New fire headquarters hosts first ceremony
The Honolulu Fire Department will hold its first formal ceremony at its new Kakaako headquarters today to recognize several officials promoted within the department.
The promotional ceremony was to be held this morning in the headquarters' auditorium, to acknowledge two newly promoted assistant chiefs and two newly promoted battalion chiefs.
Assistant Chief Manuel Neves was assigned to fire support services and will oversee training, fire prevention and fire communication activities.
Assistant Chief Thomas Perkins will be assigned to administrative services, overseeing the department's business operations.
Emmit Kane, former spokesman and HFD captain, was promoted to battalion chief and assigned to administrative services to assist Perkins in overseeing business operations.
Battalion Chief Edward Hunter was assigned to the training and research bureau and will oversee training facilities and programs.
College events explore women's contributions
Windward Community College will present a series of programs on the contributions and experiences of women next month in observance of National Women's History Month.
Presentations in Akoakoa 105 are open to the public.
» Wednesday, 12:40 p.m.: Kathy Ferguson, University of Hawaii women's studies professor, will discuss early 20th-century feminist and anarchist Emma Goldman.
» Next Monday, 12:40 p.m.: "Iron Jawed Angels," a dramatization of the women's suffrage movement starring Hilary Swank and Frances O'Connor, will be shown.
» March 7, 7 p.m.: A documentary film on Princess Ruth Keelikolani will be shown, and a discussion will be led by Craig Howes of the Center for Biographical Research.
» March 9, 12:40 p.m.: Capt. Debbie Eleneki, the first female fire captain in the Honolulu Fire Department, will speak about her experiences in the male-dominated field.
» March 15, 12:40 p.m.: An audience discussion will follow the film "Dream Worlds II: Desire, Sex and Power in Music Video."
» March 16, 12:40 p.m. in the Paliku Theatre: KGMB news anchor Kim Gennaula will talk about her experiences.
» March 23, 12:40 p.m.: Nancie Caraway, director of the Women's Human Rights Project, will talk about global human trafficking.
Police, Fire, Courts
Air search set for Big Island man
BIG ISLAND » Firefighters were to search by air today for a 79-year-old man who was reported missing Thursday in Pahoa.
They decided not to continue their ground search into a fourth day.
The Waiakea Kai man was last seen at about 11 a.m. Thursday off the 137 Highway. Family members, about 20 of whom helped in yesterday's search, speculated he might have fallen off a steep incline into the water.
Waiakea Fire Capt. Ted Van Gelder said crews used helicopters to search a 22-mile stretch of the coastline along the Hilo Coast from Halepe to Kaimu. Firefighters also searched a nearby forested area.
Yesterday's search was suspended at 4:16 p.m.
Man held in alleged assault on HPD officer
A police officer needed stitches to his lip yesterday after being punched while trying to break up an argument at a Kailua home.
An 18-year-old man was arrested, while a 39-year-old man fled on foot.
At about 1:20 a.m., police officers were called to 1121 Kupau St. after neighbors reported a loud argument at the home. When they arrived, a 39-year-old man told them to stay off the property.
Police said the suspect threw two flowerpots, striking one of the police officers on the top of his head. The suspect then punched the same police officer in the mouth. The 18-year-old man then allegedly punched the officer twice on the left side of his head.
Police arrested the 18-year-old for first-degree assault against a police officer. The injured officer was taken to the Castle Medical Center with cuts to his head and lip. He was later released.
No foul play suspected with man found dead
A 36-year-old man was found dead in a vehicle at Kailua Beach Park late Saturday, but police do not believe foul play was involved.
At about 11:20 p.m., police discovered the man in the back seat of the vehicle, which was parked at the beach park during a concert.
Police said the man had been drinking.
Officers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man before he was taken to Castle Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The case has been classified as an unattended death.
Pedestrian fatality ID'd as Ewa Beach man, 68
The city Department of the Medical Examiner identified the man who was struck by a vehicle Saturday in Ewa as Sabino G. Corpuz, 68, of Ewa Beach.
Police said Corpuz was crossing Fort Weaver Road near Renton Road when a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a 32-year-old Waipahu man traveling south on Fort Weaver Road struck him.
Speed is believed to be a factor, police said. Corpuz was suspected to have been crossing the street outside of the crosswalk.
Corpuz suffered multiple head and bodily injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Coast Guard rescues man on disabled boat
The Coast Guard rescued a man stranded on his 29-foot sailing vessel yesterday after its mast broke.
At 9 a.m., Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael De Nyse said, a distress call was received from a Maui man aboard the boat Getaway, located about 35 miles off Kaena Point.
A C-130 plane, 47-foot lifeboat and HH-65 helicopter responded. De Nyse said the man was airlifted to Barbers Point. There were no injuries, De Nyse said.
Jack is used to extract toddler under vehicle
A toddler was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in guarded condition yesterday after a vehicle rolled over him on the Leeward Coast.
The incident occurred at about 12:16 p.m. at 87-859 Farrington Highway.
According to Emergency Medical Services District Chief Wayne Kruse, people at the scene used a car jack to lift the vehicle off the 2-year-old boy.
Arson is suspected in fire at vacant house
Firefighters responded yesterday to a fire believed to have been intentionally set at a vacant house in Makaha.
The blaze occurred at a single-family wooden dwelling, Unit A at 84-1006 Lahilahi St., at 6:58 a.m. Firefighters had the blaze under control at 7:08 a.m., said Capt. Kenison Tejada, spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department.
Investigators found three points of ignition at the vacant home, Tejada said.
Damage is estimated at $75,000.
Nuuanu man, 62, ID'd in fatal kayak mishap
The city Department of the Medical Examiner identified a 62-year-old man who died Wednesday in a kayaking accident in a stream off Nuuanu Pali Drive as Thomas J. Dallinger of Nuuanu-Kalihi.
An autopsy performed Friday on Dallinger determined that he died of asphyxia due to drowning.
Police arrest man, 40, in 2 armed robberies
Police arrested a 40-year-old man Friday after he allegedly robbed two Kalihi businesses by gunpoint this month.
The two businesses are KJ & J store at 1247 Gulick Ave., robbed on Feb. 14, and C S Mart at 1658 Liliha St., robbed on Feb. 17.
Police said that in both cases the suspect brandished a handgun, demanded money and fled in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The man was arrested for first-degree robbery.