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Thursday, October 30, 2003


Hilo campus begins search for chancellor

Hawaii Community College is seeking a permanent chancellor for its Hilo campus, which serves 7,000 students annually.

Shirley Daniel, interim chancellor, will lead the search by an advisory committee that includes faculty, staff, administrators, community leaders and a student.

The committee will begin reviewing applications after Nov. 17, although submissions may be accepted later. Top candidates will be interviewed in December and January.

University of Hawaii President Evan Dobelle said the new chancellor should be a passionate advocate for the college who can focus on building the institution and forging relationships with the business, cultural, governmental and academic communities.

The selection should be announced by next spring. More information is available at www.hawaii.edu/executivesearch.

Inmate's family sues state after his suicide

The family of an inmate who committed suicide at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in April 2000 is suing the state and Department of Public Safety for negligence.

Hoku Lincoln, the spouse of Bud Ipo Chong Jr., filed suit Monday in Circuit Court on behalf of her husband's estate and their three children.

Public safety officials could not be reached for comment.

The suit contends Chong was evaluated by a psychiatrist on April 20, 2002, and deemed suicidal. He was placed on suicide watch for five days. On April 25, Chong used bedsheets to hang himself.

The suit contends that the department knew of his suicidal tendencies but negligently removed him from suicide watch. The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

$30,000 grant supports cancer patients on Kauai

A $30,000 grant has been awarded by the Antone and Edene Vidinha Charitable Trust to support services for cancer patients on Kauai.

The grant will enable the American Cancer Society's Kauai Unit to help meet individual needs of cancer survivors. They will receive personal assistance through "Look Good ... Feel Better" and "Reach to Recovery" programs.

Support group volunteers will share experiences and reach out to those nearly diagnosed. Survivors and family members also will have access to critical information through the society's national Web site and toll-free call unit.

Childhood Cancer Programs also will be available to keiki with cancer.

For information on those and other American Cancer Society programs, call the Kauai Unit office at 245-2942.

Workshop addresses Internet health news

A free one-hour workshop to help people find health information on the Internet will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kailua Public Library, 239 Kuulei Road.

Tina Okamoto, consumer health librarian at the Hawaii Medical Library, will conduct the program on the "Hawaii Health Portal."

She will teach people how to access MEDLINEplus, PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov and links to other health resources by logging onto hml.org/CHIS/portal.

To request a sign language interpreter, call the library five days before the program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. For more information, call 266-9911.


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CHARITY BEGINS WITH RICE

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Kurtis Kwan, a seventh-grader at ASSETS School, helps load rice for his school's drive to support the Hawaii Food Bank. Some 300 kindergartners through eighth-graders at ASSETS collected 6,160 pounds of rice that was delivered Friday.



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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

HONOLULU

Late-night Domino's fight leads to arrest

One man was arrested for assault, and another man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center with cuts on his arm and head following a fight at a Domino's Pizza restaurant near Honolulu Airport early Tuesday.

Police said the injured man, 23, went to the restaurant at 3131 N. Nimitz Highway, which was closed, at about 1:30 a.m. to pick up an employee for a date. When the manager, 24, told the man he was in an employee-only area, the man allegedly took a swing at the manager. Police said the manager hit the man on the head with a mop handle, pushed him out of the restaurant and locked the door.

The man then punched his fist through a window, climbed into the restaurant and chased the manager outside into the parking lot, police said.

When officers arrived, they arrested the manager and sent the man to the hospital for treatment to a deep cut on his arm he sustained when he punched through the window. He is being investigated for criminal property damage for breaking the window and for damaging a car in the parking lot.

The manager was arrested for second-degree assault but was later released without charges pending investigation.

Police arrest suspects in Kalihi beating case

Honolulu police said they have arrested all the suspects in a multiple stabbing and beating in Kalihi earlier this month.

Police said an argument between two groups of men near Akahi Street on Oct. 11 escalated into a fight in which two men were stabbed and another beaten nearly to death.

