Police and Fire


POSTED: Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Math professor is indicted in sex assaults

University of Hawaii math professor David A. Stengenga was indicted by an Oahu grand jury yesterday on charges of sexually assaulting a girl over a six-year-period.

Stengenga, 63, was indicted on seven counts of first-degree sexual assault and five counts of third-degree sexual assault.

The incidents occurred between 1999 and 2005, when the girl was 7 to 13 years old. Now 17, she reported the assaults to police earlier this month.

The assaults sometimes occurred two to four times a week, with Stengenga allegedly using his mouth and fingers.

The girl told police that when she was about 8 or 9 years old, Stengenga, described as a family friend, would hold her by the waist and, through her clothes, rub his genitals against her after showing her digital images on his home computer of animals mating, according to court documents.

Alcohol deemed a possible factor in fatal Big Island mo-ped accident

Big Island police say alcohol might have been a factor in a mo-ped accident that killed a 29-year-old Hilo man.

Police identified the man as Jason Garcia.

Police said the accident occurred at 6:24 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of Iwalani Street.

Officers found Garcia lying on the roadway with external injuries from being thrown from a mo-ped.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Officer Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-221.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All CrimeStoppers information is kept confidential.

Public's help is wanted in finding 2 males in Iwilei gas station robbery

Police are asking for the public's help in finding two male suspects who robbed a gas station convenience store Aug. 18 in Iwilei.

The males entered the Chevron Mini Mart at 1750 N. King St. at about 5:30 p.m. and approached the cashier, brandished a knife and demanded cigarettes, police said.

The suspects are of unknown age. The first suspect was wearing a gray football jersey with the number 80 on it and wearing an earring in his left ear. He weighed about 120 pounds and had black hair and brown eyes. The second suspect weighed about 110 to 120 pounds and wore a white tank top.

Anyone with information concerning the robbery is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.