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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, November 17, 2001


Highway lanes to reopen for Thanksgiving travel

Lane closures on state highways will be suspended during the busy Thanksgiving period, Wednesday through Nov. 25 at the following locations:

H-1, H-2 and H-3 freeways, Kalanianaole Highway, Kamehameha Highway, Ala Moana, Kalihi Street/Likelike Highway, Pali Highway, Kailua Road, Vineyard Boulevard, Moanalua freeway, Kahekili Highway and Kamehameha Highway.

3 workshops to discuss anthrax, water, pollution

The biological properties of anthrax will be among the topics discussed today at three public workshops offered by the Kailua Bay Advisory Council.

Other workshops will focus on how people can reduce pollution in their own back yards and information about bacterial counts in the waters of Kaneohe, Kailua and Waimanalo bays.

The workshops are free and will be held at Camp Kokokahi, on Kaneohe Bay Drive in Kaneohe:

>> 10:30 a.m.: University of Hawaii professor Carl Evensen will offer methods that people can use to reduce pollution releases into the streams and coastal waters.

>> 11:00 a.m.: UH professor Maqs Alam will present information on the new water sampling methods his team uses to detect and measure bacteria in the coastal waters of Kaneohe Bay, Kailua Beach and Waimanalo Beach.

>> 11:30 a.m.: Alam will give a presentation of general interest on anthrax and its properties.

For information, call 225-9210 or see www.kbac-hi.org.

Pearl City library seminar examines Alzheimer's

The Pearl City Public Library at 1138 Waimano Home Rd. will observe National Alzheimer's Awareness Month with a free one-hour seminar at 10:30 today.

Susan Van Gorder, education coordinator of the Alzheimer's Association Aloha Chapter, will conduct the seminar in the library's meeting room.

The topic will be "Is it Alzheimer's?: An overview of Alzheimer's disease."

Van Gorder will describe what it is, the warning signs, how it is diagnosed, who gets it, whether it only affects older people, whether it is hereditary, the stages and treatments, and where to go for help.

State suspends lawyer for misrepresentation

A 51-year-old attorney has been suspended for six months from practicing law, effective Dec. 14, for misrepresenting that he had permission to represent his client while serving as a Maui deputy prosecutor.

The state Supreme Court suspended Stephen A. Levine, who was a Maui County deputy prosecuting attorney when he represented a private client in a criminal case on Kauai.

Levine misrepresented to the Circuit Court judge he had permission from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to represent his client.

He was suspended for his misrepresentations to the judge and his employer.

Levine, a State University of New York graduate, was admitted to the Hawaii bar April 21, 1978.

UH hires finance, external affairs VPs

Two new vice presidents will join the University of Hawaii administration as early as Dec. 17, the university announced today.

Paul S. Costello will become the UH system vice president for external affairs in charge of the university's marketing, fund raising, media and legislative relations. He comes to UH after working as managing director at the public relations firm Weber Shandwick, where he supervised corporate and financial relations, consumer and lifestyle and technology.

In a news release issued by the university, UH President Evan Dobelle said, "Paul Costello is a skilled communications strategist who has provided public affairs and communications counsel to senior leaders in government and the corporate sectors."

J.R.W. "Wick" Sloane will become UH's chief financial officer from the Cambridge, Mass., firm K@tapult Inc., which he founded in 1999.

He was formerly the chief operating officer for North America of Baring Asset Management, a global firm that manages $45 billion for institutional clients.

"'Wick' Sloane is a financial strategist with a community mentality. In addition to his proven record of improving operations in very competitive environments, he has served as an elected member of a local school board and is a commentator on public affairs on Boston's National Public Radio affiliate," Dobelle said.



[TAKING NOTICE]

>> Peter Sur and Erin Cabral were awarded scholarships from the Big Island Press Club during an awards banquet held Aug. 10. Sur, a journalism student at the University of Oregon, was awarded the Robert C. Miller Scholarship and the Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship. He received $1,500 and $500, respectively, toward his college education. Sur is a 2000 graduate of Waiakea High School. Cabral, who graduated in 2001 from Hilo High School, was awarded the Yukino Fukabori Memorial Scholarship. Cabral currently attends UH-Manoa, where she plans to study journalism.

>> Justin Vierra, Eric Paopao and Matthew Hashimoto were recognized by Tesoro Hawaii as top student drivers during the 14th annual statewide Tesoro Hawaii Operation Driver Excellence competition, held July 22 at Radford High School and Aloha Stadium. Vierra, who attends Waiakea High, placed first in the individual competition. He received $150 worth of Tesoro Hawaii gift certificates and $150 worth of Ala Moana Center gift certificates. Paopao, who placed second, received $100 worth of both Tesoro Hawaii and Ala Moana gift certificates. Hashimoto received $50 worth of gift certificates from Tesoro Hawaii and Ala Moana as the third-place finisher. Paopao and Hashimoto are students at Hilo High and Roosevelt High, respectively. In addition, Wayne Yamauchi, Agnes Yamauchi and Glenn Sasaki each received $25 worth of Tesoro Hawaii gift certificates for their roles as driver education teachers for the winning students. In the team competition, Roosevelt High placed first. Waiakea and Hilo High placed second and third, respectively.

