Waipahu organizations win grants
» The Waipahu Community Foundation
has awarded its quarterly (March through June) grants to the Waipahu Public Library
, which received $1,325; Waipahu Elementary School
, $1,380; Waipahu Community Association
, $1,935; Boy Scouts of America, Troop 76
, $2,860; and Na pa'ani Softball
, $250. Grant applications for the next quarter (June through September) are due June 1. Call Executive Director Cal Kawamoto at 677-9455 or 352-0501. Workshops and seminars on foundation grant applications and scholarships will be held May 2 and 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Waipahu High School.
» Toyota and the National Science Teachers Association have given $10,000 grants to Valerie DelosSantos-Duarte of St. Anthony School in Wailuku, and Bebi Davis of Farrington High School. The two were among 50 U.S. teachers to receive the Toyota TAPESTRY grants for excellence and innovation in science education.
Both teachers emphasize the importance of caring for the environment. DelosSantos-Duarte's classes study the relationship between habitats, humans and kolea birds to learn the importance of stewardship. Davis integrates science with real-life experiences through the use of alternative fuel sources to run equipment from radios to laptops.
Police, Fire, Courts
SUV driver is killed in crash
A car erupted into flames Saturday night after crashing into a utility pole on Farrington Highway in Waianae, trapping and killing its 31-year-old driver.
Police said the driver of the SUV, identified as a Waipahu man, was speeding on Farrington Highway near Palehua Road at about 10 p.m. The SUV slammed into a pole after passing another vehicle on the left when the road curved into a bend.
Before witnesses could reach the SUV, the car caught on fire. Police said the driver could not be removed, and his body was burned beyond recognition.
This is the 27th traffic death on Oahu this year compared with 25 at the same time in 2006.
Tire iron is used in argument
Police arrested a 42-year-old Moiliili woman Saturday who allegedly hit a man with a tire iron.
Police said that at about 6:20 p.m. the woman was arguing with a 38-year-old man when she struck him on the head with the tire iron, injuring him.
The woman, who lives on Isenberg Street, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Man allegedly takes costumes
Police arrested a 32-year-old man with a Wilder Street address after he allegedly took costumes from the Cirque Hawaii Theatre in Waikiki.
At about 11 p.m. Saturday, the man entered the building through an unlocked door and took several costumes from the closet, police said.
A 22-year-old employee noticed the suspect with the costumes and chased him down the stairs. The man fled the building and dropped the costumes in a large trash bin, police said.
The employee and other witnesses captured the man and held him until police arrived. Police arrested the man on suspicion of second-degree burglary and third-degree assault.
Kaneohe man held in sex assault
Police charged a 32-year-old Kaneohe man yesterday for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile.
Leo Moran of Malumalu Place was arrested Saturday after the juvenile reported being sexually assaulted from March 22 to Saturday in the Kapahulu area. Police did not disclose the juvenile's sex or age.
Moran was arrested on suspicion of four counts of first-degree sexual assault and five counts of third-degree sexual assault. Bail was set at $750,000.
Driver dies after ATV flips over
A 39-year-old Eleele man died Saturday in an all-terrain vehicle accident in his driveway on Kauai.
At about 9:30 p.m. Jaime Kaluna was trying to drive an ATV up a ramp onto a pickup truck when he apparently lost control, flipping the ATV and landing under it, police said.
Kaluna later died at the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in the accident.
Charges filed in sex assaults
A Waipahu man who was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman was charged yesterday.
William Rittmeister, 47, was arrested on suspicion of 17 counts of first-degree sexual assault and 12 counts of third-degree sexual assault. Bail was set at $800,000 in cash.