State roundup for August 2


Defense begins in shooting case

HONOLULU (AP) — The defense team for a federal agent charged with murder in a Waikiki shooting has started calling witnesses to testify at his ongoing trial.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy is charged with murder in the 2011 shooting of Kollin Elderts, of Kailua.

The first defense witness Wednesday was Jessica West, Deedy’s friend who was with him during the deadly altercation in a McDonald’s restaurant. She says she saw Deedy pull out his wallet, showing his badge to Elderts, who seemed angry.

The defense maintains Deedy was acting in self-defense and identified himself as a law enforcement officer.

Elderts died of a single gunshot wound to the chest during a fight with Deedy.

The prosecution has been trying to show the shooting was caused by Deedy’s intoxication and inexperience.

Flossie’s center never hit land

HONOLULU (AP) — National Weather Service officials in Hawaii say preliminary data shows the center of Tropical Storm Flossie never hit land when it passed through the state this week.

The service said Thursday that Flossie’s center came closest to Kauai on early Tuesday.

Weather officials say rain fell hardest on Maui, which averaged 1 to 2 inches of rain. Flooding was generally minor.

The strongest sustained winds were also seen on Maui at 33 mph in Kahului. Sustained winds hit 31 mph in Kailua-Kona.

HPD will read plates with cams

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police plan a second attempt to use cameras that will read multiple license plates a day.

Police say the camera will alert them if it runs across a plate that belongs to a stolen car, or if the plate is associated with someone who has an outstanding warrant or a suspended license.

The ACLU of Hawaii has raised privacy concerns over the system because it also collects information on where people go and how long they stay somewhere.

Invasive species budget revealed

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Invasive Species Council is allocating more than $2.5 million for dozens of projects during the current fiscal year, including efforts to eradicate axis deer on the Big Island and detect mongoose on Kauai.

Coordinator Josh Atwood said in a statement Wednesday the council’s priority has been to balance responding to new threats while maintaining detection and response capacity.

The council was created in 2003 when the Legislature declared invasive species “the single greatest threat to Hawaii’s economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of Hawaii’s people.”

But the council has less than half the money to fight alien pests than it received nearly a decade ago. The council’s budget was $4 million in fiscal 2005.

 

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