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Police arrest man accused of setting fires in Nanakuli

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Honolulu police say a man who allegedly set a series of fires on Helelua Street in Nanakuli early Wednesday morning has been arrested.

The 27-year-old suspect was picked up Friday on suspicion of arson.

Investigators say seven fires started between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. in nearby neighborhoods.

The largest fire scorched about a quarter of an acre and came as close as 20 yards from some townhomes.

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Nanakuli brush fires intentionally set

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Nanakuli brush fires intentionally set

Police have no leads in their arson investigation after seven suspicious wildfires in less than two hours in Nanakuli. The first call came in at 3:15 a.m. and the last one was received at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

The largest blaze, which scorched about a quarter of an acre, came as close as 20 yards to a townhouse complex on Helelua Street. Residents were unsettled by the news that the fire was one of several small blazes that appeared to be intentionally set.

"It's kind of scary," said resident Karolann Nera. "Especially close to home, and just hopefully it's not one of these people that are doing it deliberately just for the fun of it."

"No property was damaged, but to the people living there, it's a major concern and us as well cause we don't want to have anybody hurt or their property destroyed," said Capt. Terry Seelig of the Honolulu Fire Department.

Woman killed, 7 others injured in Nanakuli crash

NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- One woman has died and several others were injured during a multi-vehicle car crash in Nanakuli on Sunday night.

Police closed two west bound lanes and one east bound lane of Farrington Highway near the Kahe Power Station as they investigated the crash, which occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m., according to police.

Police investigators say the crash happened when a car being driven by 34-year-old Margaret Lavin, of Mililani, was heading east on Farrington Highway.  Police say she crossed the center median into oncoming traffic, sideswiping another car. The two occupants of that car, an adult woman and a female child, were uninjured.

After crossing the center median and sideswiping one car, police say the vehicle then continued heading east and slammed into a third car containing seven occupants.

Lavin was reportedly thrown from her vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Army seeks public comment on plan for Makua study

HONOLULU (AP) - The Army is asking the public to comment on its plans to study marine life near Makua Valley where commanders want to resume live-fire training.

U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii said in a statement Tuesday the court-ordered study will determine whether military activities at Makua Military Reservation have contributed to or will contribute to the contamination of the area's marine resources.

The study will examine whether proposed Army training poses a health risk to area residents who gather food from the ocean.

The service is accepting public comments by email and mail through March 22.

The plan is available on the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii website and at Waianae, Kapolei and Waialua public libraries.

People may also comment at a Feb. 20 public meeting at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School.

Water conservation urged in Ko Olina

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The City is asking all residents and businesses in the Ko Olina area to conserve water through Monday evening. The water conservation is requested to help crews during their repair of a damaged pressurized sewer pipe, called a force main.

Customers are asked to not excessively use toilets, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines and showers.

A repair crew will workinto the evening to repair the force main at the West Beach No. 1 Wastewater Pump Station.

The force main broke Sunday night, and City crews are working using Vactor trucks and tankers to extract wastewater upstream of the break and redirect it downstream.

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Man dies after nearly drowning at Makaha Beach

MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Honolulu police say a man pulled from waters near Makaha Beach Friday afternoon has died. 

The man was identified as 40-year-old Eassie Miller of Waianae.

The incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Rescue crews say the man was swimming at the south side of the beach with two other people when they noticed he was in trouble.

Ocean Safety helped pull him to shore and performed CPR on the man until paramedics arrived. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to EMS officials.

The waves were 6-8 feet with bigger sets and strong currents at the time.

An autopsy will be conducted next week.

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Shark warning signs removed at two West Oahu beaches

NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Ocean Safety officials removed the shark warning signs at Nanakuli Beach Park and Yokohama Bay on Monday following confirmed shark sightings on both Saturday and Sunday.

The first shark sighting was confirmed on Saturday afternoon at around 4:45 p.m. The second sighting was confirmed on Sunday, and is believed to have been a six-foot long shark.

Signs are also up at Yokohama Bay after an 8-foot shark scared away beach goers.  The beach is not closed, but life guards there are warning people to stay out of the water.

Watch video of the shark at Yokohama Bay on our Hawaii News Now Facebook page.

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