Slain soldier with isle ties buried
MANILA » A Philippine-born U.S. Army sergeant, a former Honolulu resident killed in Iraq last month, was buried in his hometown with military honors yesterday (Hawaii time), the American Embassy said.
Richard Valiant Correa, 25, died in an explosion during a patrol near Ilbu Falris in Iraq on May 29, the embassy said. He served with the U.S. Army's 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, based in Fort Drum, N.Y.
Correa moved to the United States at age 17, serving in the Air Force for four years. In July 2004, he re-enlisted into the Army, the embassy said in a statement.
He was buried in the northern town of Lingayen, in Pangasinan province, in the presence of his family and a funeral honor guard from the 8th Army, Korea.
The embassy said Correa will receive posthumously the Bronze Star Medal, the fourth-highest U.S. military award for gallantry in action, as well as the Purple Heart.
Correa is survived by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and a fiancee.
Event at mall celebrates dads
The Hawaii Coalition for Dads is hosting the ninth annual Celebrate Father's Day event tomorrow at the Windward Mall in Kaneohe.
Activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. include a Father-Child Look-Alike contest, balloon artists, face painting and live entertainment by Kuuipo Kumukahi and Maunalua. Informational booths include Keiki ID and Golden Dads.
To register for the Look-Alike contest, call the coalition at 841-2245. The grand prize winner will receive a 27-inch flat screen TV.
The HMSA Foundation and the Windward Mall are sponsoring the celebration. The Coalition for Dads, which promotes nurturing, responsible fatherhood, is an agency under the non-profit Parents and Children Together organization. For more information contact 841-2245.
Doctor indicted in drug case
A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging Kauai Dr. Harold C. Spear III with 20 counts of unlawfully distributing prescription drugs.
Spear's "Dial-a-doc" service prescribes drugs to people he interviews by telephone. Spear also operates a Web site, www.dialadoc.net.
The indictment charges the physician with unlawfully distributing painkillers oxycodone, OxyContin and methadone to five different people, identified only by initials, between April 2005 and March 2006. Methadone is also used to help addicts break their dependence on heroin and other opium-derived drugs.
Spear, 54, was arrested on federal charges June 1, but released after surrendering his certificate to prescribe controlled substances.
School complex to honor founder
La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls is naming its athletic complex after Barbara Cox Anthony, one of the school's founders.
Alice F. Guild, chairwoman of the school's board of trustees, made the announcement Saturday at a memorial service for Anthony, who died last month at the age of 84.
Anthony founded the school with Lorraine Day Cooke in 1964.
Coming this weekend in your Star-Bulletin:
The Hale and Watkins children find that calls, e-mail and bedtime stories told by their dads on DVD help ease the separation from their fathers, who are deployed in Iraq. Read their story in our "Family Tree" feature.
Today: Celebrities flock to Nobu Matsuhisa's restaurants in New York, Los Angeles -- all over the world, really. If you've got the money, visit the new Nobu in Waikiki to find out what makes the chef so special, says the Weekly Eater.
Business: Retired American journalist Bernie Krisher, a Holocaust survivor, has enlisted Hawaii's movers, shakers and retirees to help build schools for Cambodian children who still live in the shadow of the Killing Fields.
Sports: We reveal our prep girls All-State basketball team, including the player of the year and the coach of the year.
Sports: Every Sunday this summer, sportswriter Dave Reardon will do a spotlight feature on a prospective University of Hawaii football player. This weekend's feature is on Keenan Jones, who will play cornerback for the Warriors this fall.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man killed after rock hauler flips
A 24-year-old heavy equipment operator was killed yesterday morning in an apparent accident in the mountainous area of the Kahuku Firing Range.
Police said the man was operating a large rock hauler when it flipped onto the driver's side, trapping the man inside.
The incident occurred about three miles up a mountain, police said.
The man had not yet been identified by the Medical Examiner's Office yesterday.
Police said there were no signs of foul play. An autopsy is pending.
