State roundup for January 16


Soldier killed by police on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — Police shot and killed an Army soldier after he rammed multiple police cars in Waikiki.

The soldier was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and stationed at Schofield Barracks.

A police statement said patrol officers noticed a truck driving fast the wrong way down Nahua Street around 4 a.m.

An officer fired multiple shots at the truck as it drove at him on Kuhio Avenue and narrowly missed him.

On Ala Wai Boulevard, police fired at the truck after it rammed several marked police vehicles.

The driver of the truck died at a hospital.

Video obtained by KHON shows the truck repeatedly ramming police vehicles that surround the truck. Shots ring out, and then the truck stops.

Nimitz statue will be installed

HONOLULU (AP) — An 8-foot-tall sculpture of Adm. Chester Nimitz will be installed next to the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor.

Oregon sculptor Rip Caswell said Tuesday the Naval Order of the United States has commissioned him to create the statue of the admiral who commanded U.S. naval forces during World War II.

The order is a private organization of servicemen who once served in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Caswell says the sculpture will be unveiled this summer.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is a museum on board the decommissioned battleship formerly known as the USS Missouri.

The Missouri is best known for hosting Japan’s surrender. Japanese and Allied leaders gathered on the ship’s decks in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945 to sign documents formally ending the war.

NOAA airplane to collect data

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is sending an airplane to Hawaii and Alaska to collect winter storm data for North America.

Scientists aboard the Gulfstream jet will measure wind speed and direction, pressure, temperature and humidity in areas of the Pacific where North American storms form.

They’ll also be surveying places where data is sparse.

NOAA said in a statement Monday forecasters will use the information to improve its forecast of potentially extreme winter weather events across the entire country.

The plane will be based out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam through February. NOAA plans to move the plane to Anchorage in March before returning it to its home base in Tampa, Fla.

The federal agency has conducted Pacific winter storm reconnaissance missions every year since the late 1990s.

 

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