The Labor Day weekend has proven to be deadly with three people killed and two seriously injured from motor vehicle accidents. According to a fire department report, a head-on crash near Waimea on Saturday night killed Brandon Ng, his wife Suzanne, and their five-year old son. Rupert Tripp, Jr., of Keaau, a singer with the trio Kohala, was flown to the Queen’s Medical Center. Tripp was listed in guarded condition. Eight-year old Aimee Ng remained in critical condition.
What appeared to be a report of suspected drowning at the Hilo Valhalla Apratments in Puueo has resulted in the arrest of a man for suspected abuse. Police Lt. Greg Esteban told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that an ambulance took the girl to the Hilo Medical Center where she later died. Esteban said detectives are questioning a man in his 30s about the incident.
Hawaii’s newest fire station will soon open in Pahoa. Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the $5.3 million Pahoa station on Highway 130 should be ready by October. Oliveira said the station has three bays, each of which is long enough to store two fire vehicles. A powerful ventilation system will remove diesal and other harmful fumes. The station is large enough to store a rescue helicopter during emergencies.
(AP). Hawaii and the rest of the nation are enjoying Labor Day today, the unofficial end of summer. It’s a federal, state, and city-county holiday. Government offices will be closed. There will be no mail delivery. Banks, schools, and libraries will also be closed. Parks, recreational centers, and municipal golf courses will be open.
(AP). Honolulu police say they expect to charge a 29-year-old man with second degree murder in the strangling death of a teenager who was found in an alley two weeks ago. Amateur kickboxer Crobit K. Ahn was arrested at his home Friday and held in connection with the death of 18-year-old Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana. She was last seen alive by friends the night before her body was found August 24th.
(AP). Former professional football player Jesse Mahelona has died in a single-car crash on the Big Island. On Saturday, police identified Mahelona as the driver of a 1996 Honda sedan which left the Kealakehe Parkway and hit construction equipment in Kailua-Kona. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash. Mahelona was a standout defensive lineman at Kealakehe High School before he was drafted in 2006 by the Tennessee Titans. Mahelona also played for the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.