State roundup for December 17
Waikiki fishing closing for year
HONOLULU (AP) — State officials are closing fishing areas in Waikiki and Diamond Head for one year to allow populations to replenish themselves.
It’s part of a regular closure every other year by the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The plan will allow no fishing between shore and 500 yards into ocean waters from the Diamond Head Lighthouse to the Ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium.
No contest plea in water crash
HONOLULU (AP) — An Australian tourist, whose boyfriend pleaded no contest in the personal watercraft death of a California teen in Hawaii, has pleaded no contest to misleading police in the criminal investigation of the collision.
Natasha Ryan could have her misdemeanor case dismissed if she stays out of trouble for six months. She must pay a $1,000 fine. Ryan didn’t appear in court, but submitted a plea by mail in November.
Ryan told investigators boyfriend Tyson Dagley was sitting on his rented personal watercraft and that she didn’t see the crash that killed 16-year-old Kristen Fonseca, of Vacaville, Calif., in August. However, two deleted videos were later recovered from her camera showing the crash and Dagley standing on the watercraft.
Nurse pleads guilty in assault
HONOLULU (AP) — A 38-year-old hospital nurse has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a Coast Guard crew member docked at a Marshall Islands atoll.
Dennis Henry pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Honolulu on Thursday, saying he had sex with the victim without his consent because he was intoxicated.
Henry reached a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to serve two years in prison. A second charge of drugging would be dropped if U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi accepts the plea. Henry will be sentenced in April.
Court documents say the Coast Guard member was part of a crew docked at Kwajalein Atoll in March, when he spent a day sailing, swimming and drinking alcohol.
Soldier arrested returning home
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says it arrested an Army soldier who had just returned to Hawaii from deployment overseas.
Shane Sanders, 37, was arrested without incident around 12:40 a.m. Thursday at the passenger terminal at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Marshals say Sanders was returning from a deployment to Afghanistan, and arrested on a warrant out of Henry County, Ga., for alleged child molestation. The alleged incident occurred in 2005 but Deputy Marshal Donna Diaz said the allegations only recently came to light. The warrant was issued in October.
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