Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Lecture to encourage kids' immunizations

Pediatrician Amy Tamashiro will give a free lecture sponsored by the Honolulu Medical Group entitled, "Give Your Child a Shot at Life -- Immunize," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Queen's Conference Center, corner of Punchbowl and Beretania streets.

She will explain why it's important for children to be immunized and what is needed to protect children.

To reserve a seat, call 537-2211, ext. 2411. Parking is available for $5 in the Miller Street parking garage. For more in formation call 737-4676, ext. 24, or e-mail Samantha@PCFVirtual.com.

Memories of WCC sought for journal

People connected with Windward Community College are asked to submit campus memories, stories and art by Sept. 23 for the Silver Jubilee Issue of Rain Bird, the school's award-winning literary and art journal.

Writings may take the form of poetry, prose or song. Anyone who wants to send in a story may record them on videotape or schedule an in-person interview with a staff member.

Rain Bird is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will publish two issues during the next academic year.

The journal usually accepts submissions from present WCC students, faculty, staff and writing-retreat members, but would like to open it up to everyone for this edition.

Entry forms may be picked up at WCC, Hale Akoakoa 236 or downloaded from the Web site www.wcc.hawaii.edu/rainbird.

State Judiciary earns honors for Web site

The state Judiciary's Web site has been named one of the top 10 court-related sites in the world for 2005.

Justice Served, an alliance of court management and justice experts, reviewed more than 3,000 Web sites to determine the ranking.

The organization's president, Christopher Crawford, said all the winners deserve high praise for their commitment to superior public service."

The Hawaii courts site (www.courts.state.hi.us) got the award for offering several electronic options to users, including online payment, juror orientation, Web-accessible dockets and self-help text.

Other winners included: The Superior Court of California, Santa Barbara County; National Center for State Courts; and Indiana Courts.

For more information, go to the Justice Served Web site, at www.justiceserved.com.

Kapaa Rotarians send aid to tsunami victims

The Rotary Club of Kapaa on Kauai used its acquaintance with the Rotary Club of Mulki, India, to send help directly to victims of December's devastating South Asian tsunami, said Kapaa Rotary president Wade Lord.

The Rotarians wanted more of a hands-on feel "and to know that the money was going directly to people in need, being put to work immediately rather than sitting in a large bank account somewhere," he said.

The Kapaa Rotarians, who donated $9,000, held a fundraiser in January and sent the first portion of money in February to buy temporary low-cost shelters to house multiple families. It sent a total of $13,500 to buy six shelters, Lord said.

The Kapaa Club partnered with the Rotarians of West Kauai, who donated $2,000. Kapaa High School's Interact Club (a younger version of the Rotarians) donated $1,000. More than $1,500 in private donations were also received, Lord said.

Mulki was not damaged by the tsunami, as it is located a bit north of where the waves hit, according to Kapaa's international liaison, Pam Brown.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Kailua man arrested for alleged sex assaults

Police arrested a Kailua man for allegedly raping two females over 13 years.

Police said the alleged sexual assaults took place between 1992 and Jan. 31 of this year. The victims are now ages 20 and 16.

The suspect was initially arrested just after midnight Friday for investigation of one count each of first- and third-degree sexual assault. He was later booked for investigation of 12 counts of first-degree sexual assault.


Traffic stop yields arrest for stolen car

Police arrested a man in an auto theft case after he was initially stopped for not wearing a seat belt Friday.

A patrol officer made the traffic stop while the suspect, 38, was driving along Ala Moana Boulevard at about 9:25 p.m. The officer was informed by police dispatch that the vehicle had been reported stolen. The officer then arrested the man for investigation of auto theft.

Palolo Valley man arrested in assault

Police arrested a 45-year-old Palolo Valley man for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her apartment last month. The alleged victim, 32, told police through a third party that she had been sexually assaulted on July 27 at her apartment.

Police got a search warrant and searched the suspect's home Friday. Officers then arrested the man for investigation of four counts of second-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Officers also arrested the man for investigation of drug offenses because drugs and drug paraphernalia were found during the search, police said.

Police seek suspect in bank robbery

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Keeaumoku Street bank Friday.

Police said the suspect walked into the Central Pacific Bank at 818 Keeaumoku St., at about 3:45 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

He fled in the makai direction on Keeaumoku after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The suspect was described as 5 foot 2, weighing about 200 pounds, and last seen wearing a white/gray T-shirt and brown visor.

16-year-old arrested for alleged assault

Police arrested a 16-year-old male after he allegedly followed a woman into an elevator and fondled her earlier this year.

According to the victim, the incident took place on May 31 at a secured apartment building along Kapiolani Boulevard. Although the victim identified the suspect to police, he was not found until Friday. He was arrested for investigation of first-degree sexual assault.


Reward offered for missing Big Isle man


Daniel Desimone: A $5,000 reward is offered for the Puna man's return

A $5,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of a mentally handicapped man who has been missing from his home in Puna on the Big Island since April 19.

Daniel Desimone, 45, was seen leaving his Nanawale Estates home about 10 a.m. and was last seen in Pahoa. He likes to collect cans and bottles from the roadside, dumpsters and trash cans.

Desimone is described as being 5-foot-8 and weighing 170 pounds. He has balding hair and is missing most of his teeth.

The Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation put up the reward for Desimone in hopes of getting a break in the case.

Those who have information on Desimone's case can call police Detective Lucille Melemai at 961-2377 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

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