School drill to close roads
Portions of Nuuanu Avenue and some side streets will be closed on Wednesday while Kawananakoa Middle School holds an off-campus evacuation drill from 9:30 to 11 a.m. School officials, the city Department of Transportation Services and Honolulu Police Department are conducting the drill. Students and staff will exit and walk mauka to the evacuation site, located on Nuuanu Avenue near Wyllie Street. To minimize inconvenience, motorists are asked to avoid the area and take alternate routes.
Chaminade Board of Regents picks retired admiral as its new chairman
Retired Adm. R.J. "Zap" Zlatoper has been elected chairman of the Chaminade University Board of Regents, according to the university.
Zlatoper has been on the board since 2000 and recently commenced his third term as a board member.
The executive committee of the board accepted the resignation of former Chairman Gary Liebl for health reasons at a meeting on Nov. 28 and at that time confirmed its first vice chairman, Zlatoper, as its new acting chairman. The board then unanimously selected Zlatoper as its new chairman by consent resolution.
"We are pleased that Adm. Zlatoper has accepted the position," said Chaminade University President Sue Wesselkamper in a written release. "He brings with him enthusiasm, a strong commitment to our mission and a wealth of leadership skills."
Zlatoper completed his naval career as commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Liebl, former chairman of QLogic Corp., will continue to serve the university as chairman emeritus and regent.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man suspected in carjacking is charged in home invasion
A 27-year-old Pearl City man who was arrested last week in connection with a carjacking in Waialae was charged over the weekend for a separate offense that happened in Waipahu.
Police charged Christopher G. Gallarde for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and kidnapping Saturday for a Jan. 8 home invasion in Waipahu.
About 8 p.m. on Jan. 8, police said, a 32-year-old man returned home and found Gallarde and another male suspect in his home. Police said the victim confronted the two suspects. One of the two men brandished a handgun before they fled.
Gallarde is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail for the home invasion. In 1998 he was found guilty of several charges, including kidnapping, terroristic threatening, theft and sex assault, criminal records show.
Gallarde and 29-year-old Daniel Collins were arrested Friday in connection with a carjacking, kidnapping and robbery of two men on Tuesday. Collins was charged last night with two counts of kidnapping and robbery in the first degree, police said. His bail was set at $250,000.
Police said one of the two men brandished a handgun and demanded money from three people, two men and a woman, who were pulling up to a friend's house in a Lexus. The suspects drove off with the two men, who were later released.
Woman's belongings tossed over balcony
Police arrested a 39-year-old man after he allegedly threw over a balcony items belonging to a 70-year-old woman that damaged vehicles below on Ward Avenue.
At about 9:35 a.m. Saturday, police said, the suspect entered the victim's residence without permission. Police said he started to throw the victim's belongings over the balcony. The 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal property damage and reckless endangerment.
Crews save 3 visitors struggling in surf
Three tourists who were caught yesterday afternoon in a strong current off the North Shore of Kauai were rescued by emergency crews.
At about 12:15 p.m., rescue specialists, Coast Guard personnel and paramedics responded to help the struggling men, who were about 150 yards off Larson's Beach, Kauai officials said.
Paramedics treated and released one man at the scene. The two other men declined medical treatment, officials said.