Cesspool flow shuts Kahaluu Elementary
Overflow from a cesspool near a classroom building forced the state Department of Education to close Kahaluu Elementary School yesterday morning before classes started.
None of the students were exposed to the overflow, said department spokeswoman Sandy Goya, and the school is scheduled to be open Monday. Cleanup was expected to be finished yesterday.
School officials called the parents of all 200 students. Students whose parents could not pick them up were kept and fed at the school.
Pet-eating bill sent back to committee
House lawmakers shelved a proposal yesterday to criminalize the eating of dogs and cats.
By unanimous voice vote, the full House voted to recommit the proposal to the Judiciary Committee, meaning it will not advance to the Senate for consideration.
Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Colleen Hanabusa (D, Nanakuli-Makua) said last month she was not inclined to give the bill a hearing.
The proposal was introduced by Rep. Glenn Wakai (D, Moanalua Valley-Salt Lake), who said he introduced the bill after media reports last summer that dogs were being sold and slaughtered for their meat.
Although the Hawaiian Humane Society and police had said they received some complaints related to animal consumption, no formal investigation was started.
Retailers reopen after Maui mall fire
WAILUKU » Businesses have reopened at the undamaged portion of the Kahului Shopping Center, where a fire swept through three stores Sunday and caused an estimated $9.7 million in damage.
Landlord A&B Properties Inc. said Thursday that electricity, water and phone service has been restored to most of the tenants, and Maui Electric Co. was working to bring back power to several tenants affected when the fire damaged electrical transformers.
Customers may access the center's parking lot from the side entrances at Lono and Puunene avenues, but the front entrance at Kaahumanu Avenue is closed, according to the company.
» The Hawaii Maritime Center raised nearly $85,000 for its education programs at the Second Annual Fish Fry fund-raiser at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. The center is on Pier 7 on historic Honolulu Harbor.
» The Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church has donated $15,000 to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. The funds will benefit the Pediatric Cardiology Services Department.
This is the largest amount ever donated by the group in its 17 years of giving. The society also donates airline coupons to assist oncology patients who travel to Honolulu for cancer treatment.
» The Hawaii Schools Digital Media Initiative has given its second annual school video programming grant awards, totaling $50,000, to the following 36 public and private schools:
Academy of the Pacific, Aiea Intermediate, Castle High, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle, Education Laboratory, Farrington High, Hakipuu Learning Center, Hawaiian Mission Elementary & Intermediate, Island School, Jarrett Middle, Kaelepulu Elementary, Kailua High, Kaiulani Elementary, Kalani High, Kauai High, King Kekaulike High, Kohala High, La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls, Liholiho Elementary, Maili Elementary, Maryknoll High, Maryknoll School, Maui High, Mauna Loa, Mililani High, Moanalua High, Montessori School of Maui, Pearl Ridge Elementary, Roosevelt High, Sacred Hearts Academy, Saint Louis School, Seabury Hall, St. Andrew's Priory, Waialua Elementary, Waianae Intermediate and Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Police seek robber who hit jewelry salesperson
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of robbing the jewelry department at Macy's Pearlridge at 98-205 Kaonohi St. on Feb. 24.
The suspect entered the jewelry department at about 8 p.m. and asked to see a pair of diamond earrings. He then allegedly grabbed the earrings, punched the salesperson and fled.
Police said a similar robbery took place Feb. 21 at the Kahala Mall Macy's jewelry department.
The suspect is described as a Hawaiian man in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 pounds, with an average build, short black hair, unshaven, a fair complexion, wearing a black, hooded jacket with a fur-lined hood, khaki shorts and black athletic shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brian Johnson at 692-4602 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Sex assault victim baited by car trouble
Sex assault detectives are looking for a suspect who pretended to have car trouble to lure a victim into helping him last month.
Police said that about 10 a.m. Feb. 21, a 41-year-old woman was driving westbound on Paakea Road in Maili when she stopped to assist the suspect, who was posing as a stalled motorist. When the victim got out of her vehicle, the suspect pulled out a knife, had both of them get into her vehicle and then ordered her to drive her car to a secluded area where she was sexually assaulted.
The suspect fled on foot. He is described as in his 40s to 50s, with curly shoulder-length brown hair and heavy acne and pimples on his cheeks and chin. The suspect's vehicle was described as a new-model import with a black primer color.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Paul Lucas at 529-3818. Calls may also be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Fugitive cross-dressers are spotted in Waianae
Two cross-dressing fugitives have been spotted in Waianae, according to police.
