State briefs for August 14

  • Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Gabbard takes presidential campaign break for Guard training

HONOLULU — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is taking two weeks off from her 2020 Democratic presidential campaign to participate in Army National Guard training.

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Gabbard announced the two-week break in a statement Monday. She will return to the campaign trail on Aug. 25.

Gabbard is a major in the Army National Guard who has served in the military for more than 16 years and deployed to Iraq in 2004 and Kuwait in 2008.

She will be participating in a joint-training exercise with the Indonesian military. Gabbard says she is “grateful to be able to serve our country and the American people in many ways, including as a soldier.”

Gabbard is the first female combat veteran to run for U.S. president. She was elected to Congress in 2012.

Police make arrest in woman’s purse snatching death

HONOLULU — Honolulu police arrested a teenager in connection with the death of a woman who died from injuries suffered when her purse was snatched, a report said.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy Saturday on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of 85-year-old Dolores Corpus.

Police did not identify the teenager.

Authorities say 82-year-old John Corpus and his wife were on an early-morning walk three blocks from their Oahu home July 21 when a bicyclist snatched her purse and fled.

John Corpus told police he did not see the theft in the Kalihi neighborhood as his wife walked ahead of him, but found her lying in the crosswalk.

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Her purse containing $2,000 in cash was missing, police said.

The couple walked home and called police. Emergency Medical Services responded to treat Dolores Corpus’ injuries, officials said. She was taken to a hospital where she died four days later from bleeding in the brain, police said.

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