State roundup for November 9
USS O’Kane returns to Oahu
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM, Oahu (AP) — A Pearl Harbor-based destroyer is back in Hawaii after a deployment lasting more than seven months.
The guided missile destroyer USS O’Kane participated in two Joint Air Defense Exercises and carried out missions with carrier strike groups while deployed to Asia and the Middle East.
The crew also participated in several community relations projects while stopping in Singapore, Bahrain and Thailand.
The O’Kane returned to Pearl Harbor Thursday morning. It left Hawaii in March.
Pretend federal agent sentenced
WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — A Maui man has been sentenced for impersonating a federal agent to get a discount on a bomb-sniffing dog.
Abraham Kantzabedian, 54, of Kula was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.
He also was ordered to forfeit two vehicles and was placed on three years of supervised release.
A federal affidavit says Kantzabedian impersonated an officer to get an $11,500 discount on a $20,000 Belgian Malinois bomb-sniffing dog.
Kantzabedian told Maui police that he was working as a special agent for the U.S. Department of Treasury. The U.S. Secret Service says he told people he was on Maui to work on a terrorism-related investigation.
Boats off Oahu run aground
HONOLULU (AP) — The owners of two boats that ran aground off Oahu are talking with salvage companies.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources says one of the boats is aground on living coral and close to an area used for marine tourism.
The 40-foot boat went aground about midnight Tuesday on the reef near the Ahu O Laka sandbar in Kaneohe Bay.
The boat’s hull is flooded and listing to one side. It has about 30 gallons of diesel on board.
The second, 36-foot vessel went aground on rocks in Waianae on Monday. The owner says he has no insurance and is hoping to remove his boat “landward.”
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