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Kona shark attack victim talks about painful encounter

James Kerrigan

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Kailua-Kona resident James Kerrigan said he never saw the shark that chomped down on his right leg Tuesday then immediately swam away.

"It bit me. It was a quick bite. It thrashed around a little bit. And then, boom! Gone," he told Hawaii News Now by telephone.

Kerrigan, 28, was swimming with his fiance off Mahaiula Beach in North Kona. They were about 100 yards from shore. The water was twelve-feet deep and clear.

"My first thought was that it was one of my stupid friends coming behind me and trying to scare me, grab me and shaking me," he said. "I saw the blood. My only thought after that was just, 'Oh, God! I got to get to shore.'"

Kerrigan said the major damage is to his calf.    

"There's multiple deep lacerations. They had to sew a lot of the muscle back together. I got real lucky. It didn't break any bones. It didn't cut any arteries or anything," he said.

Hilo Library Will Close for Tent Fumigation Starting June 28

Hilo Library Will Close for Tent Fumigation Starting June 28

Hilo Public Library will close temporarily for pre-scheduled tent fumigation beginning Friday, June 28.  The book drops will be closed from 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 for the duration of the project.  Hilo Public Library is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, July 2 pending any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

While the Library is closed, patrons may visit any of our other public libraries.  In addition, patrons may log-on to the HSPLS website:  www.librarieshawaii.org to:

Partners to restore historic Hawaii path

KAULUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The National Park Service with the help of state and local partners will spend the summer restoring a historic Hawaii path.

West Hawaii Today reports work will begin in about two weeks on Kiholo-Puako Trail, known as the "King's Trail."

The western Hawaii Island trail is part of the 175-mile Ala Kahakai, or "trail by the sea." The trail linked communities, temples and fishing areas.

A 2006 earthquake damaged masonry causeways on the trail. Curbing along the side collapsed and made the trail vulnerable to erosion.

The project is in the Ala Kahakai National Historical Trail corridor within the Kiholo State Park Reserve. The park service will use $195,000 in cultural resource funds for the project.

Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

1 dead, another injured after Hilo crash

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- UPDATE, as of Sunday at 1:15 p.m. : Hawaii County police have identified the man that died as Joseph Nieves, 23, of Hilo

One person is dead, another injured after a car crash near Hilo.

Big Island police say the car was heading Hilo bound on Kalanianaole Avenue in Keaukaha when it crossed the center  line and struck a mailbox, sheared a utility pole and slammed into the stone wall outside of Rachel Calvert's residence.

"At about 11 p.m. there was a loud crash, and then a flash of light that was like fireworks. And then a following crash. And then all the electricity went out," said Calvert.

Police say a man in his 20's was pronounced dead at the scene; a 17-year-old man was taken to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

Unexploded ordnance removed from Hapuna Beach Park

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BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) closed Hapuna Beach State Park Friday morning (except for the Waialea section which remains open) due to possible unexploded ordnance (UXO) found by a diver in waters off the park.

The diver brought the object ashore to the park concession area.

Hawaii County Fire Department and Police Departments were notified and DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) contacted the U.S. Army Schofield Barracks unexploded ordnance unit.

A team of UXO experts arrived on the Big Island Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile the public was evacuated by County Police and DOCARE and a safety perimeter established around the concession area where the object was.

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Businessman in Hilo hammer case guilty on all counts

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- A Hilo businessman was found guilty on all counts Tuesday after he admitted to bashing a man with a hammer.

Robert Diego admitted he bashed Don Nigro in a Hilo apartment in 2011. Diego claimed to have rare coins for sale, and instead of the promised coins he showed up to their meeting with a hidden hammer.

Diego claimed he attacked Nigro with the hammer because he tried to sexually assault him.

Police say Nigro ended up with a fractured skull. Then while Diego was in jail, he allegedly tried to hire someone to kill Nigro.

Diego's sentencing is scheduled for next month.

Diego is the former mortician who served two months in jail in 2004 for theft.

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Trial delayed again in Hawaii pot ministry case

HONOLULU (AP) - The federal trial against the founder of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry has been delayed again.

A defense hearing has postponed Roger Christie's trial to October. He's been held without bail since July 2010.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that Christie's attorney has asked for more time to respond to a prosecution move to keep the religious freedom defense from being used during trial.

Christie's attorney Thomas Otake wants to be allowed to raise the defense that he should be acquitted of marijuana trafficking charges under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Hilo ministry is now defunct.

Christie was 1 of 14 indicted by the federal grand jury on marijuana trafficking charges after a 2-year investigation of the ministry. He was the only defendant detained without bail.


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