Cambodian kids advocate speaks
American journalist Bernie Krisher, the founder of American Assistance for Cambodia/Japan Relief for Cambodia, will speak to Hawaii residents tomorrow about efforts to build schools in that country.
Krisher, with help from donors and volunteers, has built 355 schools for Khmer children. He also has launched empowerment programs for young girls and brought medical assistance, food, career-training programs and a newspaper, the Cambodia Daily, to the country. Krisher, who has been meeting with prospective and former Hawaii donors since Wednesday, will speak at 10 a.m. at Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania St.
Kobayashi appointed to new term
U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi has been reappointed to a second eight-year term.
Kobayashi has served as a magistrate judge in the U.S. District of Hawaii since Aug. 2, 1999. Her new term takes effect on Aug. 2 and ends in August 2015, according to an announcement yesterday.
Kobayashi is a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston College Law School. Before her appointment, she served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Honolulu. Kobayashi also spent 17 years in private practice in the law firm Fujiyama Duffy & Fujiyama, where she was a trial attorney and a managing partner. Kobayashi serves on the Magistrate Judges' Executive Board for the 9th Circuit and as a committee member for the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.
She also has taught at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Clean a beach for Ocean Day
In celebration of World Ocean Day, the Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii, Malama Maunalua and Liveable Hawaii Kai Hui will hold a beach cleanup at Kawaikui Beach Park in Aina Haina from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday.
Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat and to bring a rake and bucket. Kawaikui Beach is off Kalanianaole Highway at Puu Ikena Drive. Register to participate by Thursday by calling Suzanne or Dean at 393-2168. More information is at www.b-e-a-c-h.org.
Police, Fire, Courts
Alleged killer feared her mother
A 25-year-old Halawa Heights woman told police she killed her mother "before she killed me," according to a court document.
Carol Weidman was charged with second-degree murder last night in the stabbing and strangulation death of her mother in their home at 99-462 Paihi St. on Wednesday.
Weidman was being held on $50,000 bail and is scheduled for an initial court appearance Monday morning and a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
The bloodied body of her mother was found by the victim's boyfriend Wednesday night. Weidman was home at the time of the woman's death, and there were no signs of forced entry, according to a police affidavit.
Weidman was brought to the Pearl City police station, but before she was questioned, she acknowledged to an officer that she had killed her mother, the affidavit says.
"My dad always told me that my mother tried to kill him and my two brothers before they got divorced, and that is always in the back of my mind. I had to kill her before she killed me," Weidman allegedly told police, according to the affidavit. Weidman was then booked for suspicion of second-degree murder.
The city Medical Examiner's Office has not yet released the woman's identity, but said an autopsy determined she died of strangulation and stab wounds to her neck and thorax.
Weidman does not have a criminal history in Hawaii.
Jeep overturns, killing driver, 24
KAILUA-KONA » A 24-year-old man driving a 1995 Jeep Wrangler drove off Queen Kaahumanu Highway north of Kailua-Kona before daybreak yesterday and was killed when the vehicle overturned.
The identity of the victim was withheld pending notification of his family. The driver was the only person in the vehicle.
The accident near the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery was reported at 4:45 a.m.
The driver was wearing a seat belt, and there was no immediate indication that speed or alcohol were factors, police said.
He is believed to have been fishing at a site near Sandy Beach
Fisherman's gear found, but not him
Honolulu police are seeking the public's help to locate a 60-year-old man who was reported missing Thursday from a fishing area near Sandy Beach known as Bamboo Ridge.
Stanley Chen's fishing gear was found at about 7:15 a.m. by a fisherman who later reported him missing. Chen has brown eyes. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME from a cellular phone.
Waikiki car vandal is sought by police
Honolulu police are seeking the identity and whereabouts of a man suspected of numerous car break-ins in the Kapahulu and Waikiki areas.
The man, in his 20s, has been captured on surveillance videos in several parking structures punching locks or using an unknown object to shatter side windows, police said. Anyone with information on the man or incidents should call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME from a cellular phone.
Police are looking for this man, seen in this image from surveillance video, who is suspected of car break-ins in Kapahulu and Waikiki.