Preservation office seeks leaders
State Department of Land and Natural Resources Director Laura H. Thielen appointed a search committee to recruit top leadership for the troubled State Historic Preservation Division.
The committee consists of retired judge Patrick K. S. L. Yim, native Hawaiian practitioner and educator Ku Kahakalau and Bishop Museum Director Tim Johns.
The panel will seek applicants for division's administrator and branch chiefs for the archaeological and history/culture branches, Thielen said in a news release.
Former administrator Melanie Chinen, who had faced criticism over her management style from some Hawaiian, historical and archaeology groups, resigned earlier this month. The division is being run by a temporary management team.
Candidates for leading the division can apply by submitting their resume, with cover letter, to Laura H. Thielen c/o Jennifer Barra, P.O. Box 621, Honolulu, HI 96809 or to SHPD.Recruitment@hawaii.gov.
Candidates interested in other division positions can see www.hawaii.gov/dlnr for more information.
Police board elects leaders
The Honolulu Police Commission elected a new chairwoman and vice chairman for 2008 last week.
Christine H. Camp, the president and chief executive officer of real estate development company Avalon Development Co., was elected chairwoman.
Camp will replace Chairman Boyd S. Andrade Sr.
The commission also re-elected Keith Y. Amemiya as vice chairman. He is executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, the governing body of high school athletics in Hawaii.
News show lacked power
KGMB 9 canceled its local 5 o'clock news broadcast yesterday afternoon because power wasn't restored after the installation of a generator, a newsroom employee said.
KGMB said crews shut down power the night before to install a generator that would allow the station to broadcast during blackouts. But the installation wasn't finished in time for the evening newscast.
Police, Fire, Courts
DNA identifies burglary suspect
Honolulu police say they cracked a 2-year-old burglary case through DNA testing.
The case dates back to May 2005 when an 83-year-old man's Waikiki condominium was broken into. Police said DNA recovered at the scene was matched through the Hawaii State and National DNA Index Systems last month.
Computer checks indicated the suspect was already a prisoner at the Oahu Community Correctional Center. The suspect, 43-year-old Roby Deguchi, was charged Friday with first-degree burglary. He is being held on $40,000 bail.
Dad driving forklift runs over girl, 3
A 3-year-old girl was in critical condition yesterday after her father backed over her with a forklift in Kalihi, police said.
The accident happened at about 5:15 p.m. when the girl's father reversed over the girl while moving produce into a warehouse at 525 Kokea St., according to police.
Paramedics took the girl to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, which was changed to critical condition at the hospital, said Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokesman Bryan Cheplic.
Kalihi copper theft brings 2 arrests
Police arrested two men yesterday who allegedly stole about 133 pounds of copper wiring from a structure in Kalihi.
Another law enforcement agency was checking a residential area slated for demolition and found the two men, both 30 years old, in a building at 1110 Macomb Road, police said.
Authorities recovered 133 pounds of insulated copper wiring, and one suspect also had a glass pipe with residue, police said.
Tip from resident leads to arrest
A suspicious resident led police to arrest a 21-year-old man for burglary in Kalihi Friday.
Police said a 40-year-old woman was walking back to her apartment complex at about 2:45 p.m. when she saw the suspect on the walkway outside her second-floor unit.
The woman remembered seeing the suspect loitering in the area. As she observed him, the suspect allegedly removed louvers and made his way into her apartment, so the woman called police.
Kalihi man nabbed in 2 sex assaults
Police arrested a 37-year-old Kalihi man in two separate sexual assault cases.
A 4-year-old boy reported the man sexually assaulted him Sept. 29, police said. The man was also arrested in the 2002 sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman. After his arrest Friday, the suspect was released pending further investigation.
Fire burns Big Island house
A Big Island structure fire caused $204,000 damage yesterday to a two-story wooden structure in Pahoa, a fire news release said.
The first of 23 firefighters arrived at 14-3339 Mayzee Road at 7:42 a.m. to find the top floor engulfed in flames. Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 40 minutes.
The cause of the house fire was under investigation yesterday. A Red Cross representative also was at the scene.
Cause of Ewa fire goes undetermined
The cause of a fire in Ewa that sent a 3-year-old boy to the hospital is unknown and the case will be closed unless there is new information, the Honolulu Fire Department said in a news release.
A 3-year-old boy received first- and second-degree injuries over 20 percent of his body in the fire Thursday morning at 91-1323 Maliko St.
Damage to the house and its contents was estimated at $250,000.
Girl reports assault by man in Kaneohe
A 9-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 62-year-old Kaneohe man.
Police said the girl reported she was sexually assaulted by the man in Kaneohe on Nov. 29.
Police identified the suspect and arrested him last week on suspicion of third-degree sexual assault and released him pending further investigation.
Firefighters rescue injured 60-year-old
Big Island firefighters rescued a 60-year-old man who fell and hurt his ankle just north of Manuka Beach.
The fire department was called at about 4:15 p.m. Friday, and a helicopter pulled the man to an area where he could be taken by ambulance to Kona Hospital for treatment.