Supreme Court disbars attorneys
The Hawaii Supreme Court has disbarred two Hawaii attorneys for ethical violations.
Former Maui attorney Thomas R. LePage was cited for violations in three cases, including misappropriating clients' funds and abandoning their cases. In 2001 he was suspended for a year and a day for a felony drug conviction.
Honolulu attorney Charles R. Brown, 40, was disbarred for making false and misleading statements in seven Hawaii Bar exam applications.
He also failed to report to the bar two false Social Security Numbers, two false dates of birth, two arrests, one conviction and failing to supplement his application.
Brown graduated from the Brigham Young University and was admitted to the Hawaii bar in 2001.
The lawyers must return to former clients their papers, property or unearned advance fee payments. They also cannot accept any new retainers, clients or other legal matters.
Feds give Kauai $1M jobs grant
The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a nearly $1.1 million grant for a building renovation project that will help spur high-tech training and job development on Kauai.
U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye made the announcement last week.
The Kauai Economic Development Board Inc. will use the money to renovate the Waimea Dispensary Building to house the Waimea Technology and Training Center.
In addition to supporting its own mission, the center could serve to attract other tech companies to the Garden Isle and will offer training to young adults preparing to enter the work force.
The grant will cover half of the total cost of the renovation.
UH to measure algebra skills
The National Science Foundation awarded $998,250 to the University of Hawaii at Manoa for a three-year project to assess and improve how well students are learning algebra.
The UH researchers are using calculators as a tool to assist middle school teachers.
The project, titled "The Effects of Formative Assessment in a Networked Classroom on Student Learning of Algebraic Concepts," involves the Curriculum Research and Development Group in UH-Manoa's College of Education, state Department of Education and Texas Instruments.
The project will begin at the University Laboratory School and expand statewide.
Group to offer bird rehab advice
The Wild Bird Rehab Haven will hold a free training workshop on the care, feeding and treatment of injured and abandoned wild birds, including baby birds.
The workshop is set for 2-4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Regency Park Condominiums recreation room, 3138 Waialae Ave. Parking is free; guard will provide parking passes.
For more information or to reserve limited class space, call 447-9274 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, leaving full name, phone number, e-mail address and number of attendees.
Police, Fire, Courts
Murder-suicide suspect identified
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office identified the man who stabbed a woman to death Oct. 9 before he killed himself in a truck crash as Alex Longboy, 42, of Honolulu.
Longboy died of multiple blunt force injuries to his chest and abdomen sustained in a motor vehicle collision, the Medical Examiner's Office said yesterday. The cause of death was suicide.
Liquor store owner thwarts robbery
A liquor store owner chased down a thief Friday who then hit him with a stolen bottle of rum.
A 64-year-old man had just opened his liquor store on Kahakai Street, and the suspect was standing outside his store at about 11:20 a.m. Friday.
Police said the suspect allegedly took a bottle of rum and started to leave.
"Just put the bottle down and I won't chase you," the owner told him, according to police, but the suspect took off and the victim gave chase.
The suspect, 32, allegedly hit the owner on his right shoulder with the rum bottle, but the owner was able to subdue the suspect until police arrived. The suspect was booked on suspicion of second-degree robbery.
Customers track robbery suspects
Two men and one teenage boy were arrested Saturday for allegedly stealing from two Waianae businesses.
At about 11:30 a.m., police said, two men, ages 18 and 20, allegedly stole money from a tip jar at a retail store. When store employees confronted the two, they fled.
A short time later the same men entered another business and broke into a locked back office while employees were working, police said. The 20-year-old man allegedly took a wallet belonging to a female employee, who noticed her wallet in the man's waistband and confronted him.
Customers called police and followed the men, who took a bus, to a brush area, where the 20-year-old man allegedly handed the stolen wallet to a 15-year-old boy. Police, who received their location from the customers, arrested the three.
The 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possessing confidential personal information and dangerous-drug violations. The 18-year-old man, discovered to be a runaway, was arrested for theft and burglary. The teenager was arrested for possessing confidential personal information.
Firefighters quell 60-acre brush fire
Firefighters extinguished a 60-acre brush fire in Nanakuli yesterday. The fire started at 4 p.m. near Lualualei Naval Road and Helelua Street and was under control at 5:38 p.m., said Honolulu Fire Capt. Robert Main.
About 50 firefighters used seven engines, a helicopter, a ladder unit and a brush truck to fight the conflagration. Investigators had not determined the fire's cause yesterday.
Motorcycle crash kills driver
A 55-year-old Big Island man was killed Saturday afternoon after his motorcycle crashed into a pickup truck on Hawaii Belt Road in Kona.
Big Island police said the man was on his motorcycle with a female passenger traveling north when a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction turned left in front of them.
The motorcycle's driver was transported to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m. His female passenger was flown to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. They were not wearing helmets.
The 49-year-old man operating the pickup truck and the 37-year-old female passenger were not injured.
The truck driver was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and injury. Police said speed was a factor in the crash that caused the 32nd traffic fatality on the Big Island this year.
Victim of crash from Kailua-Kona
Big Island police identified the 22-year-old Kailua-Kona passenger who died in an Oct. 5 alleged drunken-driving crash as Mathew Rogers.
According to police, Rogers was pronounced dead at Maui Memorial Hospital Oct. 10.
At about 2 a.m. Oct. 5, Rogers, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from a two-door sedan when it ran off Queen Kaahumanu Highway.
Police arrested the driver, Ryan Depoy, 22, of Kailua-Kona, on suspicion of drunken driving. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center for treatment. Police said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.