Red Cross opens 3 evacuation centers
The American Red Cross has opened evacuation centers on Kauai's north shore.
The centers are at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, Kilauea Neighborhood Center and Waimea Neighborhood Center.
Help for victims of the flood from Ka Loko Reservoir and other disasters may be sent to the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu 96816.
Fund established to aid flood victims
The Hawai'i Community Foundation has established a Kaua'i Island Fund to help people affected by the flood from Ka Loko Reservoir.
"The needs of the people on Kauai impacted by the breach of the Ka Loko Reservoir Dam will be immediate," said President and CEO Kelvin Taketa in a news release. "A Kaua'i Island Fund has been established at the Hawaii Community Foundation as a means for the community here and outside of our state to quickly respond to those needs and their longer-term needs, as well."
People may send donations payable to the Kaua'i Island Fund to the Hawai'i Community Foundation, 1164 Bishop St. Suite 800, Honolulu 96813-2817.
Wal-Mart donates $2,000 in supplies
Wal-Mart Hawaii has donated immediate disaster assistance on Kauai with $2,000 worth of bottled water, cleanup kits, bleach and tarps.
"We're concerned about the residents in these areas and wanted to quickly assist them in their recovery efforts," said Janie Whitehead, Kauai Wal-Mart store manager in a news release. "We hope our efforts will encourage others in the community to step forward and offer assistance, as well."
Akaka praises effort and offers sympathy
U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka yesterday expressed sympathy on the Senate floor for people affected by the collapse of the Ka Loko Reservoir.
"Throughout this adversity, the people of Hawaii have shown the resolve that they are known for in times of crisis," he said in a written statement. "I am proud of my constituents as they help their neighbors and work to restore conditions around their homes, schools, businesses and places of worship. I know that their efforts will bring comfort and solace to those in need."
» Fifth-grader Angie Anderson
of Waipahu won St. Joseph School's first-round competition of the 18th annual National Geographic Bee in January. She will compete on the state level March 31 with other top scorers of a written test.
» Robert Muschany, a teacher of ASSETS High School for the gifted and/or dyslexic, won the regional prize of $15,000 in Best Buy Select's te@ch Program for integrating interactive technology into the curriculum. The store chain also awarded him the $2,500 given to selected teachers in five Hawaii schools, which were among the 1,200 schools in the nation to take part in the $3 million program.
Other teachers who received awards were Carolyn Hiatt of Le Jardin Academy; Tanya Ashimine of Kaiser High; Jeffery Shitaoka of Farrington High; and Stan Mesina of August Ahrens Elementary.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man charged in sex assault on teen
Police charged an Oahu man with sexual assault -- the third to allegedly solicit sex with a teenager on the MySpace.com Web site in a little more than a month.
Matthew Cargill, 29, of Honolulu was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, five counts of third-degree sexual assault, and one count of electronic enticement of a minor.
Cargill turned himself in to police at the department's headquarters Sunday.
Police said the girl, a 15- to 16-year-old Kaimuki High School student, was contacted by the suspect via her MySpace Web site profile. The suspect also had a MySpace profile on which he also presented himself as a teenager, police said.
Police said the two met face to face and consented to sex and went to the girl's home. The girl's mother caught them and called police.
3 men are injured in early morning crash
One man was paralyzed and two others seriously injured in a truck crash at 2:20 a.m. yesterday in Wahiawa.
Police say speed and alcohol contributed to the accident.
Police said the 17-year-old male driver lost control of a white 2002 flatbed Isuzu truck while making a left turn at a high rate of speed on Wilikina Drive from Kamananui Road and crashed into a guardrail.
The driver and two men, ages 23 and 40, all from Mililani, were initially taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, police said.
The right front-seat passenger was later downgraded to critical condition and was reported to be paralyzed, police said. He had been pinned inside and received back and spinal cord injuries, police said.
Police said the driver and center front-seat passenger fled on foot toward McComb Gate at Schofield Barracks, where military police caught and held them until police arrived.
The 17-year-old had been operating the truck without a driver's license, police said. He suffered a broken jaw. The other passenger sustained unspecified injuries, police said.
Alleged machete threat leads to arrest
Police arrested a Waipahu man after he allegedly told his building manager that he was going to "cut him up" Tuesday.
The man, 44, allegedly walked up to the manager, 48, and made the threat at 11:35 a.m. while holding a machete. He was arrested later near 94-249 Waikele Road for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening. Police said the men have had previous encounters.
Son allegedly hits father with lumber
Big Island police charged a man with assaulting his father with a piece of wood over the weekend.
Police said that at about 11:52 p.m. Saturday, Ronald John Ramo Javar, 24, threatened his father and then assaulted him with a piece of lumber at the father's home in Pahala, Kau. The father was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was treated for lacerations and numerous contusions to his body, then later released.
On Monday, Javar was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, second-degree terroristic threatening, violation of a protective order and other offenses. He remains in custody in lieu of $10,250 bail.
Traffic fatality ID'd as Kona woman, 52
Police have identified a 52-year-old Kailua-Kona woman who was killed Monday in a two-vehicle collision in South Kohala as Sandra L. Thompson.
Police said Thompson was driving a 2006 Honda two-door sedan south on Route 190 when she lost control, crossed the center line and collided with a 2000 Suzuki multipurpose vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Police identified the driver of the Suzuki as a 51-year-old Kailua-Kona woman.
Fire rescue crews took both women to North Hawaii Community Hospital. Thompson died at 7:29 p.m. The other woman was listed in satisfactory condition.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, police said.
Investigators said this is the ninth traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared to 10 at the same time last year.