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Tuesday, May 25, 2004



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[TAKING NOTICE]

>> The Queen's Medical Center has been recognized by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering for the design and construction of its Cardiac Comprehensive Care unit and Neuroscience Institute at Queen Emma Tower. The center received honorable mention at the organization's 10th annual Vista Awards Program for the renovated facilities.

The $13 million Cardiac Comprehensive Care unit has 40 private patient rooms, each equipped for intensive care. The Neuroscience Unit is a 42,960-square-foot unit combining all neuroscience care except for neuro-intensive care patients.

>> The state Department of Education has awarded Teacher of the Year awards to overall winner Robert Hu of Central Oahu; Betty Brask of Maui; Dewey Gottlieb II of Leeward Oahu; Sherry Kaneshiro of Honolulu; Pamela McMillan of Kauai, Merle Okabe of Hawaii; and Donna Terrien of Windward Oahu.

Principal of the Year awards went to Norman Minehira of Leilehua High School; Patricia Park of Aliamanu Middle School; and Curtis Young of Honowai Elementary School.

Milken National Educator Awards went to Dewey Gottlieb of Pearl City High School and Elden Seta of Moanalua High School.

"Everyday Heroes" Awards were given to Katherine Balatico of Highlands Intermediate School; Laurie Dela Cruz of Hokulani Elementary School; Elizabeth DeLyon of Makawao Elementary School; Michael Foley of Kohala Middle School; Douglas Garriss of Kamiloiki Elementary School; Margaret Taylor Gomes of Maunawili Elementary School; Francis Imai of Waimalu Elementary School; Linda Kato of Nuuanu Elementary School; Janine Kawazoe of Naalehu Elementary & Intermediate School; Aimee Kumura of Waialua Elementary School; Karyn Murphy of Nahienaena Elementary School; Lydia Odo of Kapaa Elementary School; Jan Olson of Sunset Beach Elementary School; Shannon Tamashiro of Hoomua Elementary School; and Gwenn Tomiyoshi of Hilo Union Elementary.

The Employee Team of the Year came from Maunaloa Elementary School, and consists of Ellen Mae Abafo, Steven Clark, Patricia Kuwaye, Natalie Mawai, Kevin Pagan, Kimberly Pagan and Kari Tilini.


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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

HONOLULU

Woman arrested in fake bus pass case

Police arrested a 50-year-old woman Sunday for allegedly making and selling counterfeit bus passes.

The arrest was the result of a police investigation into the manufacturing of counterfeit bus passes, police said. The woman was the only person involved in making the fake passes, police said. She was arrested for first-degree forgery. Her arrest came after police arrested two people Saturday afternoon for allegedly trying to use fake bus passes to get on a city bus. The suspects, a man, 34, and a woman, 19, were arrested for suspicion of first-degree forgery.

Soldier arrested for alleged attack on wife

Police arrested a 28-year-old soldier Sunday for allegedly driving after his wife's car on the H-1 freeway and breaking two windows on her vehicle.

Police said the suspect spotted his wife, 28, giving a ride to a man, also 28, sometime before 11 p.m. Saturday.

The suspect drove after her and when she was stopped in traffic in the Koko Head-bound lanes of the freeway near the Punchbowl Street offramp he jumped onto the hood of her car and kicked her windshield, breaking it, police said.

The woman then drove off. In the Waianae-bound lanes near the Likelike Highway offramp, police said, he forced her car to stop and punched the driver's side window of his wife's car, breaking it, and tried to grab her, police said. The woman fled onto a nearby military base and reported the incident.

On Sunday, the suspect surrendered to military police, who turned the case over to Honolulu police. Police arrested him for suspicion of unauthorized entry into a vehicle, first- and third-degree criminal property damage and second-degree terroristic threatening.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Paradise Park home destroyed by fire

HILO >> A fire of unknown origin destroyed a two-story house in Paradise Park subdivision south of Hilo shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. Damage was put at $200,000.

The owner of the house, whose identity was not released, escaped uninjured, but his dog died when it was trapped on the second floor, the department said.

Maui man missing in shark-attack area

WAILUKU >> A Maui resident who reportedly went fishing in an area where a surfer was fatally killed by a shark last month has been classified as a missing person.

Roger Brittain Jr., 34, of Kahana, told his roommate he was going fishing at Pohaku Park when he left at about 5:45 p.m. Friday, police Lt. Chad Viela said yesterday. Viela said the roommate called police at 8:58 p.m. Friday after Brittain failed to return home.

Authorities, including a fire rescue helicopter and Jet Ski patrol, searched Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Viela said Brittain's slippers and snorkel gear were found at the park.

Pohaku Park is near the surfing site known as "S-Turns," where surfer Willis R. McInnis was fatally attacked by a shark on April 7.

LEEWARD OAHU

Police arrest man at hospital check-in

A 22-year-old man wanted on 10 warrants was arrested yesterday morning after he allegedly sought medical treatment at an Oahu hospital using an assumed name.

Police arrested Kawika Kauluhiokalani Souza yesterday morning after he went to St. Francis Medical Center-West.

Souza was wanted on 10 warrants, including failure to appear for sentencing, and a grand jury indictment for breaking into a vehicle.

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