Attack stemmed from Ertell slaying
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy for allegedly intimidating a witness in an Ewa Beach murder case.
Police said the suspect and another 16-year-old boy confronted a 21-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy in Ewa Beach on May 31.
The 21-year-old man is a witness in the Karen Ertell murder case, police said. Ertell was found strangled in her home on May 25. Police said the only suspect is a 15-year-old boy whom prosecutors want to see tried as an adult.
In the May 31 confrontation, one of the 16-year-old boys punched the 14-year-old in the face, breaking his jaw, police said. That 16-year-old was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault.
The other 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of intimidating a witness. He was charged with third-degree assault for allegedly attacking the 21-year-old man.
Stolen car parked in disabled space
Police arrested an 18-year-old man who allegedly parked a stolen car in a handicapped parking stall.
Police said an officer in Waianae saw the car pull into the stall at 11:18 p.m. Wednesday. The officer noticed that the car did not have a handicapped parking permit, police said. Then the officer learned that the car had been reported stolen.
The officer arrested the man for investigation of auto theft.
Man allegedly chokes girlfriend
Police arrested a 24-year-old Waianae man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and caused her to lose consciousness.
Police said that about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect came home to his live-in 22-year-old girlfriend.
Police said the suspect was drunk and began arguing with his girlfriend. Then he grabbed her by the neck and lifted her off the ground, causing her to lose consciousness, police said.
When the victim regained consciousness, she called police, who arrested the boyfriend on suspicion of abuse.
Woman allegedly hits man with box
Police arrested a 42-year-old woman who allegedly hit a man with a large metal box.
Police said that about 9:15 Wednesday night, the suspect was arguing with the 43-year-old victim on 11th Avenue in Kaimuki and then hit him with the box.
The man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center for treatment, and the suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Assault follows noise complaint
Police arrested a 34-year-old Nuuanu man who allegedly assaulted his neighbor over loud noise.
Police said that about 8 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect went upstairs at his Nuuanu Avenue apartment complex to complain about excessive noise.
The suspect banged on the door of a 45-year-old man and then assaulted him when the victim opened the door, police said. Police later arrested the suspect for investigation of first-degree burglary.
Sewage plant facility hit by blaze
Fire damaged a building on the grounds of the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant early yesterday.
Firefighters responded to a 2:32 a.m. call for what was initially thought to be a rubbish fire.
"It turned out to be a fire that had extended from inside Building 6," said fire Capt. Robert Main. Main said a private contractor uses the building to create fertilizer.
The fire was under control by 3:55 a.m. and was extinguished by 5:34 a.m. A hazardous materials team also responded to test the air quality. There were no injuries, and fire investigators were trying determine damage estimates and the cause.
Man suspected of vandalizing cars
Police have arrested a 20-year-old man wanted for several car break-ins.
The man was seen on surveillance video in parking structures in Kapahulu and Waikiki, police said. After a CrimeStoppers bulletin was issued, police received a tip that led to the location and arrest of the man on June 9.
Woman is caught in stolen vehicle
Police arrested a 21-year-old woman who was allegedly driving a stolen car Tuesday in Waialua.
Police said an officer noticed the car, a silver sedan, on a cane haul road at about 12:50 p.m. The officer then determined that the car had been stolen. The officer arrested the driver for investigation of auto theft and fraudulent use of plates.
Wooden structure burns in Puna
Fire destroyed a single-story wooden structure Wednesday in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision in Puna, according to the Big Island Fire Department.
The fire was reported at 5:35 p.m. at a home on Road 6 in the subdivision. Firefighters found the structure burned to the ground. No one was hurt and no damage estimate was available.
Park's trees and pipelines damaged
Police are looking for the person or persons who caused an estimated $15,000 in damage discovered Wednesday morning at a Puna park.
Six newly planted trees and PVC pipes were damaged at the park, which is under construction. The damage was reported at 6:54 a.m. Wednesday.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Puna police at 966-5835 or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311.