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New effort aimed at saving lives, money when dealing with homeless

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- There are an estimated one thousand unsheltered homeless on the streets of Oahu. Efforts are now getting underway to determine how many of them are the most medically vulnerable and at-risk.

Partners in Care, an organization of homeless service providers, is spearheading Oahu's part the "100,000 Homes Campaign," a national effort to place the chronically homeless into permanent shelters. Some 200 volunteers will be fanning out in Waikiki, Downtown Honolulu and the Waianae coast, surveying the unsheltered homeless to find the 100 who are most at-risk.

"You target the top hundred who have the most vulnerable medical needs, and then you put them into housing with wrap-around services, so they're getting the mental health assistance that they need, they're getting the medical assistance that they need, they're getting the case management that they need," said Kent Anderson, the project coordinator for Partners in Care.

Parents claim demolished public housing playgrounds making kids sick

MAILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- There's a mystery at a Maili public housing project over whether recently demolished playgrounds have made area children sick.

Parents say there's even a mystery as to why four playgrounds, including one at the Maili 1 housing, were torn down in the first place.

"We never have no notices as to why they were going to take it down, so today we have no answers whatsoever. And that's all we want, answers," said Maili 1 resident Labor Ann Hidaro.

According to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, the private management company that runs the complex took down the playgrounds because of vandalism. But parents are even more upset that the resulting debris wasn't cleared up right away. They suspect that some of the material may be connected to coughs that developed in their children.

Man, 26, dead after shot in the face in Makaha

WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) - The 26-year-old man shot in the face in Makaha has died.

The medical examiner's office identifies him as Christopher Medeiros. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Police and emergency officials said he was in critical condition after Wednesday night's shooting. He died Thursday.

A 23-year-old suspect was arrested on second-degree attempted murder.

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Man sustains gunshot wound to face in Makaha shooting

Police at the scene of the shooting in Makaha

MAKAHA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 26-year-old man is in critical condition following a shooting in Makaha.

According to police, gunshots were reportedly fired at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Lahaina Street.

Police say the suspect, 23-year-old Chad Durran, implicated himself in the shooting.

Durran was then arrested on attempted murder in the second degree and taken to the Kapolei substation.

Emergency Medical Services officials say the victim was transported to the Waianae Comprehensive Center in a private vehicle with a gunshot wound to the face.

He was later transferred to the Queen's Medical Center.

The case remains under investigation.

Stay with HawaiiNewsNow.com for the latest updates.

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Speed believed to be factor in fatal Ewa Beach motorcycle crash

EWA BEACH (HawaiiNewsNow)- Police say speed was a factor in a fatal motorcycle crash Sunday in Ewa Beach.

The crash was reported at about 12:30 p.m.

According to investigators, the 45-year-old motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic when lost control of the bike.

Police say he hit a tree and was ejected into oncoming traffic where he was struck by a truck.

The 42-year-old driver of the truck was not hurt, police said.

Police closed down Kapolei Parkway in both directions while officers conducted their investigation. The roadway was reopened at about 4 p.m.

The death is the 45th traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared with 39 at the same time last year.

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Hours to extend for UH West Oahu bus route

The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) announced Thursday that TheBus will extend hours for Route 40 into the University of Hawaii-West Oahu (UHWO) campus starting Friday, September 7.

KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Currently, the Route 40 bus service to the UHWO campus ends with the 5:47 p.m. westbound run and the 5:59 p.m. eastbound run. DTS says it will now run Route 40 for extended hours in the eastbound direction only at the following times:  6:39 p.m., 7:31 p.m., 8:29 p.m., 9:23 p.m., and 10:23 p.m.

The eastbound Route 40 will allow students to reach the Waipahu Transit Center where they can transfer to a bus traveling west or continue their trip east.

Starting with the next driver sign up in December 2012, extended hours Route 40 service will be provided to the UHWO campus in both eastbound and westbound directions.

Suspect arrested in Wahiawa kidnapping and assault case

Peter Kanohokula

A man wanted in connection with a kidnapping and terroristic threatening case in Wahiawa is under arrest.

Honolulu police officers located Peter Kanohokula at a home in Ewa Beach around 12:44 Thursday afternoon. Police say Kanohokula was placed under arrest for Kidnapping and Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree.

According to officials, on Aug. 31 at about 11 p.m. Kanohokula allegedly followed a woman into a store on Kilani Avenue and asked to speak with her.

The woman then entered Kanohokula's vehicle and drove to an area near Kaena Point where he allegedly detained and assaulted her.

Kanohokula, 45, then drove to Lake View Circle and assaulted the victim again. The woman then managed to escape.

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