$3.4M freed for science facility
Gov. Linda Lingle announced yesterday that she has released $3.4 million to design a new science building at Maui Community College.
The new facility will include classrooms, offices and laboratories for science programs. A design consultant is expected to be selected within the next month, and the design work should be finished by next summer.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $40.9 million.
The House has allocated $33.4 million for construction, but the project is not in the Senate budget, said Howard Todo, UH vice president of finance.
A budget conference committee will determine whether to fund the project and for how much money.
Donate to food bank today
The Hawaii Foodbank is holding its annual Food Drive today. The most wanted items are canned meats or tuna, meals, soups, vegetables, fruit and beans. Its goals are to raise 550,000 pounds of food and $450,000. Drop off monetary and food donations at these events:
» Restaurant Row: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events include performances from Keauwena, Ualei and Celtic Keiki.
» Koko Marina Center: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a canned sculpture contest and a performance by Imua.
» McCully Shopping Center: 2 to 3 p.m. Star 101.9 will be on location.
» Pearl City Shopping Center: 10 a.m. to noon. Meet Chuck E. Cheese and his friends.
» Windward City Shopping Center: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Listen to Hot 93.9 and meet Ronald McDonald.
Only canned food will be accepted at Barbers Point Commissary, Hickam Commissary, Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Commissary and the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange.
Only monetary donation will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these "Change Angel" locations: Kapolei, Market City Shopping Center, and Likelike and School streets.
Other Oahu drop-off sites include Mililani Town Center, Pearl Highlands Center, Waianae Mall Shopping Center, Camp Andrews, Tamura Super Market and Waianae Store.
Neighbor island drop-off sites: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wal-Mart in Hilo and Kona; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Maui Mall in Kahului and all fire stations; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kauai Ching Young Village in Hanalei, Waipouli Town Center, Wal-Mart, Ishihara Market in Waimea and Kukui Grove Shopping Center.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man surrenders in attack on girlfriend
A 19-year-old Aiea man turned himself in to police yesterday for allegedly choking his girlfriend and taking her car at about 7 a.m. Thursday.
Police arrested the man on suspicion of second-degree robbery and abuse of a household member.
Police said he and the woman he lives with had argued.
He demanded the keys to her car, grabbed her by the neck and choked her when she refused, police said.
Woman, 52, sought in stabbing of man
A 52-year-old woman allegedly stabbed her 45-year-old boyfriend three times yesterday and got away.
Police said the couple had been arguing in the parking lot of Maili Beach Park yesterday when the woman stabbed the man at about 3:40 p.m.
The woman allegedly stabbed the man in the head, shoulder and arms, police said.
Police said the man drove himself to the Waianae Comprehensive Health Center, where he was treated. The woman was not found, police said.
Riding brakes caused fatal crash
HILO » The driver of a rented four-wheel-drive vehicle on Mauna Kea was apparently riding the brakes as he came down the steep access road March 27, causing the brakes to fail and resulting in two deaths, Big Island police say.
The accident killed driver Philip Patrick Y.M. Lung, 34, of Honolulu and passenger Yuko Aizawa, 33, of Osaki-shi, Japan.
The accident did not result from a defect in the brakes, police spokeswoman Chris Loos said. "We believe riding the brakes caused them to fail," she said.
Lung was driving down an unpaved portion of the summit road and was unable to stop at the last hairpin curve before he would have arrived at a safer portion of the road at Hale Pohaku, police said at the time.
Lung, wearing a seat belt, remained in the vehicle when it overturned, they said. Aizawa, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from it.
Lung's wife, Ryoko, 31, also wearing a seat belt, was seriously injured.
There have been four other accidents on the Mauna Kea road since the beginning of 2006, two of them connected to brake problems, Loos said.
Lung was driving a rented vehicle, although rental agencies generally prohibit use of their cars on the Mauna Kea road and on the connecting Saddle Road.
Hilo police looking into theft of ATM
Big Island police want help in identifying the person or persons who removed an automated teller machine from a Hilo business Monday night.
An anonymous caller reported someone had removed the ATM from a store at Mamo and Punahoa streets.
Police discovered that the facing of the ATM had been dismantled and that the inner console, which contained an undetermined amount of cash, was removed. Damage to the ATM was estimated at $3,500.
The suspect or suspects left in a vehicle described as a white Jeep Cherokee, which police later located in the downtown area.
Officers determined that the Jeep had been taken earlier from Aupuni Center at 101 Aupuni St.
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call officer Ben Tajon at 961-2213 or the Police Department's nonemergency number at 935-3311.