Tree falls, blocks Likelike lane
A fallen tree blocked one lane of Likelike Highway and slowed traffic yesterday, but didn't cause any injuries.
The tree fell at about 2 p.m. and blocked one of two lanes in the Kaneohe-bound direction about one mile before the tunnel, said Scott Ishikawa, state Department of Transportation spokesman.
Road crews cut up the tree and reopened the lane about 3:45 p.m., he said.
Ishikawa said the Transportation Department hopes to meet with the Outdoor Circle to discuss the removal of trees that are in poor health along Likelike Highway, Pali Highway and the H-3 Freeway.
New BYU president to take helm
Top Mormon church educational officials will be in Hawaii for next month's inauguration of Brigham Young University Hawaii's ninth president.
Steven C. Wheelwright took over from Eric B. Shumway in June. Shumway completed a 41-year career with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' school in Hawaii.
The official ceremonies on Nov. 6 are to take place on the school's campus in Laie, with a reception for the community to follow.
Wheelwright is a former business professor at Stanford University and senior associate dean of the Harvard Business School MBA program.
He is known internationally for his involvement in solving complex managerial problems and foreseeing future business trends. He also has overseen the Harvard Business School's publication activities and on-campus building projects.
Help line available for elderly
Help for senior citizens and their caregivers is only a phone call away with the city's Senior Help Line: 768-7700.
The line is answered from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Staff members are trained to provide information about senior day care options, answer questions about Medicare and Medicaid, explain qualifications for senior housing and much more, according to a news release from the Honolulu Elderly Affairs Division.
The division also has a booklet -- "Senior Information and Assistance Handbook" -- available free of charge.
Police, Fire, Courts
Peacemaker gets knocked out
Police arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly knocking another man unconscious outside Pipeline Cafe early yesterday morning.
At about 3:23 a.m., a brawl began outside the nightclub, located on Pohukaina Street in Kakaako, police said. A man in his 40s tried to break up the brawl, and police said he was punched in the side of his head and lost consciousness.
Witnesses at the scene identified the suspect a half-hour later, and police booked him on suspicion of second-degree assault.
2 men arrested in alleged assault
Two men were arrested in connection with a beating yesterday morning that left one man unconscious.
A 26-year-old man was walking in front of the Park Shore Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue with a friend at about 12:45 a.m. yesterday. Police said a 31-year-old man allegedly punched the side of the man's head, causing him to fall.
A second suspect, another 26-year-old man, kicked the victim while he was on the ground, police said. The friend pulled the victim away from the scene, and identified the two suspects to police.
Man punched, hits head on sidewalk
A possibly intoxicated man was taken to the hospital in serious condition yesterday morning after he walked into another man who punched him, police said.
The suspect struck the man at 2:11 a.m. after the victim bumped into him on the sidewalk near Kuhio and Seaside avenues, police said. The 39-year-old victim fell backward and hit his head on the sidewalk, police said.
Police opened a first-degree assault case. No arrests were made yesterday.
Injured infant was allegedly abused
Police are looking for a 32-year-old man suspected of abusing an infant last week.
At about 7 p.m. Wednesday, a 7-month-old infant from the Ala Moana area was brought to a hospital suffering from a head injury that was reportedly caused by a fall. Police said further investigation and medical testing revealed the infant was a victim of assault.
The suspect has been identified but has not yet been located. Police did not reveal the suspect's relation to the infant.
Woman allegedly had fake $100 bill
Police arrested a 49-year-old woman for allegedly having a counterfeit $100 bill.
At about 2:50 yesterday morning, the woman allegedly tried to pay for a soda with a suspicious looking $100 bill at a store on Keeaumoku Street. Police were called, and through checks with the U.S. Secret Service, they determined the bill was counterfeit. The woman was arrested on suspicion of first-degree forgery.
Kalihi man faces sex assault charge
Police arrested a 24-year-old Kalihi Valley man Friday who allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old acquaintance at his Kalihi home.
The woman alleged the man sexually assaulted her while she was visiting him last Sunday.
Police arrested him at 10:40 a.m. in downtown Honolulu on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of third-degree sexual assault. He was also arrested on three outstanding warrants.
Firefighters douse small brush fire
Firefighters extinguished a brush fire behind Kapolei Library yesterday that burn- ed less than an acre, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig.
Firefighters responded to the 4:12 p.m. alarm and extinguished the fire 70 minutes later, firefighters said.