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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, December 31, 2002


2nd District voters reminded to bring ID

The Office of Elections and city and county clerks are reminding registered voters in the 2nd Congressional District to bring a photo ID card with their signature on it for verification at polling sites Saturday.

A Hawaii driver's license, Hawaii ID card, military ID card or a valid U.S. passport will be accepted. A voter notification, address confirmation postcard from the city or county clerk, or a Social Security card will not be accepted.

If the voter has no ID card, the voter will be asked by the precinct official to confirm his or her identity.

The election is being held to fill a two-year term in the district, which includes rural Oahu and the neighbor islands. The seat became vacant when U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink died Sept. 28. Mink posthumously won the Nov. 5 general election.

For more information, call your city or county clerk's office or the Office of Elections at 453-VOTE (8683). Neighbor island residents may call toll-free at 800-442-8683.

Historic Preservation administrator retires

State Historic Preservation Department administrator Don Hibbard has retired from state service after more than two decades. His last day was yesterday.

"I wouldn't actually call it retirement," said Hibbard, who declined to elaborate. "I don't have time to speak to anyone about it; I'm really busy right now."

But Gilbert Coloma-Agaran, outgoing Department of Land & Natural Resources director, whose last day is today, said Hibbard submitted his retirement papers several weeks ago.

"That's not unusual," he said. "We're facing a lot of retirements this year, several in management levels. It's also much better to retire before the year starts, so many folks check out just before the New Year."

The Historic Preservation department was the subject of a stinging report from state Auditor Marion Higa earlier this month. Among Higa's recommendations is an administrative change with more "competent leadership" if those in charge "prove unable or unwilling to disallow staff from placing their personal interests before that of the division."

McDonald's drive aids Guam typhoon victims

McDonald's restaurants in the state will collect monetary donations throughout January for Guam typhoon victims.

Collection canisters for the American Red Cross Guam Typhoon Relief Fund will be at front counters and drive-through windows, according to the announcement yesterday by McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii, which has 88 stores in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.

Stan Lum, American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter financial development director, said the effort will give "a tremendous boost" to relief work on Guam.


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>> Macy's West and the Federated Department Stores Foundation have donated $15,000 to four HIV/AIDS agencies through Macy's Passport 2002 Fund on three islands. They are:

Big Island AIDS Project, which serves the Hilo area; Life Foundation of Honolulu, the state's largest provider of these services; Maui AIDS Foundation, which offers services to native Hawaiians, Asians and Pacific Islanders; and West Hawaii AIDS Foundation. Applications for the 2003 fund must be submitted by July 31 by calling 800-287-7426.

>> Lanakila Meals on Wheels Program has received a $5,000 grant from the Jessie Ann Chalmers Charitable Trust. The program has been serving seniors for more than 25 years and provides about 2,000 meals daily.

>> The Marimed Foundation has been awarded two grants of $20,000 from the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation, and $15,000 from the Rev. Okumura Family Fund to start a family life-skills training program for the recovery of at-risk youth at Marimed's residential treatment program.

>> Walt Thorndike, president of Thorndike & Associates, has been elected to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii's board of directors. He will serve on Goodwill's community relations and fund-raising committee and human services and resources committee. Thorndike is a past president of the Rotary Club of Waikiki and past commodore of the Hawaii Yacht Club.


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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

HONOLULU

Homeless man, 26, arrested in killing

Police have charged a 26-year-old homeless man with the Saturday killing of another homeless man at the Ala Wai Community Park.

Anibal Ortiz was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 37-year-old man, police said. His bail was set at $100,000.

The victim, whose name was not released, was in an argument with Ortiz over belongings before he was shot and killed.

Soldier, 21, charged in nightclub shooting

A Schofield Barracks soldier was charged yesterday with second-degree attempted murder in connection with a shooting Sunday in the parking lot of World Cafe nightclub.

Police said Bradley Lamar Enoch, 21, fired several shots through the window of a car exiting the nightclub's parking lot at 1130 N. Nimitz Highway about 4 a.m. Sunday.

A 22-year-old man in the car was wounded and taken to Queen's Medical Center in guarded condition. A 21-year-old man in the car was not injured.

Witnesses and a police officer on special duty at the nightclub chased Enoch and caught him as he was getting into a car, police said. A .357-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.

Enoch's bail is $100,000.

Neighbor alerts police about domestic fight

Police charged a 23-year-old Liliha man with first-degree terroristic threatening after he allegedly choked his girlfriend and threatened her with a knife Saturday.

Police said that at about 8:10 a.m., Kimo Leopoldo was arguing with his girlfriend in their home on North Kuakini Street when he threw a stool at the 23-year-old victim, shattering a mirror behind her.

Police said Leopoldo grabbed his girlfriend's neck and threatened her with a knife, claiming that he would rather be arrested for murder than a minor offense.

A neighbor called police, who arrested Leopoldo.

He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

WINDWARD OAHU

Police nab 1 suspect in armed gang robbery

Police arrested a 21-year-old man and were searching for another suspect after four people were robbed Sunday night in the parking lot of Aikahi Shopping Center.

Police said the victims were sitting in a car at about 11 p.m. when a car pulled up and blocked them. Five to six men got out of the car, approached the victims and took their valuables. One man had a handgun and another had a knife, the victims reported.

The victims drove away and called police. Two of the victims said they recognized one of the robbers as a former high school classmate, who was arrested later.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Teen dies after having seizures in the ocean

KAU, Hawaii >> An Oahu teenager died Saturday after apparently suffering seizures while diving off the Big Island, police said.

Joseph Sparacio, 15, of Kaneohe, was diving with his brother and a friend off Kaalualu Bay near South Point in Kau, police said.

After Sparacio suffered seizures, his companions brought him ashore and called for help at 9:29 p.m.

Sparacio was admitted to Kau Hospital in critical condition and died at about 11:30 p.m., police said.

An autopsy was ordered to determine the exact cause of death.



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