Maui small-plane crash victim identified
WAILUKU » The pilot whose body was found in the wreckage of a single-engine airplane crash in East Maui has been identified as Alan Gerow of Salt Lake City.
Gerow, 58, a businessman, was on a vacation to Maui, said Maui police Lt. Glenn Cuomo.
Gerow's identity was confirmed by the coroner yesterday through the use of dental records received from the mainland, Cuomo said.
The Cessna 172SP, rented from Maui Aviators Flight School, crashed in a mountain area mauka of Hana Airport.
The crash was discovered after it started a fire, and firefighters and police were notified about the blaze at 3:49 p.m. Dec. 15.
The National Transportation Safety Board inspected the wreckage yesterday at a hangar at Kahului Airport.
Investigators plan to review flight records and communications to determine the airplane's flight route before it crashed.
Land Conservation phone number wrong
If you want more information on contributing money to the city's Land Conservation Fund, the phone number listed on the property tax assessments that were mailed out this past week is incorrect, Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz said.
Dela Cruz said the phone number on the assessment notice is his office number, not the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services.
The phone number people should call with questions on the fund is 523-4617.
The Land Conservation Fund was established this year to accept donations to a fund set up to purchase or acquire property for conservation.
River of Life collecting for Christmas meal
The River of Life Mission will serve a Christmas lunch to homeless and needy people at its location at 101 N. Pauahi St.
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and meal service will continue to 1 p.m. A program of Christmas music will accompany the meal, to be served by staff and volunteer workers.
The nondenominational Christian mission is seeking contributions for the Christmas celebration. Canned hams are at the top of the food list. The Rev. Bob Marchant, executive director, said they also are seeking unwrapped gifts for men and women, particularly underwear, socks and backpacks.
Monetary donations are also welcome. Contributors are asked to call the River of Life office, 524-7656, to arrange a drop-off before noon Friday.
The mission provides about 12,000 free hot meals monthly at the dining room. It also offers a food box program for low-income families and many other services.
Donations can be mailed to River of Life Mission, P.O. Box 37939, Honolulu, HI 96837.
Surfrider Foundation presents 3 awards
The Oahu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation presented its third annual John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards on Dec. 3.
Larry McElheny was given the Lifetime Achievement Award; Rochelle Ballard won the Professional Surfer Award; and Jack and Kim Johnson's Brushfire Records was honored as the Most Environmentally Friendly Oahu-based Company.
John Kelly, for whom the awards are named, was the original recipient of the Lifetime Achievement category.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
NORTH SHORE CRASH HURTS 3
/ SPECIAL TO THE STAR-BULLETIN
A Handi-Van sideswiped a minivan at 10:30 a.m. yesterday near Kawela Bay. The minivan had been on the shoulder of Kamehameha Highway when it entered the lane and was sideswiped by a Handi-Van traveling south on the highway, police said. The minivan driver was taken to an area hospital in good condition, police said. A passenger in the minivan and the Handi-Van driver were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Teenager held in armed robbery of service station
A 17-year-old Kalihi boy was arrested yesterday in the robbery of a Waipahu service station.
Police said the boy entered the service station store at about 7 p.m. Friday, grabbed a bottle of soda and placed it on the counter.
When the clerk rang up the purchase and opened the cash register, the teen pulled out a handgun, reached into the cash register and grabbed some cash, police said.
The boy fled on foot, police said.
Teen held after owner of car spots it at mall
A 17-year-old boy who was on work release program at a correctional facility allegedly stole a car and was caught by the car's owner Tuesday.
The 44-year-old owner spotted his vehicle parked at the Pearl City Shopping Center. He called 911, and while he was waiting for police, the suspect returned to the car and opened the door.
The owner held the teenager until police arrived a short time later. Police arrested him on suspicion of unlawful entry into the car. Later, the youth admitted to driving the car without the owner's permission, police said.
The suspect was later transferred to the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility.
Charges are pending review by the prosecutor.
Bogus bills at toy store land women in custody
Police arrested two women who allegedly tried to buy toys Tuesday using counterfeit money.
The women, ages 40 and 23, were trying to buy toys at Toys "R" Us at 98-1101 Moanalua Road near Pearlridge Center at 3:43 p.m. when officers were called, police said.
They were both arrested for investigation of multiple counts of first-degree forgery.
Man avoids doghouse, finds wife's stolen car
An auto theft victim got the vehicle back Sunday after spotting another driver behind the wheel.
Police said the victim, 31, had taken his wife's vehicle to work in Waimanalo and left it unattended with the keys inside at 11:05 a.m. He later heard the vehicle being driven away.
The victim later saw the suspect driving the vehicle and called police.
Officers found the suspect, 25, and arrested him for investigation of auto theft.
Toddler's broken arm prompts investigation
Police are investigating a suspicious arm injury to a 20-month-old Kailua boy.
The boy was taken to Tripler Army Medical Center about 2 p.m. Tuesday for treatment for a fractured arm, police said.
A doctor in the emergency room determined that the fracture was seven to 10 days old, police said.
The boys parents told doctors that they did not know how the injury happened.
Police are investigating the case as a second-degree assault.