Vigil tomorrow for slain visitor
The public is invited to a candlelight vigil tomorrow for the North Carolina visitor who was died after an attack last week.
State Rep. Karen Awana, the Waianae Neighborhood Board and Waianae residents will be hosting the vigil at Zablan Beach Park at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in remembrance of Christopher Reuther.
Reuther, who was visiting the University of Hawaii to consider studying law there, was punched at the beach park on April 22. He died two days later.
"Although we may not have known him personally, when a tragedy occurs here, we take it as if it happened to our own family member," Awana said. "The message we want to convey at this vigil is that the spirit of aloha does thrive here, and his death was not in vain."
Less Schnabel is charged with manslaughter in connection with the case. He made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning, and a preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Circuit Court.
Rapist gets decades in prison
The Hawaii Paroling Authority set the term of a convicted sex offender who raped his 85-year-old neighbor to 30 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
David Baldaino's punishment was set at the highest level because of "his past criminal history and the egregious nature of his offenses," said Tommy Johnson, administrator of the Hawaii Paroling Authority.
Deputy Prosecutor Lori Wada said she was pleased with the parole board's decision. "The community is now safe from this sexual predator who knows no boundaries in his choice of victims regarding age and relationship," Wada said. His victims ranged from age 5 to 85, from strangers to neighbors, she added.
At the time of the rape, Baldaino, 37, was a convicted sex offender who failed to update his address. Board members set the 30-year term for rape, kidnapping, burglary and failure to comply with sex offender rules and registration requirements. "He's a repeat offender. He's definitely one that should never get out of prison," Wada said.
Police, Fire, Courts
Attempted murder charge filed in standoff
WAILUKU » Police charged a Kula man yesterday with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a 43-year-old man on Wednesday.
Mark A. Martins' bail was set at $250,000. Martins, 53, also faces a number of other charges, including first-degree reckless endangering and eight counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.
The charges stem from Martins allegedly making threats to several people outside his residence 1.5 miles north of Kula Hospital and firing a 9-mm handgun. A standoff with about 30 police forced the shutdown of traffic on Kula Highway and the evacuation of several nearby homes.
The injured man, a son of the landlord, was shot in the arm and leg. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.
Martins has been charged in at least three previous incidents, once in 1997 with harassing a police officer. He pleaded no contest to two counts of harassment, in return for the prosecution dismissing a charge of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
The harassment charges were dismissed in 1998 after Martins complied with conditions set for in a deferred acceptance of a no-contest plea.
CORRECTION: Mark A. Martins of Kula, Maui, was charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a man Wednesday. The victim was shot in the arm and leg but did not die. A headline on Page A3 today incorrectly reported that Martins was charged with murder.
Woman, 25, missing on Kauai
Kauai Police Department officials are asking for the public's help with finding a 25-year-old woman and her car.
According to police, Claire Jarres was last seen yesterday in Princeville. She was driving a 2006 four-door, maroon Hyundai Sonata, license plate KYA 298.
Jarres is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 125 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. She is Caucasian.
Anyone with information about Jarres is urged to call police at 241-1711 or Kauai's CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.
Mom, baby alleged victims of robber
Police arrested a 20-year-old Pearl Harbor man yesterday for allegedly robbing a 38-year-old woman at knifepoint in Honolulu.
Police said the woman was putting her infant into the back seat of her car at about 5:20 a.m. yesterday when a man allegedly came up from behind with a knife. Police said the man threatened to stab her and the child and demanded her property.
Police investigated the case and found the suspect, who was identified and arrested at 9:50 a.m. on suspicion of first-degree robbery at Pearl Harbor.
9 are arrested in drug crackdown
Honolulu narcotics/vice officers have arrested nine men in "Operation Crackdown," a three-month investigation that focused on street-level drug dealers.
Police said yesterday that the nine males were arrested Thursday afternoon at various locations in Honolulu for investigation of a total of 30 drug-related offenses, including second- and third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, second-degree methamphetamine trafficking and drug paraphernalia.
Drugs seized included crack cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine.
Five of the suspects had outstanding arrest warrants.
Woman's body found in stream
A 70-year-old woman's body was recovered yesterday from Nuuanu Stream in Chinatown.
Police said she was spotted floating face down in the water along River Street at 6:09 p.m. yesterday.
Police said there were no signs of foul play.
The case is pending an autopsy by the medical examiner's office.
Man arrested after fight with officers
A 53-year-old Kalihi man allegedly assaulted a police officer yesterday morning and narrowly missed hitting another officer.
Police officers were dispatched to a Kalihi home at 6:30 a.m. yesterday to assist with an out-of-control family member, police said.
When the two officers arrived, the man attacked the first officer, causing cuts and swelling to his face, police said. The suspect then broke off a towel rack and allegedly swung at the second officer, narrowly missing his head, police said.
Officers eventually subdued the man and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer and first-degree attempted assault against a law enforcement officer. He was released pending investigation.
Sexual assault filed against youth
Police arrested a juvenile yesterday on suspicion of seven counts of sexual assaulting another juvenile at a Leeward Oahu park.
Police said the suspect allegedly sexually assaulted another juvenile on Wednesday between 1:50 and 2:45 p.m.
They arrested the suspect on five counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Police provided few other details and said the case is pending investigation.