Services for Baptiste on July 6
KAPAA, Kauai » Services for Kauai Mayor Bryan Baptiste will be held July 6 at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue, county officials announced.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. A celebration of his life will immediately follow in the Convention Hall auditorium, officials said.
Aloha attire is suggested, and anyone sending flowers should arrange for them to be delivered after 7 a.m.
Baptiste, 52, died Sunday of a heart attack. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
Man charged in boy's sex assault
An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging the operator of a portable-toilet rental company with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy who works for him.
The indictment charges Henry Moisa, 56, with five counts of first-degree sexual assault. The offenses allegedly occurred from May 2007 to last May, according to the indictment.
Moisa runs A's Party Portables.
The boy reported the alleged sexual assaults to police last month, according to court records.
Police arrested Moisa at his Maili home Friday. He was released after posting $25,000 bail.
Soldier ID'd as N. Carolina man
The Army has identified the 22-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier who died Monday as Spc. Kenneth R. Jacobs, from Holley Springs, N.C.
The cause of his death is being investigated, but foul play is not suspected, an Army spokesman said.
Jacobs was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
He was found unconscious at about 1 p.m. in the company area of the unit, and city paramedics were called who pronounced Jacobs dead after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Jacobs arrived here in September 2006 and served in Iraq last year.
Hanabusa getting married Aug. 8
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa is getting married Aug. 8, but she will have to be back in town by September, when she is scheduled to teach a course in political communications at Hawaii Pacific University.
Hanabusa (D, Nanakuli-Makua) is marrying John Souza, a former state sheriff and former Honolulu police officer. Souza and Hanabusa have been engaged since 2002 and have known each other for 12 years, Hanabusa said.
"John said 8-8-8 is an auspicious date and that's when we should get married," Hanabusa said.
The number 8 is considered lucky in Chinese culture and was set as the start of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.
Hanabusa, 57, is set to teach a weekly class in political communication at HPU.
Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case taught a similar class at HPU last year.
Makapuu trail will reopen to pets
The popular paved path to the Makapuu Lighthouse will be reopened to pets.
The trail is part of the Ka Iwi Scenic Shoreline Park, which has been closed to pets since the Department of Land and Natural Resources received complaints about dog droppings along the trail.
The DLNR received numerous calls from residents who objected to pets not being allowed on the trail.
At a Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting Tuesday, the DLNR parks administrator told the board and residents that the signs would be changed in a couple of weeks to permit dogs in the whole park, as well as the trails, said Greg Knudsen, chairman of the neighborhood board.
The rules will still require dogs to be leashed and droppings to be cleaned up.
Foundation marks HIV Testing Day
The 12th annual National HIV Testing Day will be observed tomorrow by the Life Foundation, which offers free HIV tests year-round at its offices at 677 Ala Moana Blvd. and remote sites such as at public parks or private homes.
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann joined a national Mayor's Campaign Against AIDS with a proclamation on the importance of the National HIV Testing Day.
His participation allowed Life Foundation to receive 300 free HIV tests from Orasure and the National Association of People with AIDS, the organization reported.
An estimated 3,000 Hawaii residents are living with HIV/AIDS, according to the foundation.
For more information, call 521-AIDS (521-2437) or visit www.lifefoundation.org.
Police, Fire, Courts
Suspect is sought after Salt Lake fire
Police are seeking a 39-year-old man for investigation of first-degree arson in connection with a condominium fire in Salt Lake.
The fire was reported at 3:51 p.m. Tuesday at the Country Club Plaza, 5090 Likini St. Firefighters forced their way into a second-floor apartment. Fire spokesman Capt. Earle Kealoha said no one was home at the time, but the sprinkler system helped control the fire within the unit. The fire caused about $50,000 in damage.
Police seek man in Waimalu heist
Police are looking for a man in his late 30s who allegedly robbed at gunpoint two men of $5,000 in coins yesterday at a Waimalu strip mall parking lot.
Police said the suspect showed up, displayed a handgun and demanded money as a Kaneohe man was trying to sell a Pearl City man three gold coins while in a car at the Moanalua Road lot. The robber took a wallet containing $67 in cash, a driver's license and bank cards, and a glass jar of coins worth about $5,000 from the Kaneohe man. The suspect also allegedly took from the Pearl City man $1,100 in cash and house keys and car keys. The suspect fled on foot.
Police used a helicopter to search the area but found no one. The suspect is described as a man in his late 30s with a dark complexion, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 220 pounds, wearing a tan baseball cap.