Kids' kimono day set for Nov. 12
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will host an event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 that follows the Japanese custom of dressing children in their best kimonos and bringing them to shrines to ensure a bright future. Kimono dressing is $70 for nonmembers and $56 for members. Photo packages range from $20 to $55. Call 945-7633 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Island's Ibarra is jurist of the year
Third Circuit Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra
was named the 2006 Jurist of the Year by Chief Justice Ronald Moon.
Ibarra's achievements include implementing and presiding over the Big Island's Adult Drug Court Program. He is chairman of the Committee on Probate Rules and Uniform Probate Code and serves on a number of panels.
He also received an Outstanding Volunteer Community Service Award from the West Hawaii Rotary Club.
Moon also honored Terri Gearon of the 2nd Circuit Administrative Services Division on Maui with the Distinguished Service Award, the most prestigious honor under the Judiciary's incentive awards program.
Individual Meritorious Service Awards went to Oahu's 1st Circuit Adult Probation Division Administrator Ronald Hajime and administration staff attorney Lynn Inafuku.
A Group Meritorious Service Award went to 3rd Circuit Drug Court probation officers Pagan Devela, Grayson Hashida, Aolani Mills, Rayson Noguchi, Kimiye Villesca and Jodi Ann Yoshida.
The Spirit of Judiciary award went to Hattie Embernate of the 3rd Circuit and Tracy Ogata of Wahiawa District Court.
Steven Fernandes of the Policy and Planning Department received a certificate of commendation.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Bystanders rescue woman held in car
Bystanders rescued a woman from a getaway car after she had been kidnapped and stabbed by her ex-boyfriend, police said.
The 23-year-old boyfriend forced the woman, 24, into his car after she left her Aiea home at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
As he tried to leave, bystanders blocked his car and tried to get the woman out of it, but the windows were up and the doors locked, police said.
The ex-girlfriend then turned off the ignition, and the man slashed her wrist with a knife, police said. The ex-boyfriend started up the car again and tried to drive away but got hung up on a large tree trunk being used as a road barrier, police said.
The bystanders then pulled the girl out of the car through the window.
The ex-boyfriend fled on foot with the woman's purse, police said.
Officers later found him hiding under a car a few blocks away on Hekaha Street.
The woman was taken to the hospital where it was discovered that she had a puncture wound in her back.
Police arrested the man for investigation of attempted murder, first-degree robbery, kidnapping and violation of temporary restraining order.
Woman chases thief and recovers purse
Police arrested a 28-year-old Kaimuki man who allegedly stole a woman's purse from her car and later crashed into several vehicles while trying to get away.
Police said the 37-year-old woman had just finished shopping at the Keeaumoku Street Wal-Mart at about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday and put her purse on the passenger seat of her car after unloading the merchandise.
As she was returning the shopping cart, she noticed a man walking away from her car, police said.
Then she noticed that her purse was missing. She tried to confront the man, but he drove away, police said. She followed him, and during the pursuit the man ran a stop sign at McCully and Waiola streets and hit several cars, police said.
Police arrested the man for investigation of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. Officers found a glass pipe containing residue resembling methamphetamine in his pants pocket, police said.
He was also arrested on suspicion of drug charges. The woman's purse was recovered.
Man held in alleged case of car ramming
Police arrested a 24-year-old man who allegedly used his car to ram his ex-girlfriend's car while she was driving earlier this month.
Police said the incident happened in Kaneohe at about 7:45 a.m. Oct. 11.
Police found the man on Monday and arrested him for investigation of first-degree property damage and violating a temporary restraining order.