Queen's sleep center accredited
The Queen's Medical Center's Sleep Disorder Center
has received national accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Roger Yim is medical director of the sleep center, the only one in Hawaii to test patients seven nights a week, according to a news release from Queen's. At the center, patients are monitored and treated to improve sleep from all disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, circadian rhythm disorder, narcolepsy and other conditions.
Tests will smoke out broken pipes in Kaneohe
The city Department of Environmental Services will conduct sewer line smoke tests in Kaneohe to detect any broken pipes.
The test will start today and continue through Friday, and from next Tuesday to Feb. 16.
Areas to be tested include homes near Windward Mall on the Kahuku side of Haiku Road bordered by Kahekili and Kamehameha highways.
The tests are part of an ongoing islandwide effort to prevent rainwater from entering the sewer system.
Smoke used in the tests are nontoxic and harmless. Officials also said the odorless smoke is not a fire hazard and does not pose a health hazard to people or pets.
The smoke test will help officials locate broken pipes, illegal connections, and paths for runoff that enter the sewer lines.
Runoff from heavy rainfall can overwhelm the sewer system and treatment plants, causing spills, officials said in a news release.
The city had conducted previous smoke tests in Enchanted Lake in Kailua, Foster Village and Waimalu.
Free screenings mark American Heart Month
Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii and the American Heart Association will provide free cholesterol screenings and health information at various sites this month in recognition of American Heart Month.
Participants are asked to fast 10 to 12 hours before the screenings, scheduled as follows:
» Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lanihau Center, Kailua-Kona, Big Island
» Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihue, Kauai; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kahala Mall, Honolulu
» Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to noon, Mililani Town Center, Mililani; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Prince Kuhio Plaza, Hilo. For more information, visit www.ClinicalLabs.com.
Humane Society seeks temporary pet homes
The Hawaiian Humane Society is seeking foster care volunteers for animals that need a temporary home.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and the length of care varies. The Humane Society also fosters people's pets through its Pals Program, which provides trained volunteers to assist with short-term pet care for owners who are elderly, temporarily hospitalized, disabled or victims of domestic violence.
For more information or to volunteer, call 356-2217 or apply at www.hawaiianhumane.org and click on "volunteer."
$8 million in grants to help fight tobacco
The Hawaii Community Foundation
awarded $8 million in community-based grants to nonprofit organizations for tobacco-use prevention and cessation services over the next three years.
The recipients are the Kalihi-Palama Health Center, $600,000; Waianae District Comprehensive Health and Hospital Board Inc., $600,000; Kauai Rural Health Association, $300,000; Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, $713,624; Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii, $212,942; American Lung Association of Hawaii, $1,435,142; Salvation Army, Family Intervention Services, $300,000; Boys & Girls Club of Maui Inc., $278,187; Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, $300,000; Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, $284,491; Community Links Hawaii, $300,000; Child and Family Service, $300,000; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, $300,000; University of Hawaii, Office of Research Services, $300,000; Hawaii State Primary Care Association, $525,000; Community Clinic of Maui Inc., $292,200; Maui Economic Opportunity Inc., $300,000; and Maui Youth and Family Services Inc., $524,154.
The nonprofit Malama Kai Foundation on the Big Island, which protects coastal and marine resources, received $25,000 from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation for capacity-building support.
"Shining Stars" runs Mondays through Thursdays.
Police, Fire, Courts
Suspect allegedly wields knife in threatening of pair
Police arrested an 18-year-old man who allegedly threatened two other men with a pocketknife.
Police said the other two men, ages 41 and 52, were detaining the suspect at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday in McCully in connection with a prior argument when the suspect pulled out the knife.
The older men were able to disarm the suspect, police said.
The suspect was arrested for investigation of two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Fake traveler's check leads to forgery bust
Police arrested a 41-year-old man who allegedly tried to use a forged traveler's check to buy merchandise from a Keeaumoku Street store.
Police said the suspect tried to buy the merchandise at about 11:13 p.m. Sunday, but the cashier noticed the check was a counterfeit.
The suspect was then arrested for investigation of two counts of forgery and two counts of attempted second- degree theft.
Four arrested in baseball bat beatings of Nuuanu trio
Police arrested four people, including two minors, for allegedly beating three men with baseball bats last night.
Police said that about 8:50 p.m. yesterday on Kunawai Lane in lower Nuuanu, three men, two of them 19 and the other 21, were assaulted by four people with baseball bats. The incident was regarding some stolen vehicle parts, police said.
Officers arrested two men, ages 18 and 19, and two juvenile boys. Police declined to release the age of the boys. All four were arrested for investigation of second-degree assault.
Trio faces deportation over phony documents
Police arrested three men they described as undocumented workers from Mexico who allegedly tried to use forged U.S. documents and a phony ID to cash checks.
Police said the men, two of them 19 and the other 37, went into a Pearl City bank at about 3 p.m. Saturday.
Bank officials called police after they noticed something wrong when the three tried to cash checks, police said. Officers investigating the men for first-degree forgery then learned that the men were in the country illegally, police said.
Police informed federal officials. The suspects face deportation, police said.
Motorist sought after driving over boy's legs
Police want help in finding the hit-and-run driver who ran over both legs of a 12-year-old boy Friday.
Police said the boy was sitting on the south curb of Roosevelt Avenue when a white compact car veered right and ran over the boy's legs.
The incident happened at about 7:29 a.m. at Roosevelt Avenue west of Lexington Street.
The vehicle is described as a four-door sedan with a "ground effects" kit, possibly with vents on the side, gray front and rear bumpers, a spoiler on the back, dark tint and five-star rims or hubcaps.
Anyone with information about the car or its driver is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.