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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Literacy group
recruiting tutors

Hawaii Literacy Inc. will hold orientation sessions at its North Vineyard Boulevard offices in the coming months to recruit tutors to teach those who cannot read.

On April 1, July 22 and Nov. 8, the meetings will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Meetings on May 11 and Sept. 21 will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

Those who choose to become tutors then undergo four, four-hour classes where they learn methods to teach reading and writing to English-speaking adults in a one-on-one setting.

Registration is $25. Call 537-6706 for information.


Bill would let police arrest public drinkers

Honolulu police would be able to arrest people who drink in public under a bill introduced by four City Council members.

A city ordinance, which dates to 1915, makes it illegal for people to drink in public and allows police to issue citations.

But Councilman Duke Bainum, the lead author of the bill, said the ordinance doesn't allow police to make arrests for drinking in public.

"It's a very needed bill," Bainum said. "We get so many complaints regarding drinking in public places, particularly in Kapiolani Park and some of the beach parks."

Bainum said the bill is being introduced at the request of police. A violation of the public parks drinking law carries a maximum penalty of $50 or 30 days in jail.

Suspect pleads guilty in stabbing death

A homeless man charged with the murder of another homeless man over a crack pipe pleaded guilty yesterday to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Mark Tynes, 40, who stabbed and killed Harry Bryant, also known as Natasha, had pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge. Tynes is accused of stabbing Bryant in the throat March 14 in Chinatown after Bryant refused to share a crack pipe.

In changing his plea to the lesser charge, Tynes also agreed to a a minimum sentence of 20 years. He must serve 13 years before he may be eligible for reconsideration of his minimum sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for June 5.

Filming will preclude USS Missouri tours

The battleship USS Missouri will be closed this weekend because it will be used as a part of the motion picture "Pearl Harbor," being shot on Ford Island.

There will also be filming on the Missouri April 29, closing the tourist attraction that day.

"Pearl Harbor" is being filmed at four Oahu military bases.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Police hunting suspects in two robberies

Police are searching for suspects in two holdups yesterday in the Honolulu area.

The first robbery was reported at a Pensacola Street business at 5:08 p.m., police said. A man wearing a ski mask and brandishing a handgun entered the store and demanded money from the female clerk.

He then ran away with an undisclosed amount of money.

The second robbery was reported about two hours later at the KFC restaurant at 555 N. King St. in Kalihi, police said.

A male suspect entered the store to use the restroom. When the customers left, he approached the cashier, said he had a gun and demanded money, police said. He also ran away with money.

Man injured trying to stop car thief

A man suffered a sprained knee yesterday in Waiau after trying to stop a thief from stealing his car.

The man, 35, was unloading items from his car to his parent's Moomahilu Street home when the suspect got into the vehicle and started the ignition, according to police.

As the suspect tried to drive away, the man jumped on the hood of the car, police said. He fell off after being carried a short distance. The suspect then sped away.

The stolen car is a gray 1996 Nissan 200SX with license plates GJE-508.

Police describe the suspect as a man in his 20s, 5 feet 8, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a light-blue plaid shirt with jeans.

Waikiki man charged in apartment slaying

A Waikiki man was charged yesterday with second-degree murder and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Kennard K. Montez, 38, is accused of slaying Henry Kehau Paoa, 47, of a Luawai Street address in Waialae.

Paoa was found unconscious early Sunday morning by police in Montez's 23rd-floor apartment at 469 Ena Road.

Paoa was pronounced dead at Straub Hospital at 6:57 a.m.

Seat belt may have saved Big Island man

A 46-year-old Big Island man who died after sustaining head injuries might have survived a traffic accident if he had been wearing a seat belt, Police Sgt. Samuel V. Jelsma said.

Duncan Castro of an Orchidland in the Puna District was driving a car when it ran off the right shoulder of 40th Avenue near Napua Street and overturned after hitting a grass embankment at about 7:39 a.m. yesterday.

He died about two hours later at Hilo Medical Center.

Central Pacific Bank's Kaneohe branch robbed

Central Pacific Bank's Kaneohe branch was robbed yesterday of an undisclosed amount of cash by a man who handed a demand note to a teller.

The robbery at 45-1151 Kamehameha Highway was reported at 1:45 p.m.

The suspect is described by police as about 40 years old, 5 feet 9 and 150 to160 pounds. He has dreadlocks and a beard.

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