Hearing set in HPD car's ramming
A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday for a Honolulu man who allegedly drove a stolen pickup truck deliberately into a police officer's car last week on Kahekili Highway.
Kevin Wayne Anthony, 40, of Lusitana Street appeared in District Court Friday and was held in lieu of $40,000 bail.
He was charged with terroristic threatening and criminal property damage over the traffic incident in which the officer received minor injuries when the police vehicle was rammed twice on Tuesday.
Police also charged him with theft of the Toyota pickup truck, which was taken Nov. 1 from Hao Street, and with taking a handbag and identification cards from a parked car at Kualoa Beach Park.
Police stopped Anthony on Kahekili Highway and told him to get out of the truck, according to court documents.
He allegedly accelerated, crossed the center line and struck a second stopped police car. According to court documents, he reversed and rammed the car a second time, spinning it sideways. The officer was treated at Castle Medical Center and released. Items stolen at Kualoa Beach Park were found in the truck, police said.
Prosecutor won't seek new term
LIHUE » Kauai County Prosecutor Craig De Costa announced last week that he will not seek a second four-year term next year.
De Costa, who has worked for the Garden Isle prosecutor for 11 years, the only job he's had since graduating from law school, said he wants to explore several other options, both personally and professionally, in the next few years.
First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer Winn is also leaving the office. She announced a few months ago that she is heading to the Kauai county attorney's office.
De Costa's term ends on Dec. 1, 2008. He will be replaced in the November election.
Group offers China study tour
Students in public high schools are invited to apply for scholarships to go on a 2008 summer study tour to China and Taiwan offered by the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council.
All expenses will be paid for the 20 students selected to take part in the two-week trip.
Anyone attending a public or charter high school is eligible to apply, but preference is given to students taking part in the Council's High School Global Education program, clubs, conferences and after-school classes.
A grant from the Freeman Foundation covers the cost of the travel program. Last summer, students visited Vietnam.
The council also offers a few scholarships to students taking part in Punahou School's study-abroad programs in France, Japan, China and Costa Rica.
To learn more, call the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council at 944-7780 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man arrested after Waipahu stabbing
A 22-year-old man stabbed a 26-year-old neighbor about 11:50 p.m. Friday in Waipahu, police said.
The victim was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition, police said.
The suspect was standing outside of his apartment building yelling and when a neighbor asked him to be quiet, he stabbed the man in the neck, police said.
Police arrested the suspect for first-degree assault.
Boy, 15, accused of robbing teen
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy for allegedly attacking and robbing another teenager for his iPod.
About 2:20 Friday afternoon, the suspect confronted a 16-year-old boy in the Waipahu area, and allegedly punched and kicked him, demanding his iPod. The suspect fled after taking the device.
The victim identified the suspect to police. The boy turned himself in to police a few hours later, and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery.
Subcontractor died from asphyxiation
Pauu Pooi, the subcontractor who fell into a cesspool on Wednesday, had died of asphyxiation due to being trapped in a cesspool, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said.
Pooi, 34, fell in the pit in Laie Wednesday morning after the ground caved in beneath him. His body was recovered after a nine-hour search. The manner of death was accidental.
Dead swimmer in Hauula identified
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office identified an 18-year-old man yesterday who died after struggling in the ocean in Hauula as James Cosier, of Hauula.
Cosier was at PoundersBeach Friday about 1:30 p.m. when his friends noticed he was in trouble and went to help, police said. Rescuers brought him to Kahuku Hospital where he died that evening. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is still pending.
Man accused of beating woman
Police arrested a 27-year-old man who allegedly assaulted and robbed his ex-girlfriend earlier this year.
On Aug. 23, the suspect saw his 41-year-old ex-girlfriend with another man in Kahuku, and allegedly assaulted her.
On Sept. 23, the woman went to the suspect's home in Hauula to pick up her personal belongings, police said. Police said the suspect pushed the woman and took her purse.
The suspect was arrested Thursday on suspicion of second-degree assault and second-degree robbery.
Officials open arson investigation
An arson investigation has been opened following a fire that occurred at a Punchbowl-area home Friday night.
Four fire companies responded to a 7:48 p.m. call to 150 Prospect St. The fire was under control by 8:01 p.m., said fire spokesman Capt. James Todd. There was about $165,000 worth of damage to the structure and its contents.
Nobody was home at the time, and Todd said an elderly woman is only a part-time resident of the home. Fire investigators believe the fire was intentionally set, but how and where it was started remain under investigation.