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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, May 15, 2002


Mix-up angers early
‘Star Wars’ fans

Even Yoda might have been confused.

An apparent mix-up over when a midnight showing of "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" was to occur created some angry fans last night at the Consolidated Pearlridge West Theatre.

The fans e-mailed and called the Star-Bulletin, sending scanned copies of the tickets sold on May 5, some of which had a showtime of 12:01 a.m. today, and others showing tomorrow's date.

They said when they arrived at the theater last night, they were told the movie would not be shown for another day and were asked to contact the district office, which was closed.

A Pearlridge West Theatre manager who hung up when asked her name said this morning that anyone who bought the tickets should have been told they were for early tomorrow, at one minute past midnight.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> The international First Church of Christ, Scientist, was chartered in 1879 and reorganized under its current name in 1892, according to a spokesman for the Honolulu branch. A Saturday story on Page D6 gave an incorrect founding date.

>> Donald Bremner is a city planner who previously worked for the City & County of Honolulu. A Monday Page A1 story about possible City Council candidates referred to him as a former city planner.

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

Kalihi man, 42, arrested for sex assault on teen

Police arrested a 42-year-old Kalihi man yesterday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl Monday night.

Police said the man rents a room in the house where the girl and her family live, and assaulted the girl while she was home alone. Police arrested him on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping.

WINDWARD OAHU

Kaneohe woman accused of threatening neighbor

Police arrested a Kaneohe woman for allegedly threatening her neighbor with a knife yesterday.

Police said the 51-year-old suspect and her 48-year-old male neighbor got into a verbal argument.

About 10 minutes later, police said, the woman returned with a kitchen knife and threatened her neighbor.

LEEWARD OAHU

Autopsy to be conducted on body found last night

The Honolulu Medical Examiner is hoping to determine the identity and cause of death of a man whose decomposing body was found near Keaau Beach Park last night.

Police said the body appeared partially burned and they were initially unable to determine whether the body was that of a man or a woman. The case so far is classified as an unattended death.

Police received a call about 7 p.m. from a man who discovered the body at the beach next to Farrington Highway.

Man charged in assault on 12-year-old girl

Police charged a 28-year-old Waianae man for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl in March and April. Police charged Teofilo Sanchez Valdez III yesterday afternoon with two counts of first-degree sexual assault.

Police said Valdez is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Couple's argument leads to alleged knife attack

Police arrested a 44-year-old Nanakuli man Monday morning after he allegedly attacked his 41-year-old girlfriend with a knife during an argument.

The girlfriend, 41, reported that her boyfriend attacked her when she tried to flee in her vehicle. She suffered a cut near her left ear and on her left thumb. She refused treatment at the scene.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Cruise ship worker gets severe burns from steam

A crew member aboard a luxury cruise ship about 300 miles off the Big Island suffered burns to most of his body yesterday.

The man, 36, suffered second-degree burns to 80 percent of his body, officials said. He was burned by a gust of steam while working in the engine room of the Norwegian Star.

The Coast Guard was planning to airlift the man to Hawaii this morning.

WAIKIKI

Man arrested in robbery of visitor in Waikiki

A 41-year-old man was arrested for robbery this morning following a chase in Waikiki.

Police said a visitor from Japan was in front of the Duty Free Shop on Kalakaua about 2:30 a.m. when the suspect confronted him, took money from his wallet, punched him in the arm then fled.

The victim flagged down an officer who caught up with the suspect in front of the Waikiki Trade Center at 2255 Kuhio Ave. The suspect was arrested after the victim and a witness positively identified him.

Maui police seek woman missing since April 21

WAILUKU >> Maui police are looking for a 54-year-old woman from California who was last seen shortly before 3 p.m. April 21 on the beach near the Embassy Vacation Resorts Kaanapali.

Priscilla S. Martinez failed to return to the apartment of a friend and may have taken some snorkeling gear and a canvas bag with camping equipment, said police officer Scott Perry.

Martinez is described as 5 feet 10 inches, 190 to 200 pounds, with brown eyes and brown shoulder-length wavy hair.

Perry said Martinez was planning to meet a friend on Oahu before returning to California but did not make the meeting.

He said Martinez was taking anti-depressant medication and that her driver's license and other belongings were left in the apartment.

Hilo woman charged with stealing a table saw

HILO >> Police charged a 28-year-old Hilo woman with burglary for allegedly stealing a table saw from a Waiakea-Uka home earlier this week.

Police arrested Michelle Kaeo in the Hilo industrial area Monday after the break-in earlier that morning.

Kaeo is being held in the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $5,000 bail.





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