Parents of 'multiples' gather
When Heidi Sutton got pregnant, she did not know how she could handle one child, let alone twins.
"I was scared to death," said Sutton, whose twin girls, Lauren and Leah, are now 7 years old. "I'm trying to pay it forward now -- to let others know that they'll make it through, too."
Sutton joined about a dozen other families yesterday at a picnic at Neal Blaisdell Park in Pearl City for Mothers of Multiples, a group for families with twins, triplets or more, celebrating its 40th anniversary.
They chatted about life with twins, wore shirts that said "Got Twins?" and laughed at complaints of "singletons," parents with children who do not come in multiples.
The group exchanges hand-me-downs, holds occasional family events and meets once a week to offer advice on raising twins or triplets.
Lisa Smith of Kailua, who has 2 1/2-year-old twin boys, Max and Mikey, said the hardest part was the first year, with the constant nursing and diaper changing.
"It's great to meet a group of people who understand what you're going through and tell you it's going to get better," Smith said.
Her husband, Eric, added, "And it's a place to share your pain."
War photographer's funeral set
Services are set for Army combat photographer Albert "Al" Chang, who was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Chang, 85, of Laie, died Sept. 30. He was born in Puunene, Maui. He is survived by wife Jacqueline "Jacque"; sons Hayward "Woody" and Kaulana; daughters Cecilia Silva, Julita Chang and Paoakalani Naluai; brother Joaquin; sister Marsalina Wong; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laie Hawaii Stake Center. Call after 9 a.m. Inurnment: 11 a.m. next Monday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe.
Chang was nominated for a Pulitzer for his photo of a soldier comforting another soldier who had just learned about the death of a friend during the Korean War. He was nominated again for his photo of a Viet Cong prisoner being treated for his wounds by U.S. medics as the prisoner's wife watched during the Vietnam War.
Funds can aid ranchers, farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding residents to sign up for new livestock and crop disaster programs.
Eligible ranchers and other livestock producers can apply to receive benefits under the Livestock Compensation and Livestock Indemnity programs. Eligible farmers can sign up for the Crop Disaster Program.
The LCP compensates ranchers for feed losses that occurred between January 2005 and last Feb. 28 due to a natural disaster. The LIP compensates ranchers for livestock losses during the same period.
The Crop Disaster Program provides benefits to farmers who suffered losses to crops from 2005 through 2007. For more information about disaster programs, visit disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
Police, Fire, Courts
Suspect allegedly slept in stolen car
Police arrested a 26-year-old Makiki man who was found early yesterday sleeping in a stolen car with its headlights on and the engine running.
Police said an officer noticed the Lexus at about 12:55 a.m. in Manoa and learned that it was reported stolen by a 69-year-old man.
The officer found a small packet containing a crystalline substance of the man's lap and a small packet of white powder on the floor of the Lexus, police said.
Police arrested the man on suspicion of operating a stolen vehicle and drug violations.
Man drives vehicle over rival after row
Police were looking for a man who allegedly ran over another man after a fight outside a Halawa liquor store early Saturday.
Police said that at 1:30 a.m., bystanders broke up a fight between two men outside a liquor store. One man then got into his vehicle and ran over a 22-year-old man before fleeing, police said.
The victim was taken to the hospital in serious condition by a private vehicle, police said. The incident was reported to police several hours later.
Firm says worker took, cashed check
Police arrested a 31-year-old woman who allegedly stole a check from the check-cashing company where she works.
Police said the woman stole one of the company checks and cashed it Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.
Police were called to the Nimitz Highway establishment and arrested the woman on suspicion of second-degree theft.
Crews contain Makaha brush fire
City fire crews and state forestry officials worked most of yesterday to cool down smoldering hot spots of a brush fire on a ridge in Makaha Valley.
Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Frank Johnson said the fire, which started Friday afternoon, was about 85 percent contained.
He said it was confined to the ridge mauka of the Makaha Valley Towers condominium complex and posed no threat to homes.
4 robbers raid home in Kaneohe
Police were looking for four men who allegedly forced a group of people into a corner of a Kaneohe home Saturday, threatened them and robbed them.
Police said that at about 6:20 p.m. the men entered a game room at the back of the home and forced eight men and three women into a corner and demanded cash.
One of the men allegedly said if the group did not comply, he would shoot one of them. No gun was shown, police said.
During the robbery, the men turned over a card table that struck and injured one of the victims, but not seriously.
The men allegedly vandalized the game room and left with cash and property. Police did not provide descriptions of the suspects except that they were in their 20s.