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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, August 9, 2000

Parents of molested teen
sue priest, organization

The parents of a teenager who was sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest are suing the priest and Theatine Fathers, Inc., the nonprofit organization that employed him.

Mark Matson is serving a 20-year sentence after a Circuit Court jury convicted him April 28 of third-degree sexual assault and attempted first-degree sexual assault.

Matson was a clergyman at the Tripler Army Medical Center when the incident occurred in August of 1998.

A then 13-year-old boy who met Matson at the park late one night accused Matson of fondling him and attempting to perform oral sex on him.

Matson was trying to show the boy some magic tricks, including how to levitate, when the sexual contact occurred.

The boy suffered severe emotional distress, fear, anxiety and humiliation because of the incident, the suit alleges. The boy's father continues to pay for medical expenses and other costs, according to the suit.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages.

Confirmation hearing for labor chief today

Gil Coloma-Agaran, nominated to be the next state Director of Labor and Industrial Relations, is scheduled to appear this afternoon at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Labor and Environment Committee.

The hearing is being held on the third day of an 11-day special session of the state Legislature. The full Senate will vote on his nomination next week.

Coloma-Agaran is deputy director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. He served as deputy director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources from 1995 to 1999 and was a lawyer in private practice prior to joining Gov. Ben Cayetano's administration.

He is being nominated to replace Lorraine Akiba.

The state House and Senate are also scheduled to vote again today on two proposals aimed at delaying the effective date of a medical-privacy law by one year and fixing uneven terms for Senators.

The measures passed out of committee Monday and received preliminary approval by both sides yesterday.

2 Council candidates decide not to run

Two prospective City Council candidates have withdrawn from their respective races on the first day they could do so.

Walter Paderes, who had filed as a candidate for the District 8 race, and Paul Swengler, who had thrown his hat in for the District 7 race, both withdrew yesterday.

Paderes said he is supporting Richard Nono, one of six others seeking the District 8 seat, covering the area from Halawa to Waipahu, that was vacated by Mufi Hannemann.

Swengler said he did not believe he had a long enough time or the resources to run a successful campaign against three others. The District 7 seat, from Kalihi to Halawa, became vacant when Donna Mercado Kim resigned.


Some events of interest


Bullet 3 p.m., City Hall: Workshop relating to tipping fees, Council Committee Meeting Room, Second Floor. Follow-up from May 10 workshop. Information, 523-4490.

Bullet 6 p.m., Waianae Neighborhood Community Center: Waianae town vision meeting. Call Clifford Jamile at 527-6180 for information.

Bullet 7 p.m., Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse: Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights neighborhood board meeting. Agenda includes a discussion with HPD on the armed robberies in Manoa and St. Louis Heights and a proposal for an area-wide security watch.

Bullet 7 p.m., Aliamanu Intermediate School cafeteria: Aliamanu/Salt Lake/Foster Village neighborhood board meeting. Agenda includes discussion on candidates for council District 7 and state representative District 32; the Red Cross adopt-a-shelter plan; and the Board of Water Supply's automatic meter-reading system.

Bullet Aug. 10-12, 423 Kamakee St.: Prayer Conference 2000 hosted by Adrian E. Yuen. Theme is "Informed Intercession and Strategic Prayer and the Transformation of Communities by God." Various times. For information: 592-3200



Bullet United Airlines has 18 mainland to Hawaii flights a day, which include four from Los Angeles to Honolulu and four from San Francisco to Honolulu. A story yesterday had incorrect information.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Fire in Hawaii Kai

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Five Honolulu Fire Department units were summoned to a
brush fire near Hawaii Kai this morning. The fire was reported
at 9:45 a.m. at an area across from Sandy Beach. Kealahou Street
-- the main road from Kalanianaole Highway to the Queen's Gate
and Kalama Valley subdivisions -- was closed because of it.

Firefighters battle brush fire near Hawaii Kai

Five Honolulu Fire Department units were summoned to a brush fire near Hawaii Kai this morning.

A department dispatcher said the fire was reported at 9:45 a.m. at an area across from Sandy Beach.

Kealahou Street -- the main road from Kalanianaole Highway to the Queen's Gate and Kalama Valley subdivisions -- was closed because of the fire.

Traffic was backing up on Kalanianaole Highway, but the fire department reported that no homes were threatened.

Man diving off Waialua found dead on shore

A 54-year-old man diving off the shores of Waialua Beach Road was found dead yesterday.

The man was found on shore at about 3:20 p.m., police said. He was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital, where he was identified by family members.

No foul play is suspected, police said.

Big Isle group not linked to police department

HILO -- Big Island police are advising the public that a group currently raising funds is not connected to the police department.

"The Hawaii Police Athletic Federation was initially started to defray expenses for officers to attend the Police Olympics, and it now sponsors professional football players to play against local police on the various islands," the department said.

Man wanted for Big Isle stabbings goes to police

HILO -- A 24-year-old man wanted for stabbing three people during a dispute at a Paradise Park home south of Hilo late Sunday is being held by police after turning himself in yesterday, police said.

The man was arrested for attempted murder, reckless endangering, and terroristic threatening, but was not immediately charged.

Police did charge him for an unrelated parole violation.

Two of the victims are recovering at Hilo Hospital.

The third was treated and released.

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