Inmates sentenced for standoff
Two inmates who broke through steel grilles dividing recreation cages at the federal detention center in March 2006 have each been sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to share the $607.58 damage cost.
U.S. District Judge Susan Mollway also sentenced Robert Kupahu and Bryson Jose yesterday to one year of supervised release and required them to pay an additional $25 each.
The incident began when another prisoner, Sean Matsunaga, refused to put his handcuffs back on after a one-hour break. Guards were preparing to transfer the three inmates back to their individual cells when Jose apparently started kicking the grille panel that separated his cage and Matsunaga's cage because he felt a lieutenant had disrespected his friends.
Jose climbed through a hole and entered Matsunaga's cage. Kupahu also created a hole in his room's grille with the help of Jose and Matsunaga to join them in the middle cage. Together, the trio ignored guards' orders to get out of the cage for several hours but finally gave themselves up without incident.
Matsunaga was acquitted in the case.
Band concert to honor King
A free concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band tonight will kick off the celebration of the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
The 7 p.m. concert at Kahala Mall will be a 45-minute tribute to King, who was assassinated 40 years ago. It will feature the music of Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder and other selections commemorating the civil rights movement.
Police, Fire, Courts
Alleged attack targets officer
Police arrested a man who allegedly tried to run a motorcycle police officer down on the H-1 freeway yesterday.
Police said a solo bike officer had stopped a man on the H-1 near the Kaonohi Street overpass. The man then tried to reverse into him with his car, police said.
The incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m., and the man was arrested for first-degree attempted murder later at his Waipahu home on Pupukahi Street.
The officer was released after treatment at Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi.
2 suspects sought in bank robberies
Police are looking for a man in his 20s who robbed a bank at the Ewa Town Center yesterday and another man who robbed a Waipahu bank Friday.
At 3:15 p.m. yesterday a man approached the teller in the Ewa Beach branch of American Savings Bank and demanded money, police said. He was last seen fleeing on foot westbound on Geiger Road, police said.
The man is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a black T-shirt.
In the Waipahu robbery a man in his 20s entered the American Savings Bank branch at 94-060 Farrington Highway at 4:15 p.m. Friday. He handed the teller a note and demanded money, police said.
He fled on foot in an unknown direction, police said.
He is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 160 pounds, with long black hair worn in a bun. He was seen wearing a black T-shirt with white and yellow lettering, black long denim pants and brown sneakers.
Anyone with information on these robberies is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Pedestrian is hurt critically in crash
A 79-year-old Kalihi man was in critical condition yesterday after being hit by a car as he tried to cross the street to catch a bus.
Police Lt. Darren Izumo said that at about 6:25 a.m. the man darted into a marked crosswalk on School Street near Ahonui Street to catch a Koko Head-bound city bus.
An Ewa-bound motorist nearly hit the man but stopped in time. But a Koko Head-bound Honda sedan, driven by a 41-year-old Kalihi man, did not stop in time and hit the pedestrian, police said. The victim was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition with head injuries.
Izumo said the car did not appear to be speeding.
The driver of the car, who declined to give his name, said he drives to work on North School Street every morning but did not see the man in time yesterday because it was still dark.
"I feel so very bad for his family," the driver said.
Police Chief Boisse Correa said police officers face a challenge in educating drivers and pedestrians since the new year has started off with several pedestrian accidents.
Shots fired during robbery at store
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who fired several shots into the air while robbing a Waikiki convenience store.
One round hit a glass sliding door in a room occupied by a 48-year-old man on the 26th floor of the Pacific Monarch Hotel.
Police said the robber entered the Checkout Convenience Store at 2463 Kuhio Ave. at 12:50 a.m. yesterday.
He approached the cashier, demanding money, and when the cashier could not open the register, he fired one shot into the ceiling. The cashier then opened another register.
When others arrived to see what was happening, the robber fired five shots into the air, police said. One of those hit the hotel.
The robber was last seen running mauka on Kapili Street.
Police said no injuries were reported.
The man is described as in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with bad skin. He was wearing a camouflage jacket, khaki shorts, a black ski cap and carrying a black rifle.
That description varies somewhat from that of the man who robbed the Kalapawai Market in Kailua on Dec. 26.
Police said the man entered the market, brandished a rifle, demanded money and fled toward Kailua Beach Park.
He is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 190 to 220 pounds, and was wearing a long-sleeved camouflage shirt, white shorts, a dark hat and slippers. He was armed with a black rifle similar to an AR-15.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.