State roundup for June 17
Indonesia faculty attend Hawaii disaster program
HONOLULU (AP) — A dozen faculty members from universities in Indonesia are spending the summer at the University of Hawaii to learn about disaster risk management and how it can save lives in their country.
Under a pilot program, the 12 Indonesian university faculty members are participating in a graduate certificate program through the College of Social Sciences at the UH-Manoa campus. The college’s department of urban and regional planning received a $300,000 grant from the federal agency that administers aid and U.S. foreign development assistance.
In the last decade alone, Indonesia has been affected by more than 160 disasters, including more than 60 floods, more than 40 earthquakes, about a dozen volcanic events and several wildfires.
Karl Kim, who directs the university’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, says Hawaii faces similar hazards.
1 dead, 4 seriously injured in fiery crash in Oahu
HONOLULU (AP) — One person has died and four teenage girls are hospitalized with serious injuries after a fiery crash near Oahu’s Makua Cave.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the driver of a pickup truck was speeding on Farrington Highway just after midnight Saturday before crashing into a concrete piling. The truck burst into flames.
When firefighters put the fire out, they found the body of a male victim in the front seat. The driver and several people fled from the vehicle after the crash.
Four girls, ages 13, 14, 15 and 16, were taken to the hospital in serious condition.
Police say alcohol may be a factor in the deadly crash.
Hawaii man pleads guilty to hoax hijack call
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man is pleading guilty to making a hoax call to the FBI when he falsely reported a possible hijacker was aboard an airplane.
Prosecutors say Timothy David Hershman of Kona admitted calling the FBI on Jan. 17 and saying another man was going to hijack a plane headed to Alaska.
Authorities determined the other man was aboard an Alaska Airlines flight from Kona to Seattle. Two Oregon National Guard fighter jets escorted the flight.
Authorities decided the call was a hoax after questioning the other man for nearly two hours.
Prosecutors said Thursday Hershman confessed to making the call because the man had allegedly placed fish guts in his truck.
Hershman faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 7.
Former school clerk arraigned on theft charges
HONOLULU (AP) — A former school clerk has been arraigned on charges of stealing $19,750 from the school.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 33-year-old Christine Atisanoe on Thursday pleaded not guilty to felony theft charges in Circuit Court.
State prosecutors say Atisanoe took money from a Waianae public charter school, Ka Waihona o ka Naauao, between January 2010 and March 2012. The school is a Hawaiian-focused charter school with grades kindergarten through eighth.
Atisanoe said in court she worked as an office clerk at the school for four years and resigned in May 2012
Her trial was set for Aug. 12.
Kapiolani students take top prize in space contest
HONOLULU (AP) — A team of Kapiolani Community College students won the top prize at an international competition for building and launching a space-related mission.
The Honolulu school is celebrating their achievement with a reception on campus Friday.
Team Mod 6 won the Cansat competition last weekend after eight months of preparation. The seven students defeated teams representing top universities from Iran, Canada, India and the United States.
In January, the students presented a 100-page document describing their design to NASA judges.
They later launched their final payload on a rocket flying about 2000 feet in the atmosphere above Texas. Afterward they analyzed data collected during the flight.
The Cansat competition is sponsored by NASA, the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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