Police / Fire


POSTED: Sunday, October 04, 2009

Firefighters fight blaze using hand tools

Fire crews worked with axes, picks and shovels yesterday as they fought a brush fire in a heavily forested area atop Pupukea.

No houses were threatened by the blaze in a one-acre area known for the Boy Scout Camp, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Robert Main.

Four engines, two tankers and a helicopter responded to the fire but the crews couldn't get hoses into the inaccessible area and instead used hand tools, he said.

The fire was reported about 4:27 a.m. and was contained at about 4:15 p.m., Main said. Fire crews will return this morning to check for hot spots.


Man accused of forgery after using fake bills

A 26-year-old man was arrested after allegedly attempting to pass off two counterfeit bills in Pearl City.

About 5:40 p.m. Friday, the man tried to pay for merchandise with two counterfeit $50 bills, police said. The cashier called police and the man was booked on suspicion of first-degree forgery.


Police seeking suspect in Kailua sex assault

Police are investigating the sexual assault of a 46-year-old homeless woman early yesterday morning at Kailua Beach.

The woman woke up about 1 a.m. and was accosted by an unknown man who forced her to fondle him before he fled, police said.

The suspect was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 250 pounds, and bald.


Two suspects at large after dirt bike robbery

Police are looking for two men who robbed a 33-year-old man of two dirt bikes at gunpoint in Whitmore Village.

About noon Thursday, the suspects, ages 30 and 33, demanded the keys to a dirt bike and an all-terrain vehicle, police said.

The younger man brandished a handgun and took the victim to get the bikes behind the house, then took the bikes and drove away in a truck, police said.

Police opened a first-degree robbery and kidnapping case.