For Thursday, December 16, 2010
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Dec 16, 2010
A pickup truck driver who crashed his vehicle in Laie last year, killing one of his passengers and injuring two others, was driving drunk, Chris Van Marter, deputy prosecutor, said yesterday.
An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging Bryan Thomas Miller III with first-degree negligent homicide.
Former Kahuku High School star quarterback Waika Carvalho, 23, died in the crash, He was the front-seat passenger.
Miller, 20, was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Two other male passengers, both 18 at the time, were hospitalized in critical condition.
Miller's blood-alcohol content was 0.19, Van Marter said.
It is unlawful for drivers under 21 years old to operate a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system. For those 21 or older, the threshold is 0.08.
The state Ethics Commission says it has selected Leslie Kondo as its new executive director.
The commission said in a statement yesterday that Kondo will assume office on Jan. 11.
Kondo has served as a member of the state Public Utilities Commission since 2007.
Before that he directed the state Office of Information Practices, where he provided guidance on the state's open government laws to officials and the public.
The University of Hawaii law school graduate has been an attorney in private practice.
The commission fired its last executive director, Dan Mollway, in June. The commission cited an investigation faulting Mollway's management style and "unpredictable work schedule" for the dismissal.
Lava Tree State Monument has reopened after months of maintenance work.
The Big Island monument had been closed since September so a private contractor could trim trees in the parking lot and rebuild the entry road, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said yesterday. The company also reconstructed parts of the parking lot.
The work cost the state about $230,000.
The agency plans further improvements, including repaving walkways, rebuilding the pavilion and installing an information kiosk.
The park southeast of Pahoa is known for its "lava trees" -- molds of tree trunks left behind when a lava flow swept through the forest.
Kauai residents are advised to avoid the water at Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor due to a recent discharge of treated wastewater.
At 8:10 p.m. last Thursday, crew members opened the Kikiaola ditch to drain treated effluent mixed with storm water into the ocean to prevent flooding in Waimea. Kauai County spokeswoman Mary Daubert said the ditch was opened because of the storm that battered the island last week. The ditch was closed at noon Monday.
The public is advised to avoid contact with the water at the harbor and adjacent coastal areas. The mixture of storm water, treated wastewater and brown water may contain harmful microorganisms that can cause illness.
State health officials are monitoring the harbor's water quality.
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