Federal grant aids isle terror response
A $4.1 million federal grant will be used to train health professionals to deal with terrorism and other public health emergencies, University of Hawaii officials announced.
The grant will create Pacific EMPRINTS, which stands for Emergency Management, Preparedness and Response Information Network and Training Services. It will be managed by the UH Department of Anthropology and comes through the federal Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program.
"Our goal is to train health professionals in Hawaii, California and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands," principal investigator Ann Sakaguchi said.
She said the training will focus on biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical and explosives terrorism and other public health emergencies. "Our training will enhance the safety of both first responders and the communities they protect."
CNN reporter joins East-West Center
John Lewis, a former award-winning CNN correspondent and bureau chief in Asia, has joined the East-West Center's Office of External Affairs as media relations specialist.
Lewis joined CNN in 1980 as a Tokyo-based news correspondent and bureau chief. From 1998 to 2001, he headed CNN's Asia operations from the cable network's headquarters in Atlanta. During his time in Asia, Lewis won numerous honors for reporting, including two Emmys.
Kids' fun run to aid breast cancer battle
Children from 2 to 6 years old at the Star of the Sea Early Learning Center will hold a Mini Fun Run Friday to raise money to fight breast cancer.
The children set the date to coincide with the Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure that weekend. They are running in honor of a learning center parent, Susana Tan, who is fighting breast cancer. They will donate their race-entry fees to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
After completing the first lap around the "children's track," each child will receive a medal of honor in recognition of their support for breast cancer.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Critically injured motorcyclist could have been speeding
Police said the motorcyclist who was critically injured Monday in an accident in Kapahulu may have been speeding.
The 19-year-old Honolulu man, riding a 2004 black Honda motorcycle, was following a passenger van traveling west on Monsarrat Avenue when the van stopped at the intersection with Campbell Avenue about 4:15 p.m. Monday.
In an attempt to pass the van, the motorcyclist steered right and drove into the intersection, police said.
The motorcyclist lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down when he tried to avoid a third vehicle heading east on Monsarrat and making a left turn onto Campbell.
Police said the motorcycle and its rider continued to slide along the roadway and struck a fire hydrant.
Police said the man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition with internal injuries.
Inmate missing from Laumaka Furlough
Police were looking for an inmate who failed to return to the Laumaka Work Furlough Center on Saturday.
Police said Glenn Kauanoe, 39, was supposed to have reported back to the center at 8 p.m.
Kauanoe is described as 5 foot 7, weighing about 215 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.
36-year-old arrested for alleged rape
Police arrested a 36-year-old man Monday after he allegedly threatened, assaulted, then raped a woman.
Police said the incident took place at about 6 a.m. near the 1600 block of Kapiolani Boulevard. Police found the suspect about 12 hours later near 1922 Kalakaua Ave. and arrested him for investigation of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree terroristic threatening and misdemeanor third-degree assault.
Police said the suspect and the victim, 22, have known each other for about a month.
Ex-boyfriend allegedly swipes girl's car
Police arrested a 19-year-old man after he allegedly took his ex-girlfriend's car Monday with an extra key he had made, allegedly without her knowledge.
The victim, also 19, was making an auto theft report with police after she discovered her car was missing from her school on Waialae Avenue just after 11 a.m. While making the report, she received a phone call from the suspect and told him she was pressing charges, police said.
The victim then handed the phone to the officer who instructed the suspect to return the vehicle, police said. The suspect brought the vehicle back to the victim and was arrested by officers for investigation of auto theft. He was later released pending an investigation.
Fugitive said to hang around Hawaii Kai
Police want help finding a fugitive wanted by state sheriffs since October 2000.
Frank Anthony Redling, 38, is known to frequent the Honolulu and Hawaii Kai areas. He may be armed and is considered dangerous, police said.
Redling has his parole revoked five years ago for failing to report to his parole officer and for possessing methamphetamine on three occasions, said Tommy Johnson, Hawaii Paroling Authority administrator. He was on parole for three 1994 drug promotion convictions. He is described as 6 foot 2, 225 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Bodysurfer drowns at Sunset Beach
A 23-year-old visitor apparently drowned yesterday while bodysurfing with friends at Sunset Beach.
About 11:30 a.m., North Shore Lifeguard Capt. Bodo Van Der Leeden said the visitor and his friends were bodysurfing about 300 yards from the lifeguard station in waves about 1 to 2 feet high.
EMS District Chief Pat Jones said the visitor's friends lost sight of him for a few minutes. Jones said his friends spotted him and brought him to shore.
Van Der Leeden said the man was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse. Lifeguards administered CPR before he was taken to Kahuku Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.
Police seek missing 16-year-old Hilo girl
Police are looking for a 16-year-old Hilo girl, missing from her home in Hilo since Sept. 26.
Ernelle Nahooikaika-Hoopii is described as 5-foot-3, about 150 pounds, with a medium build, tan complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call officer Peter Kualii at 961-2373, the police non-emergency telephone number at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
Husband allegedly bites wife in argument
Police arrested a 34-year-old man after he allegedly bit his wife during an argument while driving in Waianae on Monday.
The suspect and the victim, 32, were driving near Lualualei Homestead Road and Mill Street when the argument escalated and the suspect allegedly struck his wife and bit her arm. The victim went to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center where she reported the incident. The suspect was later arrested by police for investigation of felony abuse of a household member.