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Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Tuesday, September 9, 2003


BELL IS TOLLING FOR COQUI FROGS

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FL MORRIS / FMORRIS@STARBULLETIN.COM
State agencies started spraying a citric acid solution last night to kill coqui frogs, a nuisance in upper Wahiawa. They were spraying an area on the East Range of Schofield Barracks. Derek Arakaki, of the state Department of Agriculture, mixed the citric acid solution into the spray tank mounted in the back of a pickup truck.



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Isle abuse program gets federal grants

The federal Office on Violence Against Women has awarded Hawaii two grants totaling more than $1.2 million, U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo Jr. said.

The attorney general's office will get $750,000 to help support the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program.

The state will develop an initiative to promote long-term safety for battered women and their children by improving visitation services throughout Hawaii, Kubo said Friday.

Such grants help support families with a history of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault or stalking by increasing supervised visitation and exchange options, he said.

The rest of the money -- $497,877 -- will enable the attorney general's office to address domestic violence cases through the use of digital photography.

Kubo said the photography will be used in police investigations to preserve and present evidence for the filing of charges and for the issuance of temporary restraining orders.

Digital cameras and processing software will be purchased, training will be provided and two process servers and two deputy prosecutors will be hired, he said.

Grad school testing sessions are available

The Princeton Review will offer free informational sessions on graduate school entrance exams this month.

Sessions for the LSAT, GRE and GMAT will be held this Saturday and Sept. 20 and 27. All of the sessions will be on the UH-Manoa campus.

For more information or to register for the sessions, call the Princeton Review of Hawaii at 947-5988 or e-mail info.hawaii@review.com.

Media center opens for Palolo, Kaimuki

Palolo and Kaimuki residents will have access to video production equipment and training at 'Olelo Community Television's newest media facility.

The Palolo/Kaimuki Community Media Center, at Jarrett Middle School, was opened to Jarrett students on the first day of the 2003 school year and will open to other schools and community members on Oct. 1.

The facility will offer classes about video production and provide access to equipment. It will be reserved to Jarrett students during school hours but will offer classes to residents and students after school. 'Olelo has already opened media centers in the Waianae, Kahuku and Leeward communities.


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[ Taking Notice ]

76 public school students are given writing prizes

The Hawaii Education Association, which promotes literary achievement in the public schools, awarded 76 students with cash prizes in its annual Creative Writing Festival in July. Entries came from 28 public schools statewide. The top three winners in each category, from first through third place, are:

>> Essay contest: Grades 7-8, Adam Nowicki, of the Education Laboratory School; Ceres Esera, Kahuku High & Intermediate School; Jeremy Curtis, Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate.

Grades 9-12, Amy Chang, Roosevelt High School; Alvin Lake, Roosevelt High School; Stacy Pladera, Baldwin High School.

>> Short Story contest: Grades 4-6, Layleigh Carveiro, Kalaheo High School; Rhett Rapoza, Iao School; Searra Kaohi, Kalaheo School.

Grades 7-8, Annelise Duran, Niu Valley Middle School; Andrew Morales, Niu Valley Middle School; Alana Taniguchi, Kawananakoa Middle School.

Grades 9-12, Preston Lee DeLuz, Paauilo Elementary & Intermediate School; Nicole Sato, Education Laboratory; Christian M. Evangelista, Education Laboratory.

>> Free Verse Poetry contest:

Grades 1-3, Linea Koehler, Kalaheo School; Alyssa Nozoe, Kaneohe Elementary; Jordan Cabrales, Princess Victoria Kaiulani School.

Grades 4-6, BrieAnne Te'o, Laie Elementary School; Jessica Garcia, Iao School; Kiana Wilson, Laie Elementary School.

Grades 7-8, Alexandria Wagner, Iao School; Enli Li, Kawananakoa Middle School; Gabrielle Davidson, Kapaa Middle School.

Grades 9-12, Lee Ying Kwok, Mililani High School; Courtnie Arconado, Baldwin High School; Dawn Dunston, Baldwin High School.

