Isle teen wins at pageant
Punahou School sophomore Ashley Sagisi Moser has placed as first runner-up in the 2007 Miss Teen World Pageant in Queensland, Australia.
The 15-year-old also won the Miss Congeniality Award at the competition on Sunday, according to a statement from Miss Teen World U.S.
Emily Gutierrez, representing Puerto Rico, was crowned Miss Teen World 2007; second runner-up was Cali Tanner of Canada.
Contestants from 14 countries participated, in categories of swimwear, evening gown and extemporaneous interview.
Moser, representing the United States as Miss Teen World U.S., placed in the Top 5 in all categories. Her prizes include $2,500 in scholarships.
Board seeks night park closures
Members of the Waianae Neighborhood Board favor night closure hours for several city parks and parking lots along the Waianae Coast.
In their monthly meeting Tuesday, members voted 13-1 to recommend night closure hours for parks and parking lots at Waianae District Park and Pililaau Community Park.
Board members also supported night closure hours for parking lots of Kahe Point Beach Park, Surfers Beach Park, Nanikai Beach Park, Forac Beach Park (also known as Zablan), Depots Beach Park, Coves Beach Park and Lualualei Beach Park.
The vote comes almost a month after the city completed its cleanup at Maili Beach Park, displacing many homeless people.
All parks and parking lots recommended for night closure hours are populated by the homeless, primarily Lualualei and Zablan, said Patty Teruya, chairwoman of the Waianae Neighborhood Board. Members are compassionate about the plight of the homeless and are working with the city and state to address the problem, Teruya said.
The board was to inform the Department of Parks and Recreation of their recommendation for night closure hours at designated parks.
The city will address each park on a case-by-case basis, Teruya said.
Coming this weekend in your Star-Bulletin:
A Waikiki church hopes to capture a share of visitor spending with souvenirs about a prospective Catholic saint, a marketing decision that reflects renewed interest in Father Damien and his ministry to leprosy victims.
Special coverage of tomorrow's memorial service and remembrance in Waikiki for Hawaii's iconic performer, the late Don Ho.
Today: Trading cards are not just for sports enthusiasts and kids who play "Yu-Gi-Oh." Artists and crafters are trading in handmade cards that are miniature works of art.
Business: Puna is gentrifying, with residents taking more of an interest in the community. Many say part of the reason is a relatively recent influx of gay landowners.
Business: Sad that Sanjaya got booted? Take heart. The economics of broadcasting in a multichannel world ensure that there will be more like him. Lots more.
Police, Fire, Courts
Kauai man charged with fraud
The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged the owner of a Kauai recording studio with wire fraud for allegedly operating a $1.2 million financial fraud.
According to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Honolulu, Peter Heckman, owner of Heckman Multimedia Productions, took $800,000 from an unidentified investor and $400,000 from another unidentified investor in what is commonly known as a Ponzi scheme.
Prosecutors allege that in 2003, Heckman needed to expand his studio and attracted investors with "extraordinarily good interest rates" and offered the security of his company's equipment.
But when Heckman was unable to pay back the money, he lured more people to put money into his business.
But rather than going into his company as promised, the new money was used to pay the earlier investors.
Heckman allegedly told investors he was buying Apple G-5 computers, tweaking them and then reselling the computers at a 30 percent profit.
He offered investors a 15 percent return on their money.
Man indicted in online sex try
A Kapolei man accused of soliciting sex online from a person whom he believed was a 14-year-old girl has been indicted by an Oahu grand jury.
Daryl Godfrey Lee, 54, was charged yesterday with one count of first-degree electronic enticement, a felony punishable by a minimum of one year in jail as a condition of probation.
Lee allegedly indicated that he wanted to have sex with the girl while her parents were away.
He was arrested Tuesday when he showed up at Kakaako Waterfront Park, where he had arranged to meet the girl.
Man is stabbed over cash and CD player
Police arrested a 52-year-old woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend during an argument over a CD player and money.
At about 3:40 p.m. April 20, the suspect and victim, 44, were arguing while driving in the boyfriend's car, police said.
The suspect demanded the man's CD player, threatened to stab him with a knife, then stabbed him multiple times, police said. She fled the vehicle, and the man drove himself to a nearby hospital, police said.
The woman turned herself in Wednesday at the Kapolei Police Station, where she was arrested for investigation of attempted murder.
Authorities ID body as Waipahu man's
A man whose decomposed body was found last week in the brush in Kalaeloa has been identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as 50-year-old Daniel Garver of Waipahu.
Garver's body was found by a passer-by on April 24 near Roosevelt and Tulagi avenues.
A cause of death has not been determined. Police have classified the case as an unattended death.
Injury victim's identity sought
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man found near Ala Moana Beach Park on April 21 with massive head injuries. He was taken to a local hospital without identification, police said.
The man is described as Polynesian, in his 50s, with black hair and brown eyes.
Police said he might be known as "Harold."
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Fractured wrist gets dad arrested
Police arrested a 67-year-old father who allegedly threw a chair at his 34-year-old daughter.
The two were arguing at their Alaneo Street home in Palama at about 8:30 Wednesday morning, police said. The father allegedly threw a chair at his daughter, hitting and fracturing her right wrist.
Police arrested the father for investigation of assault.
Blaze's beginning called 'suspicious'
A fire of "suspicious origin" heavily damaged a building Wednesday in the Nanawale Estates subdivision in lower Puna on the Big Island, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.
The fire was reported at 5:33 p.m.
Damage was estimated at $1,000. No one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.
Police officer crashes in tunnel
The driver of a sport utility vehicle that flipped over in the Kaneohe-bound bore of the H-3 freeway tunnel last night was a police officer on his way to work at the Kailua Police Station.
Police said the officer was driving to work in the Kaneohe-bound lanes of the H-3 freeway in his Ford Explorer when it overturned at about 8:15 p.m.
The officer was taken in stable condition to Castle Medical Center, according to police dispatch.