Army studying helicopter mishap
The Army is investigating why an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter piloted by soldiers from Schofield Barracks was forced to make a hard landing south of Kirkuk on March 1.
The two pilots were taken to a military treatment facility at Kirkuk. Lt. Col. Mike Donnelly, a 25th Infantry Division spokesman, said "the pilots are in the hospital getting the best care."
The combat aviation brigade "has a remarkable safety record and combat record, and this is directly tied to the training they execute prior to deploying," Donnelly said.
UH regents to vote on chancellor
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents is scheduled to vote next week to approve the selection of a new leader for the UH-Manoa campus.
Virginia S. Hinshaw was chosen by UH President David McClain and a selection committee to become chancellor at the university's flagship campus.
Hinshaw is currently provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California at Davis.
She was one of four finalists who met with faculty and students last month on the Manoa campus.
Hinshaw will replace interim Chancellor Denise Konan, who has been serving since August 2005, after former Chancellor Peter Englert's contract was not renewed.
Hinshaw will also receive a tenured appointment as a professor in the College of Natural Sciences and at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
She is expected to start her new job on July 1 and will be given a five-year contract and housing allowance, according to the agenda for the meeting Thursday and yesterday in Hilo.
The board is also being asked to approve the appointment of Manuel Cabral as interim chancellor of Leeward Community College.
Police, Fire, Courts
Fire damages military housing site
A Navy family of four was temporarily displaced yesterday morning after a kitchen fire at a military housing complex.
At about 8:58 a.m., local and military firefighters responded to a cooking fire on Anderson Avenue in Halsey Terrace, a Navy housing complex. Acting fire spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said the fire was confined to the kitchen and was under control by 9:12 a.m.
There is no damage estimate, but there was smoke damage around the home, Seelig said. There were no injuries. The couple was home and heard their smoke alarm. Seelig said the couple did the right thing in going outside and calling for help, rather than trying to extinguish the fire.
Man is robbed along Kapiolani
Police are looking for someone who allegedly knocked a man unconscious and robbed him as he walked along Kapiolani Boulevard.
A 27-year-old man told police he was attacked from behind at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday and lost consciousness. When he regained consciousness, he learned that his wallet and other belongings were stolen. No description of the suspect was available.
3 men are arrested in nighttime attack
Police arrested three men suspected of robbing another man on a street in Kakaako.
Police said that at about 10:11 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to an assault in progress on Keawe Street. A 34-year-old man told the officers he was robbed.
The suspects, ages 26, 25 and 19, were found nearby and arrested for investigation of second-degree robbery.
Car break-in foiled by nearby police
Police arrested two men who were seen allegedly breaking into a parked car at Kapiolani Boulevard and Piikoi Street.
Police said officers noticed suspicious activity around the car at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday.
One man was seen sitting in the car while the other was acting as a lookout, police said.
As officers approached the car, the men fled on foot but were later caught. Police arrested both of them, ages 24 and 27, for investigation of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
Husband nabbed for alleged choking
Police arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly choking his soon-to-be ex-wife.
They said the woman, 23, is pregnant and recently filed for divorce.
Police said her husband was upset and began choking her at about 8 p.m. Thursday until a bystander intervened.
They later arrested the man for investigation of abuse of a household member.
Man lashes out against 3 officers
Police arrested a 42-year-old man who allegedly spit at two officers and bit a third.
The officers were investigating a report that someone had found stolen property Thursday in Wahiawa, police said. During the investigation the officers found a bag containing money and drugs. The suspect approached the officers and asked if anyone had seen the bag, police said.
The officers tried to get the suspect's name, but he walked away, police said. Officers followed, and the suspect reached into his pants, police said. That was when one officer took him down, police said.
The suspect then allegedly bit the officer who tackled him, and spit on the other two. The officers later learned that the suspect was pulling a glass pipe out of his pocket, police said. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault on a law enforcement officer, drug paraphernalia violations, harassment and promoting dangerous drugs.
Traffic accident kills 1 person
One person died last night in a two-car collision on Farrington Highway near Ulehawa Beach Park in Waianae, police said.
The accident occurred between a pickup truck and a sport utility vehicle at about 8:30 p.m. by Princess Kahanu Avenue, police said.
A 38-year-old man driving one of the vehicles died at the scene and a 40-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy were taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, said an Emergency Medical Serices Department spokesman. The other driver was uninjured, he said.
Sister allegedly beats her brother
Police arrested a 26-year-old woman for allegedly beating her brother with a metal baton.
Police said the two were arguing at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Waipahu when the sister struck her 28-year-old brother in the head with the baton. She was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Victim in fatal shooting is named
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii » Big Island police identified yesterday the victim of a fatal shooting in Waikoloa as Tito Rafol, 38, of Waikoloa.
South Kohala police officers responded to a report of the shooting in an employee parking lot on Waikoloa Beach Drive shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday and found Rafol dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
Lito Mateo, a 53-year-old Waikoloa man, was arrested near the scene and charged with second-degree murder. He was being held at the Kealakehe police cellblock pending further investigation.
A handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered by police.
Rafol and the suspect were co-workers at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort, according to police, who were investigating the motive for the shooting.
Shots were fired during a shift change time in the parking lot used by Marriott employees.
General Manager Rodney Ito declined comment, saying it was a police matter.