$11.5M helps fix flooded roads
The federal government will give the state more than $11.5 million to fix roads damaged in the March floods, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye announced yesterday.
Most of the funding will go to the state for the work done to repair Kuhio Highway on Kauai, damaged in the March 14 Ka Loko dam breach. Repair for other roads on Oahu also is covered by the federal funding.
Fair offers citizenship assistance
A citizenship fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu.
The event, hosted by U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, will include free legal assistance with naturalization applications, health and wellness activities, and social service information. It is free and open to the public.
Attorneys volunteering for the event will assist attendees with preparing naturalization documents at the event, according to a press release. The appointments are limited to the first 30 qualified applicants; pre-registration is required by Aug. 11.
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Executive Women award scholarships
The Honolulu Chapter of Executive Women International
awarded its 2006 scholarships to these Oahu high school juniors pursuing a four-year college degree in any field of study: Andrew Jordan L. Gines
of Saint Louis School, first place, $5,000; Carolyn Pearce
of Mid-Pacific Institute, second, $3,000; and Hilary K. Nakasone
of Leilehua High School, third, $2,000. Finalists, who were awarded $1,000 each, included Sarah Swanson
of Saint Andrew's Priory; Tierney H. Morikawa
of Punahou School; and Lisa Fong
of Sacred Hearts Academy. The 2006 Lynette Tamaye Notebook award of $500 was given to Kayla Ramiscal.
Junior Achievement of Hawaii Inc. awarded $1,000 scholarships to Jennifer Zheng and Aimi Mizutani, recent graduates of Waiakea High School in Hilo. The awards were funded by the Angela Perez Baraquio Foundation and We the Women of Hawaii.
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Police, Fire, Courts
Police seek robber of auto parts shop
Police are looking for a man in his 20s who robbed the Checker Auto Parts store in Nanakuli on Thursday night.
They said the man entered the store at about 7:50 p.m. and asked the cashier for some change. When the cashier opened the register, the man demanded money, wielding a black handgun, police said.
He fled on foot with the cash and headed toward the Tesoro gas station on Farrington Highway, police said.
The suspect was described as 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with a tan complexion and wearing a camouflage jacket, blue denim pants, a black baseball cap and sunglasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Teen claims assault by online acquaintance
Police charged a 25-year-old man with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl whom he allegedly met on the popular Web site myspace.com.
Kalani Trujillo of Salt Lake was charged with one count each of first- and third-degree sexual assault, as well as having an unregistered firearm, which police found Friday during a search of his residence.
The alleged assault took place at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Kalihi area. Police were notified after the victim told an acquaintance she had been sexually assaulted.
Trujillo was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Ex-boyfriend arrested in theft of jewelry
Police arrested a man who allegedly robbed his ex-girlfriend of jewelry Sunday night.
Police said the man, 33, was arguing with the woman, 25, along Beretania Street at about 6:30 p.m. when he stole jewelry the woman was wearing.
Police said the man tried to run away but was eventually found and arrested for investigation of second-degree robbery, abuse and drug offenses for narcotics that officers found on him.
Boy, 15, is charged in attack on parents
A 15-year-old boy was charged in Family Court in the attempted murder of his mother and stepfather over the weekend.
The boy allegedly attacked his parents with a sharp object at 12:18 a.m. Saturday near Peterson Court in the Navy housing area near Honolulu Airport.
The 27-year-old stepfather and 31-year-old mother each suffered numerous puncture wounds and were taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, but have since been upgraded and are expected to live, according to police.
Police said a neighbor reported seeing the boy standing over his stepfather in a threatening posture and that he ran away after the neighbor challenged him. The teen was caught several blocks away and taken to Queen's for cuts to his fingers. He has since been charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree attempted murder.
Man, 35, is arrested in assault on girlfriend
Police arrested a man who allegedly cut his girlfriend with a bottle opener Sunday.
The man, 35, and woman, 42, were arguing in a Waikiki hotel room at about 5 p.m. when he allegedly cut her with the bottle opener, causing a 4-inch laceration.
The victim left the hotel and drove to Pearl City, where she reported the incident to police. The suspect was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault.