Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Hobie Cat sailors rescued from Kaneohe sandbar

Three people aboard a 25-foot Hobie Cat were stranded on a sandbar in Kaneohe bay for two hours Sunday night.

Firefighters received a call around 6:22 p.m. from the Kaneohe Yacht Club.

Capt. David Mortensen of Rescue 1 at the Pawaa Fire Station said the center beam of the double-hull boat broke, leaving the boaters stranded on the sandbar.

Fire rescue arrived and the boaters -- two men and one women -- were taken to Heeia Pier.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Waiawa prison escapee is back behind bars

Police captured an inmate who escaped on Nov. 17 from Waiawa Correctional Facility, according to CrimeStoppers. Windward officers responded Friday to a suspicious-person call at Keaahala Road in Kaneohe, police said. The officers recognized Joseph K. Lynch, 31, from CrimeStoppers news releases and arrested him without incident, police said. Lynch was serving time for burglary and auto theft.


Police still not sure how girl, 3, was critically hurt

Honolulu police are asking for any information regarding a pedestrian accident on Sunday that left a 3-year-old girl in critical condition. Police said the accident happened at about 2:45 p.m. on Pua Lane between Vineyard Boulevard and Kanoa Street in Kalihi.

Police said the victim was being watched by her aunt when she wandered off near 1211 Pua Lane. Later, witnesses heard the child cry and found her injured and lying on the side of the road near the Ewa guard shack at Mayor Wright Housing.

Detectives say the driver of a vehicle may not be aware that he had hit a child. Calls are being taken directly by the Vehicular Homicide Section at 529-3499 and at CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Kalihi restroom robbery leads to arrest of 2 teens

Two teenagers, 17 and 19, were arrested for allegedly robbing a 27-year-old man in a Kalihi restroom Sunday, police said.

The 19-year-old suspect grabbed the victim from behind and placed a sharp object against his throat and demanded money, police said.

The victim took out some cash from his back pocket and placed it on the bathroom counter, police said.

The 17-year-old teenager then searched the victim, police said. The suspects were fleeing with the cash when they were surprised by a witness, police said.

Police found the suspects and, after they were identified by the victim, arrested them for first-degree robbery.


Hawaii Army deserter is arrested in Indiana

An Army deserter from Oahu was arrested in Muncie, Ind., said officials with CrimeStoppers and the Army Criminal Investigation Division.

Joshua Merlin Miller, 21, is expected to be returned to Hawaii to stand trial at Schofield Barracks as well as face state charges of theft, according to Honolulu police.

Police said information received by Honolulu CrimeStoppers led detectives to contact Muncie CrimeStoppers. Based on a tip, Muncie police officers were able to arrest Miller on Friday. Miller is currently in federal custody for warrants and desertion, police said.

Arson suspected in fire near Leilehua Golf Course

A brush fire near the H-2 freeway Sunday is believed to have been intentionally set. Firefighters responded to a blaze near Leilehua Golf Course at 10:36 a.m. The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.

Three brush fires occurred Saturday near the H-2 freeway, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo. Two more occurred two days earlier, and all are believed to have been deliberately set, Soo said.

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