Bystander helps save 4 divers in danger
A 19-year-old Hawaii Kai man helped three Georgia women and their male dive instructor yesterday out of dangerous surf off China Walls in Portlock.
The four were under threat of being thrown against the rocks.
"That guy who jumped in really, really helped," said Ocean Safety Division spokesman Jimmy Barros in a news release.
City Ocean Safety Division and Honolulu Fire Department rescue crews pulled all five from the rough waters, including the women, two 21-year-olds and a 22-year-old, the dive instructor, 25, and the bystander. The divers were treated for minor cuts and scrapes at the scene.
After the dive lesson, the women and the local instructor were unable to get out of the water safely onto the rocky ledge with a 3-foot south swell and an easterly wind swell, officials said.
The bystander jumped in, calmed down the divers and got them out of the surge away from the rocks, the press release said. Other bystanders called 911 for help.
The area is near Spitting Caves, where rescuers searched for 3 1/2 days for Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Ryan Johnson. The search ended Tuesday without recovery of a body.
Palolo fair to offer health information
The Palolo Community Health Fair will offer information and displays on common health problems and prevention March 25 at the Palolo Valley Homes Community Center.
The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 2170 Ahe St. Dr. Seiji Yamada of the Hawaii Health Initiative will be the keynote speaker.
For more information, call Kent Foster or Jocelyn Boquiren at Kapiolani Community College Service Learning at 734-9353, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:
Churches open their doors to offer shelter, hot meals and friendship to homeless families as Hawaii joins the nationwide Family Promise program.
Happy Birthday, Starbulletin.com!
Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of Hawaii's oldest daily online newspaper, Starbulletin.com. (See the Sunday edition for special contests in celebration.)
More isle homeowners turn to remodeling as the hot housing market makes buying new or trading up less affordable.
60 years of service
Easter Seals Hawaii celebrates 60 years of serving children with disabilities. The organization has grown from a nursery school in a Quonset hut to a wide-reaching agency that serves more than 3,000 families yearly in 22 programs throughout the islands.
The Sunday edition will announce two contests in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Starbulletin.com.
Police, Fire, Courts
Woman in traffic crash dies from her injuries
A 78-year-old Kaneohe woman died yesterday morning from injuries sustained in a traffic accident in Kalihi.
Police said the woman was a passenger in a Dodge Aries driven by her 82-year-old husband.
The man was turning left into the Marukai Wholesale Mart entrance at 2310 Kamehameha Highway when his car was struck by a Dodge Stratus. The second car was driven by a 54-year-old Big Island man heading west on Kamehameha Highway, police said.
This was the 17th motor vehicle fatality on Oahu, the identical number of fatalities for the same time period last year.
Man sought in robbery of bank at gunpoint
Police are looking for the man who robbed at gunpoint the Ala Moana branch of American Savings Bank on Tuesday.
Police said the man walked into the bank at about 5:20 p.m. armed with a black handgun and demanded money from a teller. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled down Ala Moana Boulevard, police said.
The man is described as in his 30s, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds and having a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeve dress shirt, dark pants, dark shoes and a white baseball cap.
Anyone with any information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Police need help identifying two men responsible for four robberies involving 7-Eleven stores in the Kalihi area.
2 men rob a fourth Kalihi 7-Eleven store
Police are looking for two men who robbed the 7-Eleven store at North School Street and Kamehameha IV Road early yesterday, the fourth branch robbed in the Kalihi area since Feb. 26.
Police said the men walked into the store at about 2 a.m. and demanded money, with one of them indicating he had a knife. One man forced the clerk to open both cash registers, and he took money and cigarettes while the other man stole beer, police said.
Both men are described as in their late 20s.
Ex-boyfriend allegedly holds woman hostage
Police arrested a 41-year-old man who allegedly held his ex-girlfriend against her will on Wednesday in Waianae.
The woman, 35, said her ex-boyfriend attacked her at about 1:30 a.m. and then kept her from leaving. Police said she escaped 14 hours later, at 3:30 p.m., when she asked him to take her home to get some of her things.
While at home the woman alerted her family, who called police. The ex-boyfriend was found later near Pokai Bay and arrested for investigation of kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening and abuse.
Man, 42, is arrested in threat, kidnapping
Police arrested a 42-year-old man after he allegedly threatened a woman with a knife on Wednesday and then kidnapped her.
Police said the two were arguing in the Makaha area at about 1:30 p.m. when the man assaulted the woman, 48, and threatened her with a knife.
The suspect then allegedly took her by force to another location. Police were called and arrested the suspect at his home on Ala Mahiku Street for investigation of abuse, terroristic threatening and kidnapping.
4 males allegedly take car in Salt Lake
Two men and two teenagers were caught trying to steal a car in Salt Lake on March 8, police said.
Police said a 31-year-old man living on Ala Leleu Street noticed three of the suspects, a 16-year-old boy and two 28-year-old men, pushing a Honda Accord belonging to a 24-year-old woman down the street toward Ala Puumalu Street. The witness ran out of the house after the suspects; as he did, a fourth suspect, a 17-year-old boy who was in the Accord, drove off with the other suspects inside, police said.
Police put out an all-points-bulletin on the stolen Honda, and officers stopped it near Ala Napunani and Ala Aolani. Police arrested all four suspects for investigation of auto theft. One of the suspects also was arrested for investigation of drug offenses.