Medicare Drug seminar planned
A free informational session on Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center. Sage PLUS and Social Security Administration personnel will make presentations. Medicare recipients who have Part D drug plans are urged to review the new offerings, which may provide better benefits. The deadline to make a switch is Dec. 31. For information or to register for the session, call 847-1322.
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND
Monetary gifts may be sent to:
Good Neighbor Fund
c/o Helping Hands Hawaii
P.O. Box 17780
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-0780
Clothing, household items and gifts can be donated at the Community Clearinghouse, 2100 Nimitz Highway.
You may also participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, in which businesses, employee groups, social clubs, families or individuals can help a specific family.
Call 440-3804 for information about the program or to arrange for pickup of large items.
Hilo Public Library branch manager gets 2006 Public Librarian of the Year award
The Friends of the Library of Hawaii has selected Claudine Fujii
, branch manager of the Hilo Public Library, as the 2006 Public Librarian of the Year.
The Hawaii State Public Library system also presented Excellence in Service Awards to Melissa Jordan of the Kapolei branch; Jennifer Relacion of Princeville; and Sheri Akuna of Makawao, who all received $500 awards for their library branches.
Fujii received a $1,000 cash award for the Hilo library from Borders Books and Music, the corporate sponsor of her award. The Friends group also gave $500 to the Hilo branch.
The Hawaii Joint Police Association has recognized Lt. Henry Barriga as the Kauai Police Department's Top Cop for 2006. The 17-year veteran is currently district and special services team commander at the Waimea sub-station.
In community events, he is the coordinator of KPD's Special Olympics and Ride with Pride programs and has raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics. He coaches wrestling teams and organizes St. Theresa School's carnival. Barriga also makes drug awareness presentations at schools, churches and community meetings.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Crash injuries prove fatal to Big Isle biker, 53
A 53-year-old Captain Cook man died at the Queen's Medical Center from fatal injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash.
At 2:46 a.m. on Dec. 14, police said the man was traveling southbound on Highway 11 on a 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle when he ran off the road and struck a stone wall.
He was not wearing a helmet, police said. The motorcyclist was transported to Kona Community Hospital by fire personnel and later flown to Queen's.
Police said he died Saturday night from his injuries. Positive identification of the man has yet to be released.
Burglar allegedly attacks pair at home
Police arrested an 18-year-old man for allegedly attempting to break into a Salt Lake home and assaulting two people.
About 12:30 a.m. yesterday, police said a 58-year-old man saw the suspect attempt to enter his home located at the 4300 block of Keaka Drive through a window.
The victim armed himself with a stick and attempted to detain the suspect. But police said the suspect grabbed the stick and used it to assault the victim.
A 42-year-old woman tried to step in but the suspect kicked her. Police said she suffered a fractured rib.
The 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree attempted burglary and second-degree assault.
Police said the two victims as well as the suspect were taken to Queen's for treatment.
Woman held in alleged purse theft from auto
Police arrested a 27-year-old Waianae woman for allegedly stealing an expensive bag from a car parked near Makua Cave.
Police said the theft occurred at the cave at 82-1066 Farrington Highway about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The bag, valued at $1,000, belongs to a 22-year-old woman. Also stolen from the victim was a wallet that contained $100 in cash.
Police said the woman possibly received assistance from three suspects, two who were believed to lure visitors into Makua Cave to take photos of them at the site while a third would stand watch at the cave's entrance.
The scheme would allow the fourth suspect to break into the victim's car.
The 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft. Police said she has a prior criminal record involving a felony offense.