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Man dies after being hit by car

A 77-year-old Ewa Beach man who was hit by a car Friday while pushing his mo-ped on Fort Weaver Road has died, police said.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as Leonardo Agno.

Police said Agno was straddling and pushing the mo-ped in a crosswalk near Kaimalie Street when a 23-year-old Ewa Beach woman driving a Toyota Corolla hit him about 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Agno was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition and died at 9 p.m. He is the 37th traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared with 38 this time last year.

Suspects sought in 3 robberies

Police are searching for suspects in several unrelated robberies.

At 1:25 a.m. yesterday, two men armed with a handgun robbed the 7-Eleven at 1136 N. King St. in Kalihi. An employee told officers that the men demanded money from the cash register and fled on foot.

In Mililani, a 14-year-old boy was loitering with friends near Mililani High School at about 10:35 p.m. Friday. The victim’s friends ran as two 18-year-old men approached, leaving the boy alone with the suspects, police said.

One man lifted the front of his shirt, exposing a handgun, and demanded the boy’s property, while the second man kicked the boy in the thigh, police said.

Both men fled in a silver Pontiac with the boy’s property, police said.

Earlier, at about 8 p.m., a 51-year-old man picked up a man in his 20s, an acquaintance, on Akepo Lane in Kalihi. As he started to drive off, an unknown man jumped into the back seat, pulled out a knife and demanded the victim’s money, police said.

Both men fled after taking money. The victim sustained a small cut on his hand.

Waipio brush fire ruled arson

Firefighters determined that a small brush fire near Waipio yesterday had been intentionally set.

The blaze started at 12:27 p.m. and burned less than a quarter of an acre beside the H-2 Freeway, near the hairpin turn on Mililani Cemetery Road, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Robert Main. An "obvious incendiary device" was found at the scene, Main said.

Big Isle trial delayed for pot activists

The trial of marijuana activist Roger Christie and 13 others accused of operating a pot distribution ring on the Big Island has been postponed until next year, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported yesterday.

Federal Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi granted the request by federal prosecutors Monday and set a trial date of April 26 in U.S. District Court.

Christie, founder of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry in Hilo, and his co-defendants had been scheduled for trial Sept. 8. On Aug. 6, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld rulings in U.S. District Court in Honolulu that Roger Christie should be held without bail.

In its motion to continue, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Kawahara wrote that the case, involving wiretaps and large amounts of other evidence, is "so complex that it is unreasonable to expect the parties to prepare for trial within the time limits set by the Speedy Trial Act."

Christie and the others, all Big Island residents, were arrested July 8 in raids by federal agents, assisted by local police. The others have been released on bail.


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