State roundup for February 1


Man finds fetus in Aiea park

AIEA, Oahu (AP) — Police say a fetus has been found in a park in a Honolulu suburb.

A man collecting recyclables found the fetus in a box Wednesday in Napuanani Park in Aiea. Lt. David Kamai says the man made the discovery after taking the box to his home, where he opened it.

Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu says the medical examiner’s office has been notified, and the department is categorizing it as an unattended death.

Seal found with spear in head

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities say an endangered Hawaiian monk seal was found near Oahu with a spear in her head.

Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairman William Aila said Wednesday the department is investigating whether someone intentionally or accidentally speared the animal.

State conservation officials helped dislodge the spear from the 1-year-old seal at Rabbit Island on Tuesday. The seal swam away afterward. Officials say the wound appears to have been superficial. The animal is known as RL-12 and was born last June.

Company settles disability lawsuit

HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese-based corporate travel company has agreed to pay tens of thousands of dollars to settle a disability lawsuit.

The federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission announced Wednesday that Kintetsu International Express, Inc. has agreed to pay $77,500.

The agency had charged the company with harassment and discrimination against Yuko Lesher, a Maui tour coordinator with rheumatoid arthritis. Kintetsu has agreed to a number of things, including monitoring of its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

2 sentenced for gambling ring

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Oahu residents have been sentenced for operating an illegal gambling business in Waianae.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Honolulu said Tuesday Lloyd Robert Marshall is being sentenced to three years in prison.

Nitta Mitsuko Marshall is being sentenced to 18 months.

Last year they pleaded guilty to running the gambling business and evading currency regulations while handling money they earned from the business.

Federal prosecutors say the Marshalls used their Waianae property as a site for illegal cockfighting contests and dice and card games between 2009 and 2011.

Police observed from 100 to 600 people at these events. People attending paid parking and entrance fees.

The Marshalls are forfeiting $170,000 in cash discovered during a law enforcement raid and their interest in the Waianae property used for gambling.

 

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