>> Problem-solving contest:

Grades 7-8, Devin Saiki, Joseph Alex Sandlin and La'akea Sky Smith, all of Kapaa Middle School.

Grades 9-12, Michael K. Pfeiffer, Aaron Y. Tanaka and Trevor R. Vagay, all of Mililani High School.


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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

3 arrested in vehicle chase and shooting on Kauai

POIPU, Kauai >> Kauai police have arrested three Kalaheo men for attempted second-degree murder following a vehicle chase and shooting Friday afternoon on a dirt road east of Poipu.

Several shots were fired but no one was hit, police said.

A 31-year-old man whose vehicle was being pursued by a pickup truck and a van suffered minor injuries from flying glass. The pickup truck collided with the victim's vehicle, and numerous shots were fired from the van while the victim was still in his vehicle, police said.

Owen S. Konishi, 36, of Kalaheo, was arrested about 7 p.m. Friday. An investigation led to the arrest of Winona N. Ragragola, 42, and Aaron K. Kahalewai, 27, both of Kalaheo. All three were charged with attempted murder, and bail was set at $20,000 each.

Police provided no information on the dispute that led to the chase.

Owner of drifting craft safe after swim ashore

The owner of a kayak found drifting off a Maui beach Sunday had swum to shore, Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard found the kayak a mile off Kamaole Beach about noon Sunday, officials said.

Crews searched the ocean and shoreline for the kayaker Sunday and yesterday morning, but the search ended after a man called in and reported that he had swum to shore after his kayak capsized.

LEEWARD OAHU

Air crews battle Waianae brush fire

Firefighters used four helicopters to drop water on a Waianae brush fire that was inaccessible to ground crews yesterday.

Fire officials said the fire started about 6 a.m. on a ridge between Makaha and Waianae valleys.

The helicopters -- two from the military, one from Forestry and one from the Honolulu Fire Department -- made air drops until about 7 p.m. when it got too dark to continue.

Fire officials said the blaze had burned about five to 10 acres but was slow-moving and nonthreatening. Crews will continue to extinguish the blaze this morning.

HONOLULU

3 visitors to Waikiki arrested in fraud case

Police have arrested and charged three men who allegedly used counterfeit identification cards and stolen credit cards to purchase Rolex watches.

Police said Paul French, 32, and Warren Canada, 49, flew in from Los Angeles on Friday and went to Ala Moana Center, where they tried to buy watches from different jewelry stores.

French bought a $7,000 Rolex watch from Ben Bridge Jeweler, and Canada tried to purchase a $13,000 Rolex watch from Ben Bridge Time Work but signed a name that was different from the one on the credit card, police said. The clerk who helped Canada alerted management about the suspicious transaction.

On Saturday, French and Canada tried to buy watches from the same stores but were stopped by security when a clerk recognized Canada, police said. The police were called, and after further investigation the two suspects were arrested.

Police also arrested Donovan Johnson, 33, who was staying with the two suspects at the Ohana Waikiki West hotel. They found the $7,000 Rolex watch, about five stolen credit cards and several fake IDs in Johnson's possession, police said.

Police said Johnson had recruited Canada and French to come to Hawaii to buy watches.

Johnson was charged with second-degree theft, theft of credit cards, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and two counts of identification theft.

Canada was charged with two counts each of fraudulent use of a credit card, identification theft and forgery.

French was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, second-degree theft, identification theft and forgery.

They are each being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Busted water main closes Liliha Street

All four lanes of Liliha Street were damaged yesterday after a 12-inch water main ruptured about 1:45 p.m.

Liliha Street, between Bates and Judd streets, was closed last night and will be closed this morning so crews can repair the broken water main and clear debris from the area.

Board of Water Supply officials said the road buckled after the high-pressure water main broke. The break affected about 50 to 60 homes, but hospitals in the area were not affected, officials said.

Motorists traveling makai-bound on Liliha Street will be detoured onto Judd Street, and mauka-bound traffic will be directed onto Bates Street to keep traffic away from the damaged road.

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