H-2 Mililani onramp will close for repairs
The H-2 freeway Mililani onramp heading south will be closed tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for repairs.
The state Department of Transportation is warning drivers to allow for extra travel time during the closure.
UH biologist named Scientist of the Year
Marla Berry, University of Hawaii molecular biologist, has been named 2006 Scientist of the Year by the Honolulu Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation.
Cheryl Ernst, ARCS-Honolulu president, said, "Not only is Dr. Berry a pioneer in the investigation of antioxidant enzymes critical to the understanding of a wide range of diseases, she is a gifted instructor whose courses tackle broader issues including ethics in biomedical research, grantsmanship and scientific writing."
Berry is chairwoman of the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She is "an outstanding example of the world-class scientific researchers" attracted to the school, said Interim Dean T. Samuel Shomaker.
Ernst said the award committee was impressed by the number of people Berry has trained, "from undergraduates in ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the sciences to postdoctoral researchers from around the world."
ARCS is a national organization that raises scholarship money for doctoral students in the sciences, health and engineering. The Honolulu chapter also recognizes a UH faculty member annually for contributions to science through research and as a mentor. Berry's award will be presented at the chapter's annual dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Waialae Country Club.
5 Kauai families get flood cleanup funds
The Hawaii Community Foundation's Kauai Island Fund distributed $41,600 to five families directly affected by the Ka Loko Dam breach March 14, the charitable organization announced recently.
The funds, coming from donors across the country, were used to pay for memorial, funeral and recovery expenses, said foundation President and CEO Kelvin Taketa.
"Individuals and corporations here and outside of Hawaii were quick to respond, making $10,000 in contributions to the Kauai Island Fund within the first week of it being established" on March 14, Taketa said.
Questions about the Kauai Island Fund should be directed to HCF's communications officer Kim Vierra in Honolulu at toll-free 888-731-3863. People on Kauai may contact Deborah Rice at 245-4585.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man arrested after alleged sex assault
A 68-year-old man was arrested Saturday in Kaneohe for investigation of kidnapping and sexual assault after a 12-year-old girl identified him as having sexually assaulted her in an apartment complex elevator.
The girl told police that the man grabbed her as she walked on an outside walkway at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, pulled her into an elevator and offered her money for sex. She refused and attempted to escape but was sexually assaulted, police said.
Theft suspects caught in stolen vehicles
Police investigating a burglary arrested two people Wednesday in separate auto theft cases.
Police said a woman called 911 when she saw another woman driving a truck and a man following with a van in the Kahala area at about 5:20 p.m. Police said both vehicles had out-of-state license plates.
The witness said that the man and the woman had been identified as possible suspects in a burglary in Kahala earlier in the week.
Responding officers stopped both suspects and learned that the vehicles they were driving had been reported stolen. Police arrested the man, 32, and woman, 31, for investigation of auto theft.
Woman arrested after rude behavior on bus
Police arrested a 53-year-old woman after she allegedly pushed a city bus driver Wednesday.
The suspect was allegedly swearing at other passengers on a city bus at 3:47 p.m. in the Punahou area. The bus driver then asked the suspect to leave, and she allegedly pushed the driver in response.
Police were called and arrested the suspect for suspicion of interference with a public transit operator.
Girl in foster care reports sex assault
Police are investigating a case involving a man who allegedly sexually assaulted his niece Saturday.
At about 7 p.m. the victim was allegedly assaulted by her uncle, described to be in his 30s, at her mother's apartment in Kalihi.
Police said the victim is under foster care and went to visit her biological mother when the assault occurred. Police noted that the victim's uncle is her mother's brother.
The victim reported the incident to police when she returned home. She was then taken to the Sex Abuse Treatment Center for an examination. No arrest has been made at this time.
Police seek suspect in botched robbery
Police are searching for a man who attempted to rob the Hawaii USA Credit Union at 95-300 Kuahelani Ave. early Saturday afternoon.
The man, wearing a mask, entered the credit union, pointed an air gun at a teller and demanded money, police said. An off-duty police officer attempted to subdue the suspect, but he broke free and fled the bank in a dark green compact car.
Videotape aids arrest after theft of mo-ped
Police said a surveillance camera recorded a 27-year-old stealing a $1,500 mo-ped at about 5:50 a.m. Wednesday in Waikiki. Officers found the man at 2:30 p.m. near 2223 Kalakaua Ave. and arrested him for investigation of second-degree theft.