Man faces assault, gun charges
Federal prosecutors charged Chris Santos yesterday with allegedly striking and injuring two law enforcement officers with a car in March.
Santos is accused of forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating and interfering with a special deputy U.S. Marshal and a Kauai police officer who was assisting the deputy, causing bodily injury to both, according to information filed in federal court yesterday.
The officers were engaged in official duties at the time of the assault on March 6.
Santos was also charged yesterday with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a .243-caliber rifle.
UH students to present research
Award-winning University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy graduate students will describe their research on brown dwarfs, gamma-ray bursts, luminous galaxies and other astronomical mysteries at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the institute, 2680 Woodlawn Drive.
Dagny Looper, Emily Levesque and Tian Tian Yuan, all master's-level students, received awards from the Friends of the Institute for Astronomy for outstanding work.
"These IFA graduate students have already made an international impact in their fields," the organization said.
Admission and parking for the event are free. For more information, see www.ifa.hawaii.edu/specialevents/Jan08Friends.
Professor to discuss Alzheimer's
The neurochemistry of Alzheimer's disease will be discussed by Dr. Patricia Lanoie Blanchette in a community forum on chemistry from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Windward Community College.
Blanchette is professor and chairwoman of the Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
The American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section and VWR International are co-sponsoring the event in the Science Complex, Hale Imiloa 111, at 45-720 Keaahala Road on the WCC campus.
For more information, call 236-9120 or see www.wcc.hawaii.edu/Events/Downloads/2008_Spring.pdf.
Police, Fire, Courts
Student ID'd as hiker killed in fall
WAILUKU » The 22-year-old man who died after a fall during a hike in East Maui was a student at a Calvary Chapel Bible College in South Maui.
Geoff Wiegand of Silverton, Ore., had been on Maui for just a couple of weeks.
The Rev. David Courson, the college's director, said Wiegand had been enjoying his stay with friends on Maui.
Wiegand was in his first semester at the college in South Maui, an extension of the main college in California.
"He loved Maui. He loved being here," Courson said.
Courson said three companions who were with Wiegand on the hike said they had just spent one of the best days in their lives hiking and enjoying nature.
Fire officials said according to his companions, Wiegand was scaling down a steep section near a waterfall in Kailua about 2.5 miles mauka of Hana Highway when he slipped, hit his head, entered a pool of water and quickly disappeared Thursday.
His body was retrieved from the mountains by a fire rescue helicopter Thursday evening.
Police Lt. John Jakubczak said there was no sign of foul play, but as a matter of procedure, an autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Wiegand on Monday.
Courson said Wiegand's family was shaken by his death.
"Geoff had a vibrant, strong Christian faith. The family has rallied around that," Courson said.
Drug warrant leads to robbery arrest
Big Island police arrested one of two men allegedly involved in a home invasion robbery in Hawaiian Acres in November.
Police, with an arrest warrant stemming from unrelated drug charges, found the 28-year-old man hiding in a closet at 8:30 a.m. yesterday in the Orchidland subdivision and arrested him for the home invasion, police said.
The man allegedly resisted arrest, so officers used a Taser to subdue him, police said. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail on an unrelated warrant.
Police are still looking for a 22-year-old man in the home invasion.
Police also arrested a 26-year-old Hilo woman on suspicion of hindering prosecution and first-degree terroristic threatening after she allegedly threatened an officer.
Death threats, break-in alleged
Police arrested a 31-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and broke into her Wahiawa home.
Police said the man called the 31-year-old woman four times Wednesday night and threatened to kill her.
The woman, fearing for her life, left her home and stayed with a friend, police said.
When she returned Thursday, she found the man in her home, police said. The man then fled with her cell phone.
Police found the man and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree burglary.