8 take stand in Safadago trial 3rd day

LIHUE — Day three of a manslaughter trial featured testimony from a tow truck driver who watched a young woman pass away in the seat of her car, an emergency room doctor who testified about the suspect’s delusions of grandeur and a restaurant owner who stepped outside his shop and saw a tire rolling in the street.

Manslaughter trial enters day two

LIHUE — Trial proceedings are underway in the manslaughter case of a man accused of stealing a car and driving it drunk at nearly 90 miles an hour, allegedly killing a 19-year-old woman in a head-on collision.

Kapaa man gets 10 years for break-in

LIHUE — A Kapaa man was sentenced to 10 years in jail last week for breaking into the home of his former boss and hacking thousands of dollars worth of appliances and furniture to pieces with a machete because, as he explained to police, “He owes me choke ahi.”

Gun violence

Roy Saito is the owner of Gold-Express Inc., where he deals in everything from precious metals to antique war memorabilia.

Launch like Lenson

LIHUE — A bodyboard competition will be held this weekend at Shipwrecks Beach to celebrate the lives of Trey Contrades and Lenson Perez.

Judge to rule in TVR case

LIHUE — The Kauai County Planning Department may be on the verge of losing its legal battle against the owners of vacation rental homes who refused to stop operations after their permits were revoked two years ago.

Lawsuit dismissed after tirade

A Kauai man who attempted to sue a group of investors he accused of running a Ponzi scheme stormed out of a federal courtroom “while screaming obscenities and making threatening gestures,” according to a federal judge’s order dismissing the case.

‘I’m hanging in there’

An infrastructure project to replace the Hanapepe River Bridge is well behind schedule, and construction has been at a virtual standstill for months.

Long-delayed cases dismissed

At least five separate criminal cases on Kauai have been dismissed in the last month because police and prosecutors failed to pursue charges in a timely manner.

Stricter DUI laws in effect

Drunken drivers face tougher penalties under a new state law that increases fines and lengthens prison terms for those convicted of driving under the influence.

“Our culture is not for sale.”

LIHUE — Steam rose from the asphalt on Rice Street, as thousands of demonstrators marched in solidarity with the Native Hawaiians, who for the past two weeks have blocked the road to the peak of Mauna Kea, where construction was scheduled to begin on the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Wala‘au at the barbershop

Manii Sanchez has been a professional barber since age 15. His friends paid him 50 cents a haircut, until he raised his rates and started charging a bag of chips and a bottle of Kool-Aid.

KIUC says power outages are done

LIHUE — No more rolling blackouts are expected, but mechanical issues persist at multiple Kauai Island Utility Cooperative facilities, and residents are still being asked to conserve electricity.