The fight started after suspect Philip Wallace, 23, and his uncle confronted another group of men about damages to Wallace's car.

Wallace has since been charged with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing the two men. Then yesterday, police also arrested three men for second-degree attempted murder for allegedly beating Wallace and his uncle in retaliation for the stabbings. Two suspects were arrested in Waikiki, and another man turned himself in to police.

CrimeStoppers tip points cops to fugitive

A robbery fugitive who allegedly beat two men with a baseball bat was arrested by Honolulu police yesterday.

Hee Sung Yoo, 31, was arrested after a CrimeStoppers tip led officers to his Waikiki hotel yesterday.

An Oahu grand jury had indicted Yoo for robbery assault and criminal property damage for allegedly beating two men, causing a broken leg and head injuries to the victims in July.

Yoo is the sixth fugitive to be captured after being featured on the cover of MidWeek earlier this month.


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BARRY MARKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-BULLETIN
Police closed Kamehameha Highway near the Crouching Lion in Kaaawa for three hours yesterday to investigate an accident that injured two tourists, one critically.


WINDWARD OAHU

Motorcycle crash injures 2 visitors

Two tourists were injured yesterday afternoon, one critically, in a motorcycle accident on Kamehameha Highway near the Crouching Lion in Kaaawa.

Police said the visitors from Japan were riding a white 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when the vehicle wobbled and the 31-year-old driver lost control.

The two men were ejected and the driver was critically injured after striking a guardrail. The 24-year-old passenger was seriously injured. They were not wearing helmets. Both were flown to the Queen's Medical Center.

Police closed the highway for almost three hours to investigate the crash. Traffic was rerouted during the closure.

NORTH SHORE

Police find escapee yelling his name

A Hawaii State Hospital patient who escaped from the Kaneohe facility Tuesday afternoon was arrested in Sunset Beach that night after shouting his name.

Police said David Mainaaupo was last seen on hospital grounds at 1:45 p.m. and was reported missing about an hour later.

At 11:20 p.m., officers responding to an anonymous report of a suspicious male found Mainaaupo on Ke Nui Road. The caller reported the male was yelling, "My name is David Mainaaupo."

Police confirmed his identity and returned Mainaaupo to Kaneohe.

Mainaaupo has convictions for burglary, terroristic threatening, criminal property damage and several weapons offenses.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Kitchen fire causes $25,000 in damage

WAILUKU >> An unattended stove caused $25,000 in damage to a cottage kitchen at 945 Makani Road in Makawao yesterday morning, Maui Assistant Fire Chief Greg Chong Kee said.

Before firefighters could arrive at the home after receiving the alarm at 9:24 a.m., police had put out most of the blaze with fire extinguishers, fire officials said.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

WINDWARD OAHU
Man faces charges after alleged shooting

Honolulu police have charged a 30-year-old man with four counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting two people outside a Kailua sports bar early Monday morning.

Witnesses told police that Joseph Stanford Leak Jr. shot a 24-year-old man in the leg and shot another 16-year-old male in the stomach several times outside Porky's Sports Bar, at 32 Maluniu Ave. According to a police affidavit, when officers arrived they found Leak holding a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Witnesses told police that Leak pulled the gun out of a black bag and shot both men, then turned toward a third man and pointed the gun at him but did not shoot. Police said the alleged shooting incident occurred after Leak was confronted by three to five men and one of them threw a punch at him.

Police charged Leak with first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree terroristic threatening and several firearm offenses. Leak is being held in lieu of $195,000 bail.

Police seek escapee from state hospital

Honolulu police were looking last night for a Hawaii State Hospital patient who escaped yesterday afternoon.

Police said David Mainaaupo was last seen on the hospital grounds at 1:45 p.m. and was first discovered missing at 2:40 p.m.

Police said Mainaaupo has been convicted of burglary, terroristic threatening, criminal property damage and several weapons offenses.

Mainaaupo is described as 5 foot 9 inches, about 200 pounds, with black hair, balding in the front, and brown eyes. Police said they believe he is on the Windward side of Oahu.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

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