By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, June 5, 1999

Star-Bulletin appoints
art director

Art Lucy Young-Oda has been named art director of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Young-Oda will oversee the photo and graphics departments and help set and implement the design and visual policies for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Young-Oda, former city editor, succeeds Dan Woods, who is now city editor.


Salmonella poisoning prompts investigation

State Health Department investigators are looking into an outbreak of suspected salmonella food poisoning involving Mililani Uka Elementary School students who attended several events last weekend.

About 150 fourth-graders had a one-day field trip May 28 to the Polynesian Cultural Center, said Health Department spokesman Patrick Johnston. They took bento lunches and ate a meal at the center that evening, he said.

About 50 became ill -- mostly students, but also some teachers and chaperones, he said. Two children and one adult were hospitalized, and one was still in the hospital yesterday, he said.

No others eating at the buffet became ill, but investigators are looking into the buffet and the source of the bentos, Johnston said.

There were also reports that some of the fourth-graders were at a basketball tournament and potluck dinner last Saturday, he said.

An investigator is calling the families, he said.

"We don't know if they were the same people who were sick," Johnston said.

Hawaii reservists head for training on mainland

More than 2,000 Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers and Army reservists will leave Oahu this weekend for three weeks of training at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.

Members of the Army Reserve's 100th Battalion and the main elements of the Hawaii Army National Guard's 29th Infantry Brigade will be leaving Oahu by commercial and chartered jet flights to Alexandria, La., early tomorrow morning.

The last contingent of nearly 700 soldiers will leave Monday.

The reserve force, commanded by Brig. Gen. Dennis Kami-mura, will be at Fort Polk, the Army's premier training facility, through June 25.

Kalani High's name being misused again

Beware of Portuguese sausage and sweetbread being sold in the name of Kalani High School football.

Principal Randi Porras-Tang yesterday said someone is going to Kaimuki businesses selling the items as a fund-raiser for Kalani's football team, when in fact none of the money is going to the school.

The sellers are giving out receipts with the name Daniel Dement. Although the coach's last name is Dement, his first name isn't Daniel, Porras-Tang said.

Earlier this year, someone tried to sell magazines also under the false pretense of a Kalani fund-raiser.

Foundation will present information on adoption

Families interested in adopting children or providing foster care are invited to a June 24 meeting being held by the Casey Family Program.

The private foundation will present information on its adoption program for children ages 2 to 12. The agency will also explain its foster care program for pre-teens and teens unable to return home.

The meeting will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 1848 Nuuanu Ave. Call 521-9531 for further information.

All of Casey's adoption and foster referrals come from the state's Child Protective Services.

"Because of the sheer numbers, it's hard for the state to expedite adoptions," said Stephanie Hamano, a Casey spokeswoman.

"We try to identify kids early enough, when they are more adoptable," she said.

The average age of an adoptive child is 6.



Bullet An item in Dave Donnelly's column yesterday misspelled the name of Manila Mayor Joselito "Lito" Atienza Jr.

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Police, Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Bookseller arrested in theft from competitor

Police yesterday arrested the owner of a second-hand bookstore for reportedly stealing books from Borders Books Music & Cafe.

Officials said an investigation led to the search of the bookstore and the arrest of the 29-year-old man.

The man was booked for second-degree theft and detaining stolen property.

Woman allegedly assaults husband

A 36-year-old Waipahu woman was arrested yesterday for reportedly striking her husband with a shower curtain rod.

Police said the woman hit the man because she was angry about not getting a ride to work. The man suffered minor injuries.

'Sideburn Bandit' strikes bank's Kaimuki branch

The FBI and Honolulu police are looking for a man with long sideburns who robbed the Kaimuki branch of American Savings Bank yesterday morning.

The lone man in his early 20s entered the branch at 1139 12th Ave. about noon. He gave a demand note to a teller asking for cash, according to the FBI. He stated he had a weapon, but none was seen. He received an undisclosed amount of money.

The teller also added to the money a dye pack, which exploded in the parking lot.

"It marked the money; it marked the robber; it marked his clothes. The dye is very hard to get off," said John Gillies, FBI spokesman. "It makes the money useless."

Since January, the "Sideburn Bandit" has robbed four banks, Gillies said.

He is about 5-foot-6, 110 pounds, with black hair and a poor complexion. The FBI nicknamed him after his last robbery in May.

"In our photo of him, the sideburns stick out," Gillies said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 521-1411 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Man, 37, alleged to have sexually attacked girl, 11

Police yesterday arrested a 37-year-old Whitmore Village man for allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl on several occasions last year, police said.

The man was arrested and booked for five counts of sexual assault, police said.

Alleged dog-killer, 30, held on $25,000 bail

The Makakilo man accused of slaying a dog and threatening the animal's owner was charged yesterday with first-degree terroristic threatening, police said. Lyman Coronil, 30, is being held on $25,000 bail.

The cruelty-to-animals offense was deferred pending further investigation.

In other news ...

Bullet LIHUE -- A 94-year-old man was killed yesterday in a pedestrian-traffic accident, according to police. The man was walking in the crosswalk on Rice Street, near the Lihue Museum, when a car struck him at about 8:25 a.m.

Bullet HILO -- A 35-year-old Puna district man died yesterday following a two-vehicle accident on the "Red Road" fronting Ahalanui Park on the Puna coast, police said. The victim, Rodney Reis of Leilani Estates, was thrown from his motorcycle after being struck from behind.

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