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Tuesday, September 20, 2005





Free workshops will cover erosion control

Information about safe building practices and erosion control on Hawaii's coastlines will be the subject of free workshops on Maui and the Big Island this month.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources and the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program are co-sponsoring the workshops. Experts will make presentations about coastal development hazards, problems and solutions, followed by a question-and-answer session. Workshops are set for:

» Tomorrow, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Dunes at Maui Lani, 1333 Maui Lani Parkway, Kahului.

» Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hawaii County Council Room, 25 Aupuni St., Hilo.

To register, contact Dolan Eversole at 587-0321 or dolan.eversole@hawaii.edu.

More information is at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/occl/workshop.php.



[ TAKING NOTICE ]

» Dr. Thomas Spheeris, University of Hawaii family practice resident, assisted doctors in Cambodia in June as a volunteer facilitator and clinical assistant for Medicorps' Internet Relief Network.

Spheeris' service in Cambodia was facilitated under an agreement between the John A. Burns School of Medicine and Medicorps, a tax-exempt Hawaii nonprofit organization.

He helped Cambodian doctors in under-equipped hospitals gain access to specialty knowledge through the Internet from physician-volunteers in English-speaking countries.

He also helped Cambodian doctors write up cases in English for free review and advice by Medicorps' specialists in Hawaii and mainland teaching institutions.

"Working in a poor country challenged me in ways I never would have been in Hawaii," Spheeris said. "This exposure to grinding poverty and deprivation has influenced not only how I practice medicine, but how I plan to live my life from now on."

Medicorps was founded as Trans-Pacific Health Foundation in 1984 by Honolulu-based surgeon Gunther Hintz to assist less privileged countries with medical services.

It does this by documenting and publicizing medical and social needs in disadvantaged areas, by providing primary physicians in poorer nations with specialist skills and by incorporating physicians-in-training and volunteer specialist consultants from wealthy countries into overseas educational rotations.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

HONOLULU

2 men allegedly try to steal car by towing

Police said two men tried to steal a car by towing it with another stolen car in Kalihi on Sunday.

Officers arrested one of the suspects, 23, who was in the car being towed about 8:45 a.m. near Puuhale Road. Police said the other suspect, who was driving the first stolen car, fled.

Officers arrested the first suspect for investigation of auto theft and two probation revocation warrants.

41-year-old arrested in child molestation

Police arrested a 41-year-old Kalihi man Sunday after he allegedly molested a 5-year-old girl.

Police said the girl told her mother the suspect, who lives in the same house as the child, molested her about 8:30 a.m.

Police found the suspect along Ahui Street Sunday and arrested him for investigation of third-degree sexual assault.

Suspect allegedly shot woman with BB gun

Police arrested a 19-year-old man after he allegedly shot a woman in Chinatown with a BB gun early yesterday.

The victim, 30, said she was standing on Merchant Street about 1:50 a.m. when a silver sport utility vehicle passed her. The victim said the driver of the vehicle shot her with what she believed to be either a pellet or AirSoft BB gun.

The victim took down the suspect's license plate number and called police, who found the vehicle at a Diamond Head lookout. The victim was taken to the area and identified the suspect, police said. Officers searched the suspect's vehicle and recovered four AirSoft guns inside, police said. The suspect was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault.



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