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Tuesday, June 21, 2005





UH expert on termites to offer control tips

University of Hawaii termite expert Julian Yates will answer questions and give tips on how to prevent and control termites.

The sessions will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:

» Tomorrow at Moanalua High School
» July 19 at Mililani High School
» July 21 at Moanalua High School

Those who are interested in attending these public information seminars can register by contacting the Community School for Adults at 384-6824 for the Moanalua High School seminars or 622-1634 for the Mililani High School seminar.

The series is sponsored by UH's Termite Project.

For more information about termites and UH research projects, visit www2.hawaii.edu/~entomol.

Annual book sale set at Aina Haina library

The Friends of the Aina Haina Library will conduct their annual four-day Book Sale from tomorrow through Saturday at the Aina Haina Public Library.

The sale will be held in the meeting room from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from tomorrow through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A wide assortment of books, videos, DVDs and CDs will be on sale. Hardcover books will start at $2, and paperbacks, $1. Prices will be reduced each day.

Proceeds will benefit the library, at 5246 Kalanianaole Highway in the Aina Haina Shopping Center. For more information, call 377-2456.

Volcanoes park works on business use plan

The public is invited to comment this week on a commercial services plan for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.

The plan, which is still in development, is aimed at identifying appropriate commercial services at the park and ways of managing them. It will cover all commercial activities, including:

» The Volcano House Hotel, its restaurant and gift shops.
» Permitted bus, hiking and bike tours.
» Nonprofit organizations, such as the Volcano Art Center and Hawaii Natural History Association.

The meetings are scheduled for tomorrow at the Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo and Thursday at the Ocean View Community Center in Kau. Both will run from 4 to 7 p.m.

Comments can also be posted at the park's Web site, www.nps.gov/havo, or mailed to the Kilauea Visitor Center, P.O. Box 52, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718.


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Taking Notice

» Lanakila Rehabilitation Center, which serves seniors and people with disabilities, received an unnamed sum from First Hawaiian Bank Foundation to help renovate and expand its 35-year-old kitchen. More than 2,000 Meals on Wheels are prepared daily for seniors or housebound people islandwide.

» The Weinberg Foundation has donated $10,000 toward roof repair at the Salvation Army's Ohana Keiki preschool and playground equipment at its Kauluwela location. The donation was part of a matching agreement resulting from volunteer labor provided by the Kiwanis Club of Honolulu to restore and repair the preschool facilities.

» The Alexander & Baldwin Foundation has donated more than $1.3 million in 2004 to 267 nonprofit organizations in Hawaii and other Pacific islands.

ABF also donated $280,000 to charities on the U.S. mainland in 2004.

» The Oahu Arts Center Writing Contest has awarded cash prizes ranging from $100 to $50 to the following winners, listed by category and from first through third place:

Fiction - Melissa Dylan of Kailua, Jonathan Padua of Pearl City, Tim Denevi of Honolulu.

Nonfiction - Ann Hiramine of Kaneohe, Kirsten Whatley of Hana, Rike Weiss of Honolulu.

Poetry - Jimmy Kambourian of Kailua-Kona, John E. Simonds of Honolulu, Sharon Rowe of Honolulu.


"Taking Notice" runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

LEEWARD OAHU

Ko Olina drowning victim is identified

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office identified a 47-year-old man who drowned in a lagoon at Ko Olina resort as Edward L. Felipe Jr. of Ewa Beach.

Honolulu fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said Felipe was found in the water about 6:30 p.m. Saturday after an hour-long search. He was found in Ko Olina's first lagoon.

Family members told firefighters that Felipe went looking for his son in the water and never returned. His son turned out to be on the shore.

Victim in runaway car accident is ID'd

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office identified a 77-year-old man who died at the Queen's Medical Center on June 9 from injuries he suffered in an accident as Noboru Inouye of Pearl City.

On May 24, police said Inouye was driving along Moanalua Road in Pearl City when he got out of the car as it was moving. The car rolled downhill and he tried to stop it.

Police said he was hit by the driver's-side door and fell, hitting his head on the roadway.

Suspect sought in Waipahu robbery

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Waipahu retail store Sunday.

Witnesses said the suspect entered the store about 3 p.m., demanded money, then flashed a handgun that was in his waistband. The suspect then fled on foot, police said.

He is described only as in his early 20s.

HONOLULU

Woman turns self in in threat to officer

A 26-year-old Kapolei woman turned herself in at the main police station yesterday for allegedly driving toward a motorcycle officer who had cited her for speeding.

Police arrested the woman on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.

After the solo bike officer issued the woman a speeding ticket at 6:40 p.m. Thursday on the Moanalua Freeway, the woman got upset and yelled profanities at the officer, police said.

The officer then stopped another vehicle about a tenth of a mile from the last stop. As he was dismounting his motorcycle, the officer heard a horn, turned around and saw the woman's vehicle coming straight at him, police said.

The officer managed to jump out of the way and was uninjured.

The woman allegedly made an obscene gesture out her window and swore at the officer as she drove by, police said.

The woman was released pending investigation.

Police arrest 2 men in stolen car case

Police arrested two men who allegedly took turns driving a stolen rental car in Waikiki yesterday morning.

An officer responding to a call about a fight on Kuhio Avenue discovered a stolen car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car during a check of the vehicle's license plate at about 5 a.m. After arresting the driver of the vehicle for investigation of auto theft another man walked up, police said.

The man already in custody told the arresting officer that the other man had picked him up earlier from the YMCA and gave him the stolen car. The officer then arrested the second suspect, also for investigation of auto theft.

EAST OAHU

Drowning victim was from Colorado

A 48-year-old Colorado woman who drowned Friday was identified as Sharon Thompson of Monument, Colo.

Thompson was found floating face down at Hanauma Bay at 7:45 a.m. Friday after snorkeling with her family.

She was taken to Straub Hospital where she died.

CENTRAL OAHU

Soldier killed in crash was due for discharge

The Army has identified the 23-year-old soldier who was killed Thursday night when his vehicle was rear-ended by another car on Kamehameha Highway as Sgt. Ethan H. Ranz. He had returned from Afghanistan last month and was supposed to be discharged tomorrow.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Schofield Barracks' main chapel for Ranz, who was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry in the 25th Infantry Division.

Police said Ranz was in a 1998 Dodge pickup truck that was stopped in the Wahiawa-bound lanes of the highway near the intersection with Leilehua Golf Course Road across from Wheeler Army Air Field when his truck was hit from behind by a 1999 four-door Honda Accord.

The impact pushed the pickup across the median and across the town-bound lanes of the highway onto the shoulder where it overturned, police said.

The Accord also crossed the highway and hit a fence bordering Wheeler. Both drivers were taken to Wahiawa General Hospital, where Ranz died at 11:20 p.m.

WAIKIKI

Alleged would-be surfboard thief caught

Police arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly trying to steal surfboards in Waikiki Sunday night.

According to a witness, the suspect was seen using bolt cutters to sever a lock and cable securing surfboard racks with about 20 surfboards near Koa and Uluniu avenues just before midnight.

The witness told the owner of the surfboard racks what was going on, and the owner held the suspect until police arrived. Police later arrested the suspect for investigation of second-degree theft.



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