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POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

WINDWARD OAHU

Human bones hard to identify

Human remains found Sunday in Laie were turned over to the Medical Examiner's Office, police said.

The top portion of a skull was discovered around 10:45 a.m. near a stream bed, according to police. The age of the bone could not be immediately determined.

An archaeologist from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources' State Historic Preservation Devision was unable to determine whether the bone was ancient, and said the skull appeared to be that of a small-framed Asian woman or a child, police said.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the discovery.

 

WAIKIKI

Man, 39, charged in Waikiki burglary

Authorities have charged a 39-year-old man with burglary in connection with the Oct. 28 burglary of a retail office in Waikiki.

Stacy Ball, 39, who has no local address, was arrested Friday in Aiea. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Police said a security officer making checks at about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 discovered a damaged door handle and saw the suspect inside a vacant office with property from adjacent offices scattered about.

Ball was identified from a photo lineup.

 

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Police hold man in murder attempt

Big Island police are holding a 34-year-old man in connection with the attempted murder of a 33-year-old man in Kau on Oct. 26.

Anthony Hartz of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates was indicted Dec. 8 on charges of attempted murder and terroristic threatening. Police arrested Hartz on Thursday and are holding him in lieu of $50,000 bail.

On Oct. 26, Hartz allegedly drove a sport utility vehicle into Isaac Couchie, 33, of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, who was riding a motorcycle. Then Hartz hit Couchie in the head with a football-size rock, police said.

Police charged Hartz on Oct. 29, but prosecutors took the case to the grand jury after delays during the District Court preliminary hearing.

 

Help sought to find missing woman, 50

; Big Island police are asking the public to help find a 50-year-old Hilo woman missing since Thursday.

Emilia Walraven is 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 120 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 935-3311, CrimeStoppers in Hilo at 961-8300 or CrimeStoppers in Kona at 329-8181.