Newswatch

Newswatch

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, December 22, 1998


Father's stomach cancer
devastates family at Christmas
and all year

In January, Dennis was on top of the world. He finally got a job making $20 an hour. Not bad for someone who took any work he could get since he was 16.

Good Neighbor Fund Three months later, his life fell apart when Dennis was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

He and his wife, Maryanne, were devastated. They have four children to support and Dennis cannot receive workman's compensation because he hasn't held his job long enough.

At first the doctors thought they had removed all the cancer when they operated, but it later showed up in his lymph nodes. Now Dennis is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

The family is badly in need of a washing machine and refrigerator. The appliances they have have stopped working. For Christmas, they would like to be able to give their four children some new clothes.

If you can help, send a check to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin's Good Neighbor Fund, P.O. Box 2019, Aiea 96701.

Or you can donate items to the Community Clearinghouse in Building 914 at the Kapalama Military Reservation on the left of Sand Island Access Road, about a half-mile beyond Kilgo's.

Call 845-1669 for more information.

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OCCC guards accused of
letting inmate out

Two prison guards are accused of allowing an inmate to leave the Oahu Community Correctional Center for a few hours without authorization in exchange for payment last summer.

Sgt. Steven McGuine and recruit guard Jason Pang appeared in District Court yesterday on charges of bribery, escape and drug violations. A third man, Mark Masaki, was also charged after he was accused of being present during one of the transactions.

The inmate was able to leave OCCC for a few hours on July 5 and 6 in return for money and drugs, public safety officials said.

Officials set up a sting operation and observed the transactions after being tipped off by the inmate. The three were arrested by Department of Public Safety officers on a warrant following an internal investigation. They have been freed on bail.

Public Safety director Ted Sakai said that the guards are subject to discipline but refused to say what their current status is with the department.



Angler using chemical gets probation, fine

State Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairman Michael Wilson said he is disappointed that a fisherman accused of using chlorine to catch more than 300 fish did not get jail time.

"Chemical poisoning is one of the worst offenses to our marine life," Wilson said in a press release. "Using poison, like chlorine, on our reefs indiscriminately kills whatever marine life that comes in contact with the chemical including fish, limu, shellfish and coral."

Circuit Judge Elwin Ahu yesterday sentenced Henry Rosa to a one- year probation and suspended a 30-day jail term on the condition that Rosa complete requirements of his parole.

Rosa was also fined $750 and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service including public service presentations on the dangers of using poisons in the ocean.

Rosa and his fishing partner, Honolulu Fire Department Captain Donald Watanabe, were arrested on Jan. 12, and their fishing equipment and boat were seized.

Watanabe was fined $500 in October and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. He also agreed to testify against Rosa.

Gary Moniz, the acting conservation enforcement administrator for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, said the department will ask the state Legislature to increase the penalties for fishing with chlorine and other poisonous chemicals from a misdemeanor to a class C felony, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to five years in prison.

Hepatitis B shots free for 12- to 18-year-olds

Youths ages 12-18 can get free hepatitis B shots at clinics statewide during the winter break.

The state Health Department is encouraging youths to take advantage of the vaccinations against the disease, which can be deadly. Besides free shots at public health nursing clinics, doctors are offering them free or at reduced cost. The series of three shots can cost as much as $300. The schedule:

Oahu:

Bullet Diamond Head Health Clinic -- tomorrow and Dec. 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Bullet Lanakila Health Center -- Monday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bullet Wahiawa, public health nursing office -- Dec. 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bullet Waipahu Civic Center -- Monday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bullet Waianae, public health nursing office -- today, 1-3 p.m.

Big Island:

Bullet Waiakea Health Center, 191 Kuawa St. -- tomorrow, 2-4 p.m.
Bullet Kau, public health nursing office, Naalehu Civic Center -- today, 12:30-3:30 p.m.; or call 939-2400 for appointment.
Bullet Kona Health Center, Kealakekua -- call 322-9331.

Maui: Bullet Wailuku Health Center, 121 Mahalani St. -- tomorrow and Dec. 30, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Lanai: Bullet Public Health Nursing Office, Lanai City -- tomorrow, 1-2 p.m. Call 565-6622 for more dates.

Molokai: Bullet Call 553-3663.

Kauai: Bullet Call 241-3387. For more information, call 586-8332, ASK-2000 or the nearest public health nursing office.



Humane Society sets longer holiday hours

During the holidays, the Hawaiian Humane Society will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies and rescues.

However, it will be closed for adoptions on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

For more information, call 946-2187.

Evacuated sailor stable after ulcer surgery

HILO -- A merchant ship crew member evacuated from a ship south of the Big Island yesterday was in stable condition in Hilo Hospital today after undergoing surgery for an ulcer, Hilo hospital said.

A Coast Guard helicopter picked the man up from the 462-foot merchant ship Splendid Harvest 120 miles southeast of the Big Island yesterday and transported him to Hilo Hospital, the Coast Guard said.

Tapa


CORRECTION

H F Wichman & Co. is the correct name of a downtown Honolulu jewelry store mentioned in yesterday's "Neighborhoods" story.


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Police, Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Man, 88, held for sex assault of woman, 24

An 88-year-old man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman in Waialua yesterday morning.

The woman was sleeping at her home when the man entered her bedroom and reportedly sexually assaulted her at about 12:30 a.m., police said. They said he sexually assaulted her again later that morning.

The woman left the home and called police. Officers located the man and arrested him for first-degree sexual assault.

In an unrelated case, a 37-year-old woman reported being raped by an unknown man in Waikiki yesterday.

The woman told police she met the man at Kuhio Beach, police said. They walked to an isolated area behind the Waikiki Shell where she was sexually assaulted at about 10:30 a.m.

Police have no suspects in custody.

Drunken driving suspect gives up

A man wanted for drunken driving and other charges turned himself into Honolulu police yesterday after he was featured in a CrimeStoppers news release Thursday.

Kamika Nakanelua, 37, was one of three people wanted for drunken driving. The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving participated with CrimeStoppers and police in putting out the press release, which was timed to remind people not to drink alcohol and drive during the holidays.

In other news...

Bullet HILO -- Police are investigating a traffic fatality in which a woman walking in one lane of Kapoho Road after dark was struck and killed by a van Saturday.

The victim, Evangeline Kapumau, 47, of Keaau, was hit about 6:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at Hilo Hospital about an hour later, police said. The van's driver, Virginia White, 81, of Pahoa, was not injured.

Kapumau's death was the 43rd of the year on the Big Island compared with 29 at this time last year.

Bullet Fireworks are suspected as cause of a small Waialua brush fire about 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

Firefighters responding to the blaze between Waialua Beach Road, Puuki Street and Farrington Highway took about two hours to extinguish the 2- to 3-acre fire. No homes were threatened and there were no injuries.


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