Posts Tagged: Accidents

Army sergeant sentenced for fatal hit-and-run incident

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Hit-and-run driver sentenced” (May 11, 2012): A state judge sentenced the hit-and-run driver who killed 18-year-old bicyclist Zachary Manago to the maximum 10-year prison term Thursday for leaving the scene of the fatal traffic accident in 2010. In addition, Circuit Judge Edward H. Kubo Jr. ordered Army Sgt. Doug­las Curtis… Read more »

U.S. military reductions in Okinawa adds up to more militarization of Hawai’i

Despite much bellyaching from the Pentagon about having to go on a diet, President Obama himself stated, “Over the next 10 years, the growth in the defense budget will slow, but the fact of the matter is this: It will still grow, because we have global responsibilities that demand our leadership.” The new defense strategy reflects… Read more »

U.S. military’s Pacific ‘pivot’ and Okinawa drawdown unsettles the region

After several weeks of speculation and anonymous ‘leaks’ about possible changes to the U.S.-Japan plan to relocate the Futenma Marine base to Henoko, Okinawa, government officials announced that the U.S. would begin moving some troops out of Okinawa, independent of the base relocation to Henoko. But the news is having an unsettling effect across the… Read more »

6 Marines from Kaneʻohe base killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

News sources have confirmed that the six Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan were from the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay: The helicopter, a CH-53D Sea Stallion from Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, crashed Thursday in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. The Marine unit, known as the Lucky Red Lions,… Read more »

Accidents, Rapes, Murders, Suicides, Guns and Explosives

Here is a sampling of recent news stories related to crimes and accidents involving military personnel. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Motorcyclist killed in Ewa Beach was decorated Army sergeant” (1/06/2012): The city Medical Examiner’s Office today identified the 27-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier who died in a motorcycle accident Thursday as Aaron Bennett. Bennett, from… Read more »

The Secret Life (and death) of Drones

The Washington Post published an interesting article on the intense secrecy surrounding the U.S. drone wars around the world: Since September, at least 60 people have died in 14 reported CIA drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions. The Obama administration has named only one of the dead, hailing the elimination of Janbaz Zadran, a top… Read more »

Company from Waikele bunker explosion faces $415,000 fine for numerous violations

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports: The company that employed five men killed in a fireworks bunker explosion in April could face a $415,200 fine for allowing almost a dozen unsafe working conditions and work practices that may have caused the blast, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said today. The state reported that… Read more »

Kane’ohe Marine found dead in a friend’s house in Kalihi

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that a 20-year-old Marine was found dead Saturday at a friends home in Kalihi: Lance Cpl. Samuel Johnson of North Logan, Utah, was discovered unresponsive and pronounced dead by first responders, Marine Corps officials said. “All we know is he went to a friend’s house and the friends went to… Read more »

Marine dies in motorcycle crash

From the Honolulu Star Advertiser: The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a Kaneohe Marine who died Sunday in a motorcycle crash in Aikahi Park as Brian Zuniga, 25, of Kaneohe. The medical examiner’s office said the cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries due to an accident. Zuniga died at Castle Medical Center… Read more »

…Yes, DLNR will let the Army violate Mauna Kea

Marti Townsend of KAHEA reported: Another disappointing day at the BLNR. After five hours of testimony (the majority in opposition), the Land Board voted to accept the finding of no significant impact in the final environmental assessment. The vote was: Pacheco: No Edlao: yes Alia: yes Goode: yes Agor: yes Gon: no Then after that… Read more »