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State roundup for October 18

Man allegedly robbed 2 banks

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department says two banks were robbed in two days by the same man. The Aina Haina Territorial Savings Bank was robbed Monday and the Kapiolani American Savings bank was robbed Tuesday. Police say both robberies were committed by a 46-year-old man who has been apprehended.

Despite the recent spike, the number of bank robberies in the islands is down in 2012. From a high of 41 robberies in 2006, there have only been 5 so far this year. And FBI spokesman Special Agent Tom Simon says every single bank robbery in 2011 was solved by the FBI and police.

$300K grant to revamp Kuhio

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding a $300,000 grant to a public-private partnership aiming to revitalize the neighborhood around Kuhio Park Terrace and Kuhio Homes in Honolulu.

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority and its private development partner, The Michaels Development Company, on Tuesday said their application was one of 17 selected.

The Choice Neighborhoods grant encourages collaboration among housing developers, educators, the criminal justice system and others to create mixed-income neighborhoods with quality housing, high performing schools and safe streets. The state and the Michaels Development Company are working together on a $135 million project to rehabilitate the Towers at Kuhio Park.

Forklift strikes Aiea overpass

HONOLULU (AP) — An oversized load on a truck trailer damaged a section of a pedestrian overpass in Aiea.

A forklift on a lowboy trailer was being hauled by a Tibbitts Trucking dump truck when it struck the overpass at about noon Tuesday.

The walkway is just above the Aiea off ramp from the Moanalua Freeway and adjacent to Aiea Elementary School. The forklift’s mast was extended and struck the overpass.

DOT spokeswoman The long concrete section of the overpass tore off cleanly, landing fairly intact.


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