KCC offers study in south of France
University of Hawaii students and graduating high school seniors who are 18 and older can study in southern France this summer through a program at Kapiolani Community College.
The Cultural Experiences Abroad one-month program in July in Aix-en-Provence, France, includes an intensive French-language course for beginning and intermediate students, excursions, cultural and social activities, and a KCC cuisine activity with a French chef, according to a UH news release.
Students will earn six to eight credits studying French. Housing is provided in an apartment or in a family home-stay setting. Students will be accompanied and tutored by KCC faculty.
To participate in the program, students must have completed high school, be accepted into one of the University of Hawaii's 10 campuses and have a current minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Program dates are June 28 to July 29, with a tentative departure date from Honolulu of June 26.
The cost of the program is about $3,650 plus air fare.
The deadline to apply for the program is March 10. For more information, contact Renee Arnold at 734-9704 or go to www.kcc.hawaii.edu/page/studyinfrance.
Red Cross to start 'Hats Off' fund drive
The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross will kick off its third annual "Hats Off" Event in celebration of National Red Cross Month from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the corner of Bishop and King streets.
The Red Cross Second Annual Jan Ken Po contest with business professionals will be held shortly after noon at Tamarind Park.
Booths in the area will raise proceeds for the local Red Cross with Times Supermarket steak plates, Jamba Juice smoothies, Starbucks frappuccinos, baked goods made by attorneys, massages and balloon works.
On Saturday, off-duty police officers, firefighters, civil defense, military and other volunteers will "take their hats off" in a salute to the American Red Cross.
They will ask the public for donations in their hats at various locations throughout the state.
Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the Hawaii State Chapter, said in a news release: "Every year, we respond to an average of 140 disasters -- one every two to three days -- providing emergency assistance and support to those who have lost everything.
"We are not a government agency and rely on donations from the people of Hawaii to provide these critical services to the public."
All money collected in the "Hats Off" event will be used to support Red Cross services for Hawaii residents, Matayoshi said.
» The Mediation Center of the Pacific 2006 board of directors: Piia Aarma, Ann Botticelli, Oahu Family Court Judge Michael Broderick, Robert Lee-Driscoll, Stephanie T. Horio, Charles Hurd, Warren Haight, Susan Lampe, Dee Dee Letts, Bruce McEwan, Alexander "Alika" McGuire, Peter Nakagawa, Steven Nakashima, Mel Soong, Jeff Swartz and Ruth Tschumy.
» Catholic Charities Hawai'i officers: Roger Wall, chairman; Rix Maurer III, chairman-elect and treasurer; Marianita Lopez, vice chairwoman; and Christopher Dang, secretary.
» Japanese Cultural Center board of directors: Dean K. Hirata, chairman; and directors Eric Martinson, Colbert M. Matsumoto, Sanford Murata, Brian Nishida, Miki Okumura, Raymond Ono, Susan Yamada Scott, Sherman Shiraishi, Yuki Lei Sugimura, Alan Tomonari, Ronald Ushijima, Wayne K. Kamitaki, Lee Moriwaki and Wayne Muraoka.
» Catholic Charities Hawai'i has presented Partners in Mission Awards to St. John Vianney and the Notre Dame Club of Hawai'i for providing services to Catholic Charities programs and initiatives. The 2006 'Ulu Award was given to Jim Walsh, a longtime Catholic Charities board member who led several service projects, recognizing his accomplishments and contributions to Catholic Charities.
» The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross and Central Pacific Bank have picked Dennis Michael Geary as the Red Cross True Blue Hero for February. A lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross, Geary saw an accident on the Big Island and administered aid to a child who suffered a big cut on the forehead until emergency help arrived.
"Taking Notice" also runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Police, Fire, Courts
Fight over shoplifting leads to arrest
Police arrested a 31-year-old man after he allegedly tried to steal $3 worth of food and then got into a fight with store security guards in Nanakuli.
The incident took place about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at 87-2070 Farrington Highway. Police said the suspect tried to escape with stolen merchandise but was stopped by store security officers, whom he physically assaulted.
He was later arrested for investigation of second-degree robbery.
