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Washington man charged in killing

Zimmerman, also known as Philip Howard Zimmerman, was charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $320,000. He makes his initial appearance in court today.

Police said resort workers responded to guests’ reports of screams from a room Monday night. A witness saw a man striking the woman, Susan Brockert, 44, on the head, police said. Employees detained Zimmerman until police arrived.

Brockert was taken to the North Hawaii Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday.

Zimmerman and Brockert were registered at the resort together, police said.

An autopsy was ordered.

Body ID’d as that of missing runner

The body of a man found on a hill Saturday in Mokuleia has been identified as a trail runner who disappeared on May 14 during a run with a group in the Peacock Flats area.

Are Hjorungnes, 40, died of multiple blunt force injuries from an accidental fall, the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office determined.

Volunteer searchers found Hjorungnes’ body about 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the hill behind Dillingham Airfield. Some suspected he had missed a turn in a trail and fell while trying to go down the hillside.

Firefighter drowned, autopsy shows

A 41-year-old diver who died after an accident off Pearl Harbor on Tuesday drowned, according to an autopsy by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office.

Authorities identified the man yesterday as Jeffrey Barbieto of Kaneohe. A friend said Barbieto had been a city firefighter for more than 20 years. Fire Capt. Terry Seelig confirmed Barbieto was assigned to Rescue 2 company in Mililani Mauka.

Barbieto was diving 2 miles off shore about 2:30 p.m. for Hukilau Foods, a commercial dive operation, when he became unresponsive.

The Navy and Coast Guard responded, and Barbieto was taken to Pali Momi Medical Center, where he died.


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