Tell city of rain-damaged houses
The city Department of Emergency Management is asking the public to help identify homes that suffered damage from last week's heavy rain.
Mel Kaku, the department's director, said they have identified 12 homes with considerable damage based on information from the American Red Cross and Aloha United Way. These homes and others might be eligible for assistance, city officials said.
"Our Hawaii residents are very resilient and used to taking care of their own problems without asking for help," said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. "However, we need to identify all damage associated with last week's storms as quickly as possible. We want to make sure our list is as accurate as can be."
To make a report, contact the Department of Emergency Management at 723-8960.
Federal panel charges paper anew
HILO » The National Labor Relations Board has filed new charges against the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, alleging that the newspaper engaged in unfair labor practices in negotiations for a new contract for the newspaper's employees, the Hawaii Newspaper Guild announced.
Negotiations have been stalled since they started in November 2004, the union said.
The NLRB complaint says the paper, owned by Stephen Media of Las Vegas, has made proposals that are "predictably unacceptable to the Union."
The company has also "refused to meet at reasonable times and engaged in other delay tactics, all with no intention of reaching an agreement," the charges say.
A two-week trial of the charges is scheduled to start Feb. 5 in Honolulu. Tribune-Herald Editor David Bock declined to comment. Publisher Ted Dixon could not be reached for comment.
In October an NLRB judge held a trial in Hilo, hearing charges that the Tribune-Herald illegally fired reporters Hunter Bishop in 2005 and David Smith in 2006. A ruling in that case could come in February, the union said.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man critically injured in fall
A 40-year-old man was in critical condition at the Queen's Medical Center yesterday after falling through a roof in Pearl City, an Emergency Services Department spokesman said.
At 4:23 p.m. the man was apparently doing construction when the roof caved in and he fell, said Bryan Cheplic, Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokesman.
Firefighters also assisted paramedics at the Hoohulu Place residence, said Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig.
Police seek man after Ala Wai theft
Police are asking for help in capturing a suspect who robbed a man along the Ala Wai Canal at about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.
Police said the suspect allegedly held a metallic object to the man's back and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot on Paoakalani Avenue.
The suspect is described as in his 40s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds, with black hair.
He was last seen wearing a black, long-sleeve jacket with hood, dark-colored baseball cap with red brim, and light-blue denim pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Suspect arrested in burglary case
Police arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly stole $40,000 in cash from an Aiea home Tuesday night.
Police said a 35-year-old man returned home at about 10:05 p.m. and found his safe pried open and $40,000 missing. Neighbors saw a black sport utility vehicle at the house and recorded the license plate number, police said. The homeowner went looking for the SUV and found it at a nearby Zippy's restaurant.
Officers found the suspect at a nearby video store with $5,000 in cash and the victim's bag.