Mental state puts trial on hold
The murder trial of an 84-year-old Canadian visitor accused of fatally stabbing his 82-year-old wife in their Waikiki hotel room last year is on hold.
A court-appointed panel of three mental health professionals has determined that Tadeusz Zygmunt "Ted" Jandura of Edmonton is not mentally competent to stand trial.
Circuit Judge Richard Pollack committed Jandura to the Hawaii State Hospital for further testing and ordered another review of his fitness to stand trial in 90 days.
Jandura's trial was scheduled to begin Monday. His attorney had notified the court that he intended to rely on the insanity defense.
Jandura remains in custody without the possibility of release on bail.
Police went to Ilikai Waikiki Hotel on Feb. 25, 2007, on a report of an argument in the makai wing of the hotel. It was Jandura who called police.
Police found Ingeborg Jandura's body covered with dried blood on a bed inside the couple's room. The body had more than 100 stab wounds, according to the autopsy.
Freeway lanes to close for work
Some lanes in various parts of the island will be closed during night hours for roadwork.
Multiple lanes near the merge of H-1, H-3 and Moanalua freeways to the Kaonohi Street overpass near Aloha Stadium will be closed from 9 p.m. today to 4 a.m. tomorrow for lane striping and installation work. The lanes to be closed include two right lanes of H-1 freeway and the left lane of Moanalua Freeway. The H-1 freeway westbound onramp from Ulune Street and the H-3 freeway westbound Pearl City offramp will also be closed.
State transportation officials advised motorists heading west on H-3 freeway to take the Aloha Stadium/Halawa offramp and use Ulune Street, Moanalua Road or Kamehameha Highway as alternate routes.
Multiple lanes in both directions will also be closed on the H-2 freeway between Ka Uka Boulevard and Meheula Parkway overpass from 9 p.m. today to 4 a.m. tomorrow for expansion joint replacement work on the Kipapa Gulch Bridge.
In town, two westbound lanes on Ala Moana Boulevard will be closed between Piikoi and Kamakee streets from today through Monday, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, for curb and bus lane work.
Firm gets job to replace bridge
KILAUEA, Kauai » Kauai officials have given Kiewet Pacific Co. the go-ahead to completely replace the Kilauea Bridge.
The $12.8 million project, using about $10.2 million in federal funds, will likely take a year to complete, county officials said yesterday.
On Wednesday the bridge, along Kolo Road and over Kilauea Stream, will be closed, and remain closed for the duration of the project. Traffic will be detoured to Kuhio Highway.
The new, two-lane concrete bridge will be 102 feet long and 35 feet wide and have a weight limit of 20 tons.
Kiewet was awarded the project last year, and the company has already begun preliminary work, officials said.
UH seeks applicants for dean
The University of Hawaii at Manoa is accepting applications for the founding dean of the newly established Hawai'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.
The school was created last year by merging the Hawaiian studies and language programs, and is the largest school of indigenous studies in the nation, the university said in a news release. The school's mission is to pursue, perpetuate, research and revitalize all areas and forms of Hawaiian knowledge.
More information about the position can be found at the search committee Web site, www.hawaii.edu/ executivesearch/hawaiianknowledge.
Police, Fire, Courts
Teenager stabbed at Mayor Wright
Police were looking for a suspect last night in a stabbing at Mayor Wright Housing.
Police said a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the back at 8:55 p.m. Wednesday by an unknown male during a large affray.
When police arrived, they found a large group dispersing from the sidewalk at 630 N. Kukui St., and no witnesses or any evidence.
Police said the victim received a stab wound to his upper left back and was uncooperative.
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in stable condition.
Man accused of assault
Police arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs.
Police said that at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, the 25-year-old woman was arguing with the suspect when he allegedly assaulted her and pushed her down a flight of stairs at a Kalakaua Avenue apartment complex.
Police said the suspect then helped the woman into her apartment and left.
Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Man allegedly kidnaps woman
Police arrested a 40-year-old man after he allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and kept her for several days.
On Saturday the 45-year-old woman was walking along a street in Honolulu when the suspect drove up and ordered her to get into his car, police said. When she refused, the suspect allegedly forced her inside.
Police said the suspect drove her to his apartment in Makaha, where he held her against her will and assaulted her. On Wednesday the woman locked herself in the bathroom and called police for help.
Officers arrived and arrested the suspect on suspicion of kidnapping.
2 teens arrested in alleged robbery
Police arrested two teenagers for allegedly robbing three others at a Waianae bus stop.
At about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, three 16-year-old boys were seated at a bus stop when they were approached by the suspects, two other 16-year-old boys, police said.
The suspects allegedly threatened to hurt the victims unless they handed over personal belongings.
The suspects fled with the items but were arrested later on suspicion of second-degree robbery.
Mexican arrested for alleged attack
Big Island authorities charged an 18-year-old Mexican national Monday for allegedly stabbing a 45-year-old Captain Cook man Sunday in Kona.
Carlos Silva-Rivero was arrested early Sunday after the 45-year-old man reported being attacked at about 12:30 a.m. in the parking lot of a bar in the Kona industrial area.
Police said the victim suffered puncture wounds to his shoulder and lower back.
Silva-Rivero allegedly threatened later to stab a 34-year-old witness if he reported the stabbing to the authorities, police said.
Silva-Rivero was charged with second-degree assault and intimidating a witness.