Trump impeached for historic second time

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.

New Environmental Management director balks at Alii Drive sewer plan

Hawaii County residents who have expressed concern that Mayor Mitch Roth would push a pro-development agenda when he took office may have been reassured last week when his Environmental Management director — who still awaits council confirmation — delayed what seemed a formality accepting a sewer line because he thinks it could be a public health hazard.

Police seek leads on missing Hilo woman

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 31-year-old Danielle Alexa Jean of Hilo. She hasn’t been seen since mid-December and family on the mainland are concerned for her welfare.

Police arrest 26 for DUI

During the week of Jan. 4-10, Hawaii Island police arrested 26 motorists for DUI. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident. None was younger than 21. The numbers of arrests by district were: Kona, 14; South Hilo, six; Puna, four; Ka‘u and South Kohala, one each.

ACLU urges vaccines for sick, elderly inmates

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Hawaii is urging state officials to vaccinate sick and elderly incarcerated jail and prison inmates for COVID-19 on the same timetable they would individuals in the same risk groups who aren’t incarcerated.

As pandemic worsens, most US states resist restrictions

PHOENIX — As the U.S. goes through the most lethal phase of the coronavirus outbreak yet, governors and local officials in hard-hit parts of the country are showing little willingness to impose any new restrictions on businesses to stop the spread.

Trump takes no responsibility for riot, visits Texas

ALAMO, Texas — President Donald Trump on Tuesday took no responsibility for his part in fomenting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, despite his comments encouraging supporters to march on the Capitol and praise for them while they were still carrying out the assault.

Obituaries for January 13

Antonio Bruce Cosma, 84, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 4 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hana, Maui, he was a journeyman carpenter, a carpenter for Cliff Pouton Builders, a construction worker for Glover Construction Company and Hawaii Dredging Construction Company, worked for Hicks Homes Builders, and owned Cosma’s Carpentry Services. Services at a later date. Survived by wife, Carilynne Cosma of Kailua-Kona; sons, Anthony (Denise) Cosma of Kalaoa and Harry (Doreen) Kapea of Dallas; daughters, Pixie (Melvin) Flores and Tracey Cosma-Carvalho of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Marion (Nancy) Cosma of Lahaina, Maui and Francis (Ella) Cosma of Wailuku, Maui; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Top military leaders remind troops of limits of free speech

WASHINGTON — Amid worry about renewed violence on Inauguration Day, the military’s top leaders issued a written reminder to all service members Tuesday that the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week was an anti-democratic, criminal act, and that the right to free speech gives no one the right to commit violence.