[ TAKING NOTICE ]
» Reimi Patterson, a senior majoring in history and religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has received the top scholarship award of $1,500 from the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students for the 2005-06 academic year. Patterson, a transfer from Honolulu Community College, established the Manoa chapter of Tau Sigma.
» The Cades Foundation has awarded $10,000 to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii to fund purchase of equipment for the new Wahiawa Store and Donation Center.
» The government of Japan has given $207,936 to Hawaii's Pacific International Center for High Technology Research supporting programs for the development and transfer of renewable energy technologies and education and training programs in Hawaii and the Pacific.
» The Waipio Center has donated more than $2,500 to area elementary schools, a swim club, the Boy Scouts and other nonprofit organizations from the proceeds of its community swap meet.
"Taking Notice" also runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
[ COURTS ]
Officer's killer faces new road rage case
A man previously convicted of manslaughter in the 1996 death of an off-duty police officer in a road rage case was indicted yesterday for terroristic threatening in an alleged Nov. 6 road rage incident.
An Oahu grand jury indicted Gabriel A. Kealoha, 27, yesterday on two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening for the incident, in which he allegedly tried to run over a jogger on Kealaolu Avenue near Kahala Mall.
A 34-year-old man reported to police that he got into an argument with a driver over a traffic incident, a police spokeswoman said. The driver then allegedly attempted to run him over, she said.
In October 1996, Kealoha, then 17,* got into a confrontation with an off-duty police officer, Sgt. Arthur Miller, on the H-1 freeway. Miller was thrown to his death 33 feet from the freeway viaduct.
A bench warrant for Kealoha has been issued. He is scheduled to turn himself in to authorities.
Bail is set at $11,000.
Isle soldier indicted in daughter's death
A Schofield Barracks soldier has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly beating his 5-year-old daughter, Talia Emoni Williams, with his fists and a belt over a five-month period, resulting in her death last July.
Naeem J. Williams, 25, is believed to be the first to be charged under a recently amended federal statute that makes it first-degree murder to kill a child "as part of a pattern or practice of assault or torture" against a child.
Williams allegedly told military investigators he beat her because she kept soiling herself, including twice on July 16, when she died.
He and his wife, Delilah Williams, 21, have been held at the federal detention center since last August.
If convicted, both face life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Police, Fire, Courts
U-turn on stolen mo-ped leads to arrest
Police arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly making an illegal U-turn on a stolen mo-ped in front of officers Tuesday.
Officers noticed the man making the U-turn at Young and Piikoi streets at 2:10 a.m., police said. The officers pulled the suspect over and discovered that the mo-ped had been reported stolen.
Officers also found a glass drug pipe on the man during a pat-down, police said. The man was arrested for investigation of auto theft and drug offenses.
Investigators probe cause of house fire
Fire and police officials were investigating the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a home in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa on the Big Island.
Fire Capt. Alex Almeida reported that the home, at Malama and Pomaikai streets, was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived on the scene at 6:23 p.m. Tuesday.
Neighbors told firefighters that homeowners were on the mainland and that the house had not been occupied for six months. Damage was estimated at $130,000.
Resident in Ulu Ko fire escapes without injury
LIHUE » An early morning fire Tuesday in a home in the Ulu Ko subdivision caused $50,000 in damage, Kauai officials said yesterday.
The occupant, who was at home at the time of the fire, escaped unharmed, officials said.
The fire, which started at about 2 a.m., was under control within 15 minutes, said Battalion Chief Russell Yee, but it took about three hours to completely extinguish it.
"It appeared to have started at ground level, moved up the siding and slowly traveled up to the eaves and into the crawl space below the ceiling," Yee said, forcing firefighters to remove parts of the roof and siding. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Man chases down his own stolen vehicle
Police caught a 23-year-old Makakilo man yesterday allegedly driving a stolen sport utility vehicle in Nanakuli after the owner spotted him driving his SUV and chased him down.
The owner had reported his SUV stolen yesterday morning and called police from his Ewa Beach home.
The owner was driving to work at about 7:18 a.m. when he spotted his stolen 1999 Dodge Durango heading town-bound on Farrington Highway in Nanakuli, police said.
The owner, driving another vehicle, followed the suspect, police said.
The suspect, realizing he was being followed, pulled into a parking lot and fled on foot, police said. Police found the suspect, 23, on Princess Kahanu Avenue and arrested him for auto theft.
Hit-and-run driver breaks man's arm
Honolulu police are looking for a woman who allegedly hit a motorcyclist, stopped, then fled earlier this month.
Police said that at about 11:45 a.m. Feb. 11, the victim had been traveling Koko Head-bound on the H-1 freeway near the Aiea offramp when he was struck by a gold or tan four-door Honda. The victim then fell onto the roadway and was lying on the ground when the woman allegedly got out of her vehicle, approached him but then turned back and drove off.
Afterward, police said a military personnel member stopped and took the victim to the Queen's Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken arm and multiple abrasions.
Investigators describe the suspect as in her 30s to 40s and said her Honda might have damage to the left rear bumper. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Friday, February 24, 2006
» Gabriel Kealoha was 17 when he pushed off-duty police officer Arthur Miller off the airport viaduct to his death during a confrontation in October 1996. A "Courts" item on Page A4 in yesterday's morning edition incorrectly stated that Kealoha was 18 at the time.