Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, December 6, 2002

Lost hiker rescued
in Haleakala crater

WAILUKU >> George Scherer spent a "hellish" two nights in Haleakala crater before being rescued yesterday.

Scherer, 32, and his wife, Shirley, left on a hike at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in the crater at Haleakala National Park, but 45 minutes into the hike, his wife decided to turn back.

Scherer went on alone on the Halemauu trail at the 8,000-foot level but got lost after dark.

He said temperatures dropped to the 50s and it rained Tuesday night.

His wife reported him missing at 8:15 p.m., and park officials searched for him Wednesday.

Scherer hiked through a rain forest and ended up at a campsite at the 3,800-foot level where workers had stored food, water and blankets.

He ate the food and used a blanket for warmth Wednesday night.

He was found at about 7 a.m. yesterday by a private helicopter.


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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Video Warehouse robbed by 2 gunman

Police are looking for two masked gunmen who robbed Video Warehouse, 98-019 Kamehameha Hwy., at 11:55 p.m. yesterday.

Police said one man was carrying a shotgun while the other was carrying a handgun. The robbers took car keys from a patron at Waimalu adult video store and held up an employee. They fled in the patron's car with an undisclosed amount of money. The car was found abandoned about a mile away.

Police and Navy seek suspected burglar


Honolulu Police Department and naval investigators want help finding Blaine Dupont, 32, who is charged with burglary on a grand jury warrant.

Dupont also is wanted for questioning for a Sept. 20 burglary in the Catlin Park Naval Housing near Honolulu Airport.

Dupont is 6-feet-2, 180 to 200 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Police said Dupont is known to frequent hotels in Waikiki and near the airport.

Anyone with information may call Navy Regional Hawaii Security Investigator Dan Brindley at 474-6205 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Pedestrian dies after Liliha Street accident

The Honolulu Medical Examiner has identified Noboru Kotomori, 86, of Judd Street, as the man who was fatally struck by a sports utility vehicle while crossing Liliha Street yesterday morning.

Kotomori, who apparently was in a crosswalk, was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition and died later, police said. Speed and alcohol were not factors in the accident.


Maui man and woman critical after shootings

LAHAINA >>Police are investigating two shootings that left a woman and a man critically injured.

Both victims, who were shot Wednesday, remained in critical condition this morning at Maui Memorial Medical Center. However, Police Capt. Gary Yabuta said yesterday that hospital officials were optimistic about their recovery.

Initial investigation shows that the man shot the woman in the head at her apartment at Hale Royale Condominium in Honokowai about 7:50 p.m. He apparently then went to a pineapple field mauka of Kapalua Airport and shot himself in the chest, police said.



Male suspect sought in gas station robbery

Police are looking for a gunman who held up an employee at the Chevron convenience store, 777 Kamehameha Hwy., in Pearl City on Tuesday.

Police said the gunman went into the store, demanded money and fled in a white four-door Honda Accord. He was described as in his 20s, 5-feet-4 to 5-feet-6, 140 pounds, with slim build, brown eyes and medium complexion.

Anyone with information can call Detective Taro Nakamura at 529-3382 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, *CRIME on a cellular phone.

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