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State briefs for February 21

Deputy sheriff shot man while in scuffle at Capitol

HONOLULU — Hawaii Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda said a deputy sheriff was in a physical struggle with a man who refused to stop drinking at the state Capitol before fatally shooting him.

Espinda said the deputy was patrolling the Capitol grounds Monday night when he found a man with an open container of alcohol. The man ignored the deputy’s directions to throw out the alcohol and leave the Capitol grounds.

Espinda says the man became physically combative and an “extreme struggle” ensued. Espinda says the deputy fired his weapon while the two were in close contact during the scuffle.

The man was shot in the upper torso and taken to a hospital, where he died.

The deputy has been with the state Department of Public Safety since 2017 and was placed on restricted duty.

Woman who spit on security officer gets jail time

WAILUKU, Maui — A woman who spit on a security officer and scratched another when she was stopped in a shopping mall with stolen merchandise was sentenced.

Alicia Sinenci, 30, received a six-month jail term last Friday. She also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service as part of four years’ probation.

Sinenci pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal trespassing and two counts of fourth-degree theft.

She was arrested July 24 after loss-prevention officers followed her as she left the Macy’s men’s store without paying for nine T-shirts she stuffed in a backpack, said Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas. He added that the backpack was one of two stolen from the Victoria’s Secret store at the mall.

As part of her probation, Sinenci was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

She also was ordered to pay fines of $658, representing twice the value of the merchandise that she shoplifted.

Sinenci was ordered not to enter Macy’s or Victoria’s Secret without authorization from her probation officer. She was given credit for the nearly five months she already spent in jail.

Intensifying tropical storm bearing down on Pacific islands

HAGATNA, Guam — An intensifying tropical storm is bearing down on Micronesia and could threaten Guam in the coming days.

The National Weather Service in Guam reports typhoon warnings are in place for Satawal in Yap State and Puluwat in Chuuk State, both part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

The maximum sustained winds as of Wednesday morning were about 65 mph, but the National Weather Service expects the storm will intensify through Saturday, when it will be closer to Guam. The storm could become a typhoon.

The center of the storm was about 735 miles southeast of Guam and 135 miles south of Chuuk as of Wednesday morning. It was expected to make a slight turn to the northwest at about 13 mph.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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