Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, May 6, 2003



>> Hawaii Pacific University has honored three alumni with the Paul C.T. Loo Alumni Awards: Greg Cabanting (class of 1997), director of marketing for Anheuser-Busch Hawaii, the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award; Kristina Ebenius (1998), account executive at Edelman PR Worldwide, Young Alumni Award; Jason C.H. Lee (1995), entrepreneur and student, the Alumni Service Award.

>> Blake Kurisu, Waiakea High School in Hilo, has received a four-year $4,000 scholarship from the Horace Mann Scholarship Program, which gives scholarships to children of education workers.

>> St. Elizabeth Church in Aiea has received $10,000 from First Hawaiian Foundation for installation of new stained-glass windows with a Hawaii motif. The grant will be paid over two years.

>> Kamehameha Schools has donated 30 sets of its Kulaiwi Hawaiian Language series to the Hawaii state Public Library System, and 290 books on Hawaiian history and culture to the state Department of Public Safety correctional facility libraries.

>> Parents and Children Together has received a $75,000 grant from the Hawaii Children's Trust Fund for support of the Hawaii Coalition for Dads.

>> The University of Hawaii Information Technology Services has received a $70,000 grant from the Pepsi Bottling Group to help bring Wireless Fidelity, or "Wi-Fi," technology to the Campus Center.

>> The MicroGuard Team of GP Maintenance Solutions, a subsidiary of Grace Pacific Corp., has donated more than $10,000 in products and services to protect public restrooms at Aala Park with a revolutionary sealant aimed at preventing mildew, stains and oxidation.

>> St. Andrew's Priory School has received a $25,000 grant from the Atherton Family Foundation to expand the school's "Teaching and Learning with Laptops" program.

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Oahu outpatient counseling efforts clear a key hurdle

The Hawaii Counseling and Education Center has been reaccredited for three years for its Outpatient Treatment and Child and Adolescent Treatment programs.

The center, with offices in Kailua and Honolulu, has been providing outpatient mental health counseling and substance abuse services on Oahu since 1985. It also provides anger management and domestic violence services.

The accreditation by the international Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities represents the highest level of accreditation awarded to an organization. It is the second consecutive three-year accreditation awarded to Hawaii Counseling and Education Center Inc.

Pali Highway rumble strips are lowered

Workers trimmed traffic-calming devices on Pali Highway yesterday following a groundswell of complaints from motorists after they were installed last week, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The so-called rumble strips in the Kailua-bound lanes near the Wyllie Street overpass in Nuuanu were cut to a quarter-inch from a half-inch, DOT spokesman Scott Ishikawa said.

Workers also created a gap in the rumble strips to allow motorcyclists to maneuver past them, said Ishikawa.

Workers will create similar gaps in the rumble strips in the town-bound lanes just mauka of the Waokanaka Street intersection sometime this week, Ishikawa said.

Ishikawa said the installation of and changes made to the rumble strips cost an estimated $9,500.

The strips are part of a multifaceted project to slow down drivers as they enter the residential area of Nuuanu along Pali Highway. This is the first time these types of strips have been used for that purpose, according to the DOT. The speed limit through that area is 35 mph.

Maui man, friend are out of bounds at Augusta course

AUGUSTA, Ga. >> Two drunken men, including one from Maui, were caught by a security guard as they tried to play a couple of holes of night golf at Augusta National Golf Club early Sunday morning, police said.

The men jumped the fence at Augusta National -- the home of the Masters golf tournament -- grabbed three flag pins and tried to play golf, according to an Augusta-Richmond County incident report.

The men, Todd Murphy, of Lahaina, and Raymond Benjamin, of Augusta, both in their 30s, brought their own golf clubs, police said.

They got lost on the golf course after they had their fun and ran into a security guard while trying to leave.

Augusta National does not comment on security matters, said spokesman Glenn Greenspan.

The club chose not to prosecute the two men when the police report was filed.


