Arraignment set in officer's assault case
WAILUKU » A former police officer is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 20 in Maui District Court for allegedly assaulting a man who was in custody.
Martell Irish, 39, has been charged with the misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.
Irish arrested Joseph Crisafulli in the early morning of Dec. 19, outside Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli in Makawao.
Crisafulli filed a civil lawsuit earlier this year, charging that he was taken to a sugar cane field and beaten.
Irish's attorney Michael Green said his client denies beating Crisafulli and that there was no time while transporting him to the police station in Wailuku for the assault described.
Swap meet open free from Dec. 17 to 23
The operator of the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is expanding operations for holiday shoppers.
The swap meet will be open on the seven days leading up to Christmas, and admission will be free Dec. 17 through 23, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is held in the Aloha Stadium parking lot in Halawa.
For more information, call 486-6704.
Online civil service job site is improved
The state Department of Human Resources Development has unveiled a redesigned Web page to improve public access to state government.
The Web site at www. hawaii.gov/hrd is used to announce civil service job openings.
Applicants can search for job opportunities, apply online and download job descriptions, requirements, examination information, applications and other employment-related forms.
The site also includes information on employee benefits, training programs and schedules, and state work-force statistics.
» Hawaii students brought home the gold medal and other honors from the National History Day Competition last summer at the University of Maryland.
Winners of the Gold Medal (first place) for Group Display included the team of Melissa Ruan, Christine Nip, Megan Tomino and teacher Kevin Chaitin of Moanalua High School.
Fourth-place winners in Group Display and the Outstanding Junior Division Entry from Hawaii were Andrina Ramos, Minnie Whitford and Tajana Santiago, and teacher Linda Kay Smith of Kahuku Intermediate.
Placing 14th in Group Performance and Outstanding Senior Division Entry from Hawaii were Rachelle Christy, Kendra Ho Ching, Noell Kamauoha and teacher Lorey Ishihara of Kahuku High School.
Amy R. Boehning of Waialua High and Intermediate was one of eight finalists to receive the Richard T. Farrel Teacher of Merit Award.
» The University of Hawaii has given the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community to Cynthia Foreman, assistant professor of economics at Maui Community College; W. Craig Howes, professor of English and director of the Center for Biographic Research at UH-Manoa; Davianna McGregor, professor of ethnic studies at UH-Manoa; and William Puette, director of the Center for Labor Education and Research at UH-West Oahu.
» The University of Hawaii's Frederick Burkle, a physician and professor of public health services and epidemiology, has received the Award for Service to Medicine and Community from the University of Vermont College of Medicine's Medical Alumni Association.
His work in disaster management and humanitarian assistance throughout the world was recognized, as well as his exemplary military service.
» The Bank of Hawaii Charitable Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to Junior Achievement of Hawaii for its statewide K-12 youth financial literacy program. The funds will enable Junior Achievement to provide more classroom access to economic programs, especially for low-income students.
» The University of Hawaii has given two prestigious scholarships to 30 students, including tuition waivers for four or two years, $4,000 per year and a $2,000 travel grant.
Recipients of the Regents Scholarships include 20 freshmen: Neal Akatsuka of Roosevelt High School; Wesley Ching, Sara Fares, Kelly Morikone and Jillian Sumitomo of Kalani High School; Katherine Ishida of Kaimuki High School; Reece Iwami and Janice Quach of Castle High School; Bobby Kwan of McKinley High School; Grace Kwan of Aiea High School; Lee Ying Kwok, Aileen Tanaka and Megan Terawaki of Mililani High School; Kaitlin Luther of Baldwin High School; Kacie Miura of Waiakea High School; Jason Nagaoka and Krystle Salazar of Moanalua High School; Stacie Nakamura of Pearl City High School; Kayla Sakimoto of La Pietra School for Girls; and Dayton Wong of Molokai High School.
Presidential Scholarships went to 10 college juniors: Jonathan Cheng, Amy Ching, Krista Jo Dusek (who also received the 2005 Albert J. Simone award given to the highest-ranked Presidential Scholar); Melanie Li, Maryann Peterson and Cora Puliatch of UH-Manoa; and Marla Garcia, Branden Lohrey and Faye Plescia of UH-Hilo.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Pedestrian victim is identified as Kahala woman
The Medical Examiner's Office identified the 77-year-old woman who was killed Thursday night crossing Waialae Avenue as Jian Pan of Kahala.
Police said speed might have been a factor in the accident. Police also suspect the woman could have been crossing against the walk signal, Sgt. John Agno said.
Pan had just started to cross Waialae Avenue at the intersection with Hunakai Street at 8:04 p.m. when a red Ford pickup truck struck her while making a left turn from Hunakai onto Waialae.
The 30-year-old male driver, also of Kahala, was not injured.
The Oahu traffic fatality was the 71st of the year as compared with 60 the same time last year.
Abuse suspect charged in attack on officer
Authorities charged a 25-year-old man yesterday who allegedly broke a police officer's jaw Thursday.
Terrence Brown was charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and second-degree assault. His bail was set at $50,000.
Police said the officer returned to the scene of a domestic-abuse case in Makakilo at about 12:24 a.m. to see if the suspect had returned.
Police said the suspect was there and punched the officer, fracturing his jaw.
The suspect fled but was caught soon afterward and arrested for investigation of abuse of a household member, second-degree assault and assaulting a law enforcement officer.
Waikiki meeting leads to alleged sex assault
Police arrested a 27-year-old Kaneohe man yesterday who allegedly sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman in her Hahaione Valley home.
Police said the woman met the man in Waikiki and invited him back to her home. While there the suspect allegedly sexually assaulted her between 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. yesterday. She called police, and the man was arrested in Hawaii Kai on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault.
The suspect lives on Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe, according to police.
Boyfriend charged with burning woman
A 50-year-old Waianae man was charged with two counts of second-degree assault yesterday for allegedly burning his live-in girlfriend with a curling iron.
Police said the man, Franklin Rosa Jr., and his 46-year-old girlfriend were arguing Thursday when he allegedly picked up a hot curling iron and burned her face.
Police were called to the Puhawai Road home and arrested Rosa. Bail was set for $15,000.
Suspect wanted for parole violation
Big Island police are asking for help in finding a 35-year-old man, possibly armed, wanted for an outstanding warrant for violating parole.
David Carvalho Jr.:
The suspect in various property crimes might be armed
The man, David Carvalho Jr., is also a suspect in various property crimes in the Kona District, police said. He has no permanent address.
Carvalho is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 180 pounds with a medium build, black hair and brown eyes. He could be armed and is considered dangerous, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 329-8181 in Kona.
2 teen boys missing; 1 was last seen in May
Big Island police said yesterday that they are looking for two missing teenagers.
Benedict Taketa (top):
The missing teen has pierced ears and requires daily medication
Michael Caires (bottom): He was last seen leaving school on May 4; he usually wears his hair spiked
Benedict Taketa, a 15-year-old Kona boy, was last seen Nov. 14. He is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 170 pounds, with a fair complexion, black hair, brown eyes and pierced ears. He requires daily medication, police said.
Police said they are also still looking for Michael Caires, a 16-year-old boy who was last seen leaving Konawaena High School on May 4.
Caires is described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds, with a fair complexion, brown eyes and brown hair, usually worn spiked.
Police released his photo to the media in August and are making another plea for the public's help.
Anyone with information on either boy's whereabouts is asked to call Officer Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, ext. 302; police at 935-3311; or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.