Man indicted in girls' sex assaults
An Oahu grand jury indicted a Honolulu man Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting three girls from July 1, 2001, to December 2006.
Clifford K. Wilbur was indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Wilbur allegedly sexually assaulted a girl less than 14 years old, and was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault.
Wilbur allegedly fondled a girl less than 14 years old, and was indicted on third-degree sexual assault.
He also allegedly fondled a girl between 14 and 15 years old in 2004 and 2005, and was charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
'Ice' shipment has 3 in hot water
Three men were indicted by a federal grand jury this week stemming from a shipment of about 9.6 pounds of methamphetamine from California to Hawaii.
Muli Kifianna Vehikite, Ekiloni Fakatoumafi and Holoaki Sione Mateialona were indicted Wednesday on charges of distribution and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in excess of 50 grams.
Mateialona allegedly sent a package Nov. 1 containing 4,343 grams of methamphetamine from California to Hawaii, the indictment said.
Mateialona sent more than 50 grams Jan. 24 by UPS to Hawaii, and Vehikite accepted delivery of a package in Hawaii on Jan. 25, the indictment said.
The three men allegedly transported the UPS-delivered package by car Jan. 25 in Honolulu, according to the indictment.
Kealoha gets environmental nod
Gov. Linda Lingle recently named Katherine Puana Kealoha to serve as director of the state Office of Environmental Quality Control.
Kealoha's appointment will go before the Senate for confirmation. She is slated to start her new job on Feb. 20.
Kealoha, a lawyer, was instrumental in forming the environmental crimes unit in the Honolulu prosecutor's office in 1998. She has 12 years of litigation experience and has practiced in the areas of environmental, family, real estate, business, criminal and civil law.
She currently works in the Career Criminal Division of the prosecutor's office, where she handles cases relating to environmental law, repeat offenders and capital crimes.
Kealoha earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Chaminade University. While working toward her master's, Kealoha attended the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, where she received her law degree.
Game could delay ZipperLane
A freeway ZipperLane will be deployed earlier than usual tomorrow in the Waikele-Waipahu area, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The ZipperLane will be deployed at 5:30 p.m. that day for overnight roadwork in the westbound direction. The lane should reach the Waikele area before 9 p.m. If the Pro Bowl game runs long or goes into overtime, deployment of the ZipperLane will be delayed until later in the evening.
Construction hours will be between 9 that evening through 4:30 the next morning. The department anticipates the lane will open to rush hour morning traffic at 5:30 a.m.
Small-claims law talk is on menu
The Hawaii State Judiciary is sponsoring a free session on small claims at noon Feb. 20 in the Supreme Court conference room, located at 417 S. King St.
The session is part of the "Lunch 'n' Learn the Law" program.
For more information, contact the Judiciary Public Affairs Office at 539-4909.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man arrested after alleged assault
Police arrested a 24-year-old man who allegedly beat and slashed another man at Ala Moana Park on Thursday.
Police said that at about 5 p.m. the suspect entered a park restroom and kicked a shopping cart containing a 54-year-old man's possessions.
Police said when the victim complained, the suspect punched him on the head several times and kicked him on the leg. The suspect left the restroom, and the victim tried to clean himself up at the sink, police said.
The suspect allegedly returned with a broken beer bottle and slashed the victim on the side of his face, arms and hands while punching and kicking him again.
Officers found the suspect shortly afterward and arrested him on suspicion of second- and third-degree assault.
Domestic dispute leads to arrest
Police arrested a 35-year-old man who allegedly threatened a woman twice since last summer.
On Aug. 30 the suspect allegedly threatened a 28-year-old woman with a handgun during an argument at their Manoa home. The woman took the gun away but did not report the incident to police.
Days after that incident, the suspect allegedly slapped the woman several times. On Wednesday the suspect called the woman at her workplace and allegedly threatened her.
When he arrived at her workplace, police were called and the suspect was arrested. Police said the man was carrying an air gun and also had drugs on him. He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening, abuse of a household member and drug violations.
Teen allegedly kidnapped boy
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy yesterday for allegedly kidnapping a 12-year-old boy Oct. 3 in the Honolulu area.
Police said the older boy and two accomplices allegedly lured the younger boy to a location, forced him to sit in a chair, then duct-taped him to the chair and blindfolded him. The suspect then poured extremely hot water onto the boy's foot, then released him, police said.
The victim was taken to a hospital where he was treated for second-degree burns, police said.