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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, March 29, 2000

Gabbard wants a go at Rep. Abercrombie

Encouraged by a successful campaign two years ago to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, Mike Gabbard has announced plans to run for Congress as a Republican.

"I think I can do better," Gabbard, founder and chairman of the Alliance for Traditional Marriage-Hawaii, said of Democratic U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie. He said the incumbent "has lost touch with the voters' issues and values."

Gabbard will run from the urban First Congressional District. He is the first Republican to announce plans to run against Abercrombie, who has been in Congress since 1990. Abercrombie also served a few months in the House after being elected to fill a vacancy in 1986.

Copters save hikers lost in Kauai preserve

LIHUE -- Two hikers lost in Kauai's rugged Alakai Wilderness Preserve on Friday were found unharmed yesterday.

A Navy helicopter from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands picked up Lisa Guili, 21, of Honolulu and Lawrence Lazar, 22, of Tucson, Ariz., shortly before noon.

The pair had gone hiking Friday but they were not reported missing until Monday, after police found their rental car parked at Kokee State Park. Yesterday morning, helicopters from the Navy and Kauai Fire Department, plus a private helicopter hired by Guili's family, began searching for them.

Both were reported in good condition. They told police that when they realized they were lost, they began rationing food and moved to a spot on high ground where they could be spotted from the air.

The Alakai Swamp is a large, remote area adjacent to Mount Waialeale.

Marrow donors sought Sunday in Waipahu

A free bone marrow screening will be offered 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Daiei Waipahu as part of the Filipino Organ Donor Drive.

The Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry, which matches registered marrow donors with Hawaii residents who need transplants, will conduct the screening at the 94-144 Farrington Highway store.

Bone marrow transplants are needed in cases of terminal blood diseases such as leukemia. More than 16,000 people nationwide are diagnosed each year with some type of fatal blood disease.

Donors must be between 18 and 60 years old and in generally good health. All donors need only register once. For information, call 547-6154.

City golf courses gain seven new overseers

Seven members of the new advisory city Board of Public Golf Courses recently were installed.

The appointments of Lionel Aono, Roy Lovett, Eugene Yamamoto, Ivan Hoe, Earl Chun, Karen Shishido and Lester Inouye will end with that of the mayor, Dec. 31.

The board was established by Council resolution last year to review golf course operations.

Hawaii cleans up to mark Earth Day in style

The state has announced "Caring for the Earth Month," part of a national celebration of the countdown to the 30th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.

Hawaii will mark Earth Day with events ranging from music and art festivals to community cleanup projects, recycling campaigns and workshops.

The Great Hawaii Cleanup, which began last week, will run through May 31 statewide.

For more information, call Howard Shapiro at 985-8725.



Bullet A bone marrow drive for Honolulu police Capt. Alvin Nishimura, originally scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Windward Mall.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

HPD seeks applicants
for new horse detail

The Honolulu Police Department has approved a pilot program to use horses to assist with patrol and other functions.

The horses would be used for crowd control, search-and-rescue, ceremonial functions such as parades, community relations and other special details, said a department spokeswoman.

HPD is taking applications from officers who are interested in becoming part of the horse detail.

Applicants will have to supply their own horse for testing. Part of the testing includes passing an equestrian obstacle course and a written exam on horsemanship.

With the addition of horses, HPD will have one of the most diverse collections of transportation methods in the nation. Included are bicycles, motorcycles, patrol cars, Cushmans, four-wheel all-terrain-vehicles and a helicopter.


Homeless man arrested as murder suspect

A 35-year-old homeless man was arrested this morning, suspected of killing another homeless man with a shovel during a brawl in Kaneohe last night.

The two men reportedly were fighting at 8:45 p.m. at the Kaneohe Civic Center Park, which is to the rear and in the same block as the Kaneohe Police Station.

The victim, a 42-year-old man, was hit with a shovel that was later recovered, police said. The suspect was located about an hour later walking around Kaneohe. He was booked for second-degree murder.

Note leads police to arrest abuse suspect

Police arrested a 35-year-old man for kidnapping and domestic abuse at an Ala Wai apartment yesterday after a neighbor found a Popsicle stick with a woman's plea for help written on it. The Popsicle stick read, "I need help. Please call 911," police said.

The neighbor called police and informed them about the message and an argument next door.

Officers discovered a 36-year-old woman was being abused, threatened and had been locked up for eight hours in the apartment at 2211 Ala Wai Boulevard.

January auto fire's female suspect gives up

A 48-year-old woman turned herself into police yesterday for allegedly setting fire to a car in January.

The woman set fire to a car fronting Tsunami's Pub and Grinds in Maili on Jan. 18, police said. Other arrests are expected.

Hospital needs help to ID emergency patient

St. Francis Medical Center-West is seeking the public's help in identifying an African-American man, about 35 years old, who was brought to the emergency room Saturday.

The man, who is currently unresponsive, suffered a stroke. The 6-foot, 118-pound man, with black hair and beard, was found in Nanakuli without identification and brought to the hospital by ambulance.

If anyone has information concerning the man, they are asked to call the Medical Social Services Department or the nursing supervisor at 678-7000.

Police hunt three men in Piikoi armed robbery

Police are searching for three armed men who robbed two people at gunpoint at a Honolulu home.

The men in their 20s barged into an apartment at 704 Piikoi St. at 3 p.m. yesterday, police said. They were armed with a handgun, revolver and a screwdriver.

They took valuables, tied up the residents and drove off in a Chevrolet Blazer, police said. No injuries were reported to the 43-year-old man and 23-year-old woman who were tied up.

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