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HAWAII ISLAND NEWS HEADLINES:
1. Hawaii Island residents may get a closer look at the June 27 lava flow.
2. Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz gets key U.S. Senate post.
3. Hilo man killed in Pearl Harbor accident.
4. Applications submitted for FEMA aid.
5. Charges dropped in Hilo Ice plant burglary.
Those are the headlines, here are the stories:
1. Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaii County Civil Defense.
Reporter: Tom Callis.
Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira told reporter Tom Callis that county officials want “to restore unrestricted access to Apa’a Street as shortly, allowing people to walk up to–but not on–the cooling lava.” Oliveira added that “Our goal is to see if we can do something in the next week…we’re very cautious about throwing out a date…we don’t want to disappoint anyone.” Lava crossed Apa’a Street/Cemetery Road on 25 October 2014, destroyed a nearby house and partially inundated the closed Pahoa waste transfer station at the top of Apa’a Street.
2. Source: West Hawaii Today.
Reporter: Bret Yager
According to reporter Bret Yager, Hawaii “once again has a seat at the table where key decisions are made about how federal money is distributed within the 50 states.” The U.S. Senate leadership has appointed Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz to a “coveted” seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee. This powerful position “determines how funds are allocated to government departments, agencies and organizations and is responsible for supplemental spending bills.”
Senator Schatz told “West Hawaii Today” that the position permits him to make sure Hawaii gets its fair share. Schatz added that he will work to get federal support for Hawaii’s highways and harbors.
3. Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaii News Now/Associated Press (Honolulu).
Reporter: John Burnett.
The oldest brother of a Hilo man killed Wednesday in an industrial accident at Pearl Harbor told reporter John Burnett that he’s upset and numb” about the death of his brother. Gerald Saragosa said his 30-year-old brother, Justin ( one of two men killed when a 5-ton buoy fell from a crane on a barge) was “a special person, happy-go-lucky, friendly, always willing to help people out.” Justin Saragosa , who lived in Kapolei, Oahu, was the father of a 9-year-old son. He and 42-year-old Joefrey Andrada of Waipahu, Oahu were killed and two others injured in the accident at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility.
4. Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Associated Press (Honolulu).
According to a statement issued Friday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), federal officials have received 16 requests for public assistance from applicants who were impacted during Tropical Storm Iselle, which came ashore in East Hawaii on 07 August 2014. President Barack Obama approved supplemental federal aid to help local government agencies and eligible nonprofit organizations recover from the storm, which downed trees, flooded roads, and interrupted power for several weeks. A request by Mayor Billy Kenoi for a disaster declaration form Obama that would have allowed for federal relief to individual homeowners impacted by Iselle was denied. An appeal of that decision also was unsuccessful.
5. Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Reporter: John Burnett.
According to reporter John Burnett, Hawaii County prosecutors have dropped several charges against 22-year-old Clinton Ronald Souza, who was accused of breaking into a Banyan Drive ice factory following the passing of Tropical Storm Iselle. Charges of burglary of a building during a civil defense emergency and second-degree burglary, plus two counts of criminal property damage and four counts of unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle were dismissed without prejudice on 01 December 2014 at the request of prosecutors. If new evidence is found, those charges can be reinstated.
Deputy Prosecutor Jack Matsukawa said “Basically, some new evidence concerning the DNA indicated someone else could have been there doing the break-in…some further investigation needs to be done, and we’re looking at the other guy first–the one who matches the DNA.” Despite the DNA issue, Souza still faces single counts of first-degree theft and unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle. Souza also faces a charge of strong-arm robbery in an unrelated case. Trial is set for 27 April 2015 on the robbery charge and 04 May 2015 on the first-degree theft and unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle charge.
Souza remains in custody at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.
HAWAII ISLAND WEATHER AND TIDES THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING, 14 December 2014:
Hawaii Island Weather:
Hilo and vicinity: Cloudy with some sunshine. A chance of a few windward showers.
Kailua-Kona and vicinity: Partly sunny with a few upslope showers by late afternoon.
Highs: 80 degrees F. Lows: 66 degrees F. Winds from the north northeast, 7-14 mph.
Hilo High Tide: 7:42 a.m./9:21 p.m. Hilo Low Tide: 12:38 a.m./3:05 p.m.
Kailua-Kona High Tide: 9:08 a.m./11:26 p.m. Kailua-Kona Low Tide: 2:34 a.m./4:31 p.m.
Hawaii Island surf forecast:
Hilo/Honolii: 2 to 3 feet. Hamakua and North Kohala: 8 to 10 feet. Kailua-Kona/Banyans: 5 to 8 feet. South Point/Pohoiki: 1 to 2 feet.
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