Police / Fire


POSTED: Monday, April 13, 2009

Police capture 19-year-old after stolen car hits wall

A 19-year-old man is in custody after he crashed a stolen car while trying to flee patrol officers, police said.

Officers went to Kaneohe Shopping Center on a report that someone was driving a stolen car, police said. When they tried to stop the vehicle, the driver took off and crashed the car into a rock wall in a residential area, according to a police report. They found him hiding in the yard of a nearby home.

Police also arrested a 36-year-old man who they say was a passenger in the stolen car. He also tried to run away by getting into a stopped vehicle and demanding to be driven away, police said.


Robbery suspect sought in attack on woman, 61

Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a 61-year-old homeless woman in a wheelchair Tuesday in Waianae, seriously injuring her with a pipe.

Police said the woman was seated in her wheelchair, sleeping in a restroom at 2:45 a.m. yesterday, when she was struck with a pipe.

The suspect also stole her property and fled, police said.

A 40-year-old man walking by heard the woman's cry for help and found her inside the restroom.

Police said the man saw the suspect leaving the area and called 911.

The woman was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.


Shark sighting off Kauai prompts closing of beach

Officials closed a Kauai beach yesterday after lifeguards spotted a 6- to 7-foot shark, a Kauai news release said.

Poipu Beach lifeguards saw the shark at about 2 p.m. and posted shark sighting signs at Brennecke's Beach. State officials were also notified.


Sparks from rebar work ignite brush fire on Maui

Workers started a brush fire that burned 7.5 acres in North Kula on Saturday, a Maui Fire Department spokesman said.

Sparks from the workers cutting rebar lit the fire near Apali Way and a subdivision at 1:31 p.m. Two engines, one tanker and a helicopter extinguished the blaze by 6 p.m. No structures were threatened and no one was injured.