Grant to help women's safety
A two-year, $199,999 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women will be used to train campus police and other groups to deal with sex assault, domestic violence and stalking crimes at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It will also be used to develop a program that uses men to train other men on how to prevent and report crimes against women, said Jayne Bopp, project coordinator of the grant recipient, the Manoa Women's Center Program Against Violence to Women.
Police, Fire, Courts
15 rescued from charter fishing boat off Molokini
A Coast Guard boat and another vessel rescued 15 people from a Maui charter fishing boat that sank yesterday near Molokini Crater about two miles off Makena Point on Maui.
"Nobody was seriously injured. It was a pretty safe getaway," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Luke Clayton.
After receiving a distress call from the Kai Anela shortly after noon, the Coast Guard dispatched eight personnel in a 47-foot motorboat and a rescue helicopter.
The Pineapple Express, a vessel in the area, also responded and took on all 15 passengers. A young man who was short of breath and a pregnant woman were then transferred to the Coast Guard boat, and all 15 were taken to Kihei Boat Ramp. No injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard secured a 100-foot zone around the sunken vessel as a navigation hazard. The fishing vessel captain is planning to salvage the boat today, Coast Guard officials said.
The cause of the sinking was under investigation yesterday.
Lihue man, 38, dies in rush-hour accident
WAILUA, Kauai » A 38-year-old Lihue man died in a two-car accident at about 4 p.m. Thursday.
Norvin Alvarado, 38, of Lihue was a passenger in a 2004 Suzuki sport utility vehicle trying to make a left turn onto Kuhio Highway from North Leho Drive, the entrance to Lydgate Park, when the SUV was broadsided by a Garden Isle Disposal garbage truck traveling north.
Alvarado, who was in the back seat, died at the scene. The SUV driver, Pacita Ganiron, 64, of Lihue, was treated at Wilcox Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The only road connecting Lihue to Kapaa was closed for two hours during rush-hour traffic so police could investigate.
It was the 12th traffic fatality on Kauai this year.
Pedestrian on Nimitz is hit and critically hurt
A woman was struck by a vehicle on Nimitz Highway near Ahua Street shortly after 8 p.m. yesterday.
The pedestrian, in her late 40s or early 50s, was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, said Bryan Cheplic, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services spokesman.
"She had some massive trauma to her head and other parts of her body," Cheplic said.
Aiea man, 47, charged with sexual assault
Police charged a 47-year-old Aiea man Thursday with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl from February 2005 to September 2006.
Police arrested Clarence Bontog after the girl told police she had been sexually assaulted.
Bontog is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault, eight counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of third-degree sexual assault. Bail was set at $50,000.
Mililani man charged with assaulting teen
A 38-year-old Mililani man was charged yesterday with allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
James Edward Register Jr. was arrested Thursday morning after the girl reported being sexually assaulted.
Register was charged with 12 counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. Bail was set at $60,000.
3 hurt as car drives off road in Waianae
A 20-year-old Waianae woman was critically injured and two other people were also hurt early yesterday in a one-car crash in Waianae.
Police said a 22-year-old Kapolei woman was driving a 1998 four-door Saturn makai-bound on Waianae Valley Road near Plantation Road at 3:04 a.m. when she lost control of the car, went off the road, hit a utility pole and a chain-link fence, and ended up in the bushes.
The younger woman and a 23-year-old man in the back seat were thrown from the car, police said. All the victims were taken to the Queen's Medical Center. The driver was listed in fair condition, while the man was listed in serious condition. Police said speed was an apparent factor in the crash.
2 men sought after passenger is robbed
Police are looking for two men who robbed another man at gunpoint earlier this week.
Police said a 26-year-old man was a passenger in a car that had just parked in front of a home in Pearl City about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Two men in another car parked behind approached the passenger on foot, police said.
One of the men pulled out a pistol, ordered the passenger out of the car and demanded his valuables, police said. The two men then fled. Police are investigating the case as a first-degree robbery. They did not provide a description of the suspects.