UH regent gives $40,000 to WCC
Windward Community College is receiving a $50,000 gift from Kitty Lagareta, a member of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents and chief executive officer of the public relations company Communications Pacific, and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
Lagareta, a former chairwoman of the regents, is giving $40,000, and the Castle Foundation is giving $10,000 for the endowment that will provide tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses for students with "special responsibilities that are passionate about their education."
UH to offer part-time law classes
The American Bar Association has approved a new program to offer part-time law school classes at night at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The William S. Richardson School of Law hopes to begin the program this fall with a class of about 24 students.
Classes are tentatively scheduled to meet three evenings a week (Tuesday-Thursday) from 5:30 to 8:35 p.m.
"This part-time program will broaden access to legal education, promote greater diversity in the bar, and expand educational opportunities for our state and beyond," said Law School Dean Aviam Soifer in a news release. "Our current full time format is a significant barrier to access to legal education for nontraditional aspirants and for those who must work to support themselves and to care for their families."
Forum to address doctor shortage
A free public forum addressing Windward Oahu's physician shortage will be held at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Castle Medical Center Auditorium, 640 Ulukahiki St.
Panelists will include Rep. Josh Green (D, Keauhou-Honokohau), House Health Committee chairman and Big Island doctor; Dr. Linda Rasmussen, legislative co-chairwoman, Hawaii Medical Association, and a Windward Oahu orthopedic surgeon; Kevin Roberts, president and chief executive officer, Castle Medical Center; Joan Ryan, Windward Oahu resident; Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R, Kaneohe-Kailua), Judiciary Committee member; and Donald P. "Rocky" Wilcox, vice president and general counsel, Texas Medical Association, who will describe how medical liability reforms in Texas reduced medical insurance premiums for physicians.
For more information, call 536-7702 or toll-free (888) 536-2792, or see www.hmaonline.net.
Gov releases plant-facility funds
State plant quarantine officials are scheduled to get new roofs on Maui and an improved air-conditioning system on the Big Island.
Gov. Linda Lingle has released $317,900 for improvements to the state facilities.
Some $167,900 will be spent to improve the state Department of Agriculture's air-conditioning system in Hilo.
Design and construction money totaling $150,000 has been released to replace 17-year-old roofs on three buildings at state agricultural facilities in Kahului.
The design is scheduled to be completed in July, with construction starting in March 2009.
Police, Fire, Courts
Driver nabbed after road rage
Police arrested a 48-year-old Kalihi man who was apparently angry over slow-moving traffic and allegedly drove his car into two other vehicles in Waikiki.
Police said the man was driving on Kalakaua Avenue around 7 a.m. Saturday and allegedly suddenly accelerated, forcing the car in front to slam into another vehicle about 50 feet ahead.
Police located the man in his car a short while later at Fort DeRussy Park, and he was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal property damage.
Man is charged in home invasion
Police charged a 29-year-old man Thursday in a case from September in which he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's residence, pushing her down and taking some of her belongings.
Police arrested Aaron M. Sharpe at the Oahu Community Correctional Facility for alleged first-degree burglary, harassment and abuse of a family member.
Police said Sharpe allegedly entered his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend's Kailua home without permission on Sept. 5. During an argument he allegedly pushed her down several times, causing minor injuries.
The man then allegedly took several of her personal belongings.
Bail was set at $11,000.
Mystery oil slick largely dissipates
The U.S. Coast Guard investigated yesterday, for the second day, the source of a 3-mile oil slick between Barbers Point and Nanakuli, a Coast Guard news release said.
After several foot patrols along the shoreline yesterday, officials reported no visible shoreline damages and said the oil slick had mostly dissipated.
About 500 gallons of a marine diesel-type fuel caused the slick Saturday morning and forced officials to evacuate swimming lagoons at Ko Olina Resort.
Pacific Environmental Corp. is conducting the cleanup.
Minor vessel damage has been reported, the Coast Guard said. Boat owners with questions should call the Coast Guard at 842-2672.
Police arrest burglary suspect
Police arrested a 65-year-old man who was wanted for a burglary last month.
At about 7 p.m. on Jan. 10, the suspect allegedly kicked in the door to a Waianae apartment and assaulted a 28-year-old man. A 66-year-old man was also injured in the alleged assault, police said.
The suspect was located Friday and booked on suspicion of first-degree burglary.
Fatal crash could have alcohol link
Speed and alcohol might have been factors in a head-on fatal collision Saturday near Eleele Shopping Center on Kauai, a Kauai County news release said.
The victim was identified as Roman Cruz, 67, of Kekaha. At about 11:25 p.m., Micah Moke, 18, was driving east in a Chevy Nova on Kaumualii Highway when he crossed the center line near mile marker 15 and collided with Cruz's Acura, the news release said.
Cruz died at the scene. Moke and his 17-year-old passenger were taken to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital in stable and fair condition, respectively.
Cruz is Kauai's fourth traffic fatality this year.