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State roundup for September 16

False tsunami alarms explained

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Civil defense officials say an insect infestation caused an emergency siren to trigger on Oahu, while an improper setup triggered false alarms on Maui and Molokai.

Officials say the separate incidents on Friday were not indications of wider problems with the sirens used for tsunami and other warnings.

The infestation caused a siren to go off early Friday at Pearl City District Park.

The mechanical problem set off 14 alarms on Maui and Molokai later Friday. Officials say it was caused by control boards that were not properly set up. The boards triggered the sirens when a cancellation command was sent to the system.

Civil Defense officials say contractors fixed four of the sirens, while a representative for the siren manufacturer will fix the other 10 next week.

Georgia fugitive posed as lawyer

HONOLULU (AP) — A man wanted in Georgia on felony charges of child molestation has been posing as an attorney in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Department of the Attorney General said Friday that 42-year-old Anthony T. Williams had been passing himself off as a “private attorney general.”

Williams was arrested on a warrant issued by Georgia. He is being held pending extradition. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Attorney General David Louie says officials became aware of the situation after complaints were filed against Williams.

Louie says Williams appeared in federal and state courts, purporting to represent private parties in various types of litigation. Authorities say the fugitive is not licensed to practice law in Hawaii.

Woman finds sleeping burglar

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who was allegedly found sleeping in the Honolulu home that he robbed is facing charges.

Mathew Taufasau, 23, was charged Friday with first-degree burglary.

Police say a woman living in the Kapahulu neighborhood came home early Thursday morning and found Taufasau sleeping.

The victim alerted two other occupants, a man and a woman. The man confronted Taufasau, causing him to flee.

The victims said property at the home had gone missing.


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