Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Members of 3 faiths join for peace service

Members of Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations will speak at an Interfaith Worship Service for Peace tomorrow at Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd.

The 5:30 p.m. service is sponsored by several Nuuanu church congregations. It will include scriptural readings, prayers and the lighting of candles by participants. It is open to the public.

For information, call Steve Ito of Nuuanu Congregational Church at 988-6772.

Cat blamed in Saturday power outage in Manoa

A cat was blamed for a power outage in Manoa Saturday when it caused a short circuit at the East-West Center, said Bruce Benson, Hawaiian Electric Co. spokesman.

"Our people found a dead cat," he said.

Benson said the cat tripped a 46-kilovolt line at the at the East-West Center substation about 8:32 p.m. About 200 customers were without electricity for about an hour. The outage caused a 23-minute interruption to the men's volleyball match between the University of Hawaii and the University of the Pacific at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Garr will join hundreds at MS Walk in April

Actress Terri Garr will be one of more than 1,000 people expected to participate in the MS Walk April 5 at Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island, sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hawaii Division.

The walk begins at 7:30 a.m. near McCoy Pavilion. Walkers will collect pledges to complete the three-mile course.

Funds will go to research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis and to support programs that help the 400,000 Americans with the disease.

Teams of 10 or more can participate in the Team Challenge, featuring an obstacle course, three-legged race and other events.

To register, call the Hawaii Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 532-0806.

Nishida chosen as new Kauai drug coordinator

LIHUE >> Roy Nishida, longtime representative on Kauai for Gov. Ben Cayetano, was named yesterday as Kauai County drug coordinator by Mayor Bryan Baptiste.

The appointment is effective April 16.

The "war on drugs" has been the priority of both Baptiste and the Kauai County Council. Although the position has not yet been funded, the Council is expected to do so.

Nishida, a Maui native, will serve as liaison between a wide variety of law enforcement agencies dealing with drugs.

For 21 years, he was president and chief executive officer of Kauai Economic Opportunity Inc., an umbrella nonprofit agency for a wide variety of social services.

Big Isle Fire Chief gets pay boost

HILO, Hawaii >> Big Island Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira will be joining Police Chief Lawrence Mahuna as Hawaii County's highest paid public servants.

The county's Salary Commission has voted to boost Oliveira's annual salary 23.3 percent, to $91,599, the same as Mahuna's salary.

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is paid $85,080 a year.

The commission also granted a 23.3 percent pay hike for Deputy Fire Chief Desmond Wery. He will be paid $87,237 a year, the same salary received by Deputy Police Chief Harry Kubojiri.

The pay raises go into effect May 1.


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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Man, 38, arrested after alleged stabbing

A 38-year-old man was arrested this morning for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend last night.

Police said the new boyfriend, 36, dropped off the girlfriend at a North Pauahi Street address in Downtown Honolulu about 11 p.m. The girlfriend reported she saw the suspect running toward her, and when her boyfriend came to protect her, the suspect pulled a knife and went after him.

As the boyfriend was about to get into his car, he was stabbed in the chest, police said.

He suffered a collapsed lung and was taken to Queen's Medical Center where he was in guarded condition.

The suspect was arrested later near his home on Robello Lane.


Police seek woman last seen March 18

Police want help locating Jolene Morizono, 23, who left her Waikiki home March 18 and hasn't been seen since. Police said Morizono requires daily medication and may become disoriented without it.

Morizono is described as 5 feet 2, about 98 pounds, with a slim build, black shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She is known to frequent Waikiki night clubs and the Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library at 400 Kapahulu Ave. She also frequents the McCully-Moiliili Public Library at 2211 S. King St.

Anyone with information may call Officer Mary Aragones at 529-3064 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.


Motorcyclist dies after being dragged by car

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii >> A motorcyclist was killed on the Big Island last night after he was pinned underneath a car and dragged about 150 feet, authorities said.

The motorcyclist, 50, was headed south on Route 190 near Hina Lani Street about 8:10 p.m. when he lost control of his motorcycle.

A car behind him then ran into him and he was pinned beneath it, police said.

The motorcyclist's name was not released.

California visitor killed by surprise wave

PRINCEVILLE, Kauai >> A California man died yesterday after he was swept into the ocean by a big wave at Queen's Bath on Kauai's North Shore, county officials said.

Robert Engelmore, 68, of Menlo Park, Calif., was with about eight other people when a wave as high as 10 feet crashed to shore, pulling him into the ocean, officials said.

Lifeguards used Jet Skis to retrieve Engelmore about 100 yards offshore.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

No one else was swept out to sea, however some people had to be treated for abrasions, officials said.

Queen's Bath is a popular tourist stop that is dangerous during high north swells. County officials closed it to the public last year after two brothers drowned, but reopened it after a protest from North Shore residents.

Visitor to Maui dies during surf lessons

LAHAINA, Maui >> A 60-year-old Louisiana visitor died yesterday while he was taking surfing lessons in west Maui.

The surfing instructor told authorities he saw the man's body in the water at Launiupoko about 12:30 p.m., Police Sgt. Max Kincaid said.

Police are investigating the death as a possible drowning.

Police arrest suspect in ramming of cop car

Big Island police charged a 17-year-old Keaukaha boy with terroristic threatening, criminal property damage and auto theft after he allegedly crashed his car into a police cruiser earlier this week.

The youth was charged in connection with an attack of South Hilo patrol officers who were investigating possible car break-ins at the Hale Moana condominium apartment complex about 2:30 a.m. yesterday.

Police said the youth was driving out of a parking stall with a male passenger. He gunned the engine and rammed one of the police vehicles, barely missing an officer who was walking toward the car and knocking a police car into two parked vehicles.

Police said he then turned right on Kalanianaole Avenue and tried to speed away, but lost control of his car and hit a brick wall.

He and his passenger both jumped out of the car and ran away.

Police later arrested the youth and transferred him to the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility on Oahu.

Police continued to search for the male passenger. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Tom C. Poy at 961-2383 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.


Ewa Beach man assaulted in his home

Honolulu police are investigating a robbery at an Ewa Beach home yesterday.

Police said a man assaulted another man at his home and robbed him of valuables.

No further details were available.

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