State roundup for July 18
Former Marine testifies in killing
HONOLULU (AP) — A former Marine who witnessed a 2011 altercation in a Waikiki McDonald’s says the agent on trial for murder threatened to shoot the victim in the face.
Alexander Byrd testified over two days in the ongoing murder trial against State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy. The agent is accused of shooting Kollin Elderts.
Byrd says he tried to diffuse the situation between Deedy and Elderts. He figured he got away with his life when he ran from the restaurant after realizing he couldn’t stop what turned into a fatal fight.
The defense cross-examined Byrd about inconsistences in his recollection of what happened. According to KHON-TV, Byrd says his memory has improved over time.
Deedy claims he acted in self-defense.
Frigate will be decommissioned
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Oahu (AP) — Hawaii’s last guided-missile frigate is being decommissioned after nearly 30 years of naval service.
The Navy is holding a ceremony today to retire the USS Reuben James. Among those expected to attend the Pearl Harbor ceremony are five crew members assigned to the ship when it was commissioned.
Guided-missile frigates are multi-mission surface combatants capable of undersea warfare and surface warfare missions. The USS Reuben James returned from deployment in early May after participating in a series of maritime exercises.
The Navy says that with the departure of the last frigate, all of the surface ships based at Pearl Harbor will be guided-missile destroyers and cruisers.
Man dies after being run over
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police say a 33-year-old man who reportedly was lying on a Pearl City street has died after a car ran over him.
The incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday. Police say a woman who lives in a nearby house called police to say the man was lying in the middle of the street. While the woman was on the phone with police, a car came around the corner and struck the man.
Police say the driver pulled over immediately and was not believed to have been speeding or drinking
According to police, the man who had been lying in the street appeared to have been drinking. He was wearing black clothing, which could have made it more difficult to see him.
Gabbard brings in $150K during 2nd quarter
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard brought in $150,000 in campaign funds during the latest reporting period.
In her Federal Election Commission disclosure, the first-term Democrat reported having about $410,000 on hand at the end of June. Gabbard has said she plans to seek re-election.
Contributions from individuals totaled just over $100,000 between April 1 and June 30, with nearly $48,000 from political action committees. Gabbard had about $800 from things like refunds and rebates.
The campaign still had $19,000 in debt, from loans Gabbard made to herself for last year’s primary.
Kauai man gets life in prison for fatal shooting
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Kauai man is being sentenced to life in prison without parole for the execution-style killing of a man he didn’t want to testify about a robbery.
Kauai prosecutors said Tuesday Fifth Circuit Court Chief Judge Randal Valenciano sentenced Vicente Hilario after a month-long trial. The 26-year-old also received five consecutive prison terms for bribing a witness.
Prosecutors say Hilario shot Aureo Moore six times at close range in December 2010. They say he killed Moore to prevent him from testifying against Hilario in connection with a robbery.
The judge said the evidence presented at trial showed Moore’s killing was premeditated and brutal. He said it involved drugs and an effort to protect territory and profit.
HONOLULU (AP) — A local company is looking at bringing surf parks to Hawaii.
Wave Garden Hawaii LLC says it has secured rights to a Spanish company’s technology that produces waves engineered to roll through natural or artificial lakes or lagoons.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says the Spanish company — Instant Sport S. L. — claims its trademarked Wavegarden creates the world’s longest artificial surfing waves.
The Wavegarden equipment and installation start at about $4 million.
Wave Garden Hawaii is looking at developing wave parks that offer high-performance waves for experienced surfers, as well as smaller ways for surfing lessons.
Wave Garden Hawaii is co-founded by big-wave surfer Brian Keaulana and Kenan J. Knieriem Jr.
The two are doing business under the trade name Honokea Surf Parks and they are exploring location opportunities.
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