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State roundup for August 9

President will honor Inouye

HONOLULU (AP) — The late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii is one of 16 people President Barack Obama will honor later this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House announced the list Thursday.

Inouye is among musicians, scientists, activists to receive the honor.

Others include former President Bill Clinton, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, country music legend Loretta Lynn and broadcaster Oprah Winfrey.

Three including Inouye are receiving the award posthumously. The two others are astronaut Sally Ride and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

The president decides on the list of medal recipients after reviewing an advisory board’s recommendations of individuals who have contributed to America’s cultural, security and other public interests.

Maui swimmer’s body recovered

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Divers have recovered the body of a 41-year-old California man off the west coast of Maui.

Captain Brian DenHaan of the Maui County Fire Department says in an announcement that the man entered the ocean at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday in water fronting Kaanapali Villas. He had a snorkel and mask but no fins.

Friends reported him missing just before 7 p.m.

Lahaina firefighters and a Kahului rescue squad launched a water and shore search. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter and cutter.

The search was suspended at 2 a.m. and was resumed at first light.

A Maui Fire Department rescue helicopter just after 6 a.m. Thursday spotted the body 30 feet below the surface and 70 feet from the shore north of the villas.

The man’s name was not released.

ID thief receives prison sentence

HONOLULU (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who pleaded no contest to identity theft and theft has been sentenced 20 years in prison.

Falysha Pierre-Lys was sentenced Tuesday to the mandatory term by Circuit Judge Randal K.O. Lee.

State law allows shorter terms for defendants who commit identity theft when 21 or younger but Lee says Pierre-Lys was too sophisticated and stole too much to qualify for the eight-year sentence she requested.

Prosecutors say Pierre-Lys used a counterfeit credit card to make purchases exceeding $5,000 at stores in Waikiki and Ala Moana on the same day in April 2012 and later bought a $10,000 watch.

Prosecutors say she and friends attempted transactions of $329,449 at luxury retail stores over five days and completed $179,676 in transactions.


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