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State roundup for December 28

Sex offender receives 5 years

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — A man who failed to comply with the law for registering sex offenders has been sentenced to prison.

Rodney Herbert, 40, was sentenced earlier this month to five years in prison after failing to update information about where he was living. He did not return at least seven address verification forms. He also failed to show up for a court appearance.

Herbert was required to register as a sex offender because of a 1994 conviction in California for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14. Because he was sentenced in October to a five-year prison term for second-degree theft, Herbert wasn’t eligible for probation. He has been imprisoned for 18 of his 40 years, and was homeless when arrested in April.

Lots of bids for Maui waste plan

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Maui County’s call for a developer to build and operate a plant that could turn tons of daily waste into energy for the island has received a lot of interest.

Last month, the county began seeking bids to convert the island’s solid waste into energy in an effort to cut down on the amount of trash that ends up in the central landfill in Puunene.

As of last week, the Department of Environmental Management had received 111 prospective bidders, Bids include those from industry leaders Jacoby Energy, Zero Waste Energy, Novi Energy and Novo Energy. Also on the list are numerous companies or individuals listing Hawaii addresses.

Maui County officials have said the Department of Environmental Management would lease approximately 10 acres next to the landfill to the winning bidder, which would be required to finance, design, build and operate the project.

Maui generates between 450 tons and 500 tons of waste a day. The county would make available all of its waste streams to the facility for 20 years, including solid waste, green waste, sewage sludge and grease.

The deadline for bids has been extended to 4 p.m. on Jan. 31.

Busy Christmas for North Shore lifeguards

HONOLULU (AP) — North Shore lifeguards were busy Christmas Day with high-surf conditions and thousands of holiday beachgoers.

Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright says there were 18 rescues Tuesday and 1,325 preventive actions — such as warning people to stay on dry land — as waves reached heights of up to 20 feet.

The National Weather Service had issued a high-surf warning for the north-facing shores of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau and the west-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai and Molokai due to a large northwest swell. The surf was expected to peak Tuesday night and gradually diminish through Wednesday.


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