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Brandt: Manti Te'o's draft stock could plummet

NFL draft consultant Gil Brandt believes the uncertainty surrounding Manti Te'o could affect when he is selected in April by an NFL team.

Brandt called the story that Notre Dame's All-American linebacker was involved in a hoax "something I have never witnessed" in his half-century in pro football.

The former Dallas Cowboys general manager says he had Te'o rated 19th overall in the first round, and that Te'o's stock had plummeted after a poor performance in the BCS championship game. Now, Te'o could fall further.

Brandt said Thursday that "I think some teams will say it isn't worth the problem" to draft Te'o.

He adds that "between now and 97 days from now when the draft comes, there'll be a lot of people investigating just what took place."


Police searching for suspects in home invasion

WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Police are looking for three people suspected in a home invasion.

Hawaii News Now reports that the home invasion and robbery occurred late Wednesday night in Waialua. Police say three suspects entered the home while wearing bandanas that covered their faces.

Police say one of the suspects brandished what appeared to be a black handgun and struck a 66-year-old man with it before demanding money and valuables. A second suspect was armed with a rifle.

Police say the man and a 60-year-old woman were tied up by the suspects who searched the house before fleeing.

Source: KHNL-TV,


Big Island charging for plastic bags

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Big Island is taking an important step toward a complete ban on plastic shopping bags next year.

As of Thursday, West Hawaii Today reports that most retail outlets will begin charging for plastic bags, and many retailers are offering an incentive. They will be offering a few cents off for each reusable bag that customers provide.

Big Island supermarket KTA wants to go beyond the county ban set for January 2014. By this time next year it wants to ban all single-use grocery bags, including brown paper bags. The company says on the Big Island alone more than 723 tons of paper grocery bags are used each year. The company says production of those paper bags requires the cutting down of 12,000 trees.

Source: West Hawaii Today,


Big Island surfer reportedly bitten by shark

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A man surfing at Kiholo Bay on the Big Island reportedly has been bitten by a shark.

Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Loyola says the attack has not been confirmed, but he says it appears that the man bitten on his left forearm by a tiger shark around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

West Hawaii Today reports that in 2011 there were two reports of sharks biting boards but not injuring riders near Lyman's surf spot in Kailua-Kona.

An attack also occurred in October 1999 when a 16-year-old boy had his arm bitten by a 6- to 8-foot shark while he was surfing off Old Kona Airport Park. An unconfirmed attack was also reported April 1987 in Kailua Bay and a confirmed attack occurred in 1963 off South Kona.


Source: West Hawaii Today,