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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, July 24, 2003


Land-title data now on the Web

Researching Hawaii land titles has been made easier with the online posting of the general indexes of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources' Bureau of Conveyances at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/bc.

Indexes dating back to 1976 are available on the Web site.

The index, containing millions of entries, is an alphabetical listing of all recorded transactions from 1976 and will be updated daily.

Instead of visiting the bureau for information about land titles, the public can access the Web site and order copies of documents online.

Neighbor island residents without computer access can use one of the bureau's remote terminals in the Division of State Parks offices in Hilo, Lihue and Wailuku.

[Taking Notice]

>> District Judge Leslie Ann Hayashi has received the 2003 Franklin N. Flaschner Judicial Award from the American Bar Association. She was commended for her ability to make defendants feel at ease in the courtroom. Hayashi has co-chaired the Hawaii Supreme Court Committee on Equality and Access to the Courts since 1992.

>> The Hawaii State Public Library System has named Iris Kaneshige, a library assistant at McCully-Moiliili Public Library, its 2003 Employee of the Year; and the Horizon Conversion Training Team, Team of the Year.

Team members, who volunteered to learn a new software system and teach it to their co-workers in 50 libraries, are Pamela S. Akao, Geraldine L.C. Arai, Glenda I. Berry, Brenda B. Booker, Gabrielle M. Casart, Donald H. Chambers, Sheryl Ching, Cynthia P. Chow, John B. Clark, Sana P. Daliva, Cora Lynn Nishimura Eggerman, Jeffrey R. Eldredge, Joyce A.H. Felmet, Cynthia M. Frazer, Ann Fujioka, Beryl Y.T. Goo, Debbie R. Higashi, Martha J. Hoverson, Dale R. Huber, Jean F. Kaaina, Keoni K. Kahoano, Cora L. Kelly, Sheryl Lynch, Carla Mauri, Ann T. Moriyama, Jesse Newbold, Mary P. Sullivan, Vernon H.Q. Tam, Sri P. TenCate, Carol L. White, Linnel M. Yamashita and Cynthia D. Yen.

>> Beverly Harbin, small-business advocate for the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, and Mark Stitham, a psychiatrist, have been appointed to the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Advisory Council. The council recommends which insurance companies can enter the health care market in Hawaii.

>> Andriana Ramelli, executive director of the Kapiolani Health Sex Abuse Treatment Center, has been presented with the 2003 Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.


"Taking Notice" runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please send items to City Desk, Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

HONOLULU

Rescuers searching summit trails for hiker


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The search for a 19-year-old man who has been missing since Monday after hiking alone in the Koolau Mountains will resume this morning, according to fire officials.

Rescue crews searched for Daniel Levey as far east as Hawaii Loa Ridge and as far west as Pauoa Flats yesterday.

Today's search will include Pauoa Flats and extend farther west to the Pali and Nuuanu Valley areas. A group also will move along the Waahila ridge.

Rescue crews are searching the summit trails of these ridges trying to find Levey, who had been hiking on Lanipo Trail in Maualani Heights.

Police look for suspect after backpack stolen

Police are looking for a male suspect who allegedly held another man at gunpoint and stole his backpack on South King Street yesterday.

According to police, the suspect approached a 34-year-old man in a store parking lot at around 9:03 p.m., pulled out a handgun and took the victim's backpack. The suspect then fled in a black SUV, police said.

The man is described as being in his early 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with straight black hair and a brown complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue short-sleeved T-shirt, dark pants and white shoes.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Machete threat against police leads to arrest

Big Island police arrested a 46-year-old Puna man on Monday after he allegedly used a machete to threaten police officers at his Hawaiian Paradise Park residence on Friday.

Police arrived at Barton Bumatay's home at about 12:30 p.m. Friday to arrest him in an domestic abuse case. Police said officers found him sitting down holding a machete to his throat and threatening to kill himself and blow up the property.

As police tried to arrest him, Bumatay allegedly charged at an officer and threatened to cut him, police said.

Bumatay was taken to the Hilo Medical Center for a psychological assessment. Upon his release Monday, police arrested and charged him with abuse of a family member, terroristic threatening and reckless endangering.

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