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Tag: Hawaii

TSA: Traveler Carried Large Sack of Moose Poop for Politicians onto Airplane

Sack of moose pop, via TSA.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

TSA agents made a stinky discovery: A traveler passed through airport security at Alaska’s Juneau International Airport carrying a large sack of moose poop.

Security stopped the traveler on April 15 after his carry-on was flagged for a “large organic mass.”

The traveler had a simple explanation, saying the nuggets of poop were “for politicians and their bleep policies,” a TSA spokeswoman told KTOO.

Since there are no rules against carrying moose poop, the man and his poop were sent on their way.

Honolulu Police Chief, Officers Are Under FBI Investigation in Corruption Case

Honolulu Police Department

Honolulu Police Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has received a target letter from the FBI, informing him that he is under investigation as part of an ongoing public corruption case.

The chief will go on restricted duty, Hawaii News Now reports. 

The FBI also sent target letters to several other officers in the department.

The letters follow a guilty plea by former police officer Niall Silva, who admitted to lying under oath about a conspiracy to frame a relative of the police chief’s wife.

His wife, a high-ranking deputy city prosecutor, is accused of lying about her uncle stealing a mailbox.

Hawaii May Be First State to Enter All Gun Owners into FBI Database

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hawaii is poised to become the first state in the nation to enter gun owners into an FBI database.

The Associated Press reports that the database would immediately notify police when a Hawaiian resident is arrested in another state.

In other states, people who are entered into the “Rap Back” database are in “positions of trust,” such as school officials, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

“I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” said Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”

Supporters of the law say Hawaii would be safer with the database.

Secret Service Stops Man from Flying Drone Alongside President Obama’s Motorcade in Hawaii

DroneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A recreational drone alarmed Secret Service agents after it was seen flying alongside President Obama’s motorcade in Hawaii, the International Business Times reports. 

Agents approached the operator and ordered him to land the drone.

The operator complied and was not arrested.

“The Secret Service is aware of this incident. The subject was completely unaware that the Presidential motorcade would be transiting the area of operation and immediately complied with law enforcement requests to cease and desist. No charges were filed. The motorcade proceeded without further incident,” the agency said in a statement late Monday, according toWABC, an ABC News affiliate for New York.

Obama is on vacation in Hawaii.

Stowaway Teen Reveals Serious Flaws in Airport Security After He Climbed onto Plane Unnoticed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More disturbing than a teen’s decision to hide in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii was how easily he was able to slip past layers of security Sunday morning.

The Washington Post reports that the 15-year-old boy, who was running away from home, showed how a determined person could bypass security and sneak onto a plane without notice.

It’s not that surveillance cameras didn’t capture the boy slip past security at San Jose International Airport; it’s that no one saw him on the video screen.

“There’s no way to guarantee security, even if you had one person per video screen,”  Richard Bloom, an airport security expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona

Airport officials said they are reviewing the breach to determine who to avoid a similar failure.

Teenager Survives ‘Miracle’ Trip in Wheel Well of Flight from California to Hawaii

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 16-year-old boy survived a five-and-a-half-hour trip in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, the FBI said.

CBS News reports that the boy was questioned by the the FBI after he was discovered Sunday on the tarmac without identification at the Maui airport.

“I would imagine flying (at that altitude), it would be very cold. Also … that wheel well really is not pressurized or temperature controlled, so it would be a miracle to have survived,” Maui Airport Duty Manager Marvin Moniz said.

What’s worrisome to federal authorities is how easily Simon hopped a fence to get on the plane at Santa Clara.

Authorities said he was running away from home after an argument

“He was unconscious for the lion’s share of the flight,” FBI spokesman Tom Simon said.

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FBI Agents Searching Hawaii for Suspect of Two California Bombings in California in 2003

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com 

FBI agents are in Hawaii searching for the suspect of a two bombings in California that targeted companies that tested animals for products.

Hawaii News Now reports that authorities are also erecting signs offering a $250,000 for the capture of Daniel Andreas San Diego, who is suspected of two bombings in 2003.

“They showed us their FBI badges and they gave us the flyer for this guy,” said Bethany Kiley, an employee at Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa. “They wanted us to know that he is armed and dangerous and he likes explosives.”

FBI officials said the search is serious.

“He may or may not actually be on Hawaii Island, but we are taking this lead seriously out of genuine concern for local residents,” said Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon. “It’s important to recognize that this guy is considered armed and dangerous.  If you know where he is, please just call it in.  We don’t want anyone getting hurt trying to be a hero.”

 

 

Former Stanford University Student Successfully Sues to Be Removed from No-Fly List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Stanford University student became the first person to successfully challenge placement on a government’s no-fly list, Wired.com reports.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Thursday that an FBI agent “erroneously nominated” Rahinah Ibrahim to the list in 2004. The agent, Michael Kelly, “checked the wrong boxes, filling out the form exactly the opposite way from the instructions on the form.”

The Malaysian woman discovered she was on the no-fly list in December 2005 when she was detained and handcuffed while trying to travel to Hawaii to present a paper on affordable housing.

She sued, and despite the mistakes, federal authorities challenged her in court.