By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, August 29, 1997

Youths blamed for isle's
wave of shoplifting

Shoplifting arrests are at their highest so far this year, and police attribute it to an annual summertime rise in juvenile crime.

"We're getting more shoplifting arrests because the kids are not in school," said Sgt. Paul Ikebe of the Police Department's Juvenile Services Division.

At the same time, arrests for violent crime, such as assaults, decreased.

Ikebe said it's hard to determine whether fewer assaults actually occurred. "All of the (assault) cases at school are reported," Ikebe said, noting that some assault cases outside school may go unreported.

The most recent police crime statistics show shoplifting arrests in July totaled 500, a slight increase from previous months.

The summertime increase is even higher than arrests last Christmas season, when, police and merchants said, shoplifting seems to be at its peak.

Ikebe, in charge of the juvenile evening counseling program for first-time offenders, said shoplifting is the No. 1 juvenile crime during the summer.

Attorney Parker allowed to resign

George Parker's request to resign from the practice of law rather than face discipline has been accepted by the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Parker, 36, had a breakdown after he was convicted Jan. 29 of offenses linked to drug kingpin Frank Moon.

He fled to downtown Honolulu streets, where he tried to get police to kill him during an eight-hour standoff.

Parker's resignation from the practice of law is effective immediately.

He was admitted to the Hawaii bar May 17, 1988.

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By Star-Bulletin staff

Handi-Van hijacked;
three suspects sought

Police are looking for three men who allegedly hijacked a Handi-Van and its driver last night.

Police said shortly before midnight the van's 38-year-old driver was on his route in Maili when three men approached him. One of the suspects pulled out a 10-inch hunting knife and ordered the driver to take the men to various places in Waianae, Honolulu and Aiea.

Police said the van did not make any stops until the men arrived in Aiea, where the suspects stopped at a parked dark-colored car. Police said the suspects climbed out of the van and drove off in the car.

The van's driver was not injured.

Other Police/Fire items:

Burning pile of tires put out in Wailuku
Police checkpoints up for holiday weekend
Death near waterfall under investigation

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