HPD promotes new assistant chief
Maj. Donna Andersen, commander of the Honolulu Police Department's Internal Affairs, has been promoted to assistant chief, effective Jan. 1.
Andersen, an FBI National Academy graduate, becomes the second female assistant chief in the department's history. Barbara Uphouse Wong, who heads the Campaign Spending Commission, was the department's first.
Andersen will oversee the Human Resources, Finance and Training divisions, and the Office of Accreditation and Labor Relations.
She replaces Assistant Chief Robert Prasser, who will retire at year's end after 30 years of service.
Andersen served as a Criminal Investigation Division captain and lieutenant. There, she headed the Crisis Negotiation Team. She has also served as lieutenant in the Research and Development Division.
Andersen is a former investigator for California's Labor Commission and its Alcohol Beverage Control.
Born in Pennsylvania and reared in Nevada, Andersen was educated at California State University-Dominguez Hills, where she earned a master's degree in humanities. She received her bachelor's degree in law enforcement and administration from San Jose State University.
Speaker to address eating habits
Gene Bauston, co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, will discuss "How Violent Food Choices Fuel a Violent World" in a free public presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park.
Farm Sanctuary is the nation's largest farm animal rescue and protection organization.
Bauston has pursued groundbreaking legal enforcement and legislative action to prevent farm animal abuse and played a key role in passing laws in the United States that prohibit cruel farming practices.
He will discuss how people make choices about eating that have a wide-ranging impact on the environment.
For more information, call the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, 944-VEGI (8344) or see www.VSH.org.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Maui suffers its 14th traffic-related fatality this year
A man driving west on Hoopalua Road on Maui late Saturday failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a Kahului-bound bus, killing himself and injuring 15 others.
The man is identified as Derek Beaty of Haiku.
The accident happened at about 10:19 p.m. when Beaty was headed toward Kula Highway in a Volvo. He hit the side of the 2005 Ford bus, which was carrying 20 passengers.
Fifteen people were taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center. Their conditions were not released.
Beaty was pronounced dead at the scene.
This is the 14th traffic-related fatality on Maui this year compared with 19 at the same time in 2004.
24-year-old critically injured in car crash
A 24-year-old woman is in critical condition at the Queen's Medical Center after a two-car crash in Kalihi.
At about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police said, the driver was speeding south and weaving in and out of traffic on Likelike Highway in a silver Chevrolet Bronco. Near Valley View Drive, she hit the rear of a silver sedan driven by a 20-year-old man.
She then skidded off the roadway and up an embankment.
She sustained lacerations to her head and face and was transported to Queen's in serious condition but was later downgraded to critical condition.
Police said the woman might have been drunk.
Family members of the 20-year-old man took him a to a nearby hospital. His condition was not available.
Woman injured after crashing in Waipahu
A 47-year-old Waialua woman was critically injured yesterday after her vehicle slammed into a rock wall in Waipahu.
At about 12:08 p.m. the woman was traveling west in a red 2001 Nissan pickup on Lumiaina Street when she veered off the roadway and struck a rock wall near Waikele Shopping Center, police said.
Witnesses told police the 47-year-old woman was weaving in and out of traffic. Speed is a possible factor, police said.
The woman was wearing a seat belt.
Ewa man arrested in firing of shotgun
A 32-year-old Ewa man was arrested after he allegedly fired a gunshot in the air.
About 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police said the suspect and a 42-year-old man were arguing about loud noises coming from a party.
Police said the suspect then fired a gunshot in the air. There were no injuries, police said.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree reckless endangering and first-degree terroristic threatening.