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Coral reef council to meet

A council that advises the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on coral reefs in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is due to meet this week. The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve’s advisory council is expected to hear and discuss updates on the monument when it meets tomorrow at the Papahanaumokuakea monument’s office in Hawaii Kai, beginning at 9 a.m.

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Big Island man charged in meth case

Big Island Circuit Judge Glenn S. Hara sentenced a Mountain View man yesterday to 10 years in prison for second-degree methamphetamine trafficking and first-degree burglary.

Joshua Shane Soares, 22, must serve at least three years and four months before he will be eligible for parole, the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release.

Police stopped Soares on April 5 after seeing him driving with his 1-year-old son not properly restrained in a car safety seat, the prosecutor said. During the traffic stop, a drug-sniffing police dog detected narcotics. Officers found 1.08 grams of methamphetamine, empty packets and a digital scale in the vehicle, the prosecutor said.

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