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Posted on: Saturday, February 10, 2001

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff

Couple indicted in sexual assault

A Kapolei couple was indicted by the Oahu grand jury this week in a 17-count indictment charging them with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl over a six-month period.

Victor Flores, 37, was charged with eight counts of first-degree sexual assault and lesser sex charges. Celeste Flores, 36, who is nine months pregnant, was charged with first- and third-degree sexual assault and three counts of accomplice to sexual assault in the first degree, according to authorities.

Police said Celeste Flores sometimes directed the sexual activity between her husband and the girl.

Both are being held on $250,000 bail. Police say they learned of the alleged abuse through school officials. The indictment accuses the couple of engaging in sex acts with the teen between July 22 and the end of January.

The couple’s three children were taken into protective custody.

Lightning cuts Big Island power

HILO, Hawaii — Lightning caused a brief power failure Thursday afternoon that affected more than 8,100 Hawaii Electric Light Co. customers.

The failure at 4:47 p.m. affected the Hamakua Coast from Honomu to Ookala, portions of the Hilo Industrial Area and Hilo town along Kilauea Avenue, and the Wainaku area out to Papaikou and Keaau, as well as areas along the Hawaii Belt Highway.

Kaua’i mayor leads tourism delegation

LIHUE, Kauai — Mayor Maryanne Kusaka led a delegation this week to the The Travel Show in Seattle.

The delegation includes entertainers, visitor industry representatives, local products manufacturers and two Kauai High School students with the Academy of Travel and Tourism., which helps educate students about the visitor industry.

The show was to run from yesterday through tomorrow.

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