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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, February 9, 2002


Chief Donohue lauded for his work during 2001

Honolulu Police Chief Lee Donohue received high marks for his job performance last year from the Honolulu Police Commission.

Donohue received "Exceeding Expectations" or "Exemplary" ratings for his leadership qualities, managerial skills and communication with the commission during 2001.

The commissioners praised Donohue for his handling of security for the Asian Development Bank Conference at the Hawai'i Convention Center, a reduction in the number of citizens' complaints, and his handling of sensitive internal issues that commissioners felt could have eroded the public image of the department.

The commissioners commended Donohue last year for promptly notifying them of allegations of improper food purchases by high-ranking officers in charge of the police cellblock. While they found that Donohue was slow in assigning a detective to investigate the allegations, they thought the delay did not compromise the investigation.

Runaway barge bashes into 7 boats at Kawaihae

U.S. Coast Guard officials said last night that a runaway barge damaged seven boats yesterday when it broke free from the tugboat that was leading it into Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island.

The Coast Guard said winds at the time of the incident were almost 70 mph and that the cause of the accident is believed to be a snapped towing cable.

After breaking free from the tugboat at 6 p.m., the barge ran into seven private boats moored in the harbor then ran aground, taking a couple of boats with it.

The Coast Guard said no one was on the boats at the time, and no injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard's Marine Safety Team and Big Island fire crews were determining if any oil was spilled in the accident. Coast Guard officials said the crew of the tugboat tested negative for alcohol and that there will be an internal inspection of the barge today.

Get your blood pressure checked free this month

The Honolulu Medical Group is offering free blood pressure checks from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 19 and 26 in recognition of American Heart Month.

For more information, call 537-2211, ext. 581, or e-mail spinter@honmed.com.



[TAKING NOTICE]

>> Honolulu resident Margaret Hook has graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Hook was recognized during ceremonies held Dec. 21 for having a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.75.

>> The J.M. Long Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the Pacific Health Ministry. The money will be used to create a clinical pastoral education center. Ministers and seminarians will be able to assist patients, families and hospital staff at medical centers after completing the curriculum.

>> The Hawaii Foodbank has received the following donations in support of special projects and general operations: Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc., $200,000; TheoDavies Foundation, $5,000; the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, $3,000; Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, $2,500; Hawaii Community Foundation, $2,300; and Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving, $2,000.

>> Goodwill Industries of Hawaii has been awarded $4,000 by the Hawaii Hotel Association's 23rd Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk. The money will be used to expand Goodwill's Island Career Center at 1075 S. Beretania St. When completed the site will house a number of community programs designed for members of surrounding communities.

>> The State of Hawaii Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division East Oahu section has recognized Lanakila Rehabilitation Center Inc. as Employer of the Year. The award was given as part of the division's 2001 national education and awareness program titled "Win With Ability."

>> Kamehameha Schools senior Russell Soon has been awarded the 2001 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in Writing. He is one of 665 high school seniors from around the country to be presented with the award in recognition of writing excellence.

>> Child and Family Service recently announced that it received grants from the following organizations: Chung Kun Ai Foundation, $3,500; Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, $25,000; James and Abigail Campbell Foundation, $24,000; Jhamandas Watamull Fund, $1,000; James and Patricia Schuler Foundation, $5,000; Mary Ash Kay Foundation, $2,500; Verizon Foundation, $10,000; Hartley Foundation, $500,000; and Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, $10,000.

>> Elouise Kaanana has been named president of the Hawaii Joint Police Association for 2002. In addition, the following individuals were named officers for 2002: Doveline Borges, vice president; Kevin Guerrero, secretary; Lisa Hamada, treasurer; and Jeremy Postmus, sergeant-at-arms. Rear Adm. Robert T. Conway Jr., Officer Letha DeCaires, Michael Nakamura, Creighton Goldsmith, Donald Dawson, Deputy Chief Michael Carvalho and Patrick O'Brien were honored by the HJPA during induction ceremonies for the 2002 HJPA Hall of Fame, held Jan. 4 at the Honolulu Country Club.

>> Sam's Club has awarded $16,000 to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii. The money was raised through Sam's Club's annual golf tournament held earlier this year. Goodwill will use the funds to purchase a van for their Home and Community Based Services program participants.

