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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, March 10, 2000

Press release photo
The getaway driver in a Dec. 29 Salt Lake purse-snatching
tries to use the victim's bank card at an ATM in Pearlridge.
The suspected purse snatcher is in the passenger seat of
the older-model, faded gray or blue hatchback.


Emergency training courses
will focus on pesticide exposure

Two emergency response training courses for pesticide exposure situations will be held at the Pagoda Hotel next month.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is sponsoring the sessions through the Center for Occupational & Environmental Health at the University of Berkeley. Cooperating are the state Agriculture Department, Hawaii Medical Association and Hawaii Poison Center.

A two-day course is planned April 18-29 for physicians, nurses and other health-care personnel likely to treat people with pesticide exposure, as well as industrial hygienists and other public health practitioners. Continuing-education credit may be earned.

The cost is $195 for those in the private sector and $95 for public employees.

A one-day course April 20 is designed for the first workers to respond to possible pesticide incidents, such as firefighters; police; state transportation, health and civil defense workers; or other professionals.

The course qualifies for continuing-education credit for nurses, industrial hygienists, safety professionals and pesticide applicators.

The cost is $125 for those in private companies, and $75 for public workers.

The cost for both courses is $272 for the private sector and $144 for public agencies.

To register, call the University of Berkeley, Occupational & Environmental Health, at 510-231-5645, or go to its Web page at ~coehce. To obtain a registration form locally, contact the state Agriculture Department's Pesticides Branch at 973-9401.


Pair indicted in case of counterfeit goods

A federal grand jury yesterday indicted David and Cindy Giang, a k a Cindy Vuong, for conspiring to sell and attempt to traffic more than 3,000 counterfeit watches and other goods valued at $190,000.

The watches allegedly had counterfeit trademarks of "Rolex," "Tag Heuer," "Mickey Mouse," "Chanel," "Boy London," "Guess," "Dunhill," "Gucci," "Christian Dior" and "Pierre Nicol."

The indictment involves incidents that occurred in 1996.

Hokule'a declared official state treasure

Gov. Ben Cayetano has proclaimed the voyaging canoe Hokule'a a state treasure, the first ever designated.

The double-hulled sailing canoe and its crew returned Feb. 27 from an eight-month voyage to Rapa Nui, capping 25 years of retracing ancient Polynesian mariners' migration routes in the Polynesian Triangle.

A homecoming celebration will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow at Kualoa Beach Park in Windward Oahu.

"Hokule'a ... has become a living treasure to the people of Hawaii," said the governor in a proclamation yesterday celebrating the canoe's odyssey.

The governor applauded the Polynesian Voyaging Society, established in 1973 to support the theory that Hawaii and other islands were settled by ancient explorers who were able to navigate over great expanses of ocean without the use of instruments.

The maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976 "ignited tremendous excitement throughout the Pacific and rekindled interest in our dormant voyaging traditions," the proclamation said. In subsequent trips, with a changing population of crew members, the canoe has been to Samoa, Tonga, the Marquesas, New Zealand and other islands.

Health, human services directory now on CD

Aloha United Way's ASK-2000 phone line, a statewide information and referral service for health and human services, has developed a CD with nearly 4,000 agencies listed.

The CD contains all the information from databases used by the ASK-2000 HelpLine and replaces the hardbound book "Connections," which was published annually.

The CD version of the resource directory provides more information on the agencies, including eligibility requirements, intake procedures, service areas, fees and health insurance accepted.

It also lists for-profit and human service agencies, such as private home healthcare and addiction treatment facilities.

"Putting the directory on a CD allowed us to expand the information, ensuring that people in need will be better able to receive the appropriate help," said Irv Lauber, Aloha United Way president and chief professional officer.

The cost of the CD is $59.95, with a special rate of $47.95 offered through April 1. To purchase the Aloha United Way Community Connections CD, call 275-2000 from Oahu or toll-free from the neighbor islands, 1-877-275-6569.

