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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, April 17, 2000

Henry Walker Jr. rites scheduled Wednesday

Funeral services for Henry Walker Jr., the former chairman of Amfac, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew's Cathedral.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Child and Family Service or the Straub Foundation.

Walker, 78, died Friday at 78.

Students get $30,337 in Pennies for Patients

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is $30,337.33 richer, thanks to Oahu students who collected spare change in the three-week-long Pennies for Patients program.

Hawaii Baptist Academy, whose students collected $3,852.86, won the top honor for collecting the most money. Hongwanji Mission School collected $7.03 a student to win the most money raised per student honor.

Others that participated in the program included Aina Haina School, Benjamin Parker School, Cathedral School, Holy Family Catholic Academy, Kaewai Elementary, Kailua High, Lanikai Elementary and Lunalilo School;

Also, Maili Elementary, Maunawili School, Mililani Middle School, Mililani Waena Elementary, Nanakuli Elementary, Pearl City High, Saint Louis School, Trinity Christian School and Waialua High & Intermediate.

At each school, the classroom that raised the most money received a Domino's pizza party. The sponsors of the program were Domino's Pizza, First Hawaiian Bank and Menehune Water Co.

First low-floor bus rolls out on May 7

The first of 30 low-floor buses has been dedicated by the city. They are distinguished by the accordion-like centers that connect the front and back sections of the bus, thus the "articulated" description. They also have a new rainbow-colored design.

Each of the new 60-foot buses manufactured by New Flyer Industries carries 58 passengers, 28 percent more than the standard 40-foot bus.

The buses also carry the "low floor" feature -- the floor of each bus is just 14.5 inches off the ground. They also have onboard electronic information systems and the global-positioning system capability that allows TheBus officials to calculate precisely where they are at all times.

Each bus costs about $450,000. Federal grants covered about 80 percent of the cost.

The first of the new buses will be used as part of CountryExpress! between Makaha and downtown Honolulu beginning May 7. The articulated buses will also be used as part of CityExpress! Route A and CityExpress! Route B.

Book sale Saturday helps Waipahu Library

Friends of Waipahu Library plan a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the library.

Donations of books, cassette tapes, compact discs and videos may be dropped off during library hours all week. Sale proceeds will benefit the library.

The library is at 94-275 Mokuola St., next to Waipahu Civic Center. Call 675-0358.

Mokapu school is tops in recycling contest

Recycling vibes echoed in the musical strains of Henry Kapono and the Trashettes as they sang the praises of PAWS TO RECYCLE winner Mokapu Elementary School at a special assembly last week.

Mokapu Elementary won out in recycling competition over 11 other schools by recycling 860 pounds of aluminum cans, or an estimated 28,380 such cans, in just two months.

The $301 raised by the Mokapu Elementary students went to the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Sixth-grader Torey Bixler, student council president, walked away with a Recycling Winners flag presented to Mokapu Elementary. The Trashettes are Suzanne Jones and Irobela Wreagh, recycling coordinator and recycling specialist for the city and county, and Carrie McCabe, state recycling coordinator.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Man breaks into home, cuts male acquaintance

Police are looking for a 22-year-old man who allegedly forced his way into a Makiki apartment early today and attacked two people before fleeing in a cab.

The suspect kicked open the front door of a sixth-floor apartment unit at 1407 Kewalo St. at about 1:37 a.m. He then punched a woman, 22, in the abdomen and cut a man, 24, with a knife.

He also allegedly threatened to kill the man. The suspect and male victim are acquainted, police said.

Driver flees after backing car toward police officer

A police officer escaped possible serious injury today when a motorist fled the scene of a traffic stop on Pali Highway, mauka of Vineyard Boulevard.

The motorist allegedly backed his car toward the officer at 9:30 a.m. Police have classified the incident as attempted murder.

Earlier attack revealed in murder-attempt case

Wesley K. Pua, charged with attempted murder and kidnapping stemming from Thursday's 12-hour hostage crisis at a Waianae Valley Homestead residence, allegedly attacked his wife 18 days earlier.

Cathy Pua, 40, told police her husband cut her with a broken beer bottle and then threatened her with a screwdriver during an early-morning argument March 27 at 85-1108 Kepauala Place, also the scene of Thursday's standoff.

Wesley Pua's mother resides at the Kepauala Place home, but he and his wife reportedly live elsewhere.

Police may seek to charge Pua with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree assault related to the March 27 incident.

On Saturday, police charged Pua with attempted murder and two counts of kidnapping for allegedly holding his wife hostage at knifepoint four days ago.

He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Pua, convicted of robbery and escape from the Laumaka work furlough program in 1991 and 1995, respectively, was wanted on a February 2000 warrant for violating drug-treatment program conditions of his parole at the time of his arrest Thursday.

Attempted murder-suicide survivor in critical condition

The 42-year-old victim of an apparent attempted murder-suicide remains at Queen's Hospital. He was last reported in critical condition; police and hospital officials have not released his current condition.

Police were called to the 21st-floor apartment at 1212 Kinau St. at 5 p.m. Saturday to investigate a reported argument, with possible shots fired.

Specialized Services Division officers discovered the body of a 48-year-old man on the roof of the building at about 8 p.m., the victim of an apparent suicide. A .38-caliber handgun, used in the shooting, was found at the scene.

The victim told police prior to being taken to the hospital that the suspect shot at him.

Police say both men were from the Philippines. The name of the the dead man is being withheld until his next of kin can be notified.

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