>> Arthur Oishi has been elected president at Kuakini Medical Center's Auxiliary for 2002. Other elected officers include Alberta Yamada, vice president; Kazue Odo, treasurer; Johanna Won, recording secretary; and Beverly Klopf, corresponding secretary.

>> High school students Lorinda N. Dalipe, Ryan C. Gibo, Gemma-Ro Poland and Wilson A. Unga have been selected as semifinalists in the 2001-2002 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. The four were selected from more than 91,000 applicants nationwide to compete for $1.8 million in college scholarships. Dalipe is a student at Waipahu High School. Gibo attends Radford High School. Poland and Unga are students at Moanalua High and Kahuku High, respectively.

>> Kaimuki Christian School has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation. The money will be used to renovate the main playground at Kaimuki Christian School.

>> Hawaii Pacific University has awarded 12 of its faculty members with course releases and more than $45,000 in grants for scholarly research projects through the university's Trustees' Scholarly Endeavors Program. Award winners include Rainer Buschmann, assistant professor of history; Jon Davidann, associate professor of history; Antonina Espiritu, assistant professor of economics; Phyllis Frus, assistant professor of English; Linda Leirheimer, assistant professor of history and humanities; Ernest Lucas, associate professor of economics; Brian Metcalf, assistant professor of psychology; Russell A. Hart, assistant professor of history; Gunther Meissner, associate professor of finance; Michael Seiler, associate professor of finance; Saundra Schwartz, assistant professor of history and humanities; and Niti Villinger, assistant professor of management.

>> The Arc in Hawaii recently announced that it had received grants from the following foundations and groups: Samuel and Mary Castle, $25,000; McInerny, $20,000; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, $9,000; First Hawaiian Bank, $5,000; Jhamandas Watamull, $1,000; Atherton, $25,000; Frear, $7,500; George N. Wilcox, $25,000; Sophie Russell Testamentary, $7,500; Alexander and Baldwin, $2,000; Community Development Corporation of Honolulu, $3,500; and Pettus Foundation, $4,500. The Arc in Hawaii plans to use the grant money to renovate classrooms, operate community education programs, organize its residential services department and purchase new vans for the organization.

>> The Hawaii Pilots Association recently awarded grants of $7,500 to the Hawaii Maritime Center via the Bishop Museum and $5,000 to the Hawaii Foodbank. The HPA decided to donate money to the HMC to recognize Hawaii's rich maritime history.

>> University of Hawaii-Manoa music professors Donald Womack and Byron Yasui have been awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' ASCAPLUS Standard Awards. The awards are given out based on the unique prestige value of the writer's catalog of original compositions along with recent performances of those works. Yasui has received the award in serious music composition every year since 1985.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> A photo on D1 Thursday was of Christopher Doi portraying Wong Chow in "Judge Bao and the Case of Qin Xianglian"; a caption with photo incorrectly identified the character as the Great Eunuch, played by Stephen Fleming.

>> The poll questions yesterday about the Hawaiian and Aloha airline merger and the state of the economy involved 601 likely voters statewide. Graphics on Pages A1 and C1 erroneously said the poll involved only Oahu likely voters.

>> Erlinda Millon was killed by her husband two years ago, on March 18, 2000. An article on Page A5 Thursday about the sentencing of her husband, Saturnino, erroneously stated in the lead that the killing occurred four years ago.

>> Rep. Barbara Marumoto is a Republican representing the Waialae-Kahala House district. A story on Page A2 Monday listed her as a Democrat.

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

LEEWARD OAHU

Woman allegedly slashed and harassed by husband

Honolulu police arrested a 46-year-old man yesterday for allegedly harassing and attacking his wife, who has a temporary restraining order against him. Police said the 50-year-old victim reported the first offense on Jan. 24 when she said the suspect called her twice.

Then on Jan. 26, police said, the victim was downstairs from her Aiea apartment checking her mail when the suspect allegedly grabbed her from behind, slashed her face with a knife and punched her. Police said the victim also reported a third incident on Jan. 30, when she returned home to find a note on her door.

Police arrested the suspect for assault and for violating a protective order three times. The case is pending an investigation.





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