Man, 59, arrested in sex assault of child
Police arrested a 59-year-old man after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 5-year-old earlier this week.
Police said the incident took place Monday between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. in the Honolulu area. The suspect was arrested later that night for investigation of one count each of first- and third-degree sexual assault.
Fight over card game leads to man's arrest
Police arrested a 19-year-old man after he allegedly threatened his sister with a knife early yesterday.
Police said the brother and the sister, 23, had gotten into an argument over a card game at a Pensacola Street residence. Then, at about 1:45 a.m., the brother stood over his sister as she lay on the floor; he grunted and held a knife over his head, police said.
The sister felt threatened by her brother's actions and called police.
The suspect was later arrested for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Missing Japanese visitor found at UH
University of Hawaii security found a 22-year-old Japanese woman who was reported missing earlier this month.
Police said Kanako Hibino might have been with Eldon Cox, 45, who is wanted on outstanding warrants.
Hibino and Cox were spotted just before 8 a.m. yesterday in the Hale Manoa dormitory television lounge by someone who recognized them from the CrimeStoppers news bulletins.
Police had said Hibino was reported missing by friends of her parents after she failed to return to Japan on a scheduled flight.
Police were concerned about Hibino because she was last seen with Cox, who has four outstanding warrants for his arrest. Police and UH security officials said Cox is known as a con man who allegedly takes advantage of Asian women.
Cox ran away from UH security guards when they asked for his identification.
UH security chased Cox until he crossed a stream behind the dormitory and ran up a hillside. Police said Hibino was unharmed.
Visitor resuscitated with park defibrillator
HILO » Two visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, both doctors, plus rangers using a portable defibrillator, saved the life of an 80-year-old man suffering a heart attack Sunday, the park announced yesterday.
The Richmond, Va., man, whose name was not released, had just left Thurston Lava Tube when he collapsed, the park said.
The doctors began cardiopulmonary resuscitation immediately, and three rangers arrived with the $2,000 defibrillator within minutes.
In July 2002, rangers saved the life of a 67-year-old California man using a defibrillator.
Suspect facing more counts of sex assault
An Oahu grand jury has re-indicted a 30-year-old man, allegedly found in the bed of a 14-year-old Waialae boy by his stepfather, adding four more first-degree sexual assault charges and upgrading an electronic enticement charge.
Joseph Colasacco was indicted yesterday on five counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of third-degree sexual assault, four counts of promoting pornography for minors and three counts of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.
He reportedly met the boy on the Internet site MySpace.com and met in person at specified locations, allegedly committing first-degree electronic enticement of a child.
Colasacco was a civilian employee on a military installation, said Jim Fulton, the city prosecutor's spokesman.
The indictment said he allegedly performed various sexual acts on the boy on Jan. 30 and Feb. 8.
In addition to the four new sexual assault charges, the second-degree electronic enticement of a child charge in the Feb. 16 indictment was raised to a first-degree charge in the latest indictment.
On Feb. 12, police were called to the boy's Waialae home, where his father caught Colasacco in the boy's bed pretending to be asleep, a police affidavit said.
Colasacco posted $200,000 bail and was released Feb. 17. A jury trial is set for April 24.
Grand jury indicts man in dog-killing case
A Wahiawa man who allegedly shot and killed his tenant's dog with a rifle was indicted yesterday by an Oahu grand jury.
Kenneth Hood was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary; carrying, using or threatening to use a firearm in the commission of a felony; possession of a prohibited firearm; and cruelty to animals.
Hood killed a dog in violation of the cruelty-to-animals statute, the indictment alleges.
On Jan. 29, Hood entered the home of Jenna Day at 1760 Nakula St. in Wahiawa and using a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches long, a prohibited firearm, allegedly shot and killed her dog Boo Boo.
The pit bull terrier's body was found wrapped in a blanket and stuffed inside a garbage can.
Hood confessed to a neighbor that he broke into Day's apartment Jan. 29, then shot and killed the dog.
Police said Day had left the dog locked inside the apartment, and it appeared the front door had been forced open.
Hood had been bitten by the dog earlier that day but was not seriously injured and refused treatment, police said.