Man on furlough accused of rape
HONOLULU (AP) — A man serving a 10-year prison term for sexual assault was on work furlough when he allegedly raped a 21-year-old woman, Honolulu prosecutors said.
Michael Lee Carter must stand trial on new charges of kidnapping and sexual assault. A woman testified Thursday that Carter lured her to Royal Elementary School with cocaine last month. He told her he was a police officer and threatened to arrest her, she testified.
“If you’re a cop, then take me to jail,” she said she told him. Carter ordered her to take off her clothes, choked and raped her, she said.
Carter was convicted of sexual assault in a case involving four victims in 2004. He was placed on work furlough in June.
Prosecutors objected to the furlough, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro said, because his office still considered him to be dangerous.
Carter was scheduled to be released next year.
Kiteboarder bit by tiger shark
KAHULUI, Maui (AP) — Maui and state officials said a kiteboarder was bit by a shark while 300 yards offshore at Kaa Point.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday the man was bit at around 3:20 p.m. He had fallen in the water and was holding on to his board at the time.
The Maui Fire Department said the patient was alert and returned to shore on his kiteboard. Lifeguards helped him dress a wound on his right calf and small cuts on his heel. Rescue personnel took him to Maui Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
Lifeguards saw a 12- to 15-foot tiger shark in the water when they surveyed the area on jet skis. Officials closed the beach a mile in either direction.
$2.1M grant for Oahu homeless
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Department of Health will use a $2.1 million federal grant to run a three-year program expected to serve at least 120 people who are considered chronically homeless.
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant will provide housing and support services to those who are homeless while suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders on Oahu.
The state said Wednesday the program is scheduled to begin next year.
It will be based on a national model that provides comprehensive housing and treatment services, along with other services such as vocational and mental health support.
According to the state, an estimated 45 out of every 100,000 residents in Hawaii are homeless.