Newswatch

Newswatch

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, January 21, 1999


Entertainer Feary must
go back to prison

Island entertainer Mackey Feary was ordered back to prison today to begin serving time after violating conditions of his probation.

Circuit Judge Fa'auuga To'otoo today sentenced Feary to 10 years for criminal property damage, and five years each on two separate drug offenses, all to be served concurrently. Those were the penalties for Feary's earlier crimes.

Despite the chances Feary had been given by the courts, To'otoo said, there has been "substantial and inexcusable evidence" that he violated imposed conditions.

"You were given a gift by the court, you plundered it," said To'otoo.

Feary had served six months out of a year in jail and was on five years probation for attacking his estranged wife at a Waimalu parking lot in September 1996 and smashing her car with a hammer. He had been convicted of criminal property damage and two drug offenses.

Shortly after his release, he entered Christian a organization that helps former inmates lead productive lives. But despite his vow not to stray, he was kicked out for testing positive for drugs.

Prosecutors said his positive drug test and dismissal from the program were grounds to revoke his probation and asked he be returned to jail.



Barbers Point Naval Station
to be returned to state July 1

July 1 ceremony will mark the turnover of Barbers Point Naval Air Station to the state.

About 50 people heard tentative details discussed at a session of Barbers Point Naval Air Station Redevelopment Commission last night at Kapolei.

Bill Erwin, base public affairs officer, said it appears the changeover will be a two-part event.

As the Navy air operation of P-3 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and some 2,000 personnel moves from Barbers Point to Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe, a dedication ceremony likely will go on at Kaneohe on June 29, he said.

"Thursday morning July 1, we'll have our closing ceremony (at Barbers Point) about 9 a.m.," Erwin said. "We'll have the Navy side of it, and then we'll turn everything over to the civilian side somewhere in mid-ceremony."

The actual turnover date is July 2.

Capt. Robert Kernan, Barbers Point commanding officer, said the main speaker for the ceremony likely will be Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy William Cassidy, who is basically in charge of base realignment and closing.

The Coast Guard operation, with its C-130 fixed-wing search planes and helicopters, will remain at Barbers Point, Erwin said. The Hawaii National Guard will move helicopters and maybe some fixed-wing aircraft to Barbers Point, he added.

The new state operations at Barbers Point will be National Guard, state Department of Transportation (general aviation airport) and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Erwin said. The Navy will retain a number of housing units at Barbers Point with a commissary and Navy Exchange.



Prosecutors will seek to reduce death charge

Prosecutors will seek reduced charges against a man indicted in the November 1997 death of a homeless man in Waikiki.

Charles Kaheaku Jr., 33, faced a maximum 20 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.

He pleaded not guilty and his trial is scheduled to begin April 19.

But Deputy Prosecutor Russell Uehara said after reviewing the case and medical reports, it is apparent the victim, Theodore Barcenas, died of terminal liver disease and not from injuries sustained in a fight.

Uehara will ask the charge against Kaheaku be reduced to second- or third-degree assault.

Reports showed that Barcenas, 40, was an alcoholic, Uehara said.

"From the beginning, he went into the hospital with no liver function whatsoever," the attorney said.

Barcenas himself had told police he fell down on his own and that no one punched him, Uehara said.

A Circuit Court judge this week allowed Kaheaku to be placed on supervised release to his mother while awaiting trial.

Palolo tenants to hold vigil for Laulusa

Members of the Palolo Tenants Association will conduct a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. tomorrow to mark the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of Rodney Laulusa.

A mural designed by artist Imaikalani Kalahele will be unveiled during the one-hour vigil at the entrance to Palolo Valley Homes.

Kauai attorney Trask suspended for year

The state Supreme Court has suspended Kauai attorney Arthur K. Trask Jr. from the practice of law for multiple acts of professional misconduct, including commingling and misappropriation of client funds, failure to expedite litigation, lack of diligence and other counts.

Trask was suspended for a year and a day, beginning Feb. 18, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel said yesterday.

The court also ordered Trask to complete at his own expense a program designed and administered by the Hawaii State Bar Association referral program for problem lawyers.

Trask, 47, was admitted to the Hawaii bar in 1982.

UH schedules business forum on Jan. 29

Looking for new business opportunities has become a state preoccupation, and the University of Hawaii is holding a business forum to help the search.

The university has launched University Connections, a program to stimulate entrepreneurship in knowledge-based industries such as biotechnology, information technology and telecommunications.

The program is a partnership of the university, the business community and government.

It will co-sponsor the Biotechnology Business Forum on Jan. 29 with City Bank; Hawaii Venture Group, LLC; ProBio Inc.; and Venture Consulting Group Inc.

The forum is the first in a series specifically designed to introduce groundbreaking research at the UH that has commercial potential.

"The University of Hawaii is rapidly becoming a leader in biotechnology research that can provide a foundation for a strong biotechnology industry in Hawaii," said Alan Teramura, the university's senior vice president for research.

Recent University of Hawaii accomplishments include cloning mice, discovery of an antitumor drug candidate, and a $12 million National Science Foundation award for a Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center.

Forum speakers include university researchers and officials of biotechnology companies in Hawaii.

The forum will be held at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel. For more information call 956-3254.


CORRECTION

Rex "B-Boyjiggy" Koga, 18, was the break-dancer shown in Tuesday's photo on Page A-3. The caption had an incorrect name.


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Police, Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

POLICE/FIRE

Undercover cop nabs his alleged robber, 35

A 35-year-old man was arrested last night in Waikiki for allegedly robbing an undercover policeman and holding him against his will.

The suspect stood in the doorway of a Cleghorn Street home at 11:30 p.m. and told the officer he couldn't leave, police said. The suspect then reportedly threatened to beat up the officer if he didn't give him $200.

The officer handed over $200, then was allowed to leave. But he returned about 10 minutes later and arrested the man.

The suspect was booked for second-degree robbery and kidnapping.

Phony traveler's checks lead to woman's arrest

Police yesterday arrested a woman in Waikiki for allegedly making several purchases with counterfeit traveler's checks.

The woman reportedly presented the checks at several businesses at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center at about 3 p.m., police said.

Police were called when a merchant found the checks to be fake.

The woman was located in the mall and arrested for second-degree forgery.

Kona burglary suspect held, faces 25 counts

KAILUA-KONA -- Big Island police are holding a Kona burglary suspect in lieu of $37,100 bail following his arrest by Honolulu police Monday, they said.

Rodney Robert Rodrigues Jr., 27, was arrested in Mililani on a CrimeStoppers tip, returned to Kona and charged yesterday with 13 counts of burglary, four counts of theft, seven counts of entry into motor vehicles and one count of assault.

Neglected stove causes morning fire in Kahului

WAILUKU -- A fire damaged a kitchen in a house in Kahului this morning.

Acting Assistant Chief Frank Tam said a stove left on in the dwelling caused the fire at 373 S. Kamehameha Ave.

Firefighters received the call at 1 a.m., Tam said.

Driver checkpoints to be set up during weekend

Honolulu police will set up drinking-driver checkpoints at unannounced times and locations from tomorrow night through early Monday morning.


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