4 Honolulu police officers receive promotions at HPD
Honolulu Police Chief Boisse Correa announced the following promotions in a ceremony yesterday, effective Sunday:
Maj. Delbert Tatsuyama was promoted to assistant chief of the Administrative Bureau. He will oversee the Human Resources Division, Finance Division, Training Division, Peer Support Unit and Labor Relations.
Capt. Gregory Lefcourt, executive officer of District 4 in Kaneohe, was promoted to District 7 (East Honolulu) major. The 30-year veteran is a University of Hawaii-West Oahu lecturer in law enforcement.
He replaces Maj. Mark Nakagawa, who will transfer to the Finance Division.
Lt. Nyle Dolera, a 22-year veteran now assigned to Internal Affairs, will replace Lefcourt as District 4 captain.
Neighborhood board seats open
Oahu neighborhood board elections are in March, and informational meetings on how to run will be held Saturday. The two-year terms begin in June for 444 seats on the 32 neighborhood boards. Two sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., one at Kapolei Hale on Uluohia Street and the other at the Honolulu Hale annex conference room. Board members and commission staff will answer any questions from possible candidates. Deadline to apply is Tuesday. Call 527-5749 or visit www.honolulu.gov/nco
Moanalua High wins support for tobacco-free activities
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
contributed $5,000 to the American Lung Association of Hawaii's
support of tobacco-free activities for Moanalua High School's Peer Education Program. The students participate in the Teens Against Tobacco use program, learning about the dangers of tobacco and how to be advocates against smoking.
The G.N. Wilcox Trust awarded $8,000 to the lung association for its Open Airways for Schools program for Kauai students with asthma, ages 8 to 11. Kauai County has the highest prevalence of asthma in the state.
The Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation awarded $12,500 to the lung association for the Open Airways for Schools and Asthma 101 programs. The McInerny Foundation gave $12,000 to the Open Airways program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu's board of directors installed Ruth Ann Becker of Becker Communications as its chairwoman; Stephanie Tom, Finance Enterprises Ltd., vice chairwoman; Lee Erwin, Erwin Cabrinha & Au LLP.CPA, treasurer; Harvey Rackmil, HONBLUE Inc., secretary. Directors include Ken Becker, Neill Char, Dennis Francis, Corianne Lau, Richard Lau, Katherine Louie, Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, Raymond Noh, P. David Quandt, Justin Romig and Ronald Wright.
» The USS Missouri Memorial Association received a $2,500 donation from the Lockheed Martin Corp. for the continuing refurbishment and operation of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
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Ocean incidents kill 2 in Maui County
WAILUKU » Two visitors died in two days this week in water-related incidents in Maui County.
Brett McPherson, 47, of Billings, Mont., died while swimming in the ocean about 200 yards offshore at Kaanapali.
McPherson was following his children toward shore at about 2:47 p.m. Sunday when his wife noticed he was struggling in the water.
"He was having difficulty out there," police Capt. Charles Hirata said.
McPherson was taken by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:29 p.m.
Authorities said a 40-year-old San Jose, Calif., man died Monday afternoon while on a snorkeling tour off Palaoa Point on Lanai.
Hirata said there are about 30 water-related visitor deaths a year in Maui County.
Victim of taxi crash ID'd as local resident
The 73-year-old woman who died Sunday after she was hit by a taxicab while sitting at a bus stop on Kalakaua Avenue was identified by the Department of the Medical Examiner at Kinue Y. Rosenberg of Waikiki.
Police said the cabdriver, 52, was makai-bound on Kalakaua near Makaloa Street when he lost consciousness and went off the roadway before striking Rosenberg.
She was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where she later died.
Pedestrian hit by car succumbs to injuries
A 69-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a car last month on Captain Cook Avenue on Punchbowl Crater recently died at the Queen's Medical Center.
He was identified as Duc Dung Ly of Punchbowl. He suffered head injuries when he was struck by a Mazda at about 10:25 a.m. Dec. 14, according to the Department of the Medical Examiner.
He had just finished crossing the H-1 freeway on a pedestrian overpass. He died on Jan. 2.
Stolen-car suspect drags, injures officer
A police officer directing traffic in Waikiki was dragged by a man driving a stolen car yesterday.
Police said the officer was directing traffic on Lemon Road when he stopped a car for a violation at about 6 p.m. yesterday.
The officer did a check and discovered the car was stolen, police said. As he tried to apprehend the suspect with his arm inside the car, the suspect drove off, dragging the officer about 100 feet, police said.
The officer freed himself and received minor injuries to his body, elbow, hand and shoulder.
The suspect struck a couple of police cars and civilian cars, causing minor damage to all of them, police said.
The man, known to frequent the Waikiki area and having been arrested multiple times for various criminal acts, fled in the late-model silver, four-door Toyota Corolla, police said.
The suspect, a local man in his 20s, was last seen driving down Ala Wai Boulevard, police said.
Police had contra-flowed traffic on Lemon Road after a 35-year-old Pennsylvania man jumped from the 33rd floor of the Waikiki Beach Marriott onto the hotel driveway on Paoakalani Avenue.