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Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Monday, April 12, 2004


Workers fix ruptured 12-inch water main

Board of Water Supply workers repaired a 12-inch water main yesterday that had ruptured on Saturday.

Police closed Houghtailing Street between Halona and Peter Buck streets about 11:46 p.m. Saturday due to the water main break. The street was expected to reopen late last night.

A water wagon was placed in front of the Carpenters Union Local 745 Building at 1311 Houghtailing St.

Lei festival accepting contest applications

The city is accepting applications for teen and adult lei contests at the 77th annual Lei Day Festival May 1 at Kapiolani Park.

The festival, themed "Na Mele No Na Lei," or "Songs of the Lei," features the traditional crowning of the lei queen and her court, craft demonstrations, food vendors and all-day Hawaiian entertainment. The public event is free of charge.

The Adult Lei Contest awards cash prizes in three categories: neck lei, hat lei and theme lei. The Mayor's Grand Prize will be awarded to the most outstanding lei. Cash awards also will be given in the Teen Lei Contest for contestants ages 13 to 17. The Youth Lei Contest is open to those age 12 and under.

Applications for lei contests are available at all district parks, satellite city halls and at www.honoluluparks.com. For more information on the youth and teen contests, call Rodney Sanbei at 692-5114; for the adult contest, call Dennis Wee at 692-5516.

On May 2 all leis will be taken to the Royal Mausoleum at 2261 Nuuanu Ave. and placed on the tombs of alii.

Explore astronomy at University of Hawaii

The public is invited to tour the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy at its fifth annual open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 2680 Woodlawn Drive.

Talks and exhibits will focus on astronomy and its impact on peoples' lives, community and future.

Among the activities are an amateur telescope clinic on how to purchase, assemble and use a telescope; remote observing with the NASA Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea; and sunspot viewing, showing what a storm as big as Earth looks like.

Lab tours and demonstrations will include machine shop fun, a Keiki Star Lab with planetarium shows, "Fun with Physics" and hands-on activities.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, see www.ifa.hawaii.edu/open-house.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff



NEIGHBOR ISLANDS
Suspect in spear gun shooting is sought on Big Island

A 28-year-old man was in critical condition at Kona Community Hospital yesterday after being shot in the abdomen with a spear gun.

Police are looking for a 22-year-old Kona man, Mark Dean Kalalau, in connection with the case.

The victim was shot about 2:30 a.m. yesterday at a Kauhola Street address in the Kaloko Industrial Area of Kona. Officers took him to the hospital.

Kalalau is 6 feet tall and weighs about 175 pounds, police said. He has short black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on the case or Kalalau's whereabouts is asked to call the West Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section at 326-4232 or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Maui driver in hospital following auto wreck

A 35-year-old Wailea man was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition yesterday after a single-vehicle crash.

Police said that the crash happened at 12:32 a.m. at Wailea Alanui Drive near Kilohana Drive.

The 35-year-old man was driving west in a black 2003 Land Rover when he lost control of the vehicle, drove onto the shoulder and slammed into trees. Police said the vehicle rolled completely over and landed back on its wheels.

A 19-year-old male passenger from California was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center and listed in stable condition.

Police said the driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

HONOLULU
Makiki blaze leaves residents homeless

Five Makiki residents were left homeless yesterday after a fire swept through their apartment building, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage.

Fifteen firefighters got to 1067 Green St. about noon yesterday and had the fire extinguished by 12:15 p.m.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Kenison Tejada said the blaze was caused by an "open flame that got out of control." He declined to elaborate.

The American Red Cross of Hawaii is assisting the two men and three women who lived in the apartment.

Toddler found in pool taken to the hospital

A 4-year-old boy was taken to Kapiolani Medical Center in critical condition yesterday after he was found at the bottom of a swimming pool at a Kahala home.

The toddler was found by a family member about 2:37 p.m. at 4034 Black Point Road. Emergency Medical Services personnel administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the boy.

According to EMS district supervisor Kaipo Asing, the toddler had a pulse and was taken by ambulance to Kapiolani Medical Center.

EAST OAHU
Therapist is charged in assault of juvenile

Police have charged 25-year-old therapist Jason J. Brom, of Hawaii Kai, with sexually assaulting a juvenile over eight months.

Police said the juvenile was sexually assaulted on numerous occasions by Brom from Feb. 13 to Oct. 3, 2002, when the victim was 15 years old.

Brom was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. He was held on $100,000 bail and released Saturday.

Man, 28, is arrested in assault at nightclub

Police arrested a 28-year-old man yesterday after he allegedly assaulted a police officer and another man at a Honolulu nightclub.

An officer who was on special duty saw two men fighting at the Ocean Club at Restaurant Row at about 3:05 a.m. Police said the officer tried to break up the fight but was elbowed in the right eye. The suspect also punched the club's doorman.

The 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and third-degree assault.

LEEWARD OAHU
Suspect sought in morning car heist

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole another man's vehicle yesterday in Makakilo.

Police said a 22-year-old man was placing newspapers in a coin box on Makakilo Drive near Hookomo Street about 4:30 a.m. when another man came up behind him and hit him on the head, knocking him unconscious.

Police said the victim's vehicle, a black Suzuki Grand Vitara, was gone when he woke up.

Alleged would-be thief is arrested in Waianae

A 13-year-old boy was arrested Saturday after he allegedly attempted to burglarize a Waianae home.

Police said an 18-year-old woman who lives at the house on Analipo Street woke up about 12:35 a.m. Saturday when she heard the suspect removing four glass louvers from her window.

Police said the woman yelled, and the suspect fled to a neighbor's home.

Police found the suspect, who lives on the same street as the victim. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree attempted burglary.

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