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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, June 24, 2003


Johnston Atoll worker attacked by shark

A 53-year-old man attacked by a shark off Johnston Atoll remained in stable condition last night at the Queen's Medical Center.

The Coast Guard flew George Fahey to Oahu from Johnston Atoll on Sunday night. Fahey, a civilian worker on Johnston Atoll, was bitten on the upper right leg Sunday morning while swimming and lost a massive amount of blood, a Coast Guard official said. The bite caused injury to the bone and removed front and back quadriceps.

He was taken in a C-130 Hercules plane to Oahu, then transported by ambulance to the Queen's Medical Center about midnight in stable condition.

The plane flew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point at 5 p.m. Sunday with an Air Force medical team aboard after receiving a 2 p.m. call from the Air Mobility Operations Control Center.

Free exams offered to A-bomb survivors

A medical team from Hiroshima, Japan, will provide free, comprehensive medical examinations to atomic bomb survivors Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hawaii has about 200 survivors of the World War II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, according to Izumi Hirano, of the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-bomb Survivors. The society aims to contact the survivors for exams by a team of doctors experienced in radiation illnesses.

The exams are available to survivors who were in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the bombings, as well as those who went there within two weeks after the bombings. People who cared for the survivors also are eligible.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki government representatives also will provide information about seeking assistance in Japan. Confidentiality is assured to all participants.

To register or for more information, call Hirano at 422-1489.

Hawaii Supreme Court disbars ex-attorney

The Hawaii Supreme Court has disbarred former isle attorney Glen Dryer from practicing law effective June 13 based on his disbarment in California.

Dryer, 44, was suspended in Hawaii in 1999 for not cooperating with an investigation by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. He was subsequently suspended twice in 2000.

The Supreme Court of California suspended Dryer, then later disbarred him for failing to follow the court's orders while under suspension.

Dryer, a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in 1986.

Blaisdell parking rates to increase next week

Blaisdell Center parking rates will increase next Tuesday.

Event daytime parking prices (before 5 p.m.) will go up to $4 from $3, and evening event rates (after 5 p.m.) will jump to $5 from $3.

An increase in nonevent parking rates also will begin next Tuesday. Regular parking will go up to $5 from $4. Parking with in-and-out privileges will be $6, up from $5.

Monthly parking rates will rise Aug. 1 to $80 from $65.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

HONOLULU

Suspect hurts woman who awakes during burglary

Police are looking for the man who entered a 57-year-old woman's Kanunu Street apartment yesterday while the woman was asleep, threatened her when she awoke and assaulted her when she tried to escape.

The woman told police she awoke about 12:40 a.m. to find a man searching her dresser drawers. She said the man then pointed a handgun at her and demanded money. She said she ran out the front door when the suspect went to search another part of the apartment.

The woman told police she screamed when the suspect ran after her and caught her in the apartment building's stairwell. She said the suspect struck her on the head with the handgun, then fled.

The woman suffered a cut and bruise on her forehead and was treated at the scene.

The suspect is believed to be in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds. He has a tan complexion, black, neck-length hair and a mustache. He was wearing a tan T-shirt, black and brown shorts and tennis shoes.

Police arrest man who allegedly hit girlfriend

Police arrested a 22-year-old Aliamanu man Saturday after he allegedly hit his girlfriend.

Police said the suspect struck his girlfriend, 22, at their home because she did not want to go out. Police said the woman suffered a laceration to her lower lip and a loosened front tooth.

Police said the suspect also pushed his father and assaulted his brother-in-law.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and two counts of abuse of a household member.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Teen dies when car overturns in Koloa

A 17-year-old boy died Saturday when the car he was riding in struck a tree and overturned near the Koloa water tank on Kauai.

Police said the driver was speeding south on Koloa Road just after midnight about a half-mile before Omao Road junction when he apparently lost control of his vehicle. The car came to a rest in a pasture.

The boy was pronounced dead at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. Two other passengers, both 17, and the driver received minor injuries.

Police said excessive speed and alcohol use were factors in the crash. They arrested the driver, a 19-year-old Kalaheo man, under suspicion of negligent homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol, then released him later pending investigation.

LEEWARD OAHU

2 boys arrested after botched shoplifting

Police arrested two boys, ages 15 and 17, and are looking for a third suspect after they allegedly brandished a knife and handgun yesterday during a botched shoplifting attempt at Daiei Waipahu.

Police said the three males entered the store at 94-144 Farrington Highway about 12:35 a.m., went to the liquor section and each put two bottles of liquor in their pockets. A security guard told police he stopped the suspects as they tried to exit.

The security guard said he grabbed two of them and was attempting to take them to the manager's office when the third suspect pushed him from behind. He said one of the suspects pulled out what appeared to be a handgun and pointed it at him while another suspect pulled out a knife. The three then fled.

A police sergeant spotted three males matching the suspects' description entering a vehicle about two blocks away from the store. When police stopped the vehicle, two males fled while the third was caught in the vehicle. Police later caught one of the two who fled.

The two suspects in custody were identified by the security guard and arrested for first-degree robbery but could face federal charges because the crime occurred in a Weed & Seed area.

Police said they found a bottle of liquor in the car but did not recover any weapons.

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