Isle-based ships prep for Mideast
The Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile destroyers USS O'Kane and USS Paul Hamilton are due to leave the islands this week to accompany the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier to the Middle East. The ships are due to deploy tomorrow to serve with the Stennis strike group, Navy Region Hawaii said yesterday in a news release. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said the ships are being sent to show Iran the four-year war in Iraq has not made America vulnerable.
Roosevelt's Miura wins Pomona scholarship
, a senior at Roosevelt High School, won a four-year scholarship to Pomona College worth more than $160,000 from the national College Match program.
At Pomona, in Claremont McKenna in California, Miura said he plans to study international relations.
He and his parents moved from Japan 10 years ago.
Miura is student government president, founder and president of the Red Cross Club and captain of the varsity soccer team.
College Match matches up talented low-income students with elite colleges, according to a release.
The Leeward YMCA, at the old Oahu Sugar Mill, received $16,000 from Waipahu businesses and residents. Donors included businessman and honorary capital campaign chairman Goro Arakawa, who contributed $5,000.
The Kresge Foundation and the Henry Clark Challenge match of the Honolulu YMCA will match any donation in the amount of $10 to $1,000 made this month. Visit www.ymcahonolulu.org to donate.
Junior Achievement of Hawaii has received $7,500 from the AIG Hawaii Insurance Co. and $2,500 from Central Pacific Bank.
Junior Achievement teaches more than 6,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade about business, economics and the free-enterprise system.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Kahaluu man is arrested in shooting of cabdriver
Police arrested a 25-year-old Kahaluu man yesterday for the July 28 shooting and robbery of a 52-year-old taxicab driver in Pearlridge.
Through their investigation, police learned yesterday that the Ahuimanu Road resident was at Heeia Kea Pier at 46-509 Kamehameha Highway, and arrested him at 12:54 p.m.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree robbery.
Yu Kyo Kim, a driver with The Cab, was shot in the neck July 28 outside the Pearlridge branch of First Hawaiian Bank.
Firefighters battle 30-acre Maui blaze
WAILUKU » Maui firefighters were battling a forest blaze yesterday that had burned about 30 acres of land above the state park at Polipoli in the Kula area.
About 50 percent of the forest fire was contained, but battling it was difficult because there were no roads leading to it, said Neal Bal, county deputy fire chief.
Brothers sought in home invasion
Two brothers, ages 21 and 25, are wanted for questioning in connection with a Jan. 11 home invasion and assault in the Ainaloa subdivision in Puna.
Big Island police said two men entered the home and assaulted a 40-year-old man, who was injured in the attack but did not require immediate medical treatment.
The 21-year-old is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a slim build, brown eyes, short black hair and a fair complexion. The other brother, 25, is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, bald, with a medium build and a tan complexion.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Darren Horio at 961-2385 or the nonemergency police number at 935-3311.
Waipahu family escapes house fire
A family of four escaped a house fire in Waipahu Tuesday night, according to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada. No one was injured.
Fire crews responded to the alarm at 94-539 Kipou St. at 8:58 p.m. and quickly had the fire under control.
The fire started upstairs where a boy between 5 and 10 years old was sleeping, Tejada said. His parents, who were downstairs, smelled the smoke and were able to get him and his younger brother out safely, Tejada said.
2 men kidnapped and robbed in Makiki
Police are looking for two men who kidnapped and robbed two other men in Makiki Monday night.
Police said the victims, ages 25 and 24, were held against their will by two men they did not know around 11 p.m. The suspects took the victims' car and money, police said.
The vehicle is described as a red Suzuki Swift, a subcompact car.
Woman in attempted mo-ped theft arrested
Police arrested a 27-year-old woman who allegedly tried to steal a mo-ped in Waikiki.
About 12:15 p.m. Monday, a 22-year-old woman saw the suspect allegedly trying to punch out the lock of her mo-ped. She called police, who later arrested the woman for investigation of second-degree theft.