UH fills vice chancellor position
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents approved the appointment of Francisco Hernandez to the newly created position of vice chancellor for students at UH-Manoa. Hernandez, the vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of California, Santa Cruz, starts Aug. 1 under a three-year contract. Wayne Iwaoka, who served as interim vice chancellor for students since the position was established in 2005, will return to a position in the faculty.
UH law school to get environmental law award
The University of Hawaii at Manoa's law school's environmental law program will receive an award from the American Bar Association at the group's convention in Waikiki next month.
The ABA is awarding the program with its award for distinguished achievement in environmental law and policy, according to a university news release.
Associate law professor Denise Antolini, the director of the program, will accept the award.
In the award citation, the ABA noted that the environmental law program "has provided leadership in development of sound environmental law and policy for Hawaii."
In addition to the classroom activities, the program has a community outreach component that helps communities participate in the legal process, offers a Web site with access to environmental laws, and videos to help people and communities participate more effectively in government.
Police, Fire, Courts
2 men are arrested in alleged beating
Police arrested two men Friday night who allegedly followed another man home and beat him after the victim fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
Police said the 22-year-old and 29-year-old man beat the 33-year-old man while he was in his vehicle at Mokiawe Street in Nanakuli.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in an unknown condition.
The two men were arrested for investigation of second-degree assault and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
Man allegedly holds wife against her will
Police arrested a 28-year-old man in Waianae after he allegedly violated a temporary restraining order and held his wife against her will on Friday.
Police said the 25-year-old woman filed a TRO before 3 p.m. Friday. At about 4 p.m., her husband allegedly returned to her residence on Farrington Highway with a knife and refused to let her leave. The woman snuck out of the house and called police after the man fell asleep.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, terroristic threatening and a TRO violation.
Man repeatedly hit in face with coffee mug
Police arrested a 31-year-old man Friday night who allegedly repeatedly hit his friend in the face with a ceramic coffee mug without provocation in June in Waipahu.
Police said the 34-year-old male victim was in his car on Waipahu Street waiting for his friend when the suspect greeted and subsequently struck him.
The suspect was identified in a photo lineup and arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Robbery investigation turns up drug items
A robbery investigation at an airport area hotel shortly before midnight Friday led to the discovery of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Police said when they entered a hotel room at 11:51 p.m., they found a 22-year-old and 29-year-old woman in possession of a clear plastic packet containing a white substance that resembled crystal methamphetamine (ice) and a glass pipe commonly used to ingest drugs.
Police are investigating the two suspects for possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.