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Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Army awards contract for Schofield project

The Army has awarded a $64.6 million contract to a Hawaii company for construction work at Schofield Barracks.

Dick Pacific Construction Co. will build a barracks, a soldier community building and four operations facilities, with the project estimated to be completed in May 2007.

"This project is a significant upgrade for the quality of life for soldiers at Schofield, and it will modernize facilities originally built more than 80 years ago," U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, said in a news release. "I'm especially pleased that a Hawaii company won the award."

Abercrombie is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which authorizes military construction projects for the armed forces.

Meetings to discuss public school progress

The public is invited to a community meeting hosted by the Board of Education tomorrow night at McKinley High School's cafeteria to discuss issues affecting public schools and libraries.

A similar meeting will be held at Waianae Intermediate School on Sept. 1. Both meetings will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The "town hall" meetings will include a brief presentation on how the public schools are implementing the Reinventing Education Act of 2004, followed by discussion of issues of concern to the local community.

The new law encourages parent and community involvement in the schools. It requires that such forums be held to give the public a chance to connect with board members outside of their formal meetings.

Board Chair Breene Harimoto said the meetings will allow for a more informal discussion than is possible under the strict rules of regular board meetings.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

LEEWARD OAHU

Police nab suspect in alleged $24,000 theft

A woman suspected of stealing $24,000 from a Windward kindergarten teacher's checking account earlier this summer was arrested Monday evening.

Deborah Nunes, 36, also known as Debra Jo Zeferjohn-Nunes, was arrested by officers in Waianae for five outstanding warrants, police said. Nunes is also wanted in questioning in a case in which a woman used a fraudulent driver's license to withdraw $24,000 from another woman's bank account before June 2.

Police obtained the fake license after a Salt Lake bank employee questioned information on the license because it did not match the account holder's information. The suspect left the bank before police arrived.

Nunes was later identified as a suspect. She was spotted in Waianae several times but eluded police.

HONOLULU

Police arrest man over officer's lost radio

Police said they arrested a 36-year-old homeless man Monday for second-degree theft because he did not try to return a portable police radio that an officer had lost.

The radio was lost Sunday after an officer chased a suspect in an alley and arrested him, police said. The officer retraced his steps but could not find the radio. People in the area told police a homeless man may have taken it.

At 2 a.m. Monday, a homeless man reported that some people were about to assault him on Ward Avenue. He told police he left his bicycle and bag containing a police radio, which he said he had found.

2 Salt Lake women arrested in stabbing

Police arrested two Salt Lake women, ages 23 and 30, after the younger of them allegedly stabbed a 38-year-old Kalihi man.

Police said the 23-year-old got into an argument with the man and allegedly stabbed him in the shoulder about 5:41 p.m. Monday. She then allegedly took the victim's vehicle without permission.

The 23-year-old women was arrested for suspicion of second-degree assault. Both woman were arrested for suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle.

4 teenagers arrested in alleged mugging

Police arrested four teenagers who allegedly tried to rob a man as he walked down Pensacola Street in Makiki about 9:10 p.m. Monday.

Five boys hit and kicked the man while trying to take his property, police said. The victim, 38, flagged down a passing patrol officer.

Police arrested four of the teens -- three 13-year-olds and a 15-year-old, for suspicion of second-degree robbery.




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