State briefs for May 22

Man charged with murder in death of Hawaii teen

HONOLULU — A man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a Hawaii teenager who had been missing for several days before her body was found in Wahiawa.

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Honolulu police say the 21-year-old man was charged Saturday with second-degree murder and was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

He is expected to make his first court appearance today in District Court.

The man was arrested at about 2 p.m. Friday in Wahiawa in connection with the death of 19-year-old Nelibeth Albert.

Police say Albert was reported missing Wednesday after she left her home in Wahiawa at about 9 a.m. Tuesday and never returned.

Police say Albert had an intellectual disability.

Police say her body was found Friday and the slaying occurred at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Coast Guard aids Canadian mariner whose vessel flooded

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard assisted a distressed Canadian mariner after his vessel began taking on water about 80 miles from the Big Island.

Coast Guard watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert early Sunday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry escorted the 73-year-old mariner to port aboard his 44-foot sailing vessel once the flooding was under control.

An aircrew located the Helen Margaret, established communication with the man and dropped a dewatering pump.

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A second helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer who retrieved and operated the pump successfully until the cutter crew could take over.

Weather at the time of the case was reported east winds 23 mph and wind waves at 6 feet. A small craft advisory is in effect for the main Hawaiian Islands.

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