State roundup for April 8


Man indicted for pushing woman off cliff arrested

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Kauai police say a man accused of pushing a vacationing Japanese woman off a cliff has been arrested after four months as a fugitive.

A Sunday police statement says a tip led officers to Lydgate Beach Park, where 37-year-old Justin Wynn Klein was arrested peacefully Saturday.

Klein had eluded authorities since December, when witnesses reported he pushed the 31-year-old woman from a cliff along a hiking trail on Kauai’s north shore. The woman spent more than a week in the hospital — most of it in critical condition — before returning to her family in Japan.

Authorities combed the area for four days, but couldn’t find Klein, and many tips led nowhere until Saturday.

About two weeks after the incident a grand jury indicted Klein for second-degree attempted murder.

Honolulu mom charged with threatening toddler

HONOLULU (AP) — Prosecutors have enhanced charges against a Honolulu mother accused of holding a knife to her 3-year-old daughter’s throat during an argument with her husband.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says (http://bit.ly/10FJpBd) 23-year-old Stephanie Pena was charged Saturday with first-degree terroristic threatening, which is a felony.

Pena was initially charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, which is a misdemeanor, after being arrested on Thursday.

Police allege that Pena held a knife to her daughter’s neck during the Feb. 25 dispute until her husband relented and gave in to her demands.

It wasn’t immediately known whether Pena has retained an attorney.

Hanauma Bay reopens after jellyfish invasion

HONOLULU (AP) — The beach at Hanauma Bay has reopened a day after an invasion of box jellyfish stung swimmers.

Hawaii News Now says the City Parks and Recreation Department reopened the beach Saturday morning.

The lower beach area of the nature preserve, one of the most popular in Hawaii, was closed Friday after more than 35 swimmers reported being stung.

 

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