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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, January 4, 2002


2 brothers are arrested in New Year's gunfire

Police arrested two brothers yesterday in connection with two New Year's Eve shootings in which bullet holes were found in two Kalihi Valley houses.

The suspects, two Kalihi men, ages 33 and 40, along with others, fired four rounds into the two neighboring houses, police said.

The shooting occurred between 6:32 p.m. Monday and 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said. No one was injured.

The men were arrested on four counts of reckless endangering.

Victim is identified in fatal fireworks fall

Officials have identified the man who died after falling while stringing up fireworks on New Year's Eve as Daniel Anderson.

The 48-year-old Waialua man fell off a 5-foot wall and hit his head on the pavement just before midnight, police said.

Quick release is ordered for all acquitted prisoners

Circuit Judge Gail Nakatani has ordered all persons who have been acquitted of all criminal charges to be released immediately from court.

The order issued Wednesday takes effect immediately.

Acquitted persons were chained with other prisoners, taken to Oahu Community Correctional Center, forced to submit to body strip-searches and confined to prison cells for hours and sometimes days, the ACLU said.

While detained, they were denied food and phone calls, forced to wear jail clothing, and harassed and threatened by prison guards, an ACLU spokesman said.

The action follows an ACLU class-action lawsuit filed Dec. 10 in federal court on behalf of hundreds of individuals held by the state after being acquitted, according to an ACLU news release.

Waikiki Health Center names new officers

Adelbert Green, partner in Dwyer Schraff Meyer Jossem & Bushnell, is the new president of the Waikiki Health Center.

Other 2001-2002 officers are vice president, Rose Ann Poyzer, vice president of Healthcare Association of Hawaii, Homecare and Hospice Division; secretary, Ralph DeMars, community volunteer; and treasurer, Naomi K. Masuno, assistant vice president, Central Pacific Bank.

The Waikiki Health Center, a "health safety net" for needy Oahu residents, provides:

>> Low-cost medical care to people without insurance or who cannot afford health care through the Primary Care Clinic in Waikiki and satellite clinics on the North Shore and Wind- ward areas.

>> Help and health care through the Youth Outreach Project to runaway teens, including crisis counseling, health education, employment and shelter assistance.

>> Volunteers to assist the isolated elderly in Waikiki through the Friendly Neighbors Program.

>> Prevention information and free anonymous HIV testing to women and kids at risk for contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Those who are HIV-positive receive an array of services.

>> Health and social services via medically equipped vans to the homeless islandwide through the Care-a-Van program.

Hawaii Lupus Foundation receives grant of $10,000

The Hawaii Lupus Foundation Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for its annual "Sharing the Joys of the Holidays" project.

The Lupus Foundation will use the money to increase services to those affected by the disease, which include some 7,000 people in Hawaii.

Early diagnosis and treatment are key to reducing tissue damage and preventing organ failure.

For information, call the foundation at 538-1522. Neighbor Islands, call toll-free 800-201-1522.

Kapiolani hospital at Pali Momi evacuates workers due to fluid leak

Some hospital workers were forced to evacuate from Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi for two hours last night after hazardous fluid leaked from a machine used to develop X-rays images.

No patients were affected.

Instead of going down a drain, the acetic fluid flowed from the third-floor machine down to the second floor, where it formed a puddle about 20 feet by 20 feet, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada.

Firefighters and the hazardous materials teams were called to the hospital about 8:30 p.m.

Workers were evacuated from portions of the second and third floors. The spill was neutralized and a contractor had it cleaned up by 10:30 p.m.

The alcohol-based liquid can be a respiratory irritant, but no injuries were reported.


Corrections and clarifications

>> Thomas Holmes and Monica Boggs went snorkeling at Olowalu on Maui on Monday and returned there Tuesday when Holmes was bitten by a tiger shark. A Page A1 story yesterday had the incorrect days.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Managing Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at fbridgewater@starbulletin.com.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

HONOLULU

Fatal bike crash victim identified as Aiea man

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office has identified the 22-year-old man who was killed Tuesday when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding south on Halawa Heights Road.

Brad Villamor of Aiea died of multiple injuries, according to the medical examiner's office.

Police say Villamor was riding a stolen motorcycle when the accident occurred at about 6:20 a.m.

Police believe the motorcyclist was speeding, went into a skid just prior to an S-curve , lost control of the motorcycle and hit a guardrail.

He flew from the motorcycle and hit a parked vehicle head-first, police said.

Armed-robbery suspect in Kalihi sought by HPD

CrimeStoppers and the police ask for help in identifying a man armed with a handgun who allegedly tried to rob Longs Drug Store at Kamehameha Shopping Center in Kalihi yesterday afternoon.

The suspect, in his late 20s or early 30s, entered the store at about 12:25 p.m. at 1620 N. School St., went straight to an open cashier and demanded money. The cashier told the man a key was needed to open the register. The suspect then pointed a gun and demanded money. The cashier continued to explain it could not be opened.

The suspect left the store through the Diamond Head exit and got into a blue van, which sped off mauka on Makuahine Street.

The suspect is described as between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, 160 to 200 pounds, with a muscular build, wearing a gray beanie, gray long-sleeved Polo Jean sweatshirt and baggy dark bluejeans with a blue-and-yellow floral print rag hanging out the right pocket.

Anyone with information may call Sgt. Dwayne Takayama at 547-7211, or anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.

Credit card theft suspect captured on camera

CrimeStoppers and the police are seeking assistance in identifying a woman in her 20Arts caught on a surveillance video on Nov. 20 using a stolen credit card.

The theft took place around lunchtime at 1111 Bishop St., on the first floor, police said. The suspect then went to Hilo Hattie's at 700 N. Nimitz Hwy., where she tried to use the credit card, police said.

She is described as being of medium height and build, with shoulder-length brown hair.

Anyone with information may call Sgt. Dwayne Takayama at 547-7211, or anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.

Early New Year's heist lifts restaurant's liquor

CrimeStoppers and police want help in identifying a man who was caught on a surveillance videotape on Jan. 1 between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. at the Indigo Restaurant at 1121 Nuuanu Ave.

The suspect went into the restaurant, perused the bar area and selected about $1,000 in expensive liquor.

Art Police suspect the liquor is being resold to businesses in the Chinatown area.

The suspect is described as a man in his late 20s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, with a slim build, short light-colored hair with a receding hairline, with a fair complexion, clean-shaven, wearing a light-colored T-shirt, shorts and slippers.

Anyone with information may call Sgt. Dwayne Takayama at 547-7211, or anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.

No aloha in shirt theft at Ala Moana Center

CrimeStoppers and police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man caught on surveillance photos stealing aloha shirts from an Ala Moana Center store Dec. 5.

Art The theft occurred at J.C. Penney at lunchtime. The suspect entered the men's clothing area, placed eight aloha shirts valued at more than $500 in a bag and fled the area. He was last seen getting into a brown four-door Toyota Corolla.

The suspect is described as in his 30s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 230 pounds, with a heavy build, dark hair, fair complexion, clean-shaven, wearing a collared shirt and dark slacks.

Witnesses are asked to contact Detective Rodney Noguchi at 547-7212 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

EAST OAHU

Visitor dies while diving at the Halona Blow Hole

A 48-year-old man died Wednesday while scuba diving near the Halona Blow Hole in East Oahu.

Police said the man, a visitor, was diving with family at about 2:30 p.m. when he appeared to be having trouble. People on the beach brought him to shore and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.

He was taken to Queen's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The Honolulu medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.





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