3 indicted in alleged gang rape
Three of four males arrested in an alleged gang rape of a woman last month on the state Capitol grounds were indicted yesterday on charges of kidnapping and sexual assault.
The grand-jury indictment charges Edward Eter with first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping. Turan Sirom and David Kimiuo are charged with being an accomplice to first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping.
Sirom and Kimiuo are accused of holding the woman down while Eter sexually assaulted her.
Circuit Judge Derrick Chan issued $200,000 bench warrants for all three defendants.
State deputy sheriffs and Honolulu police arrested the men and a juvenile Feb. 23 after a deputy on patrol came upon the four suspects apparently sexually assaulting a woman near the Korean and Vietnam War Memorial. Police later released them pending further investigation.
Mainland clocks spring ahead
Daylight-saving time is not coming to Hawaii this weekend, but setting the clock ahead in the rest of the country will have some effect on island residents.
Anyone communicating with the mainland will have to remember to count ahead three hours for the West Coast and six hours for the East Coast.
For most of the nation, people will be trading an hour's sleep before dawn Sunday for more sunlight in the evening. The shift serves as a reminder to install new batteries in warning devices like smoke detectors and hazard warning radios. And that applies in Hawaii. Standard time returns to the mainland Nov. 2.
Funds for dock repair released
Gov. Linda Lingle released $4.2 million to refurbish the Ala Wai Harbor, the state's largest boat harbor.
The money will be used to replace Docks B, C and D; transient docks; and Row 500 and Row 700 docks.
The upcoming improvements come after the recent replacement of Dock F. About $1.65 million went toward the replacement project.
The Ala Wai Boat Harbor has 747 slips and a long waiting list for berth space.
Replacement work at Docks B, C and D will begin in September and completed next March. Eighty of the 172 slips are out of service due to safety concerns. Improvements to the transient docks and Row 500 and Row 700 docks are slated to take place next year.
Seminars on SAT scheduled
Hawaii sophomores and juniors and their parents can learn about the SAT at four free seminars this month.
Karen Figueroa, SAT instructor and founder of Solutions Test Prep, will host the first seminar tomorrow from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Kaimuki Christian Church, followed by another session from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hawaii Kai Public Library.
A third seminar will be Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kalihi-Palama Public Library, and another on March 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Aina Haina Public Library. Students who would like their PSAT scores reviewed should bring a copy of their test results.
Police, Fire, Courts
Hikers are injured in 30-foot fall
Two hikers were injured, one critically, when they fell 30 feet from a ledge near the Pali Lookout at about 5 p.m. yesterday.
A 20-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, both reportedly local residents, were hiking along a dry waterfall about 100 feet above Old Pali Road when the woman slipped and fell, fire Capt. Terry Seelig said.
The woman grabbed the man as she was falling, and they both plunged about 30 feet, Seelig said.
The man hiked down and asked people walking along the road to call for help.
Fire rescue personnel reached the steep side of the cliff by rappelling from a helicopter.
When they got to the woman, she was unconscious, Seelig said. The hikers were airlifted to the Pali Golf Course, where they were met by an ambulance and taken to the hospital at about 5:45 p.m.
Paramedics took the woman to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. The man was in stable condition and also taken to Queen's, said Bryan Cheplic, Honolulu Emergency Services spokesman.
The woman suffered head and neck injuries, and the man injured his ankle, Seelig said.
Alleged vandal at law office held
Police arrested a 20-year-old man early yesterday after he allegedly rummaged through an Aiea law office.
Shortly after 2 a.m. a private security guard at a Kaahumanu Street office chased after the suspect, caught him and held him until police arrived.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary.
Fire engulfs car in Pali tunnel
A man and his passenger escaped from a car yesterday afternoon moments before it was engulfed in flames in the Pali tunnel, police said.
At 12:16 p.m. the driver of a 1985 Porsche stopped his car inside the tunnel when the engine compartment caught fire, police said. The driver and his passenger got out, and moments later the car erupted in flames, police said. The Porsche was completely burned, police said.
Traffic was diverted from the Kailua-bound side of Pali Highway at Waokanaka Street while firefighters doused the flames. Police reopened the highway at 1:40 p.m.
Driver dies 19 days after solo car crash
The city Medical Examiner's Office says the death of an 87-year-old Kaaawa woman was caused by a Feb. 5 car crash.
Harriet Gilbertson died Feb. 24 from multiple organ failure due to multiple injuries from a single-car collision, the office found.
Police said Gilbertson was driving a sedan at a high rate of speed on the Pali Lookout access road when she lost control of the car, which struck the side of the roadway and caught on fire. Gilbertson was pulled out of her car by witnesses, police said.
She was taken in serious condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where she was treated until her death.
It was the eighth Oahu traffic fatality for 2008 compared with 17 at the same time last year.
Domestic dispute gets man arrested
Police arrested a 38-year-old man Wednesday for allegedly abusing his girlfriend and her infant daughter.
The 30-year-old girlfriend told police that the abuse occurred on Feb. 6. The woman reported that the suspect threatened her with a shotgun on Tuesday and later damaged her car. Police arrested the suspect at his home Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of abuse of a household member and third-degree criminal property damage.
Maui home damaged by fire
WAILUKU » Fire damaged a three-bedroom house in Haiku, Maui, early yesterday, the county said in a news release.
Four Maui fire companies fought the blaze, reported at 3:36 a.m., and extinguished it by 6:07 a.m.
The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the structure and $10,000 in damage to its contents, the county reported. The fire started in the front bedroom of the 1,000-square-foot home, the county said. No one was injured in the fire, and the cause was under investigation.