Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, April 16, 2001

Box jellyfish alert through Thursday

The city's Ocean Safety Division has issued a box jellyfish warning beginning today. The influx of the stinging sea creatures is expected to peak today and tomorrow, and most of the jellyfish should leave by Thursday.

Areas commonly affected by jellyfish are the Ala Moana Beach Park swim channel and Waikiki Beach. Other areas that have been affected include Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay and Makaha surfing beach.

Lifeguards will assess beaches for box jellyfish during the alert period and post warning signs if warranted.

County lifeguards advise if you are stung by a box jellyfish, flush the area with "copious amounts of vinegar and seek medical attention if pain persists." Lifeguard stations are also equipped to treat jellyfish stings.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve to reopen today

The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is expected to reopen today after a ruptured pipe forced the closure of the beach area yesterday.

Alan Hong, the park manager, said the broken pipe affected plumbing to the beach area of the park. The pipe was buried less than a foot underground.

"We did dig down to the pipe," Hong said. "It broke right in the elbow junction -- an old galvanized pipe that was fairly rusted."

Park officials hope to be able to reopen the park by midday today, Hong said.

2 seniors nab hefty scholarships to HPU

Two high school seniors have been awarded scholarships valued at more than $50,000 to attend Hawaii Pacific University.

The scholarships awarded to Sheri Aplaca of Waialua High School and Sheri Takara of Mililani High School are part of the Hawaii High School Journalism Awards Program sponsored by the Hawaii Publishers Association.

Aplaca has written for three years for her high school newspaper and was appointed editor in chief her senior year. She also has become a regular student columnist for the North Shore News.

Takara plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. She was a video jockey at Mililani High and has written and produced scripts.

The HPU journalism scholarships offer 75 percent tuition waivers renewable for up to four years to students graduating from Hawaii high schools who plan to pursue a career in the communications industry.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

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Kailua man arrested in $50 bribery attempt

A 23-year-old Kailua man was arrested today for allegedly offering a $50 bribe to a police officer who had pulled him over in Kapahulu. The man was arrested for bribery, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and assaulting a police officer.

Man who died in crash on North Shore identified

Medical examiners identified the man who was killed in a two-car accident Wednesday afternoon as Jacques Saindon, 65, of Ontario, Canada.

Saindon was sitting in the back seat while he and four family members traveled toward Haleiwa along Kamehameha Highway when they collided with a vehicle making a right turn out of Waimea Valley Adventure Park.

Examiners said Saindon died of a broken spinal cord. The victim's wife was released yesterday from Queen's Medical Center. A 17-year-old female driver of the other vehicle and a 16-year-old passenger remain in stable condition at Queen's.

Glass cuts man's face; girlfriend arrested

A 41-year-old woman was arrested for second-degree assault after allegedly striking her boyfriend with a drinking glass and cutting his face, police said. The couple had gone a nightclub and got into an argument after returning to their hotel room in Waikiki on Saturday night, police said.

The 54-year-old man suffered multiple cuts and bruises to his face. The woman also had injuries, though police said they did not know what caused them. Both were treated at Queen's Medical Center.

Reports of guns, drugs lead to arrest in Makakilo

Police arrested a Makakilo man Saturday after receiving reports of circumstances involving guns and drugs.

Witnesses reported a man running with a sawed-off shotgun at a Makamai Place address. Police questioned a suspect at his Makakilo Drive home, where the weapon was found. The man was arrested on firearms violations.

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