Funeral set for Mililani family
Funeral services for the James family, found dead in their Mililani home on July 2, will be held Monday at St. John the Baptist in Kalihi.
Michael Anthony James, 43, an insurance broker born in Mobile, Ala., strangled his wife and drowned his son before hanging himself, police said.
His wife, Grineline Donato James, 39, was born in Claveria, Cagayan, Philippines, and was a Farrington High School teacher.
Their son, Michael Anthony James II, 7, was born in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan, and was a student at St. John the Baptist Catholic School.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the church, with Mass at 7 p.m. Friends and family ask that casual attire be worn and flowers be omitted.
Donations are being accepted at all First Hawaiian Bank branches to help defray the cost of sending the bodies of Grineline and Michael James II to the Philippines for burial.
Man faces mandatory life term
A 44-year-old Hawaii man faces a mandatory life prison term for distributing and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, when he is sentenced in November.
A federal jury in Honolulu found Francis Kalani Lii guilty of the drug charges Monday. He qualifies for mandatory life imprisonment on each of the two charges because of prior drug convictions in both state and federal court.
He was convicted in state court in 1991 for promoting cocaine and in federal court in 1997 for distributing and conspiring to distribute cocaine and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.
Boating agency at Sand Island
The Department of Land and Natural Resources' Oahu District Office of the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation moved to its new waterfront location on Tuesday.
The new office at 4 Sand Island Access Road will issue ocean recreation management area and commercial registrations, marine event permits and tow-in surfing decals.
Vessel registration renewals will be processed at the main office at 333 Queen St. or online at www.vessel.ehawaii.gov.
For more information, call 832-3520.
Goes' ashes to be scattered
Award-winning photographer Sergio Goes de Freitas' ashes will be scattered at Kaimana Beach at 7 a.m. tomorrow.
His body was found Saturday off Waikiki by the Coast Guard. Goes was reported missing a day earlier after he failed to return to a motorboat following a free-diving session with friends off Waikiki.
Goes, 43, recently won first place for his photo essay, "Celebrations," in the Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' contest. The photo essay was featured in Honolulu Magazine.
Goes, a native of Brazil, taught filmmaking and photography in the Pacific New Media Program at the University of Hawaii-Manoa's Outreach College.
Goes is survived by his son, Gabriel Kapuni Goes; parents Horacio and Maria; brother Marcelo; sister Fernanda; and ex-wife Andrea Torres.
Police, Fire, Courts
Alleged arsonist arrested after fires
Police arrested a 41-year-old Enchanted Lake man yesterday morning on suspicion of first-degree arson near the scene of three separate brush fires that burned a total of eight acres near Alan Davis Beach between Sandy Beach and the Makapuu Lighthouse trail.
Police arrested the man at about 10:50 a.m. yesterday.
The first fire began at about 6:15 a.m. and was put out in about an hour. The second, at about 7:40 a.m., was under control in two hours. The third started at about 10:30 a.m. and was under control by 2 p.m.
Kalanianaole Highway was shut down in both directions between 11 a.m. and noon while a tanker, providing water to douse the flames, was parked alongside the roadway.
Capt. Terry Seelig said police alerted the Fire Department that a suspicious male was seen in the area. Fire officials informed police someone was seen headed toward the Makapuu Lighthouse trail parking lot in an unburned area.
When police got close enough to the man, they saw a fire starting some 50 yards beyond him, Seelig said.
About 40 firefighters fought the blazes, and a helicopter made water drops.
Police arrest 3 after Makaha fight
Police arrested three of four suspects in connection with a fight during which a man was stabbed and a woman assaulted.
Police said that at about 9:50 Wednesday night, an argument broke out at 86-646 Farrington Highway in Makaha between a 39-year-old woman and the four suspects.
Police said a 30-year-old man was stabbed multiple times as he tried to break up the argument.
One of the suspects allegedly punched the woman in the face, fracturing her jaw, police said. The stabbing victim was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Two women, ages 19 and 23, and a 40-year-old man were arrested for investigation of attempted second-degree murder. The three suspects all live together. The fourth suspect, a 21-year-old woman, fled before police arrived.
Police seek help after Big Isle theft
Big Island police are asking for help in finding a man who robbed a visiting California family Wednesday afternoon at Rainbow Falls Park.
Police said the man reportedly grabbed the husband's bag and ran to a waiting vehicle at about 3:40 p.m.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call officer Jeremy Kubojiri at 961-2213 or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311.
Fugitive is caught at Maui residence
WAILUKU » A man convicted of rape who escaped from a corrections center in Seattle has been arrested on Maui.
The Hawaii Fugitive Task Force arrested Ian Morgan in Kihei on Wednesday evening.
U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Jay Bieber said the Washington state Department of Corrections received an anonymous tip that Morgan was living in Hawaii.
Bieber said Hawaii sheriff's deputies followed the leads that led to Morgan's residence and his arrest.
Morgan was convicted of third-degree rape in Washington state.
Man fatally stabbed at ball field
A 63-year-old man was arrested last night on suspicion of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a man in his 40s near the Keeaumoku Street overpass at Cartwright Field in Makiki.
Police said witnesses saw what they thought was a fight. Police rushed to the scene and found a man with multiple stab wounds.
A man fled from the scene and was arrested at 1299 S. Beretania St., where the parking lot for Times Super Market and Grace's Inn is located.
California man dies after fight
HANAPEPE, Kauai » A 56-year-old California man died Wednesday after being struck in a fight in a bank parking lot.
Jerry Walto, from Murrieta, Calif., was involved in an altercation in the parking lot behind the Bank of Hawaii with a 46-year-old Hanapepe man.
The 56-year-old was taken to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, where he died Wednesday night while undergoing surgery.
Police have not arrested anyone but they are continuing their investigation, officials said yesterday. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.
Police are asking that anyone with information call Kauai Detective Todd Tanaka at 241-1694 or Kauai CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.