The ASK-2000 HelpLine offers free, confidential referrals to community service organizations throughout Hawaii, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Sewer work to close gate at naval base

Pearl Harbor Naval Base's Nimitz Gate will be closed this weekend for maintenance work on a sewer line.

Work will begin at 7 a.m. tomorrow and will be completed by 5 a.m. Sunday.

Motorists are asked to use the Makalapa Gate off Radford Drive and Kamehameha Highway during the closure.



The price of a complete lunch at the Tempura Festival at the Plantation Cafe in the Ala Moana Hotel is $12.99. An incorrect price was listed in yesterday's paper.

Boy, 16, hurt in drive-by shooting in Ewa Beach

A 16-year-old boy suffered a leg wound in a drive-by shooting yesterday in Ewa Beach.

The boy went to St. Francis-West Hospital on his own and is listed in stable condition, police said.

The shooting, which occurred on Kauiki Street, was reported by the hospital at 10:30 a.m.

The boy told police he was walking to school with his girlfriend when he heard a "loud popping sound" and discovered he had been shot in the leg above the knee.

No suspects have been arrested. Police have classified the case as an attempted murder.

Male suspect arrested in jewelry store robbery

A 22-year-old man was arrested yesterday shortly after an armed robbery was reported at Pioneer Jewelry Co. at 1061 Bethel St.

The suspect was located at 55 Merchant St. and taken into custody after he was identified in a field lineup.

The company's co-owner, a 34-year-old woman, told police the suspect entered the store at 11:45 a.m., pushed her to the floor, threatened her with a handgun and demanded she fill his backpack with jewelry.

The suspect fled the scene with the backpack after being sprayed in the eyes with a "noxious" chemical by the woman, police said.

Women at massage parlor arrested for prostitution

Eight women were arrested for prostitution this week at a Keeaumoku Street massage parlor.

Four of the women were arrested last night at the New Yorker at 641 Keeaumoku St., said police. Their age ranged from 19 to 46 years old.

One woman, 40, was arrested for promoting prostitution. Most of the women had previous arrests for prostitution, police said.

An investigators said undercover vice officers visited the business and were offered sexual activities for money.

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Suspects in Salt Lake purse-snatching sought

Police are seeking information on two men involved in a purse-snatching Dec. 29 in Salt Lake.

The suspect, who took a 40-year-old woman's purse, is about 5-foot-6, 160 pounds and in his 20s. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, shorts and a dark baseball cap.

A second suspect, who was driving an older-model, faded blue or gray hatchback, wore a light-colored "Coca-Cola" baseball cap and appeared to have a medium build.

The driver tried to use the victim's credit cards at two Pearlridge automatic teller machines and another ATM at a Pearl Kai convenience store.

A female suspect also used the victim's Blockbuster card to borrow videotapes and games from a Salt Lake store.

Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Man armed with knife robs Kaneohe bank

The Kaneohe branch of Bank of Honolulu was robbed yesterday by a heavy-set, mustachioed man armed with a knife, who fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The robbery at 46-028 Kawa St. was reported at 10:45 a.m.

The suspect is between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, and weighs about 240 pounds. He was wearing flower-print shorts and a blue, hooded Nike sweat shirt.

It was the ninth robbery of a financial institution in Hawaii this year.

Fondling incident leads to schoolboy's arrest

A Dole Intermediate boy was arrested yesterday for reportedly inappropriately touching a female student.

The boy allegedly touched the girl on her breasts during class at 11:35 a.m., police said.

He was arrested for third-degree sexual assault, which is a felony.

Man allegedly breaks another's nose with rock

Police arrested a 42-year-old man for allegedly breaking another man's nose with a rock at a North Shore surf shop.

Witnesses said the suspect entered the Planet Surf Shop on Pupukea Road at 7:05 p.m. yesterday and was acting crazy, police said.

The suspect started yelling at people in the store.

He then left and returned with a "good size" rock and bashed a 24-year-old man in the nose.

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