1 shot to stomach killed Molokai hunter
WAILUKU » An autopsy showed that the 41-year-old Molokai man who died while hunting received a fatal single-shot wound to the stomach, Maui Police Lt. Glenn Cuomo said yesterday.
Police said according to preliminary reports, a person in the hunting party accidentally fired the weapon that killed Juanito Pico of Kalae while hunting in the Waiakane area, west of Kaunakakai. Police received a call about the shooting at about 2:07 p.m. on Nov. 30.
Army Guard battalion is homeward bound
The first battalion of the Hawaii Army National Guard's 29th Brigade Combat Team was expected home early this morning after 11 months in Kuwait.
Some 350 soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery and a detachment from the 227th Engineer Company were relieved last month by members of the Wisconsin's Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery at Kuwait Naval Base.
The Wisconsin soldiers arrived in Kuwait on Nov. 8.
The Hawaii artillery soldiers, led by Lt. Col. Keith Tamashiro, were mobilized in August 2004 along with another 2,200 citizen soldiers belonging to the 29th Brigade Combat Team. About 100 members of the 487th will remain in Iraq until January since they were assigned to various units of the 29th Brigade.
On Nov. 17 the first 76 soldiers from the 487th Field Artillery and the 227th Engineer Company returned as part of an advance party that is expected to help the other returning soldiers adjust to civilian life when they come off active duty in January.
OHA donation to aid victim outreach
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs
has given the Salvation Army $88,144 to support Na Lei Lokahi, a program that provides substance abuse treatment and domestic violence services to families in the North Shore community of Koolauloa.
The outreach program, which focuses on Hawaiians, improves access to culturally appropriate programs that address drug abuse and domestic violence.
Educational and treatment programs are provided to strengthen health and stability of families.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Crews to renew search for missing kayaker
Fire, police and Coast Guard rescue personnel were expected to resume their search at first light today for a missing 49-year-old California man who was kayaking yesterday in Kailua Bay.
The man and a woman in her 20s were on a tandem kayak that capsized in the early afternoon. They were returning from a trip to the Mokulua Islands and encountered some white water, fire Capt. Emmit Kane said.
After the kayak capsized, the woman swam to the guide who was traveling in a separate kayak along with them, he said.
"Unfortunately, that was the last they saw of the missing kayaker," Kane said.
The man is an Air Force reservist from California here for training, Kane said. The woman was in the same training unit, he added. The woman returned to shore uninjured with the help of the guide.
Bystanders on the Mokulua Islands called 911, while others in the water helped to bring the empty kayak back to shore, Kane said.
The Fire Department searched on water and land, Kane said, including the two Mokuluas.
The Fire Department is expected to focus its search where the man was last seen.
The search began between 1:45 to 2 p.m., and police and fire discontinued their search at 6:30 p.m.
23-year-old woman was last seen at UH
Police are looking for a 23-year-old woman who was last seen Thursday on the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus.
Police said Alexandria Kaan had been talking to an ex-boyfriend at about 4 p.m. Thursday in the area of Sinclair Library.
Kaan is described as a Caucasian, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a blue-gray shirt and gray pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call Officer James Vasconcellos at 479-5452 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, *CRIME on a cell phone.
25-year-old arrested after tip on radio
Police arrested a 25-year-old North Shore man for suspicion of auto theft after receiving a tip from a radio listener who heard a bulletin about a stolen car.
Police dispatch received a call from KSSK saying a caller had seen a stolen vehicle in Punaluu. The vehicle had been stolen from Waianae, police said. Later, police saw the vehicle heading north on Kamehameha Highway near Pat's at Punaluu.
Officers stopped the vehicle, confirmed it was stolen and arrested the driver for auto theft.
Man is arrested for alleged sex assault
Police charged a 42-year-old man with multiple counts in connection with a sexual assault and kidnapping last month.
Austin A. Avilla was charged with four counts of first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, second-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of third-degree assault and violating a temporary restraining order. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Police said the victim is a 36-year-old woman and that the incident happened between Nov. 25 and 27.
Avilla was arrested on Thursday in Kahuku. He was also arrested for investigation of four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor. Police did not say if the second arrest was in connection with the assault on the 42-year-old woman.
Driver injured as he crashes stolen car
A teen driver crashed a stolen car into a tree in Ewa shortly after noon yesterday, injuring himself and his two passengers, according to police.
Police said the 15-year-old Ewa Beach boy was headed north on Keaunui Drive when he lost control of the car and collided into a tree in front of Holomoa Elementary School at 12:12 p.m. Firefighters had to extricate the driver from the car.
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, according to an Emergency Medical Services supervisor. A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, both passengers, were taken to Queen's in stable condition, the EMS supervisor said.
Police say man tried to run woman off road
Police arrested a 25-year-old man after he allegedly ran his girlfriend off the road in Waianae last week.
Police said the suspect and his girlfriend got into an argument on Friday, and the girlfriend got scared and drove away.
The suspect allegedly got into another car and chased her and then rammed her vehicle, causing her to run off the road and into a tree.
Police said the victim was not injured. Police arrested the man for investigation of first-degree criminal property damage.
Kauai man dies after crashing SUV
A 24-year-old Kauai man died after his sport utility vehicle crashed early Sunday on Waimea Canyon Drive.
Kauai police said Leonard Castillo apparently lost control of his Jeep Liberty at about 2:30 a.m. and crashed. He was pronounced dead at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.
Puna man charged with kidnapping
Big Island police charged a 50-year-old Puna man yesterday with kidnapping a woman.
Police charged Darwin E. Barve of Pahoa with kidnapping, third-degree assault, auto theft, fourth-degree criminal property damage and interfering with reporting an emergency or crime. Barve was being held in lieu of $14,000 bail.
Police said a woman with head wounds was found standing in the middle of the road at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision in Puna. She reported being assaulted by an acquaintance who took her vehicle, police said. Officers found the suspect shortly afterward and arrested him.
The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center where she was treated for injuries sustained in the attack and was later released, police said.