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State roundup for September 18

Dismembered body discovered

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii couple who stopped along the side of a road to collect cans and bottles found a dismembered body in a plastic garbage bag.

Sheer Sotero of Waianae and her husband, Joseph, called police Sunday after finding body parts spilling out of the trash bag along Mililani Cemetery Road on Oahu.

Police would not confirm what they found but issued a press release asking for help identifying a body.

Photos issued by police showed tattoos of a cross and distinctive, angular lines on a large upper arm. The words “Evil,” “Pain” and “Hatered” were tattooed in a band around the man’s wrist.

Guards allegedly beat an inmate

HONOLULU (AP) — Two prison guards in Oahu are accused of beating an inmate last year after the prisoner refused to take a shower.

The two Oahu Community Correctional Center guards did not show up in court in Honolulu on Monday, earning a scolding from Circuit Judge Patrick Border.

“Let me give you a good rule of thumb: Never, never do that,” Border told Randall Hironaka, an attorney for Kevin Ignacio, one of the guards.

Ignacio and Ismael Castro are accused of punching and kicking inmate Jeffrey Diaz in October 2012. Diaz is in prison on an assault conviction.

Both guards have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault charges.

Construction resumes on rail

HONOLULU (AP) — Work has resumed on a $5.26 billion Honolulu rail system after a nearly 13-month delay.

Construction resumed Monday on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation project with work on concrete columns that will hold track.

Just 16 of 422 columns planned for the East Kapolei-Aloha Stadium segment when work stopped last year. The Hawaii Supreme Court ordered the city to conduct archaeological studies throughout the 20-mile Kapolei to Ala Moana route

The State Historic Preservation Division several weeks ago approved completed archaeological plans.

The Honolulu City Council last week approved a special management area use permit that allowed construction to resume.

Kiewit Infrastructure West is the primary construction contractor.


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