Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Sunday, June 16, 2002


Aloha Airlines celebrated the inauguration of service between Vancouver, Canada, and Honolulu with hula and music at Vancouver International Airport yesterday. Honolulu dancers Nohea Benitez, Kapelalani Williams and Kananiola Kihoi, accompanied by musicians Danny Kiaha and Haalilio Heyer, entertained at the blessing ceremony. In the background is a Vancouver landmark, the Spirit of Haida Gwaii (The Jade Canoe) by Bill Reid, world-renowned sculptor.

Hawaiian Airlines San Francisco Station Manager "Iggy" Ignacio opened the boarding to the inaugural San Francisco-Maui flight in traditional Hawaiian fashion.



[Taking Notice]

Academic awards

>> Hanalani Schools in Mililani took first place at the Iolani Invitational Chess Tournament on May 18, beating out Pearl City High School by a half-point margin. Hanalani's team, Tim Kelly, Nolan Takahashi, Joshua Elliott, Mike Markle, Gordon Chan and Reid Shintaku, were led by Dr. Stephen Elliott and finished with 14.5 points. Pearl City took second with 14 points and Kamehameha Schools took third with 11.5 points.


>> Michiyo Nakamura has been promoted to Japan Division Manager of Laser Eye Center of Hawaii. She will be responsible for Japanese marketing and servicing the company's Japanese-speaking patients.

>> The Hawaii Forest Industry Association has elected Steve Smith, a forestry consultant in Lawai, Kauai, president; and Tommy Crabb, a Hilo consultant, vice president. University of Hawaii-Manoa professors James Brewbaker and Lawrence Nitz are secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Newly elected to the board are Bill Cowern, Kip Dunbar, Marty Fernandes, and Randy Senock.


>> Winners of the 2002 Hawaii Civil Rights Art Contest include elementary students Rachel Tamura, Kamuela Kalilikane, and Megan Kira, who received congratulatory certificates from the State Senate and House of Representatives, and messages and koa bowls from Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono.

Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Maui man who fell from back of truck dies

Mark Wills, 32, of Wailuku, died yesterday at Maui Memorial Medical Center after falling onto the road from the back of a truck Friday.

Wills was one of four construction workers riding in the bed of the Ford Ranger pickup on the Lahainaluna High School campus when the tailgate fell open, police said.

He apparently struck his head on the asphalt roadway when he fell, which caused severe head injuries, police said.

The truck was traveling down hill on the campus at about 11:38 a.m. when the incident occurred, according to the report.


Man allegedly drives toward police officer

Police were looking for a 19-year-old man who allegedly drove his car toward a policeman who then had to jump behind his own car for safety.

The officer had responded to a report of a domestic argument at 87-182 Helelua St. in Waianae just before 12:30 yesterday morning, police said. When the officer arrived, the suspect was about to drive away and the 19-year-old woman told the officer he had just assaulted her.

When the officer approached the man, he reversed the vehicle, and when the officer ordered him out of the auto, the suspect allegedly drove at the officer and fled the parking lot.

The officer was not injured.

Pizza customer arrested holding a shotgun in car

A 30-year-old Honolulu man was arrested for various firearms offenses after ordering a pizza at Domino's Pizza and allegedly handling a sawed-off shotgun in his car while waiting for his order.

Police said the suspect entered the Domino's at 2334 S. King St. at 12:30 yesterday morning. The lone employee became nervous because of the suspect's behavior, police said.

The suspect, who after a while returned to his vehicle to wait for his pizza, was seen holding a shotgun by a returning pizza delivery man, police said.

Employees called police, who located the weapon in plain view in the suspect's vehicle. He was arrested without incident.

Police arrest suspect after Kmart guard attacked

Kmart employees in Iwilei apprehended a shoplifter Friday morning who also assaulted a security guard, police said.

Police said the 37-year-old suspect was stopped by security outside the store at 500 N. Nimitz Highway and allegedly punched the security officer in the mouth.

The suspect was detained by employees and arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery.


2 men allegedly demand money from park visitors

Two Hawaii Kai men were arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery around 10 p.m. Friday for allegedly taking money from two other men at Koko Head District Park.

The victims, ages 20 and 31, were at the skateboard ramp when they were accosted by two men, ages 18 and 19, who demanded money as a tax for being in Hawaii Kai, police said.

When the two victims resisted, the suspects used physical force, police said.

The suspects were released pending investigation.


Shots are fired during struggle between 2 men

Three shots were fired but no one was injured during a struggle between two brothers-in-law over a rifle at a Laie home Friday morning, police said.

The struggle started after a 40-year-old man heard arguing coming from his sister and brother-in-law's home next door.

The two men started arguing and the 34-year-old suspect then retrieved a rifle from his truck, pointed it at the victim and the two struggled. The rifle fired because the suspect's finger was on the trigger, police said.

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