UH to help Vietnamese school
The Ford Foundation awarded $553,843 to the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Globalization Research Center to work with Hanoi Architecture University in Vietnam for research and training on urbanization, UH-Manoa officials said.
UH-Manoa faculty will help Hanoi Architecture University examine Vietnam's economic reform strategy called Doi Moi. They will also train Vietnamese faculty and help design and improve Hanoi Architecture University's urban planning curriculum.
Manoa to get temporary library
The state will spend $600,000 on a temporary facility that will be used by Oahu book lovers while a new Manoa Public Library is constructed.
Construction of the temporary library at Noelani Elementary School is to be completed in September.
Plans call for the Manoa Public Library to be demolished, with the new library constructed on the same site. The $10 million project is to be open to the public in November 2010.
The new library building will feature basement parking and more floor space to accommodate an expanded library collection. It will also provide a larger work area for staff and space for a separate children's room and meeting room.
Police, Fire, Courts
Mo-ped driver dies after crash
A 17-year-old boy critically injured this month when the mo-ped he was driving collided with a truck, died Wednesday at the Queen's Medical Center.
Police said Felix Umblas was driving a mo-ped makai-bound on Kalihi Street at about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 18 when he hit a mauka-bound Ford F-150 pickup that was making a left turn into Kaumualii Street.
Police said Umblas was traveling at a high rate of speed, did not have his headlight on and was not wearing a helmet.
Bust yields $500,000 in drugs
WAILUKU » A Maui man was being held yesterday on charges related to the seizure of marijuana and 10 pounds of cocaine estimated to be worth $500,000, authorities said.
Gabriel R. Collazo, 29, of Kihei is charged with first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and a count of second-degree commercial promotion of marijuana.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 8 in Maui Circuit Court.
Collazo's bail was set at $500,000 by Maui District Judge Douglas Ige following a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Police said they executed a search warrant at Collazo's home on Kauhale Street and found cocaine in gallon- and quart-size plastic bags, and marijuana plants growing in the home.
Maui police made the largest drug bust in county history earlier this year, seizing various drugs including six pounds of crystal methamphetamine and more than 18 pounds of cocaine.
Stolen data leads to thefts via ATM
Police are looking for a man accused of using several bank cards to make transactions out of other people's accounts.
Between Oct. 8 and 29, a man was captured on security cameras using an automatic teller machine at 651 S. King St.
The suspect made 27 transactions using different ATM cards. Through investigation with Washington Mutual Bank in New York, police determined someone was allegedly using the personal information of all the victims and changed the PIN numbers via telephone. Most of the victims still had their cards in possession, and the suspect was able to get new cards.
Police said the suspect used the cards in Hawaii, Las Vegas and New York. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
Suspect sought in Waianae heist
Police need help locating a suspect in a Waianae robbery this week.
At about 6:50 a.m. Sunday, a man in his 20s entered Papa Pantry in the Mahalo gas station at 87-1942 Farrington Highway. He allegedly brandished a knife, demanded money and fled on foot toward Waianae.
The suspect is described as about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with a mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing a yellow Bob Marley hooded sweatshirt, black pants, blue baseball cap and dark glasses. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.