Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Big Isle rancher takes steps
to ward against foot-and-mouth

WAIMEA, Hawaii >> There are no reported cases of foot-and-mouth diseases in the United States, but the Big Island's huge Parker Ranch is taking no chances.

All visitors to ranch livestock areas are required to step in a disinfectant foot bath to avoid spreading the disease, the ranch announced. The requirement includes visitors to the ranch on Kohala Carriages wagon tours.

Outbreaks of the virus-caused disease, which produces blisters, lameness and fever in affected animals, are taking place in Europe. Foot-and-mouth disease typically does not affect humans, the ranch said.

Coast Guard finds 3 men missing in Micronesia

A Coast Guard search and rescue crew from Honolulu found three men in a 19-foot skiff that had been missing for six days off Kosrae Island in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The boat had last been seen by other fishing boats about two miles from shore the night of April 17.

When it failed to return as scheduled, Coast Guard officials in Guam were notified, and a search was launched.

The search team included a Navy P-3 airplane, Air Force and Coast Guard C-130 aircraft and several civilian boats.

The Coast Guard C-130, stationed at Barbers Point, found the boat yesterday morning.

It was being towed back to Kosrae by the Federated States Ship Independence and was expected to arrive sometime last night.

The condition of the three men was not immediately available. The Coast Guard said the boat was not equipped with a radio, reflective gear, flashlight or flares, which would have helped the search team.

Iolani economics teacher wins NASDAQ award

Iolani School economics teacher Richard Rankin was presented the NASDAQ National Teacher of the Year award in New York City last night. The award included a grand prize of $25,000.

Rankin was also scheduled to open the NASDAQ stock market this morning.

Rankin beat out economics teachers from across the country for the award. Details of the competition were not available last night.

Rankin returns to Honolulu tomorrow.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Habitual hospital escapee spotted in Waikiki

A Hawaii State Hospital escapee with a tendency to throw things through windows was spotted early yesterday morning in Waikiki. Honolulu police said Herman Moore, 35, was last seen on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Saratoga Road.

Moore escaped twice from the state hospital on March 28 and again on April 7.

Both times, Moore used a piece of furniture to smash through a glass window to escape.

Moore is described as 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, with a shaved head and dark complexion. Police said Moore also has a 6-inch linear scar on his left forearm.

Anyone with any information about Moore's whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *Crime on a cellular phone.

HPD says scam artist may be living on Maui

Art Honolulu police believe that an alleged scam artist from Oahu may be living as a fugitive on Maui. Rodney J. Rodrigues, 51, was last seen on Oahu April 12 when police said he escaped capture by driving away in a limousine.

Police said deputy sheriffs spotted Rodrigues in the limousine fronting 1111 Alakea St. However, when sheriffs approached, police said, Rodrigues refused to get out, put the vehicle in gear and drove away.

The limousine was later found abandoned with keys still in the car in the parking lot of Times Liliha. Police said Rodrigues is wanted for selling vastly discounted interisland coupons and taking the cash without providing the tickets.

Police said Rodrigues targeted clients of a local time-share company for which he used to work. A warrant for his arrest was issued last month.

Rodrigues is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 205 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *Crime on a cellular phone.

Maui police seek suspect in sex assault on girls

WAILUKU >> Maui police detectives were continuing to search for a man charged in the alleged sexual assault of two girls under the age of 10.

Jeffery C. Bednarz, 43, was indicted by a Maui grand jury Sept. 18 on charges of promoting pornography involving minors and of first-degree sexual assault.

Maui police said the alleged crimes took place on Aug. 2, 1999. Bednarz, 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds, is known to frequent Maui's Upcountry area, police said.

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