Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, October 28, 2002

Clinton's Hawaii trip delayed for funeral

Former President Clinton's trip to Hawaii has been postponed until Wednesday, according to Hawaii Government Employees Association spokesman Steve Hirano.

Clinton will attend the funeral of U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., who died Friday in a plane crash 175 miles north of Minneapolis.

Tomorrow Clinton will go to the Wellstone funeral, but Hirano said he promises to travel to Hawaii on Wednesday.

The HGEA had hoped to stage a series of political rallies for union members tomorrow and Wednesday to help their endorsed candidates in the November election. The Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono and Sen. Matt Matsunaga, were scheduled to fly with Clinton around the state Wednesday for a series of rallies.

The rallies will still be held, Hirano said, but the times and location will have to be adjusted.

4 teams go to Laos to find U.S. remains

The effort to recover remains of U.S. military personnel still missing or unaccounted for from the Vietnam War will continue this week with four recovery teams and one investigative team deploying from Hawaii to Laos, military officials said.

The teams are composed of 50 mostly Hawaii-based military specialists and Department of Defense civilians from Joint Task Force-Full Accounting and the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory.

With Laos providing technical representatives, recovery excavations are scheduled at four sites in two provinces.

The sites involve the loss of U.S. aircraft: two F-4B fighters, a B-57 bomber and an HH-3E heavy helicopter, the officials said.

The investigative operations include 25 leads concerning 25 cases in five provinces, they said.

Since 1973, the remains of 737 American service members listed as missing or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been identified. There are still 1,904 Americans missing or unaccounted for: 1,447 in Vietnam, 391 in Laos, 58 in Cambodia and eight in the territorial waters of China.

Ewa County Fair will have free health tests

Free health tests and information will be presented at the Ewa County Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Francis Medical Center-West. A craft fair, country store and keiki activities will be featured. For more information, call 547-6364.


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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


3 suspects sought in Kalihi carjacking

Police are looking for three suspects who hijacked a woman's car in Kalihi last night.

The 25-year-old Kalihi Valley woman told police she was on her way home from work at 10:26 p.m. when a male flagged her down near the corner of Nalanieha Street and Likelike Highway.

She said the male told her he needed help to jump start his car so she turned her vehicle around. As she was talking to the male, another male went up to the woman, pointed a handgun at her and forced her out of her car. The two males and a third person then entered her car and fled.

The woman's car is a maroon, two-door, 1992 Honda Civic with license plates GFZ-026.

Police described the first suspect as in his late teens, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 160 lbs., with a pale complexion, wavy hair and a goatee. He was wearing a sleeveless black T-shirt and red shorts.

The second suspect is also believed to be in his late teens, between 5 feet 7 and 5 feet 8 inches tall, 120 lbs., with a dark complexion, police said. He was wearing a black beanie cap with red and white stripes, a black long-sleeve T-shirt, gray shorts and tennis shoes.

The woman said she did not get a good look at the third suspect.

The weapon used is either a silver or gray semi-automatic pistol, police said.

Hikers find body that may be missing man

Police believe the body of a man found off a trail near Tantalus yesterday is that of 49-year-old Richard Rubin, according to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada.

Members of the Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club found the man's body yesterday afternoon about 1 1/2 miles from the road into the Kalawahine Trail off Tantalus Drive.

The hikers called the Honolulu Fire Department about 3 p.m., Tejada said.

Tejada said an HFD search-and-rescue team was able to retrieve the body about 5:30 p.m. from an offshoot trail of the Pauoa Flats Trail, which connects to the Kalawahine Trail.

"We want to thank the Hawaii Trail and Hiking Club," Tejada said. "Our hats go off to them and (trail coordinator) Mabel Kekina." Rubin's white Lexus was found opposite Kalawahine Trail at 3798 Tantalus Drive on Thursday.


Ex-boyfriend sought in baby's kidnapping

Police are looking for a 21-year-old man who allegedly kidnapped his 10-month-old baby from his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint in Maili Saturday.

Police said the suspect's ex-girlfriend was asleep in her bedroom around 4:50 a.m. when he entered her home through the window and took their baby at knifepoint.

Police said the suspect dropped the baby off at a relatives' home unharmed.

Police did not have a description available on the suspect.


Road rage suspected in man's critical injury

Police are investigating a case involving a 30-year-old man who was found unconscious in Waikiki Saturday.

The victim is believed to have been assaulted by two unknown males over a traffic-related incident.

Police said the victim was taken to Queen's Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.


Kaneohe man charged with assaulting wife

Police charged a 34-year-old Kaneohe man with assault in the second degree after he allegedly broke his wife's nose Friday.

Police identified the suspect as Ben Kahikina.

About 4 p.m., police said, the couple went to a Kaneohe bar where the suspect's 25-year-old wife saw an old male friend and greeted him.

When the couple returned home, police said an argument occurred and escalated when the suspect choked his wife and caused facial injuries.

Police arrested the suspect for abuse of a household member but later reclassified the case as assault in the second degree.

Kahikina's bail was set at $20,000.


Injured man sparks Hilo investigation

Police are investigating a possible assault that left an unidentified man in critical condition at Hilo Medical Center Saturday.

About 2:31 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers found the man lying unconscious on the ground along Kalanianaole Street in the Keaukaha area.

A fire rescue crew took the man to Hilo Medical Center where he was admitted in critical condition with head injuries. He was expected to be flown to Queen's Medical Center for further treatment.

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