State flags lowered for Coretta Scott King
State flags will be flown at half-staff today at state and county buildings in memory of Coretta Scott King, widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. who died Jan. 30.
Gov. Linda Lingle issued the order after a proclamation issued yesterday by President Bush ordering U.S. flags flown at half-staff.
Kidnapping suspect will appear in court
A Kailua man will appear in Honolulu District Court tomorrow on a kidnapping charge for allegedly forcing his girlfriend into his car at knifepoint Friday on a busy Honolulu street.
Eric K. Shannon, 32, is being held on $50,000 bail on the felony charge and a second count of first-degree terroristic threatening. Shannon turned himself in at the Kailua police station Friday night.
Witnesses to the 2 p.m. incident outside 1088 Bishop St. told police they saw the couple leave a car parked at the curb. The male driver followed the female passenger, grabbed her by the neck and held a knife to her chest, according to a police statement. The woman returned to the car, and the man drove off with her inside.
Witnesses gave police the license plate number. Kailua police identified the driver and arranged for his surrender, according to the statement.
Grants available now to help women, kids
The Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation is accepting grant applications from organizations that are working toward improving the status of women and children in Hawaii. The deadline to submit applications is March 3.
According to a news release, some of the criteria for grant selection include improving women and children's access to the legal system; reducing child abuse, domestic violence or sexual abuse; and increasing financial independence and improving women and children's health, education and welfare.
Applications can be requested by e-mail to Lane Homfeck McKay at email@example.com or Zale Okazaki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call Okazaki at 537-6119 or McKay at 537-6100.
Nonprofit gets grant to assist disabled
Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii
is one of 86 nonprofit organizations around the world to receive a $5,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, executive director of the centers, said the grant will be used to obtain new assistive technology for the Assistive Technology Depot. People with disabilities, service providers, families, friends and support workers can try devices at the depot before they buy them to determine the "best-fit" device for each person, she said in a news release.
The Quality of Life grants program was conceived by Dana Reeve, wife of the late movie actor who was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident. She is chairwoman of the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founder of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center.
Grants are awarded to projects or programs that improve the lives of people with paralysis, especially spinal cord injuries.
For more information about the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii, at 414 Kuwili St., Suite 104, see www.atrc.org or call 532-7110 or 800-645-3007.
Police, Fire, Courts
Police seek suspect in Mililani store robbery
Police want help finding a man who robbed the Aloha Mini Mart in Mililani on Friday.
Police said the man went into the store at 94-580 Kipapa Drive at about 4 a.m. and confronted the cashier at gunpoint.
The gunman then went behind the counter, and the cashier opened the register and handed over an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
The suspect fled in a white two-door Honda Civic. The suspect is described as 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall, 180 to 200 pounds, with a tan to brown complexion. He was wearing a black knit mask or a black sweater with a hood, and a long-sleeved shirt.
The gun was described as a gray handgun. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
Alleged motorcycle thief caught by owner
A suspected motorcycle thief was tackled on a street in Mililani while trying to flee the scene of the crime Sunday night, police said.
The suspect, a 41-year-old man, was spotted at about 8:45 p.m. by a family member of the person who owned the motorcycle. The suspect had allegedly just taken the bike off a trailer.
The owner of the bike chased the suspect on foot while the suspect pushed the motorcycle down the street, police said. The owner then tackled the suspect and held him until officers arrived, police said. The suspect was later arrested for investigation of second-degree theft.
Police searching for missing boy, 16
Police are searching for a 16-year-old boy who was supposed to get on a flight Wednesday to Utah but did not.
Kamuela Martin was last seen at Honolulu Airport at about 11:45 a.m.
He takes medication for seizures.
Martin might be driving a 2002 Saturn four-door station wagon, license number JWW-409. He is known to frequent the Honolulu, Ala Moana, Waikiki and Kailua areas.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Man allegedly tries to steal backhoe
Police arrested a 47-year-old man who allegedly tried to steal a backhoe Sunday from a construction company storage yard in Halawa.
