Mayer approved as planning head
In a 13-12 vote, Abbey Seth Mayer, the state's interim director of planning, was narrowly confirmed yesterday afternoon by the state Senate.
Critics led by Sen. Clayton Hee said Mayer, who has a degree in art and painting from Yale University, was not qualified as a planner.
Mayer is former director of Ke Aupuni Lokahi, the Molokai Enterprise Community, which is a federally funded program for economically disadvantaged areas.
Mayer will serve in Gov. Linda Lingle's administration. The Legislature changed the process for the state Planning Office last year to make it subject to Senate confirmation.
Register for state IDs at Campbell
The state will be processing applications for state identification cards next Saturday at James Campbell High School cafeteria.
Applications will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with priority given to people with completed forms and required certified documents. The fee is $15 in cash, except for seniors 65 years and older, who pay $10.
New applicants should bring an original Social Security card and a certified copy of their birth certificate, or resident alien card. No documents are needed for renewals as long as the applicant's name and citizenship have not changed.
State ID applications also will be accepted May 3 at Lanai Community Center, July 19 at Waipahu High School cafeteria and Aug. 9 at Mililani High School cafeteria. More information is available at www.stateid.hawaii.gov.
University to host career fair
The University of Phoenix-Hawaii Campus will host its third career fair in downtown Honolulu from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 17.
The fair will be held in Rooms 101-102 of the Topa Financial Center at 745 Fort St., across from Aloha Tower Marketplace. The event is free.
Companies participating in the fair include AAA Insurance, Costco Wholesale, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hawaii Pacific Health, the State Department of Health, the Honolulu Police Department, Monopoly Concepts and the U.S. Army.
For more information, call Tyler Schachter at 536-2686, ext. 35107, or Tyler.Schachter@phoenix.edu.
Police group offers scholarships
The Honolulu Police Community Foundation is seeking applicants for its annual scholarship program by April 30.
Students entering or enrolled in a four-year program at an accredited university or college in the United States are eligible. Application forms and scholarship requirements are available at www.honolulupolicecommunityfoundation.org or can be picked up weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the foundation office, 1537 Young St., second floor.
Police, Fire, Courts
Convicted felon caught in Mililani
A manhunt for a convicted felon that began in Waipahu ended yesterday with the capture in Mililani of a 45-year-old man wanted for violating probation.
Police Specialized Services Division and Crime Reduction Units as well as a police helicopter were involved in the pursuit of David Teo.
Police arrested Teo at 6:10 p.m. near the intersection of Meheula Parkway and Kamehameha Highway in Mililani.
Police said Teo has 20 convictions for felonies and misdemeanors including first-degree robbery, escape and auto theft. He was arrested for revocation or modification of probation conditions, and his bail was set at $50,000.
Man, 19, accused of sex assault
Police arrested a 19-year-old Aliamanu man yesterday for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a 19-year-old woman.
The man allegedly forced the woman to have sex with him, police said. The alleged assault took place at about 3 a.m. yesterday in the Red Hill area.
Police arrested the man at his home at 5:15 a.m. yesterday for attempted first-degree sexual assault.
Suspects sought in ATM thefts
Police are looking for suspects who broke into three automated teller machines and stole an undisclosed amount of cash in the Pearl City-Waipio-Aiea area on Wednesday and Thursday.
Police suspect the three people who were involved in a robbery at 2 a.m. Thursday at the Aiea Cue billiard parlor might also have been involved with the ATM thefts.
Police said most ATM crimes do not involve removal of cash by opening the machines. Three suspects with covered heads robbed Aiea Cue by handcuffing an employee, breaking into the ATM and stealing an undisclosed amount of cash.
Two ATM machine break-ins were reported Thursday morning outside Big City Diner at the Waipio Shopping Center at 5 a.m. Thursday and at the Pearl City Business Plaza lobby at 6:20 a.m. Police said another ATM was broken into at the Aiea Shopping Plaza Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
Anyone who has information is asked to call police or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
Woman accuses man of sex assault
A 27-year-old Waikiki man was charged yesterday with sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman to whom he gave a ride.
Prosecutors charged Nariaki Saito yesterday with two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of third-degree sexual assault.
Police said the intoxicated woman accepted a ride on March 18 from a man and later awoke in an unfamiliar apartment in Waikiki where he allegedly assaulted her. Police arrested Saito at 9 p.m. Thursday after the woman identified him. Bail was set at $50,000.