Police and Fire


POSTED: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This story has been corrected. See below.

Man seriously injured in parachute accident in Mokuleia

An 18-year-old North Shore man was seriously injured when the parachute he was using off a cliff in Mokuleia spun out of control.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said the man lifted off the roughly 2,000-foot-high cliff, spiraled down about 200 feet and hit the cliff and landed against the cliffside.

The Fire Department received the call at about 6:30 p.m., and rescue personnel hiked up to the location known as “;Climbing Wall,”; a half mile past Camp Erdman, Seelig said.

Firefighters treated the man, then placed him on a C-spine board and in a rescue basket, then airlifted him by fire helicopter at 7:50 p.m. to an ambulance waiting at the base of the cliff.

He was taken in serious condition to a Honolulu hospital.

27 Moanalua students injured in school bus crash

Twenty-seven Moanalua Middle School students were taken to two hospitals yesterday morning after a vehicle struck a school bus off campus.

The accident occurred before 7 a.m., according to school Principal Lisa Nagamine. After the accident, the students were taken back to Moanalua Middle by another school bus. Upon arrival, school officials contacted parents and emergency personnel.

Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, said one male student complained of head pain and dizziness. Oahu Transit Services Inc. sent a city bus that took 15 students to one hospital and 12 students to another hospital.

One of the students was listed in serious condition, Cheplic said, while the others were listed as stable.

Inmate reports he was sexually assaulted by man

A 42-year-old Makaha man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an inmate at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Police said a 31-year-old man reported he was forced to perform a sexual act against his will at 5:30 a.m. Sunday while being incarcerated.

The suspect was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault.

Charges are pending a victim interview, police said.

Truck of missing man found parked on freeway

Police are seeking the public's help in finding a 71-year-old Waianae man who was last seen leaving his home at about 6 p.m. Aug. 8.

Police said Gerald Mariano has not been seen or heard from since then.

His white Nissan pickup truck was found Aug. 10 at about 8 a.m. parked unattended on the onramp to the H-3 freeway.

Mariano is described as Portuguese, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and bald with brown eyes, possibly wearing glasses, police said.

Anyone with information about Mariano is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.





        » The state Department of Public Safety is investigating the alleged sexual assault of an inmate at Oahu Community Correctional Center. There was no arrest yesterday. The brief above said a 42-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the allegation.