HPU wins national cheer titles
The Hawaii Pacific University cheerleading squad yesterday won its fifth straight national title at the National Cheerleaders Association Chick-fil-A Collegiate Championships, HPU announced in a news release.
The HPU Co-ed Cheer Team won the event held in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The school's Small Co-ed Team, with a maximum of four, clinched its third national title while the All-Girl Stunt Group placed second. The HPU Dance Teams also won a national title.
The competition, the largest of its kind, drew teams from across the country as well as Mexico, Japan and Canada.
Court seeks advocates for kids
The Family Court of the First Judicial Circuit is seeking Guardians Ad Litem for abused children. The five-week training sessions start April 21.
Volunteers assist families with abuse and neglect cases in Family Court by advocating for the child's best interest, submitting written recommendations and attending court hearings.
The training will be held on five consecutive Saturdays beginning April 21. Contact Bob Brede for more information at 538-5930.
Queen's names doctor of year
Dr. Daniel Fischberg, medical director of the Pain and Palliative Care Department at The Queen's Medical Center, has been named the hospital's Ke Kauka Po'okela Outstanding Physician of the Year for 2006.
He was chosen by Queen's employees, patients, doctors, residents and visitors.
The award recognizes a Queen's physician whose practice of medicine and patient care fulfill the hospital's mission "to preserve, protect and perpetuate the health of all the people of Hawaii, recognizing the special needs of Native Hawaiians.'
Fischberg, also a faculty member in the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, was noted for his teaching and care as a specialist in end-of-life treatments and pain management. He recently was named Hospice Hawaii 2006 Physician of the Year.
Colleges to offer info at fair
Students and parents looking for information about colleges and universities can attend the Honolulu National College Fair at the Hawaii Convention Center on April 26.
They will be able to meet with school representatives from national and international, private and public, two-year and four-year institutions to learn about admission requirements, financial aid and courses, among other things.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling is sponsoring the fair, and the Hawaii Association of College Admission Counseling is the host.
Police, Fire, Courts
Cocaine disguised as candles
A California man is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday after his arrest for allegedly trying to smuggle 2 kilograms of cocaine disguised as candles onto a Hawaii-bound flight.
Airport security stopped 22-year-old Frank Taylor, of Fairfield, at a checkpoint about 8:30 a.m. Friday after a security officer using an X-ray machine noticed two brick-shaped objects inside two vases that looked like table candles in separate bags, said Oakland Police Sgt. Larry Krupp.
The cocaine was wrapped in gauze and covered in wax inside the vases, which were about 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide, Krupp said.
After a K-9 bomb unit determined the vases were not explosive, police opened one vase and found the powdered cocaine, Krupp said.
Vice officers determined the cocaine to have a street value of $600,000.
Fight leaves man critically hurt
Police arrested a 53-year-old man for attempted murder after a fight inside the restroom of a Waianae Burger King restaurant that left a 69-year-old man critically injured yesterday.
Police said the two men got into a physical confrontation in the restroom about 7:20 a.m. The 69-year-old man lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Man dies on Kauai after swim trouble
A 63-year-old Kauai swimmer died yesterday after running into trouble on Kauai's Windward side, according to a Kauai County news release.
A surfer at Wailua Beach noticed the man in distress about 9 a.m. and helped bring him to shore. While being pulled in, the swimmer fell off the board and stopped breathing.
Lifeguards began CPR on the man until paramedics arrived and took him to Wilcox Hospital, where he died.
Victim identified in motorcycle crash
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office identified the motorcyclist who died in a Friday crash on Moanalua Freeway as Blaise Roman Villa, 45, of Honolulu.
Villa died at 5:08 p.m. at the Queen's Medical Center shortly after the accident. Police said Villa was riding a 2005 black Harley-Davidson motorcycle behind an Ewa-bound 2000 Nissan Sentra when the car veered left to merge and swerved back, hitting Villa, who wasn't wearing a helmet.
An autopsy will be performed tomorrow, the medical examiner's office said.
Man arrested after sex assault
Police arrested a 34-year-old man Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old Waipahu woman.
The woman told police the man had sexually assaulted her over a long period of time until March 24. She identified the suspect, who was arrested without incident.
The man was arrested on suspicion of 17 counts of first-degree sexual assault and 12 counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Leg injury leads to rescue of man
Firefighters airlifted two men from Rabbit Island yesterday after one of them injured his leg.
Four men in their 20s were on Rabbit Island when one of the men sustained injuries to his lower legs, said Honolulu Fire Department Spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig.
Two of the four returned across the channel and called for help, Seelig said.
The Fire Department helicopter airlifted the men to an area near Sea Life Park, where paramedics were waiting about 6:15 p.m.
Neighbor allegedly takes woman's car
Police arrested a 20-year-old Kailua man Friday after he allegedly broke into a neighbor's home and fled with her car.
Police said a 42-year-old woman reported that she was asleep in her Kailua home when she heard a sound from her kitchen about 3:05 a.m.
She got up, walked out of her bedroom and found a man in her house, police said. The man allegedly took her keys and drove off in her car.
About an hour later, police saw a vehicle run a red light and then strike a traffic island and stop near the South King Street H-1 offramp. The driver was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary and operating a stolen vehicle.