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3 arrested in suspected break-in

A police officer arrested three people Wednesday after spotting a man stealing items from a car in Waipahu.

The officer saw the 25-year-old man taking items from the front passenger seat of a stolen Lexus at about midnight Wednesday.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of breaking into a vehicle and drug charges after allegedly finding drugs on him.

A 43-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman standing outside the Lexus were also arrested on warrants.

At one point a black Acura stopped next to the Lexus on the wrong side of the roadway and drove off. The Acura, also stolen, was later recovered.


Woman alleges Ko Olina sex assault

A 19-year-old woman reported she was sexually assaulted at about 9 p.m. Wednesday by a man in Ko Olina.

The man was described as between 40 and 50 years old.

Police have opened a first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping and first-degree terroristic threatening case.



Shark absent, beaches open in S. Kohala

The Hawaii County Fire Department gave the all-clear yesterday morning for South Kohala area beaches after a large tiger shark was spotted Wednesday feeding on a turtle. It was one of numerous sightings since Oct. 9.

"Wow, this is the first time we’ve seen this happen," said John Kahiapo, education officer for the state Division of Aquatics Resources for Hawaii island. "All the other times, they would come in and cruise around, hang out in the shallows, go in and out. This is the first time they’ve actually seen them feeding."

Beach vendors reported seeing the 10- to 12-foot tiger shark on the north side of Anaehoomalu Bay at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. They reported the shark as longer than a kayak, about 20 yards offshore, feeding on a turtle.

The Fire Department did an aerial check for the shark yesterday morning. Nothing was found, and all public shoreline access areas and resorts were reopened.

Kahiapo said the sightings appear seasonal, occurring every fall, and they have had confirmed sightings since September, all in the South Kohala area.

Kahiapo said he is not sure whether it is the same shark or numerous sharks, but sightings are becoming more frequent.

There have been intermittent beach closures since Oct. 9.

The area has a lot of ocean users, and the upcoming northwest swells will bring more surfers to the popular break.

The aquatics division is warning the public that there have been a growing number of shark sightings but at this time is not telling people to stay out of the water.


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