The suspect allegedly entered the property at 99-611 Pohue St. at about 5:40 p.m. and tried to drive off with a backhoe. Employees of the company saw the suspect and stopped him, police said.
Police were called later and arrested the suspect for investigation of first-degree theft. He was released later pending an investigation.
Suspect allegedly fights police officer
Police arrested a 42-year-old man after he allegedly stole a bicycle, then attacked an officer.
Police said the suspect stole a bicycle from the garage of an apartment building on South King Street near Ward Avenue at about 10:25 a.m. Saturday. The suspect was chased by the 29-year-old man who owns the bike, police said.
A plainclothes police officer joined the chase and eventually knocked the suspect off the bicycle, police said. The suspect then fled on foot, police said.
The officer returned the bike to its owner and then searched for and found the suspect near the scene. Police said the officer identified himself to the suspect and that the suspect then attacked the officer, causing an injury.
Other officers arrived and arrested the suspect for investigation of second-degree theft, assault on a police officer and drug offenses because a methamphetamine pipe was found in his fanny pack, police said.
Man is airlifted from fall off H-3
Honolulu firefighters airlifted a 22-year-old man to safety early yesterday after he fell about 100 feet from the H-3 freeway.
Fire Department officials said the victim could be heard yelling for help from below the Windward-bound lanes of the freeway about a mile before the Halawa side of the tunnel at about 1:20 a.m. Firefighters rappelled down and hiked to the victim's location, then airlifted him out with the Air One helicopter.
Fire officials said the man was conscious during the rescue and was last reported at the Queen's Medical Center in stable condition. A Fire Department spokesman said he did not know how or why the man fell over the side of the freeway.
Pearl City man knifed and has wallet stolen
Police were looking for two juvenile males who attacked a man with a knife and robbed him Sunday night in Pearl City.
Police said the suspects confronted the victim, 36, in the parking lot of his apartment building at about 11 p.m. Police said the suspects demanded money. When the victim refused, one of the suspects pulled out a knife and cut him. The suspect then took the victim's wallet and fled, police said.
There was no word on the condition of the victim.
Police seek suspect in Nanakuli robbery
Police want help finding a man who robbed a Nanakuli convenience store at gunpoint last month.
Police said the man walked into the Mahalo Gas Station store at 87-1942 Farrington Highway at about 5:10 p.m. Jan. 31, brandished a silver handgun and demanded money from the cashier.
After the robbery the man fled on foot toward Helelua Street, police said.
The suspect is described as in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 220 to 240 pounds, with a fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a white shirt with red trim and a logo on the left breast, a black baseball cap, blue denim shorts and black slippers.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.
2 teenagers arrested for alleged robbery
Police arrested two teenagers who allegedly robbed and assaulted a man in Waikiki early yesterday.
Police said that at about 12:50 a.m. the suspects confronted a 25-year-old man and demanded money and the victim's wallet. When the victim refused, the suspects allegedly assaulted him.
Officers responded to the scene and arrested both suspects -- ages 18 and 19 -- for investigation of second-degree robbery.
Driver dies in crash off Akaka Falls Road
HILO » A 30-year-old man was killed and two passengers in the car he was driving were injured Sunday night when all three were thrown from the vehicle on Akaka Falls Road in Honomu, police said.
A 2000 Toyota MPV was traveling downhill when it went off the road into a pasture shortly before 9:39 p.m., police said. The driver was declared dead at 12:15 a.m. Two passengers, a 32-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, were listed in satisfactory condition at Hilo Hospital following the accident.
Speed and alcohol contributed to the accident, and no one in the car had used seat belts, police said. Names were withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The fatality is the fifth of the year on the Big Island compared with six at the same time last year.
Big Isle police seek missing teenage girl
Big Island police are looking for a 15-year-old Mountain View girl reported missing from her home since Dec. 10.
Tiara Shauntay Mariani is described as being 5 feet tall, 120 pounds, with a slim build, brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Detective John Ancheta of the East Hawaii Juvenile Aid Section at 961-2373, or the police non-emergency telephone number at 935-3311.