View Martian landscape in 3-D
University of Hawaii planetary scientist Peter Mouginis-Mark will give a free lecture on "Viewing the Third Dimension on Mars with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Room 544, Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building, 1680 East-West Road. The Hawaii Space Lecture Series is sponsored by the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, Hawaii Space Grant College, Apollo Society and Hawaii Space Society. For information, call 956-3132.
Public input sought on Kapolei court complex
The state Judiciary wants public input on its plans for the new courthouse complex in Kapolei at a public session on Nov. 27.
The Kapolei Court Complex, which will include a new Juvenile Detention Facility, is expected to help relieve overcrowding at existing Oahu courthouses and provide judicial services for the Ewa region.
The meeting is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Supreme Court conference room on the second floor of Ali'iolani Hale, 417 S. King St. in downtown Honolulu.
The public can access the proposed plans for the complex online in the Special Projects Section of the Judiciary Web site at www.courts.state.hi.us.
Written comments may be submitted at any time using the online feedback form or sent to the Office of the Administrative Director of the Courts, Attn: Public Affairs Office, 417 S. King St., Room 206C, Honolulu, HI, 96813-2902. Or e-mail the Public Affairs Office at email@example.com.
Army Guard to fly provisions to Maui
WAILUKU » The Army National Guard is planning to fly in provisions by helicopter to isolated Kipahulu and Kaupo residents in east Maui sometime between today and Tuesday, said Gen Iinuma, head of the Civil Defense on the Valley Isle.
Iinuma said provisions will include food and fuel to some 300 Kipahulu and 40 Kaupo residents.
Vehicular traffic and transport has been limited and very dangerous due to a damaged Paihi Bridge between Kipahulu and Hana Town and potential landslides on the back road near the Manawainui area near Kaupo, following two earthquakes and torrential rains in mid-October.
Iinuma said the airlift of provisions is a result of a joint effort among county, state and federal agencies.
He said there were a few buildings on Maui that had been damaged from the earthquakes, but that most of the damage was minor.
DLNR's Quinn named state's top manager
, state parks administrator with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, was named the state's top Manager of the Year by Gov. Linda Lingle.
Charles Nelson, agricultural equipment development working supervisor with the University of Hawaii, was named Employee of the Year; and the Case Management Unit 4 Team with the Department of Health was named Department Team of the Year.
Under Quinn, the DLNR implemented a multi-year capital improvement program, the first major renovation in more than 40 years.
Nelson designed and built many devices to help with projects at the UH. He produced disinfestation machines that help plant growers combat invasive pests, and biological wastewater treatment systems at the UH livestock farm and at Oahu's commercial dairy.
Unit 4 case managers provided support to 350 people with mental health illness and/or developmental disabilities.
The 7th annual Niketown 5K Run Oct. 1 in Waikiki raised $120,000 for physical education and athletic programs at Oahu schools.
Some 8,000 runners participated in the event.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Bones uncovered along Kaaawa road after rains
Police said yesterday's heavy rains washed away a portion of the shoulder of Kamehameha Highway and exposed a human skull and rib bones.
Beach-goers in Kaaawa found about 1 p.m. what appeared to be human remains and called police.
Police notified the Department of Land and Natural Resources, which recovered the bones to determine if they are ancient and further excavation will be done today, police said.
The bones were discovered on the beach area fronting 51-145 Kamehameha Highway, police said.
Bystanders catch man after purse snatching
Several good Samaritans came to the rescue of a woman whose purse was stolen in Waikiki on Tuesday night.
Police said a 29-year-old man stole the purse from a 23-year-old woman about 9 p.m.
Bystanders came to the woman's rescue and held the man until officers arrived, police said. Further details were not available.
The man was arrested for investigation of second-degree theft.
Woman's eyes injured in assault with bleach
Police arrested a 51-year-old man who allegedly threw bleach in a woman's face last month.
Police said the man approached a 28-year-old woman about 9:30 p.m. in a Waikiki parking lot on Oct. 13. The man threw the bleach in her face, causing her eyes to burn and temporary blindness, police said. Police found the man Tuesday afternoon and arrested him for investigation of second-degree assault. He was later released pending investigation.
Nebraska woman among 20 arrested
WAILUKU » A 25-year-old woman dressed in a police officer's costume was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment during Halloween in west Maui on Tuesday night.
Casey Palermo of Omaha, Neb., was one of some 20 adults arrested, as an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people celebrated Halloween in Lahaina.
"She was yelling and screaming. ... She threw a pen at police," said police Capt. Charles Hirata.
Hirata said the number of arrests were about the same as last year's annual event and there were no major crimes committed during the festivities.
Man arrested in girl's sex assault
Kona detectives have arrested a 25-year-old man wanted for questioning in an alleged sexual assault of a juvenile female in Kau.
The man turned himself in to police early Saturday morning. He has been released without charges pending further investigation, according to police.
Car argument leads to gasoline attack
Police charged a 46-year-old man who allegedly squirted gasoline on two other men and threatened to ignite it last month.
According to a court affidavit, Craig Chalmers and Ezekiel Beasley were walking to a car near 2629 Date St. about 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19. They noticed James Graffis walking toward them, yelling at Chalmers, the affidavit said.
Graffis claimed Chalmers owed him $400 for outstanding parking tickets on a vehicle he had purchased. Chalmers told Graffis he would pay the fines the next day and tried to get Graffis to calm down, the document said.
Graffis left in a white van as a another man, Pooya Motlagh, showed up. Graffis then stopped his van in the middle of the street, got out and approached all three men, the document said. He then squirted gasoline at Chalmers from a water-bottle-type container.
The gasoline hit Chalmers in the eyes, causing them to burn, the document said. Graffis squirted Chalmers a second time, held out a lighter and threatened to burn him and then stab him, the document said.
Beasley and Motlagh tried to intervene and Graffis squirted gasoline at Motlagh, the document said. Graffis then fled in the van.
Officers arrested Graffis on Tuesday and charged him with two counts of terroristic threatening in the first degree. Bail was set at $30,000.