>> Honolulu resident Elijah Vincent was awarded a $10,000 Visa shopping spree in conjunction with Union 76's nationwide "Free Gas for Life" promotion. Vincent, who is retired from Hawaiian Tug and Barge, was selected after buying gas at a local Union 76 station. More than 2,000 stations across the United States participated in the promotion.

>> Grace Chang has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from USA Funds and USA Education Inc. Chang, a student at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, was selected from more than 6,000 applicants nationwide. In 2001, USA Funds and USA Education Inc. awarded more than $1.5 million to students pursuing higher education.

>> The Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii announced that the following individuals were named as officers for the 2001-2002 term: Wesley R. Segawa, chairman; Nadine K. Nakamura, vice chairwoman; Kurt H. Mitchell, secretary; and Sharyn L. Miyashiro, treasurer.

>> Merle A.K. Kelai and Lawrence N.C. Ing have been re-elected to positions with the state Land Use Commission. Kelai was named chairperson. Ing was named vice chairperson. The two were re-elected during the commission's Aug. 9 meeting.

>> IBM recently announced that the following organizations have been awarded computer equipment in conjunction with the Aloha United Way: Central Oahu Youth Services Association Inc.; Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth Project; Ohana Komputer; Project Dana; Wahiawa Preschool; Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services; and the Waimanalo Teen Project. This year, IBM donated over $5 million worth of computer equipment to organizations nationwide. The Aloha United Way coordinated distribution of the equipment in Hawaii.



Corrections and clarifications

>> A headline on Page A5 in early editions yesterday incorrectly stated that local residents would get a reduced admission price to an upcoming conference on the attack on Pearl Harbor. The discount applies to students, teachers, military personnel and guests of Pearl Harbor military survivors.


Corrections and clarifications

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Publisher and Editor in Chief John Flanagan at 529-4748 or email him at jflanagan@starbulletin.com.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

HONOLULU

HPD releases photo of shoe store robber

Art The Honolulu Police Department has released a security surveillance photo of the suspect who robbed the Kaimuki Payless ShoeSource store on Wednesday.

Police said the suspect demanded money from a sales clerk who had approached him when he entered the store.

The suspect indicated that he had a gun in the waistband of his shorts, although police said no weapon was seen. The suspect fled on foot with the money from the cash register.

The suspect is described as a male in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches, 160 pounds, with brown, neck-length hair. He was last seen wearing a red baseball hat worn backward, sunglasses, a white T-shirt and shorts.

Police seek public's help in stolen ATM card case

Art CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department ask the public's assistance in identifying a female suspect who used a stolen bank card at two different ATM machines. Police said the card had been stolen on May 19 from a parked car in Kakaako, however, ATM photos only recently became available.

The suspect is described as a female in her 30s to early 40s with a heavy build, dark shoulder-length hair, and last seen wearing glasses.

Anyone with any information about this case or any of the other cases is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

WEST OAHU

Police search for robber of Waipahu bank branch

Art CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are looking for a man who robbed the Waipahu Branch of Central Pacific Bank yesterday morning.

The suspect entered the bank at 94-210 Pupukahi St., approached the teller and handed her a note demanding money. No weapon was seen, but the note stated that the suspect had a gun, police said. The suspect fled on foot in the Ewa direction.

He is described as a Filipino-Chinese male, about 30 to 40 years old, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, with thick black hair and a mustache. He was last seen wearing wire-framed glasses, a light-blue long-sleeve shirt over a white T-shirt and light-colored jeans.

Threat to kill officer leads to arrest of suspect, 35

A 35-year-old man threatened to kill a police officer who was investigating a temporary restraining order violation in Waipahu, police said.

The man allegedly threatened the officer with a box cutter when the officer arrived at the Hoomakoa Street residence at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. The man was subdued and arrested on suspicion of terroristic threatening.

CENTRAL OAHU

Police suspect 2 teens beat up boy, stole bike

Two 17-year-old boys are suspected of beating up a 13-year-old boy and stealing his new bicycle Thursday night.

The boy was carrying his bicycle up the stairs at Wahiawa Shopping Center at 823 California Ave. just before 9 p.m. when he was attacked by the two teens, police said. He suffered bruises and abrasions to his left arm, stomach and back, police said. The boy refused treatment at the scene and was taken to the hospital by his mother.

Police said the older boys made off with the 2001 Mongoose bicycle, valued at $128.

The first suspect is described as being 6 feet tall with a crewcut and a husky build. He had tattoos on both hands and was wearing a long-sleeve T-shirt and bluejeans. The second suspect, who was wearing dark clothing, is described as having a thin build and tattoos on both arms.

WINDWARD OAHU

Guards catch 4 girls trying to flee detention

Four teenage girls were caught early yesterday morning trying to escape from the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility.

Police said two 14-year-old girls and two others, ages 16 and 17, removed louvers and a screen from their dormitory window and tried to scale a barbed-wire fence surrounding the facility sometime before 1:30 a.m. They were apprehended by guards, arrested by police for attempted escape and released back to the facility at 42-477 Kalanianaole Hwy., police said.

LEEWARD OAHU

Police investigate report of attack on ex-girlfriend

A 44-year-old man allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's Waianae apartment Thursday night and assaulted her in front of her 6-year-old son, police said.

The man fled after a neighbor came to the woman's rescue, police said. He was later located and identified. The case is pending investigation.





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