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Police and Fire

For Sunday, January 9, 2011

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Body discovered at Aala Park

Police found a man's body yesterday at Aala Park.

Officers were sent to check on the man and found him dead at 8:16 a.m., according to initial police reports.

Colin Wong, acting district chief of the Emergency Medical Services Division, said the man, who appeared to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:39 a.m.

Police opened an unattended death case.

Man leaps to death from Aloha Tower

A man leaped to his death off the 10th-floor observation deck of Aloha Tower yesterday morning, landing near where people were setting up a tent for a children's birthday party, police said.

The incident was reported at Aloha Tower Marketplace at 10:17 a.m.

The man, 54, was a Wilhelmina Rise resident, police said.

Firefighters aid overdue hikers

Firefighters helped five hikers make their way out of the Maakua Gulch Trail above Hauula Elementary School yesterday afternoon.

None was injured and they walked under their own power, said Honolulu fire Capt. Earle Kealoha.

Rescue crews first responded to a call from the wife of one of the hikers, who reported the group as overdue about 2:36 p.m.

Firefighters made their way to the hikers and escorted them down, Kealoha said.

28 were killed on Big Island roads in 2010

Traffic fatalities jumped by more than 25 percent last year on the Big Island, despite an increase in drunken driving arrests and a drop in major traffic crashes.

Twenty-eight people died in traffic crashes last year, a spike of 27.3 percent when compared with the 22 deaths in 2009, Big Island police said.

Of the 28 deaths, four involved drugs, three involved alcohol and 10 involved a combination of alcohol and drugs, police said.

Officers made 1,513 arrests for driving under the influence in 2010, compared with 1,395 arrests in 2009 — an increase of 8.5 percent.

About 600 of those arrests were in Kona and more than 550 were in South Hilo.

At the same time, major accidents on the Big Island fell from 1,538 in 2009 to 1,430 in 2010, a drop of 7 percent, police said.





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