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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, April 12, 2002


$2.5 million grant helps crime victims

The Office for Victims of Crime awarded about $2.5 million to Hawaii to help people affected by violent crime.

Last fiscal year, 10,836 people in Hawaii got help from the fund, which helps pay for medical bills, lost wages, counseling, funeral expenses and other costs.

The money comes from fines and penalties collected by U.S. attorneys, courts and the Bureau of Prisons. The victims office is a U.S. Department of Justice agency within the Office of Justice Programs.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> The balance of a bill sent to the state by traffic cam vendor Affiliated Computer Services for citations issued during the first three months of the year will come from the $5 million Photo Enforcement Revolving Fund. A story on Page A10 yesterday incorrectly stated that the revolving fund was part of the state highway fund.

>> A tally of bills that passed Tuesday's legislative session, on Page A5 Wednesday, mistakenly listed a measure to increase the liquor tax. That measure failed in the state Senate. 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

Waikiki father charged in tot's attempted murder

A 32-year-old Waikiki man was charged with attempted murder yesterday in connection with injuries suffered by his six-month-old son over the weekend.

Bail for Anthony Chatman is $50,000.

Police said the boy was taken to Kapiolani Medical Center on Monday for treatment of bruises he received on Saturday or Sunday in a possible abuse case.

The boy was admitted to the hospital after doctors discovered the child also had internal injuries.

Police arrested Chatman for second-degree assault on Tuesday.

Slain homeless man ID'd as William Chaney, 28

A homeless man who was found slain Tuesday at Ala Moana Beach Park has been identified as William Chaney, 28.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner said Chaney died of blunt trauma to his head and face, due to assault, combined with alcohol intoxication.

Police said Chaney was last seen alive about 10:30 the night before.

Park workers spotted him about 6:15 a.m. but thought he was sleeping. They did not realize he was dead until they tried to wake him several hours later.

Man in critical condition after fall from scaffolding

A 43-year-old Matson Navigation Co. employee is in critical condition after falling about 30 feet from a scaffold, Fire Department officials said.

The man had been working on a barge at Pier 53 when he fell face first onto the deck, said Capt. Dennis Clement. He was unconscious when the Fire Department got to him.

Clement said firefighters were able to get the man onto a spine board and to dry land so he could be taken in an ambulance to Queen's Medical Center.

Man brandishing knife robs pizza delivery driver

Police are looking for a man who robbed a pizza delivery driver at knifepoint Wednesday in Makiki.

The driver, a 22-year-old man, told police he was making a delivery on Davenport Street about 9 p.m. when the suspect entered his vehicle, brandished a large kitchen knife and demanded money.

Police said the robber took the driver's wallet and part of the cash that had been collected from the pizza deliveries and forced the man to drive around the Makiki area.

A short time later, the robber forced the man to drop him off near the intersection of Davenport and Piikoi streets, police said.

LEEWARD OAHU

Grave digger finds extra set of remains in plot

A private mortuary service contracted to exhume remains from a Pearl City cemetery discovered an extra set of remains in the grave yesterday.

While the contractor was excavating the grave site, he discovered human bones before he reached the crypt, police said.

The bones, diggings and grave site are being checked to determine whether the placement of the extra remains there was the result of foul play.

Police charge suspect in store robbery attempt

Police charged Randolph Basco, 27, of Waipahu with robbery yesterday after he allegedly tried to rob the Longs Drug Store at Kamehameha Shopping Center in January.

Police said Basco walked up to a cashier on Jan. 3 and ordered her to open her cash register.

Police said that after the cashier refused, the man showed her the barrel of a handgun in his pants pocket. The man fled after the cashier still refused to open the cash register.

On March 14, CrimeStoppers received an anonymous tip identifying Basco. The Longs cashier positively identified him in a photographic lineup, police said.

Police arrested him Wednesday at his home.

He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.





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