Newswatch

Newswatch

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, June 15, 1998

Parents named in cases
involving injured children

In cases involving injured children, police have charged an Ewa Beach couple with assault, while misdemeanor abuse charges are pending against a Waianae man.

Kinyatta Cooper, 24, and wife, Tammy, of 91-1067 Polea St., are accused of assaulting their 3-year-old daughter, who was admitted to Tripler Hospital Saturday with a broken arm and other injuries.

The girl's father is charged with second-degree assault and attempted second-degree assault. Tammy Cooper, 21, is charged with first-degree assault.

The couple were to be arraigned today at District Court. Prosecutors are requesting that the father and mother be held on $40,000 and $20,000 bail, respectively.

In the other case, a 30-year-old man went to Waianae police yesterday after he injured his 4-year-old son.

The man, arrested for abuse of a household member, admitted slamming the child against a wall at 8:45 a.m. after quarreling with his mother over a messy house, police said.

The boy suffered minor cuts on his lips, and one of his teeth was knocked loose, police said.

The incident, which occurred at a Paakea Road residence, was reported by the man after his wife returned home and took their son to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center for treatment.

Tapa

255 birds are stolen from Big Island aviary

HILO -- Police are asking the public to help solve the theft of 255 finches valued at $11,250 from an aviary in Orchid Land subdivision south of Hilo.

Apparently, a net was used to steal the birds Saturday afternoon, police said.

Two hundred of the birds are brown and white and valued at $15 each; 55 are multicolored or golden and valued at $150 each.

Anyone with information is asked to call Big Island police at 966-7432, or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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Police/Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Bail denied for
Waianae killing suspect

By Rod Ohira, Star-Bulletin

A federal judge today ordered a 20-year-old Waianae man, charged with murder in the shooting death of an Army soldier, to be held without bail.

Magistrate Francis Yamashita ruled that Bryson Jose represented a danger to the community and a flight risk based on his prior violent juvenile criminal record.

Yamashita also pointed to statements from Jose's mother, Georgette Hanohano, in a pretrial services report that indicated she could not control her son.

Jose's attorney, Don Wilkerson, had asked the court to release his client on "reasonable bail."

Wilkerson said his client still denies any involvement in the June 3 shooting of helicopter pilot John A. Latchum Jr., who died after being shot in the chest outside his rented beach house while vacationing with his wife and two children at the Waianae Army Recreation Center.

Jose plans to enter a not-guilty plea, his attorney said.

A preliminary hearing has been set for June 23.

In a criminal complaint filed last week at federal court, FBI special agent Anthony Cardon III says a 17-year-old boy, suspected of being the shooter, told police Jose ordered him to shoot at Latchum.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Johnson declined comment today when asked about the status of the juvenile shooter. It is unknown if the federal prosecutors plan to ask juvenile court to waive jurisdiction over the boy before he turns 18 in August.

Tapa

Two armed men rob cabbie near St. Francis

Police are investigating the robbery of a cab driver last night near St. Francis Hospital in Liliha.

Both his cash and his car were stolen.

Since May 22, six cabbies have been held up by armed robbers in the Kalihi patrol district.

Last night's robbery occurred at Keolewa Place at 11:55 p.m.

The driver told police he picked up two men on Kukui Street and Nuuanu Avenue who asked to be taken to St. Francis Hospital.

He said the front-seat passenger pointed a gun under a green cloth at him.

The man in the back, the cab driver said, held a sawed-off shotgun to his neck.

2 women, 2 girls hurt in auto crash in Kailua

Four people were injured yesterday in a head-on traffic collision on Hamakua Drive in Kailua.

Two women, ages 36 and 33, are listed in fair condition at Queen's Hospital while an 8-year-old girl is in guarded condition. Another girl, 8, was treated and released.

The 5:20 p.m. accident involved a truck, which reportedly collided with a car, occupied by one of the women and the girls.

Stranded pair rescued from ridge at Kaaawa

The Honolulu Fire Department yesterday rescued two stranded hikers from Puu Ohulehule Ridge in the back of Kaaawa Valley.

A man, 38, and a woman, 30, from Mililani spent the night on the ridge after heavy cloud cover prevented the Fire Department helicopter from reaching them Saturday afternoon.

The couple were reported in good condition after yesterday's rescue operation, which took more than seven hours.

Navy vessel picks up three, heads to Wake

The crew of a sailing vessel that sank Saturday morning is expected to arrive at Wake Island today.

The Coast Guard located three survivors of the 44-foot sailing vessel Golly Gee in a life raft 400 miles east of Wake Island Saturday afternoon.

They were picked up by the Navy research vessel Strong Texan.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard yesterday called off a search for a 19-year-old student reported missing Friday from the Japanese fisheries training ship Oita Maru.

In other news . . .

Bullet Police yesterday charged two men with first-degree terroristic threatening and firearm offenses for a shooting incident Saturday near the Enchanted Lake Safeway store. Kalani Warren, 19, of Kaneohe and Samson Aguiar, 18, are being held in lieu of $40,000 bail. They allegedly shot at a man, 20, after an argument.

Bullet Police arrested a 19-year-old Waianae man on suspicion of second-degree theft after he allegedly snatched the purse of a 50-year-old Japanese tourist last night in Waikiki.


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