What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:
Of spirits and drums
Themes of the supernatural and the beat of the taiko drum permeate tales to be told next week by storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki. Her performances draw on Japanese folklore and are colored by Japanese court music.
'Sopranos' starts final season
Did you fuhgeddabout "The Sopranos"? The show's been gone so long that many viewers don't remember when they saw it last. But the wait ends Sunday with the debut of the show's final season on HBO.
Light it up
Tom and Penny Ogawa turned a bright idea into Lighting Concepts and Design, a newly opened Honolulu store that features some lamps from as far away as Italy.
Tax exemptions and relaxed membership rules have paved the way for credit unions to become a major threat to banks.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man, 33, charged with sex assault
A 33-year-old man, who allegedly solicited a sexual relationship with a teenage girl on a social-networking Web site, was charged yesterday with six counts of sexual assault.
Kelvin O'Neal Ford was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Ford was arrested Tuesday during an arranged meeting with the 15-year-old Aliamanu girl at the McDonald's restaurant at 4561 Salt Lake Blvd.
The two met online in November when he contacted her through her profile at MySpace.com.
This was the second such case within a month in which a Hawaii man was arrested after allegedly using MySpace.com to contact a teen for sexual purposes.
Boy, 10, arrested for stealing $1.50
Police arrested a 10-year-old boy after he allegedly stole $1.50 from a 9-year-old boy on Wednesday.
The alleged incident happened in the McCully area at about 2:45 p.m. Police said the boy used the threat of force to get money from the other boy. The 10-year-old boy was arrested for investigation of second- degree robbery and released pending an investigation.
'Suspicious' fire damages classroom
WAILUKU » Maui police and fire officials said they are investigating a "suspicious" fire that caused an estimated $4,500 in damage to a classroom at King Kekaulike High School.
The fire was out but still smoldering by the time a custodian discovered it close to 5 a.m. yesterday in a classroom used by special-education students, authorities said.
Police Lt. John Jakubczak said there was forced entry into the classroom and that the fire started from multiple sources.
Man is arrested in threat with knives
Police arrested a 48-year-old man Wednesday after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend with knives and assaulted her.
The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. at the couple's Makaha home. The man allegedly grabbed two kitchen knives and threatened to kill his girlfriend, 45. The suspect placed the knives on the floor and physically assaulted the woman, according to police.
The woman ran from the apartment and called police, who arrested the man for investigation of terroristic threatening and abuse of a household member.
2 teens nabbed in auto theft ring
Police arrested two 16-year-old boys Wednesday in connection with multiple auto thefts in the Pearl City area last year.
Auto theft detectives said the suspects were the last of a ring of teenagers who targeted and stole Hondas and Acuras in the Pearl City-Aiea area last year. Police said there were about seven to eight teenagers identified in the auto theft ring who stole about 25 cars to go joy riding.
Police said these latest suspects were said to have stolen five vehicles between the two of them on Nov. 4.