Robert "Bobby" Joseph Gouveia Jr. and Benny "Bonnie" Paclib were seen Wednesday driving a white Honda, license plate GPY766, according to a police tipster. Gouveia was originally featured as a CrimeStoppers fugitive on Feb. 24 and is wanted on a parole revocation warrant, as is Paclib.
Police said Gouveia has eight felony convictions for kidnapping, robbery, sex assault, theft and escape and that Paclib has three felony convictions for drugs and four misdemeanor convictions for prostitution. Both men are known to dress in women's clothing, according to police.
Paclib, 37, is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 145 pounds, with a thin build, black hair, brown eyes and a tattoo on his upper right arm.
Gouveia, 35, is 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, with a medium build, shaved black hair, brown eyes, a mustache, slight beard and tattoos on both arms.
Anyone with information on either men's whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers.
On-Star satellite helps find auto theft suspect
The On-Star satellite tracking system helped locate an auto thief earlier this week, according to Honolulu police.
On-Star is a 24 hour, seven-day-a-week satellite-tracking service used by some rental car companies. The suspect, a 31-year-old woman, was found in Waipahu on Thursday at 11:35 a.m. after police dispatch received a call from On-Star giving the location and description of the rental vehicle, which was reported stolen on Feb. 4.
When patrol units got to the location, they found the stolen vehicle with the suspect inside, along with a packet of crystal methamphetamine on the floor.
Police arrested her for auto theft and promoting a dangerous drug.
2 fugitives featured on TV now in custody
Police have captured two fugitives who were featured on CrimeStoppers this week.
Shannamarie Leimomi Achay, 36, was arrested Thursday night after being featured on the 10 p.m. news. Achay was wanted for questioning for a case involving the cashing of Hawaii state government checks. A 50-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were also arrested along with Achay for hindering prosecution.
Another fugitive, Vailali "Ili" Suka, 43, turned herself in on Wednesday. A $100,000 bench warrant for her arrest was issued Feb. 11 after she failed to appear at a court hearing.
Suka was indicted last year for criminal property damage and is also a former employee of Hawaii-based bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, who has an A&E reality-TV series based on his bail bond operation. Suka agreed to surrender to Chapman's operatives earlier this week.
Police arrest suspect after pizza parlor heist
Police arrested and charged a 24-year-old man for allegedly robbing a Kapiolani pizza parlor Feb. 20.
Police received several tips from the public responding to a CrimeStoppers news release Monday.
Police arrested Kevin Gengler on Thursday.
Gengler allegedly partially covered his face with a tank top when he entered Papa John's Pizza at 1646 Kapiolani Blvd. and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
He was charged with second-degree robbery and could face up to five years in prison. Bail was set at $11,000.
U.S. Marshals get 2 on Most Wanted list
The U.S. Marshals Service announced this week the capture of two fugitives profiled on its Most Wanted Fugitive list and featured in a Feb. 23 Star-Bulletin story.
A tip from the community and local law enforcement led to Monday's capture of Samuel K. Paiaina.
Paiaina was wanted for violation of supervised release. He was convicted of a bank robbery in October 1996. Paiaina was found in Kalihi and arrested. He is awaiting a hearing in federal court.
Another tip from the public also resulted in Tuesday's arrest of Young Tanimoto, wanted for violating supervised release.
Tanimoto was arrested in Chinatown, and is awaiting a hearing in federal court.
Man allegedly attacks man in bed with his ex
A 24-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly tried to stab another man who was sleeping with his live-in ex-girlfriend Wednesday morning.
The suspect and his ex-girlfriend live together in an apartment in the downtown area, according to police.
At 7:15 a.m. the suspect woke up to find his ex-girlfriend sleeping with her co-worker, and then allegedly grabbed a knife and tried to stab him.
Police were called to the scene and arrested the suspect for second-degree assault and terroristic threatening.
Visitor, 43, dies in surf off Molokai
A 43-year-old Oahu man apparently drowned when he got caught in surf off the Kaluakoi Villas on Molokai.
Molokai dispatch received a call for a swimmer in distress at about 4:23 p.m. Thursday. Police said the man was visiting with his parents.
The man's body was retrieved from waters 50 yards from the south shore of the hotel, police said.
He was taken to Molokai General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.