Corrections and clarifications

Art >> Bill Crisco designed this University of Hawaii logo on Page A16 Sunday. It was incorrectly attributed to Patrick Ralar.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Not-guilty plea entered in jail drug-trade case

A former Halawa prison lieutenant has pleaded not guilty to a drug charge stemming from an investigation into drug smuggling at the state's high-security facility.

Richard Brooks, 45, of Salt Lake, had been charged with first-degree promotion of dangerous drugs after he was arrested April 18 with more than 50 grams of methamphetamine during an undercover sting at a Mililani service station.

He allegedly obtained the drugs and cash from an undercover police officer and was supposed to give them to his attorney, whom he did not name.

Inmate pleads not guilty to refund scam

An inmate at Halawa prison pleaded not guilty to obtaining more than $7,400 in tax refunds while incarcerated.

Paul Campos was indicted April 10 with three counts of making false statements in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and three counts of second-degree theft.

He allegedly made up employers, prepared false W-2s and obtained the refunds while in prison. His trial is also set for the week of July 7.

Man shot by police sues Hawaii County

A man who police said tried to run down a South Hilo patrol officer and then was shot has sued Hawaii County and the policeman in federal court.

Wendell Tangaro alleged in his suit that police officer Joseph Botelho fired his gun on April 17, 2002, without any warning or provocation, hitting Tangaro in the neck.

Tangaro alleged his constitutional rights were violated because he was shot without probable, sufficient, just or reasonable cause.

According to the suit, friend Justin Aoki tried to steal 50 cents from a coin-operated laundromat. Aoki has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for attempted theft.

Tangaro, then 28, was asleep in the back of Aoki's car, parked on Shipman Street across from the Hilo Armory, the suit said.

Tangaro was awakened when Aoki opened the back door and warned him police were coming, then fled, the suit said.

Tangaro, who had violated his parole, feared he might be arrested and jumped into the front seat and drove the car to flee the scene, the lawsuit said. The suit said Botelho approached the vehicle and stood on the sidewalk in front of the car, then fired without any warning.

However, police said, Tangaro pushed Aoki out of the car and allegedly tried to run down Botelho.


Moped accident leaves man, 51, critically hurt

A 51-year-old Liliha man was critically injured after falling off his moped in front of Kuakini Medical Center about 1:07 p.m. yesterday.

Police said the man was heading east on Kuakini Street, had the green light, made a stop and fell off for no apparent reason.

The man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, but his condition worsened to critical about 3:45 p.m.

There were no moving cars in the area, police said.

Accusation of affair ends in alleged assault

A 46-year-old downtown man allegedly beat and sexually assaulted his wife yesterday after accusing her of having an affair.

Police said the couple were at home when the husband accused his 42-year-old wife of having the affair.

After he repeatedly struck her and sexually assaulted her, she fled to another apartment where she called police.

The incident occurred at 10:25 a.m.

Police arrested the man for second- and third-degree sexual assault, abuse of a household member and three counts of contempt.


Man purportedly hits his pregnant girlfriend

Police arrested a 25-year-old Kahuku man for felony abuse of a household member Sunday after he allegedly hit his pregnant girlfriend.

The 27-year-old woman received facial injuries but refused treatment after an ambulance arrived at the scene.

The man was arrested at their Kahuku home about 11 p.m.

Police later learned the man was convicted three times for abuse of a household member, triggering a felony abuse investigation.


Navy man is stabbed, robbed in parking lot

Police said a 28-year-old Navy man was stabbed and robbed yesterday at the Pearlridge Center parking lot.

The man withdrew some cash from an automated teller machine at 98-200 Kamehameha Highway, then planned to have breakfast at Denny's Restaurant before going to work.

While getting out of his car, a man with a knife confronted him at 4:45 a.m.

The two struggled, and the victim was stabbed in the upper left chest.

He was taken to Tripler Army Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The suspect fled before police arrived.


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