Firefighters rescue man stuck in drain
A former Honolulu firefighter who was rescued from a storm drain yesterday in Pearl City was later arrested for two outstanding warrants.
Honolulu firefighters rescued the man -- whom police identified as 44-year-old Mark Chang Wo -- after receiving reports of someone calling for help from a storm drain on Hoomaike Street.
Fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said the manhole cover he was trying to open had been paved over. Firefighters had to chip away the pavement to get him out, Tejada said.
He said firefighters did not know how the man had gotten there. The man refused to come out unless he could be brought out by firefighters.
Once freed, the man was taken to a fire station, Tejada said. Police questioned him there and arrested him on two outstanding warrants.
Salvation Army helps hospital hit by fire
The Salvation Army of Hawaii is sending a container full of bed sheets, blankets, pads and pillows to a hospital in the Marshall Islands that sustained major damage in an electrical fire.
Sheraton and Ala Moana hotels donated the items, which are scheduled to arrive later this month, to the Majuro hospital. The Sept. 16 fire displaced about 100 patients and destroyed the hospital's laundry room, along with six months worth of medical supplies. Majuro has a population of about 27,000.
'Discover Moiliili' with fun festival activities
Residents are invited to "Discover Moiliili" at a festival from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Stadium Park, at the corner of Isenberg and South King streets.
Free trolley service will be available from the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center on Kalakaua Avenue, across from Beachcomber Hotel at "E" Bus Stop every half hour from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will return to Waikiki on the hour.
Festivities will include a craft fair, country store, farmer's market, food stands, entertainment, children's games, and arts and craft activities. For information, call the Moiliili Community Center, 955-1555.
» Ke Chen
, a junior at La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls, won first place and $5,000 in the Executive Women International Scholarship Program, Honolulu Chapter. Chen wants to become a pediatrician.
Other awards went to Amanda El-Dakhakhni, an $18,000 Presidential Academic scholarship at George Washington University, and a $43,000 University of Rochester Renaissance scholarship; Katherine Jensen, $1,500 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship; Laura Jolly, $3,000 Fukunaga Scholarship; Catherine Ly, $3,500 Rotary Youth Scholarship, $31,000 Yale Scholarship, and $1,000 Takitani Scholarship; Kayla Sakimoto, $2,500 Discovery Card Tribute Award Scholarship and University of Hawaii Regents Scholarship.
» Overall winners in the 2005 Samoa Arts Festival in May at the Polynesian Cultural Center included Kahuku High School, first; Farrington, second; Waipahu, third; and Moanalua, fourth. More than 400 students from these four high schools, the University of Hawaii-Manoa and Brigham Young University-Hawaii competed.
» Brenda Kwon, language arts instructor at Honolulu Community College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Korea University in Seoul, Korea during the 2005 to 2006 academic year. She will be teaching Korean American Literature and The American Multicultural Novel.
» The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has awarded its Medal of Distinction to UH Manoa Professor Eliot Deutsch, chairman of the Department of Philosophy since 1997. As leader of the comparative philosophy movement, Deutsch founded the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy.
» Nuuanu Elementary and Molokai High Schools have won the Careers in Banking Contest, sponsored by American Savings Bank. Both schools received $1,000.
» Andrew Ponti of Waialua was recognized as a Newhouse Scholar at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he is a graduating senior majoring in public relations.
"Taking Notice" runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please send items to City Desk, Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
2 sought in attempt to steal a car and hit its owner
Police are looking for two men who allegedly tried to steal a car and struck the owner with another vehicle Sept. 15 in Waimalu.
The car owner had parked his vehicle along Moanalua Loop. When he returned at 8:20 a.m., he found a man sitting in the driver's seat and tampering with the ignition, police said. The man got out of the car and ran across the street to a waiting car with another man in the driver's seat, police said.
The first suspect asked the victim not to call police and said he would pay for any damage, police said.
The victim refused and stood behind the suspects' car, a two-door green 1991 Geo, license plate FXP-411.
The driver reversed the car and struck the victim in the left leg, police said.
The victim was taken to Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi, where he was treated for a sprained left knee and ankle.
The first suspect is described as in his 30s with missing front teeth, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds, with a medium build, black crew-cut hair, brown eyes and a brown complexion. The man was wearing a black T-shirt, blue denim shorts and black-and-white running shoes.
The second suspect who drove the getaway car is described as in his 40s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 160 to 180 pounds, with an average build, a tan complexion, unshaven, wearing a black baseball cap, black-and-white sleeveless T-shirt and blue denim shorts.
Anyone with information about these suspects are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Man seen on tape taking laptop arrested
A 31-year-old man has been arrested after being caught on security cameras while allegedly stealing a laptop computer several months ago.
The incident occurred between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 19 at a Waikiki hotel. Police said the owner of the laptop, a 59-year-old man, returned to his office and discovered that his computer and briefcase were stolen.
The suspect was later identified and located this week. He was arrested for second-degree theft and is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
12-year-old girl alleges sex assault at party
A 12-year-old girl told her coach that she was molested this weekend at a party in Kapolei, according to police.
The incident allegedly occurred at 11 p.m. Saturday. Police later located the suspect and arrested him on two counts of third degree sexual assault.