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A 19-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a traffic accident in which the Jeep he was driving hit an H-1 freeway guardrail and rolled over several times, killing an 18-year-old wo- man.

The suspect was arrested at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Tripler Army Medical Center on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide and two counts of second-degree negligent injury, one count of first-degree negligent injury, and driving under the influence while under the age of 21.

Kortney Biton-Schubert, 18, was killed Aug. 12 when she and four other people were thrown from the vehicle 1 mile east of the Vineyard Boulevard offramp. The other four vehicle occupants were taken in critical condition to a hospital.

Suspect No. 2 in City Mill heist arrested by police Wednesday

A second man has been arrested in connection with a robbery at City Mill in Kaimuki during which one of the men allegedly swung a machete at employees.

Ethan Kelly, 30, who has no local address, was arrested at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree robbery, resisting arrest, and a warrant. He was arrested on Papipi Road in Ewa Beach.

On Tuesday a grand jury returned an indictment charging Kelly and his alleged accomplice, Benjamin Zablan, in connection with the July 31 City Mill robbery. Kelly was charged with second-degree robbery, and Zablan was charged with first-degree robbery. Zablan was arrested Aug. 12. Bail was set at $50,000 each.


Motorist shot by police on Big Island

A 27-year-old Mountain View man was wounded when a police officer and a deputy sheriff fired shots Thursday afternoon after the man allegedly drove toward them and another deputy was reportedly hit by the vehicle, Hawaii County police reported.

The officer and two deputy sheriffs were trying to serve a bench warrant at a Mauna Lani Tract Road home “when a vehicle sped towards the officers in a threatening manner,” police said in a news release.

The officer fired three shots and one deputy sheriff fired two rounds toward the vehicle, striking the 27-year-old driver.

After the man was shot, the vehicle hit the second deputy sheriff, then crashed into bushes before coming to a rest, police said.

Assistant Police Chief Henry Tavares said the deputy sheriff struck by the vehicle received minor injuries.

The shooting occurred at about 1:48 p.m. Thursday.

Tavares said Thursday afternoon he did not know who fired the shot that struck the man.

Police arrested the man at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was then taken by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said. He remains in police custody while detectives investigate further.

Police will conduct a criminal investigation into the shooting, and the Office of Professional Standards will conduct an administrative investigation, as is standard practice.

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