Suspect in $100M fraud released on bond
A federal magistrate judge allowed a 33-year-old Honolulu man accused of a $100 million fraud scheme to be released yesterday on a $500,000 bond.
Sayed Qadri was released after a judge agreed to modify the conditions of his release and allowed his family to post a property bond backed by his parents' Virginia home.
Qadri's pregnant wife, Patricia Roszkowski, was allowed to remain free on $100,000 bond, also backed by Qadri's parents' home, according to her attorney, Myles Breiner.
Qadri and his wife were indicted on wire fraud along with two others who allegedly tried to get a man to invest $100 million in their company, which they falsely portrayed as producing a high rate of return. Roszkowski also allegedly made false statements on credit card applications.
Prosecutors alleged the couple lived a lavish lifestyle on investors' money.
Northwestern isles topic of talk
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve's weekly educational talk at 6:30 p.m. today will be "An Overview of the 2006 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Expedition: Benthic Mapping, Maritime Archeology, and Outreach."
Speakers include Joe Chojnacki of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Conservation Program, Hans Van Tilburg of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Maritime Heritage Program and Ellyn Tong of the Hawaii Audubon Society.
Kamehameha Schools literacy PSA and making-of documentary win media awards
(Kapalama campus) public service announcement on literacy and its short documentary on the making of the video have won awards from the 2006 International Student Media Festival.
The student production team included Jeremy Lota, director; Christin Couch and Randel Jim, set design, editors, graphics; Jesse Moniz and Justin Maghamil, directors of photography; Sharisse Akagi, production assistant; Heather Chong, casting; Lyle Brake, Cody Gomes, gaffers; Daniel Kalahele, boom; Alyssa Bergado, documentary host, director and editor; Drew Nakahara and Kaino Chai, directors of photography for documentary; and Garet Sagun, still photography.
Hawaii Student Television video students from Moanalua High also received recognition and distribution outside the state and the endorsement of the National Academy of Television (Emmy Awards).
Speech pathologists Shannon Miyahura-Fraser, Sandra Chong and Lianne Hoshino recently attended the annual schools conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Schools in Phoenix.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man in critical state after Maui house fire
WAILUKU » A 27-year-old man was listed in critical condition yesterday after suffering burns in a house fire in Central Maui.
"The first thing I heard was an explosion," said Mary Mahelona, a neighbor.
Mahelona said the man who lived in the house at 245 Kuualoha St. in Maui Lani suffered, at the very least, burns on his arms and legs. Maui Police Lt. John Jakubczak said the man had burns over about 47 percent of his body.
The man was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center and later flown to Straub Hospital on Oahu.
Jakubczak said an investigation was continuing into the fire's cause. He said the fire did not stem from electrical problems.
Fire officials said the fire was under control 10 minutes after receiving the alarm at 6:38 a.m. yesterday.
The estimated damage to the three-bedroom house was $100,000 to the contents and structure, police said.
Autopsy scheduled for body found in sea
PUAKO, Hawaii » An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found floating in the sea Tuesday near Puako in West Hawaii, police said. The man's identity was withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
Observers said the man had paddled into the bay at Puako Boat Ramp in a kayak and then headed south. The kayak was found washed ashore, and the man's body was nearby.
Victim's death blamed on heart attack
HILO » A Big Island man involved Saturday in a one-vehicle crash in the Ocean View subdivision died of a heart attack, not from crash injuries, Big Island police said.
The man was identified as Martin Knowlton, 68, of Ocean View. Knowlton, a passenger in a pickup truck, was found partially out of the truck after it ran off the Hawaii Belt Road and overturned. The 64-year-old man driving the truck, whose name was not released, was treated at Kau Hospital and released.
Stove blamed in fire at Moiliili apartment
A stove fire caused $115,000 in estimated damage to a Moiliili apartment yesterday, fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said.
The Fire Department received a call at 12:12 p.m. for the fire on the third floor at 2637 Kuilei St.
A woman in her 20s was cooking on the stove when the fire began, Tejada said.
When firefighters arrived, the woman had escaped without injury and had pulled the fire alarm for the building.
Firefighters arrived in five minutes and had the blaze under control at 12:26 p.m.
Damages were estimated at $100,000 to the building and $15,000 to the contents.
The Red Cross is assisting the residents with lodging.
Hauula man charged in assault in Laie
Authorities charged a 27-year-old Hauula man yesterday who allegedly punched and held a man underwater, seriously injuring him, Sunday at a Laie surf spot.
Darren Iese was charged with second-degree attempted murder.
Police said a 19-year-old man was bodysurfing at Pounder's Beach when Iese allegedly went after him and punched him in the face several times, causing serious injuries to his left eyebrow, eyelid and deep cuts to the nerve under the eye orbit.
Iese then allegedly bear-hugged the victim and submerged him for several seconds, police said in a written affidavit. The victim broke free and swam away.