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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, November 14, 2002


Fasi seeks Mink seat as GOP candidate

Former Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi is joining a growing list of candidates for the special election for the Second Congressional District, represented by Patsy Mink, who died in September.

Fasi, 82, is a Republican candidate.

He served as mayor of Honolulu from 1968 to 1981 and from 1985 to 1994. He also had run unsuccessfully for governor five times.

The congressional election will be held Jan. 4, 2003.

'Hawaiian Missionaries' on sale at post office

Postal stores are selling 2002 "Hawaiian Missionaries" souvenir sheets, which include reproductions of Hawaii's first four postage stamps.

The stamps were first issued in 1851 in three denominations: 2 cents, 5 cents and 13 cents. In 1852 the 13-cent stamp was changed from "Hawaiian Postage" to read "H.I. & U.S. Postage." The "Hawaiian Missionaries" were replaced in 1853 by stamps bearing an image of Kamehameha III.

The souvenir sheet features a detail of a wood engraving of Diamond Head and a photograph of the only surviving envelope to bear a 2-cent Hawaiian Missionary stamp.

Ehime Maru families accept U.S. payment

TOKYO >> Lawyers representing the families of 33 teachers and students who were aboard a Japanese fishing trawler sunk by a U.S. submarine off Hawaii signed a reported $13-million compensation payout from the U.S. Navy today, according to local media reports.

Nine men and teenage boys died when the nuclear-powered USS Greeneville surfaced beneath the trawler Ehime Maru on Feb. 9, 2001, sinking it off the coast of Oahu. The fishing vessel was on a training expedition for students and teachers from Uwajima Fisheries High School in Ehime prefecture in southwestern Japan.

Negotiations between the Navy and two other families were continuing separately.

Pflueger cited again for illegal land grading

LIHUE >> Retired auto dealer Jimmy Pflueger has been cited for a second time by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for illegal grading that resulted in polluted storm water flowing into the ocean on Kauai's north shore.

In June the EPA cited Pflueger for allowing storm water to flow into the ocean at his Pilaa Beach subdivision.

Yesterday, the EPA said it had cited Pflueger for a separate grading project at Kaloko Reservoir on another parcel owned by him. Pflueger declined comment.

Mudslides on Thanksgiving weekend 2001 at Pilaa have resulted in a series of lawsuits from residents of the area, the Earthjustice Legal Fund, and Kauai County.


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[Taking Notice]

UH faculty honored for excellence

Several faculty members from the University of Hawaii were selected recently to receive the 2002 Francis David Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. They are:

>> Colette Higgins, an instructor of Hawaiian history at Kapiolani Community College. The award committee said Higgins, a KCC alumna, values the community college experience and conveys that to students, to whom she relates with enthusiasm, humor, patience and commitment to their success.

>> Gordon Scott Lee, an associate professor of ceramics at Hawaii Community College. Lee started the Christmas and Mother's Day ceramics sales to develop confidence in his students and encourage their talent. He also orchestrated an annual student and teacher art exhibit.

>> Leslie Lyum, an assistant professor at the Employment Training Center. She uses hands-on exercises to teach mathematics to at-risk adults who have been unsuccessful in traditional academic settings.

>> Drue Narkon, an instructor in the College of Education's Department of Special Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for 28 years. She has worked in undergraduate certificate programs in elementary and special education. Narkon is also the faculty advisor for the Student Council for Exceptional Children and facilitates student service activities with Special Olympics and the Ronald McDonald House.

>> Yoshiko Okuyama, an assistant professor of Japanese at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. For those interested in conversational Japanese, Okuyuma established a two-credit course that is held in the evening.

>> Mark Panek, a graduate assistant in the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature's Department of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was selected from 28 teaching assistants as the recipient of the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for his dedication and approach to undergraduate instruction.

The Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is a memorial to the late Frances Davis, who taught mathematics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Leeward Community College. Davis was also responsible for the establishment of the math and science division at LCC. This award honors faculty members in the UH system for their dedication to teaching and demonstrated excellence as teachers of undergraduate students.


HONORS

>> Hawaii Meals on Wheels has given the Frank Gardner Memorial Award to Lou Crellin-Seiwerath, Maebelle Dilworth, Edward Dupras, Frances Harris, Terril Harris, Chieko Inter, Alice Johnson and Jane Powers. The volunteers, who deliver hot meals to home-bound elderly and disabled people, were honored at a luncheon this month. About 100 other volunteers also were honored at the luncheon.

>> Sacred Hearts Academy recently honored three alumnae who have succeeded in business. They are Rebecca Choy, a partner of Strawberry Connection, a specialty food store; Catha Lee Combs, a partner of the Oshima, Chan, Wikoff & Combs LLC accounting firm; and Audrey Chang Fu, operator of Villa Roma, a fashion retail store.


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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

HONOLULU

Fisherman who died ID'd as Honolulu man

The Honolulu Medical Examiner has identified the fisherman who died Tuesday aboard a longline fishing vessel at Kewalo Basin as Harris Moses, 42, of Honolulu.

Police said Moses died after falling to the deck of the vessel during an altercation with his captain.

McCully man arrested after hitting landmark

A 37-year-old McCully man was arrested for drunken driving investigation this morning after crashing his sport utility vehicle into the fisherman water feature at the corner of King Street and Kapiolani Boulevard.

Police said the vehicle, traveling west on King Street, barreled into the landmark feature that includes a pond, waterfall, metal sculpture of a Hawaiian spear fisherman and landscaping. The sculpture was not damaged in the 1:30 a.m. accident, police said.

78-year-old hit by car dies from her injuries

A 78-year-old woman died Tuesday night from injuries suffered Nov. 7 when she was hit by a car on North King Street in Chinatown, police said.

The victim was crossing the street at 8:35 a.m. when she was struck by a '94 Chevy Camaro driven by a 78-year-old man, according to police.

The car was traveling Diamond Head-bound near Kekaulike Street. Police said the woman died at 11:04 p.m. Tuesday at Queen's Medical Center.

Speed and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the accident, police said.

WAIKIKI

Man wanted by police is picked up in Waikiki

Warren K. White Jr., 34, who was featured as a fugitive on CrimeStoppers, was arrested in a Waikiki hotel yesterday.

White was arrested on warrants charging him with two counts of auto theft, one count of contempt of court and two counts of probation revocation.

Police said White's companion, 28, of Salt Lake, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft after police found she had been driving a stolen car.

CENTRAL OAHU

21-year-woman held in beating of boyfriend

Police arrested a 21-year-old Wahiawa woman at a Wilikina Drive apartment at 4:30 p.m. yesterday after she allegedly beat up her boyfriend and threatened him with a knife, police said.

Police said the man had scratches on his neck and back from trying to run away from the suspect.

No further details were available, police said.

LEEWARD OAHU

Calls to CrimeStoppers direct cops to fugitive

Calls to CrimeStoppers led to the arrest of Mooch Daniel Fualaau yesterday in Aiea, police said. Fualaau was wanted on a $25,000 contempt warrant stemming from a DUI arrest in 1996, police said.


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[ COURTS ]

Court orders new trial in '96 double slaying

The Hawaii Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Big Island man who allegedly shot his ex-wife and her daughter to death in 1996.

The court overturned the 1999 double manslaughter convictions for Tetsuo "Grizzly" Yamada yesterday because of erroneous jury instructions.

The court also ruled that because Yamada was charged with first-degree murder (causing multiple deaths), the state could not convict him of lesser charges of manslaughter unless it could prove Yamada was under extreme mental and emotional distress at the time.

The high court also disagreed with the trial court's exclusion of a videotape containing statements Yamada made to a psychologist who was attempting to diagnose him.

At trial, Yamada did not dispute he shot his ex-wife, Carla Russell, 50, and her daughter, Rachel DeCambra, 23, with a shotgun. But his attorney had argued Yamada was not responsible because he had suffered brain injuries from a series of accidents and had no memory of the shooting.

Yamada was sentenced in April 1999 to two back-to-back 20-year terms.

U.S. grand jury levels additional tax charges

A federal grand jury has lodged more criminal charges against the founder of a Hawaii-based organization that promotes alleged tax evasion schemes.

Royal Lamarr Hardy, 46, executive director of the Cornerstones of Freedom Research Foundation, was charged yesterday in U.S. District Court with two counts of failing to file income tax for tax years 1996 and 2001.

Hardy could not be reached for comment.

The charges are in addition to a three-count indictment brought in July that named him and four other individuals associated with the foundation.

The indictments charge Hardy, Ursula Supnet, Michael L. Kailing, Fred M. Ortiz and Terry Leroy Cassidy in two separate conspiracies to defraud the Internal Revenue Service since 1985.

All except Cassidy, who cannot be located, have pleaded not guilty to the earlier charges. Trial was set for February.

The defendants will be arraigned on the new charges on Nov. 26.



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