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Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Annual ceremony set for veterans

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl will start at 10 a.m. tomorrow .

The one-hour ceremony will include a 21-gun salute about 11 a.m. by Kaneohe Marines and a missing-man flyover by members of the 199th Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard.

Beaches still closed after sewage spills

Kailua and Lanikai beaches remain closed for a fourth straight day today due to high bacterial counts in water samples.

The earliest the beaches could be reopened would be late this afternoon, but only if water quality samples improve, said Libby Stoddard, an engineer with the Department of Health's Clean Water Branch.

The Windward beaches have been closed since Sunday, after about 5,000 gallons of untreated sewage diluted with rainwater overflowed from a manhole on Wanaao Road on Saturday night, Stoddard said. Another 60,000 gallons of partially treated sewage from the Kaneohe Marine base entered the water further offshore sometime Monday.

$3.7 million to help military schoolkids

Hawaii's public schools will receive $3.7 million from the federal government this school year to help cover the cost of educating military children who are temporarily housed off base, officials announced yesterday.

To obtain funds, state Rep. K. Mark Takai (D, Newtown-Pearl City) worked with the Military Impacted Schools Association and military officials to document that 2,268 children had been displaced because their homes were being repaired.

The military is renovating more than 10,000 housing units on Oahu over the next several years. Last year, Takai discovered an obscure provision of the law that allows temporarily displaced children to qualify for more funding than those permanently living off base.

About 12,000 children live on military bases in Hawaii, according to the association.

Altogether, the state Department of Education expects to receive more than $46 million in impact aid this year, to defray expenses such as salaries, textbooks and equipment.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

HONOLULU
Driver sought after police officer struck


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Police are looking for a man who was driving a compact car that hit a police officer in Kalihi yesterday morning.

Police said the officer, 45, was on his way to work at the Kalihi Substation when he saw the driver of a white, two-door Ford Fiesta speeding and driving recklessly.

The officer followed the car, police said, and pulled the driver over on Kealoha Street near Gulick Avenue at about 5:50 a.m.

As the officer approached the car, the driver reversed and hit the officer's foot and leg, police said.

The driver then hit a parked car and fled.

The officer was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where he was reported in good condition.

Police found the Fiesta abandoned along Hanaloa Street in Ewa Beach at about 6:30 a.m. The car had been stolen from Kalihi on Nov. 1.

The suspect was described as about 30 years old, with receding salt-and-pepper hair as well as a scraggly salt-and-pepper beard and mustache.

The suspect has a medium build and was last seen wearing a blue visor with white lettering, and a light gray or white T-shirt.

Anyone with information about this case can call Detective Larry Lawson at 529-3088, CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS
Big Island hunt on for missing Maui girl


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Big Island police are looking for a 15-year-old Maui girl missing since Nov. 1 and believed to be on the Big Island.

Police said Jo-El Chun of Kihei, Maui, is believed to be with a Big Island man in his 20s in Paauilo in Hamakua or in Hilo.

"We think they know each other," Sgt. Mervin Holokai of the Maui Police Department's Juvenile Division said, adding that it may be a boyfriend. Her parents do not know the man.

Chun is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 217 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hamakua Patrol at 775-7533 or the non-emergency number at 935-3311.

CENTRAL OAHU
Wahiawa man, 39, to face murder trial

Police charged a 39-year-old Wahiawa man with murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend's son-in-law Thursday night.

Kerry Sanders, also known as "Al Capone," allegedly attacked Jonathan Nunes, 32, with a kitchen knife, stabbing him just below the rib cage after an argument on the sidewalk fronting 560 California Ave. in Wahiawa.

Police said the motive appears to have something to do with Sanders' girlfriend. She and her daughter, the victim's wife, witnessed the stabbing, police said.

Sanders was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

WEST OAHU
Murder charge filed in farm worker stabbing

Police have charged a 25-year-old man with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a farm worker in Kapolei on Friday.

According to police, Bailey George Valentine stabbed the victim, 42, at Aloun Farms, 91-1004 Farrington Highway, where both men worked.

Valentine was arrested at the scene and made his first appearance in court yesterday. Bail was set at $100,000.

Kapolei girl, 14, alleges sexual assault

Police were seeking charges against an 18-year-old Kapolei man for allegedly assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Kapolei at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 6.

When the victim told her mother she had been sexually assaulted, the mother drove to Waipahu and confronted the suspect, police said.

The suspect was arrested at 11:36 p.m. Sunday for suspicion of first-degree sexual assault.




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