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Thursday, June 16, 2005





Taking notice

» Professional Convention Management Association delegates raised $10,550 for Kalihi Valley Housing, a low-income housing facility, and helped to renovate its recreation and community center, basketball court and office building at their annual convention in January. More than 120 delegates participated in Hospitality Helping Hands, which allowed conventioneers to help with community service after paying a $75 fee.

» The YWCA of Oahu was awarded four grants to support its Fernhurst Residence for Women from the G.N. Wilcox Family Trust ($10,000); Ganote Family Investment Trust at First Presbyterian Church ($2,000); Lucille Hodgins Memorial Trust ($2,300); and Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc. ($1,000). The Fernhurst residence in Makiki has provided subsidized housing and support to women and children in need since 1952. It has 42 rooms and will serve about 600 women and children this year.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

HONOLULU

Man charged with murder in beating


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James Dean Strong: He allegedly punched the sleeping victim numerous times


A 28-year-old Kalihi Valley man was charged yesterday with second-degree murder in the beating death of a 60-year-old man at a Kamehameha Heights home.

Witnesses identified James Dean Strong, also known as James Dean Balai and Dino Balai, as the suspect who allegedly punched Gaulbert Reis, also known as "Gully," numerous times while he lay sleeping in his bed, according to police.

An ambulance was sent to 1211 Ahiahi St. about 3:17 a.m. Saturday. Reis was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where he died Sunday morning, police said.

The city first deputy medical examiner determined Monday that Reis died of blunt force injury to his head due to an assault, and ruled it a homicide.

Police Specialized Services Division officers found Strong on Monday at a Pearl City home at 1174 Hooli Circle. He is being held on $250,000 bail.

WINDWARD OAHU

Boyfriend surrenders after alleged assault

A 30-year-old man surrendered to Pearl City police Tuesday after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, breaking her arm.

Police said the suspect and the victim, 27, were arguing at 6:45 a.m. in Kaneohe when the suspect pushed his girlfriend down the stairs.

The suspect was later arrested for investigation of second-degree assault and an outstanding contempt-of-court warrant.

LEEWARD OAHU

Family is allegedly threatened by suspect

Police arrested a 24-year-old Aliamanu man Tuesday night after he allegedly threatened to kill himself and his family while driving.

The suspect was in the Pearl City area about 8 p.m. with his 4-month-old daughter and her 20-year-old mother when the couple began arguing, police said.

During the argument, the suspect began driving erratically and threatened to kill himself and everyone else by crashing the vehicle, police said.

Police arrested him later near Kahuapaani Street and Mananai Place for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening and resisting an order to stop, a misdemeanor.

Isle man arrested in morning robbery

Police arrested an Ewa Beach man who allegedly robbed a housing maintenance worker following an argument Tuesday morning.

Police said the argument between the suspect, 25, and the maintenance worker, 38, began about 7:35 a.m. near the housing area at Kulana Place. The argument started after the suspect reversed his vehicle into a Dumpster that the victim had moved to the road, police said.

During the argument, the suspect demanded the victim's jewelry, police said.

Police said the victim refused and ran away, but the suspect followed him to the rear of the housing area, took the jewelry and then assaulted him. The suspect was later arrested for investigation of second-degree robbery.



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