatal stabbing
HONOLULU (AP) — A man charged with murder in a 2011 stabbing at a Honolulu public housing complex had pleaded guilty.
The Honolulu prosecutor’s office said Wednesday Takson Krstoth pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing of TJ “Tipuk” Mori. The 24-year-old father of three was stabbed to death during an argument at Mayor Wright Homes.
On July 23, Krstoth is expected to be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The Hawaii Paroling Authority will determine the minimum he must serve before becoming eligible for parole. As part of a plea deal the state will recommend a 15-year minimum sentence.
Camping barred on sidewalks
HONOLULU (AP) — The mayor of Honolulu says he will sign a bill unanimously approved by the City Council banning people from camping on city sidewalks.
The bill passed on a 9-0 vote on Wednesday.
The bill was prompted by the sidewalk clutter created by the De-Occupy Honolulu campers at Thomas Square. Before the vote, Councilman Ikaika Anderson held up pictures of the De-Occupy Honolulu campers on city sidewalks surrounding the historic park. He told the council that after 18 months residents are fed up with the campers.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he looks forward to signing the bill into law.
Videos seek to protect wildlife
HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has created three public service announcement videos to encourage people to keep their distance while viewing dolphins, seals, whales and other marine life.
One video asks people how they would feel if they were a Hawaiian monk seal resting on the beach while noisy people get close for photos. Another asks if you wouldn’t like someone jumping on your back, why would a green sea turtle. The department said Wednesday grant money from the Hawaii Tourism Authority paid for the 30-second videos.
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary state co-manager Elia Herman says the department is hoping hotels and car rental companies will play the videos at their businesses. The state is also hoping public television stations will air them.
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