Police and Fire


POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Woman in hospital after ocean rescue

HILO » A 26-year-old woman was taken to Hilo Medical Center in critical condition yesterday after she nearly drowned at Honolii Beach Park north of Hilo, Hawaii Fire Department rescue personnel said. Her name was not released.

Responding to a 10:49 a.m. call of a swimmer in distress, rescue personnel found that lifeguards had already brought her to the beach and were performing resuscitation, they said.

First Battalion Chief Darren Rosario of East Hawaii said the woman, a frequent beachgoer at Honolii, was found underwater by surfers. She was pulled to shore, not breathing, and lifeguards began CPR, and applied a defibrillator, and her pulse and breathing resumed.

Police ID victim in diving death

HILO » A Big Island man who apparently drowned Monday while free diving off Lapakahi State Park in West Hawaii has been identified by police as Michael Morriss, 23, of Waimea.

Morriss was found early in the afternoon in 80-foot-deep water about 200 yards offshore from the park, about 38 miles north of Kailua-Kona, police and fire rescue personnel said.

He had been diving from a boat with two partners. When they realized he was missing, they spotted him on the ocean floor but were unable to recover his body because of the depth, officials said.

Free diving involves swimming without equipment to significant depths. Rescue personnel had to use scuba gear to recover his body.


Man arrested after snooze in car

Police arrested a 21-year-old man who was found sleeping in a stolen car.

Police said that about 3 a.m. yesterday, an officer saw a man sleeping in a vehicle on Moanalua Road in Aiea. The vehicle was reported stolen by a 22-year-old woman on Thursday.

When approached, the suspect woke up, got out of the car and gave the car keys to the officer, police said. The man was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Authorities identify man in fatal crash

The Medical Examiner's Office identified a 36-year-old man who died Saturday in a three-car crash in Nanakuli as Alexander Suguitan of Waianae.

Suguitan was driving a Toyota sedan at 6:54 a.m., heading eastbound when a 1985 Buick sedan crossed the center line and slammed into him, police said.

The Toyota was thrown into the outer eastbound lane and struck a Chevy sedan with three occupants. A 72-year-old woman driving the Chevy and a female front-seat passenger were in serious condition. A back-seat passenger was not hurt. The 18-year-old male driver of the Buick was in critical condition.


2 males sought in knifepoint robbery

Police are looking for two males who robbed a 34-year-old man at knifepoint.

The victim was walking on North King Street near Aala Park about 10:10 p.m. yesterday when the males approached him, police said.

  One of the suspects brandished a knife and demanded money, police said. The other suspect pushed the knife-wielding suspect into the victim, causing the victim to get cut, police said. The suspects then fled with money. Both suspects are described to be about 15 to 20 years old. One was about 5-foot-4, weighing 160 pounds, and the other 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall and weighed about 140 to 160 pounds.

Missing woman found at UH

University of Hawaii campus security officers Monday found a missing 80-year-old Kapahulu woman who has Alzheimer's disease.

Police said Florence Maehara was reunited with her family after being found at the Manoa campus.

She had last been seen Sunday morning.