Ex-warden in Samoa arrested in beating
The FBI arrested a former warden for the Tafuna Correctional Facility in American Samoa for allegedly severely beating an inmate, FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles Goodwin announced yesterday in a news release.
Former Tafuna warden Mika Kelemete had allegedly instructed officers to handcuff an inmate to a tent pole, an FBI investigation found. Using a wooden board, Kelemete allegedly beat the inmate on the head, neck and upper back, the release said. The inmate was placed in a maximum-security cell and denied medical attention, according to the FBI release. FBI agents arrested Kelemete on Sunday and brought him to Honolulu to hear the charges against him.
Kelemete is accused of violating a federal law, Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 242, "deprivation of rights under color of law," the news release states. Kelemete faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
State posts pictures of missing foster kids
State officials are asking for the public's help in locating about four dozen foster care children who have run away within the last several years.
Pictures and names of the 47 children can now be found on the Department of Human Services Web site at www.hawaii. gov/missing-children. Because of a change in policy, this is the first time human services officials have been able to get the pictures online, they said.
"In the past, just to publish the photo of one of the kids, we would need to go through court," said Derick Dahilig, department spokesman. "We want these kids to know we care, but we can't provide them with the services they need if they run away."
The children on the list range in age from 14 to 18 and have been missing as recently as earlier this month or as far back as several years.
East-West Center has leadership program
The East-West Center is offering its Asia Pacific Leadership Program to exceptional early- to midcareer professionals and mature graduate students with high leadership potential. Deadline is tomorrow.
The program is a five-month or optional nine-month graduate certificate program to develop regional expertise with the cultivation of individual leadership capacity. Cost per semester is $2,500. Limited scholarships are also available.
Eligible candidates must have a four-year bachelor's degree or equivalent and have high leadership potential. The program is open worldwide to those from all sectors (government, business, media, etc.). For information and application forms, go to www.eastwestcenter.org/aplp.
» Kauai United Way
raised more than $50,000 in the first Hidden Treasures reception and dinner -- its most successful fundraising for a single event.
» The Hawaii Chapter of the March of Dimes has given four grants to help meet maternal and child health needs:
$15,000 to the Family Support Services of West Hawaii for a Hispanic prenatal initiative.
$11,000 to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children for the Perinatal Addiction Referral and Information Services.
$15,000 to Kokua Kalihi Valley for cross-cultural perinatal education and support services.
$9,000 to Maui Family Support Services for Lanai Perinatal Support Program.
» Saint Francis School has received grants for its tuition assistance program from:
G.N. Wilcox Trust for $3,500.
Frear Eleemosynary Trust for $7,000.
J. Watumull Fund for $1,000.
» The Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Eleemosynary Trust has awarded $250,000 to Easter Seals Hawaii to build a new service center in Kapolei and renovate facilities statewide. Groundbreaking is expected in May for the new 20,000-square-foot multipurpose building in Kapolei.
» The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has given a $150,000 grant to Hawai'i Maoli, the nonprofit organization of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, to provide financial assistance to the 51 Hawaiian civic clubs.
Police, Fire, Courts
Waipahu man arrested after burglaries
Police arrested a 35-year-old Waipahu man yesterday morning who was allegedly driving a stolen cargo van near the scene of a burglary.
Patrol officers spotted the van near a burglary that had just occurred on Poailani Circle in Waipahu.
Officers checked with police dispatch and found the license plates belonged to a 1991 model and did not match the newer vehicle.
Police discovered the van had been stolen from Cutter Ford in Waimalu.
Items stolen from a school were found inside the van, police said. That burglary, also reported yesterday morning, was at a location different than the Poailani Circle burglary, police said.
Police arrested the man at about 11:15 a.m. on suspicion of vehicle theft, fraudulent use of license plates and detaining stolen property.
3 arrested in Waikiki for Kapolei burglary
Police arrested three men after they allegedly broke into the state office building in Kapolei and tried to steal copper tubing.
The suspects, ages 42, 52, and 45, were each arrested Sunday morning at 1890 Saratoga Road for investigation of second-degree burglary.
Man allegedly passed porn to 14-year-old
Police arrested a 30-year-old man after he allegedly gave pornographic materials to a boy Sunday night in Waialae.
Police said the man gave the 14-year-old boy pornographic magazines and a pornographic DVD. Officers arrested the man at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday for investigation of promoting pornography for minors.
Police arrest suspect in Kalihi robbery
Police arrested one robbery suspect and were looking for another following an incident in Kalihi on Sunday.
Police said a 29-year-old man told them that he and two other people were in his car about 12:40 a.m. when another vehicle blocked him in a cul-de-sac.
Police said two men then got out of the second car and punched and kicked the driver of the first car and also hit him with a wooden ax handle.
The suspects then allegedly took the victim's gold necklace, cell phone and a vacuum cleaner that was in the trunk of the first car, then fled the scene.
The victim followed the second car and also called police, who later caught one of the suspects, a 36-year-old man. The other suspect escaped, police said. Police are investigating the case as a first-degree robbery.
Big Isle fire causes $250,000 in damage
Fire heavily damaged a house in the Ohia Estates subdivision of Volcano on the Big Island early yesterday.
Fire units were dispatched to the home on Liona Street at 2:18 a.m., according to a release from the Hawaii County Fire Department.
The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, the release said. It also destroyed two cars that were in the garage.
No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.