Hawaii’s roads are ranked 48th
HONOLULU (AP) — A new study ranks Hawaii’s roads 48th in the nation.
The Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report says Hawaii’s state-maintained system ranks second from the bottom in performance and efficiency and suffered the worst rate of decline in the nation from 1989 to 2009.
The nonprofit group says Hawaii’s roads have the worst pavement conditions of all 50 states.
Hawaii received the dismal rankings despite having the smallest state highway system in the nation and spending nearly the most on road maintenance.
The study also ranks Hawaii 49th for its number of deficient bridges.
Former guard receives prison
HONOLULU (AP) — A former correctional officer is going to prison for one year and eight months for sexually abusing an inmate.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway sentenced Richard Seaman on Monday. She also ordered him to pay a $3,000 fine and serve three years of probation.
Seaman last year pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a ward. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss four other counts in exchange for his plea.
According to the plea agreement, Seaman had sex with an inmate while supervising female inmates working in the commissary.
Man sentenced in credit scheme
HONOLULU (AP) — A co-defendant convicted of stealing credit and debit card information at Waikiki gas stations has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Akop Changryan was sentenced Monday for first-degree identity theft. He and co-defendant Vardan Kagramany must pay more than $157,000 in restitution to affected Hawaii banks.
Kagramany was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison. Jurors convicted both men of identity theft after they were extradited to Hawaii from California.
Deputy Prosecutor Chris Van Marter says Changryan installed the skimming devices while Kagramany served as the lookout.
Workers, hotel reach agreement
HONOLULU (AP) — Union workers have reached a contract agreement with one of the largest hotels in Waikiki.
The agreement ends a boycott against the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa.
The agreement covers also Hyatt employees represented by Unite Here in San Francisco and Los Angeles. A contract for the Waikiki hotel expired in 2010.
The union declined to provide contract specifics.
Local union officials have said the main issue was subcontracting and outsourcing of jobs.
The national union says all proposed contracts provide retroactive wage increases and maintain health care and pension benefits.