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Friday, November 12, 2004


Forum will focus on homelessness

Ways to end homelessness in Hawaii will be discussed at a Homeless Forum on Tuesday at the state Capitol from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 325.

Entertainment, testimonials and a candlelight vigil will follow in the atrium after 3:30 p.m.

As part of National Homeless Awareness Week, Monday through Nov. 20, a group of local service providers called Partners in Care is hosting the forum.

One of the purposes of the forum is to bring together landlords, developers, business people, neighborhood boards and "extraordinary citizens" to honor and thank those who have made a difference in trying to end the problem. An awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.

The day's activities will feature status reports on homelessness from representatives on the national, state and city levels of government.

The agencies associated with Partners in Care offer many of their services to homeless people at little or no cost. For more information, visit www.hawaiihomeless.com or contact Grace Vo at 306-8223.

State ID office sets special Saturday hours

The state identification office in Honolulu will be open tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., state officials said.

The office will have the same Saturday hours on Dec. 11.

For more information, call the state ID program at 587-3112.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Big Isle warned against bogus 'Citibank' alert e-mail

Big Island police are warning residents of an e-mail scam from a group purporting to be from Citibank Customer Service. The e-mail is entitled "Citibank Alerting Service."

The message, which uses a Citibank logo, says, in part: "We were unable to process the recent transactions on your account. To ensure that your account is not suspended, please update your information by clicking here."

Capt. Samuel Thomas said what scammers are really after is financial information such as your password or personal identification number, credit card validation code or your bank account number.

"Even if you don't give them the information they ask for, simply by clicking the link could make you vulnerable to background installation of spy software or computer viruses," Thomas said.

"To keep yourself and your computer protected, never click on a link contained in a suspicious e-mail," he said.

Citibank's actual Web site warns against "spoof e-mails."

EAST OAHU

Police arrest suspect in alleged bank heist

Honolulu police arrested a 47-year-old Kuliouou man Wednesday in connection with the robbery of a supermarket bank last weekend.

On Sunday a man robbed the Kahala Star Market branch of Bank of Hawaii at 4211 Waialae Ave.

On Tuesday, police received an anonymous tip that led to the arrest of the suspect in the Aina Haina area.

A teller from the bank and two other witnesses later identified the suspect as the bank robber. The suspect is being held while awaiting federal bank robbery charges.

HONOLULU

4-year-old girl alleges sex assaults by father

Police are investigating the alleged first-degree sexual assault of a 4-year-old Kakaako girl.

Police said the girl disclosed she had been sexually assaulted by her 36-year-old father on several occasions prior to yesterday.

The case is pending investigation.

WINDWARD OAHU

Trucks in Waimanalo set afire at service lot

Two trucks at a tree-trimming business in Waimanalo were set afire early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Police said the fire at the Pukiki Tree Service lot at 41-849 Kakaina St. was reported at 2:30 a.m. Police opened a criminal property damage case.




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