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Police and Fire

For Tuesday, November 23, 2010

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services


Fisherman hurt in fall from cliff dies

A 39-year-old Kapaau fisherman who fell along the North Kohala coast on the Big Island on Saturday died of his injuries Sunday, Big Island police said.

Rockne Ching was trying to rappel down a 50-foot cliff at a fishing spot known as "Ladders" on Saturday when he lost his grip and fell about 20 feet onto the rocks below.

He was airlifted by a Fire Department helicopter and taken in critical condition to North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was transferred to Maui Memorial Hospital for treatment of head and back injuries.


Suspect sought in Kalihi robbery

Police are searching for a man who robbed a gasoline station/convenience store in Kalihi on Sunday night.

The man entered the Dillingham Boulevard store at about 5:55 p.m. and told the cashier that he wanted to purchase cigarettes. When the cashier turned around to grab the cigarettes from the rack, the robber brandished a firearm and demanded money, police said. The man, described as being in his 50s, fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

It was the second robbery of a Kalihi convenience store in three days. Four teenage males were arrested Friday morning following the robbery of a Middle Street minimart. In that incident the four teens assaulted a female clerk, 55, before fleeing with money and merchandise.


Correctional facility escapee caught

An 18-year-old missing from the Oahu Youth Correctional Facility since Nov. 13 was captured by police Sunday night in Waialae Iki. The man, originally of an Olowalu Place address in Kalama Valley, was being held on suspicion of second-degree escape.

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