Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, May 3, 2001

Kauai woman arrested in
connection with death of
her newborn son

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A 21-year-old Koloa, Kauai woman was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of her newborn infant son whose body was found in a trash bin.

The arrest was made following an autopsy by Dr. Anthony Manoukian which revealed her newborn son died of asphyxiation, police said.

On Monday, the woman's neighbors called an ambulance to the home she shares with her father because she was hemorrhaging, police said.

Upon examination at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, doctors determined that she had recently given birth and requested paramedics to search her home.

Police officers and paramedics found the infant's body in a trash receptacle outside the home, according to Melvin Morris, head of Kauai police's Investigative Services Bureau.

The autopsy determined that there were no visible signs of trauma and no physical malformation of the infant's lungs, heart or other vital organs.

The woman faces second-degree murder charges, police said.

Pressroom breakdown
halts paper's delivery

A mechanical breakdown in the pressroom caused late delivery of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin yesterday.

The press failure, the second time since new owners took over on March 15, affected nearly half of home deliveries.

About 10,000 papers were delivered after the 5:30 p.m. home delivery target.

Subscribers and advertisers will be credited for another 17,000 papers that were not delivered, said Don Kendall, Star-Bulletin president.

"We're still in the first 90 days on a new press, and we're doing remarkably well meeting deadlines, all things considered," said Ken Berry, executive vice president of the Star-Bulletin.

The problem involved a broken part, a drive shaft assembly. A replacement is on its way from the mainland, Berry said last night.

Samoa may take over
alleged sweatshop

Associated Press

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa >> The government has asked a court to grant the U.S. territory ownership of a closed garment factory whose owner faces federal charges of abusing his workers.

The Daewoosa Samoa Ltd. plant went into receivership in January after workers said they were not being paid what they were owed. The company closed a week later.

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a report in December saying immigrant Vietnamese workers who sewed clothes at the factory were being beaten and starved for complaining about living and working conditions.

Daewoosa Samoa's president, Kil-soo Lee, was arrested in March on federal charges of involuntary servitude and forced labor. The 47-year-old South Korean national is being held without bail in Honolulu pending a trial in U.S. District Court.

The government terminated the Daewoosa lease on Jan. 30 for nonpayment of rent.

The company had leased two lots at the Daniel Inouye Industrial Park in Tafuna since January 1997, and the government claims Daewoosa owes $164,960 in rent and late charges.

The factory made clothes for J.C. Penney and other retailers.

J.C. Penney stopped selling the clothes when it learned of the alleged abuses.

Park Service appoints new Kalaupapa director

The National Park Service has selected Thomas Workman as superintendent of Molokai's Kalaupapa National Historic Site.

Workman is expected to start at Kalaupapa in early June. He will replace Dean Alexander, who moved to Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.

"Tom has a sense of history and brings a strong bond of understanding the past in order to protect for the future," said John Reynolds, the park service's Pacific West director.

Workman is currently chief ranger at the Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona.

George Druger named Queen's Medical Center's Physician of the Year

Dr. George Druger has been named 2001 Physician of the Year by the Queen's Medical Center.

Queen's cited the pulmonologist "for his unwavering commitment to education, teaching and compassionate patient care."

Druger said, "I've come a long way in both distance and life, have met some tremendous people at Queen's, and I've been very fortunate."

He has practiced in Hawaii since 1973 and been an active staff member at Queen's since 1978. He was awarded the Queen's Hospital Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

Druger moved to Hawaii in 1973 with the U.S. Army. He did his internship at Los Angeles County Hospital-University of Southern California and took specialized training in pulmonary disease at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine.

He also practices at Kuakini, Castle and St. Francis Medical Centers. He directs the Respiratory Therapy Department and Pulmonary Laboratory at St. Francis.

Saturday's 'Breathe with Ease' geared to help allergy and asthma patients

Dr. Jeffrey Kam, an allergy-asthma specialist at Straub Clinic & Hospital, and other professionals will be available to answer questions about allergies and asthma from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kakaako Conference Room, Ward Warehouse, 369 Auahi St.

Straub Foundation is presenting the event, "Breathe with Ease," in recognition of "Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month."

Such chronic diseases account for one out of every nine visits to a physician, the foundation says. They are often inherited conditions that should be monitored and managed to prevent complications, it says.

The Saturday event will feature correct inhaler techniques and tips and a free peak flow meter analysis. A peak flow meter is a "thermometer" for asthma, measuring air flow to determine severity of asthma and response to treatment.

Free nebulizer checks will be done to help patients administer their medication effectively and there will be educational displays. Light refreshments will be offered.

Musical entertainment, including Colon, will be presented at the Ward Warehouse Center Stage.

EMS provider credits given for symposium

Kuakini Health System is sponsoring a symposium for Mobile Intensive Care Technicians and Emergency Medical Technicians May 19 in the Hale Pulama Mau Auditorium, 375 N. Kuakini St.

The symposium is designed to update emergency medical service providers on current developments and trends. The cost is $25 and includes lunch.

State-approved continuing medical education credits will be issued based on the length of attendance for each session. Seven credits may be obtained and attendees must check in and out at the registration desk.

Call 547-9820 to register. Applicants will be limited to 150 persons. Limited parking available. Partial validation is available at $2.

Corrections and clarifications

>> The state Campaign Spending Commission has asked Board of Education member Carol Gabbard to respond to a formal complaint filed by Nancy Gillespie that Gabbard violated campaign spending laws. Gabbard has until May 30 to respond. A Newswatch item Tuesday indicated that all complaints against Gabbard were resolved.

>> The state general fund budget for the coming fiscal year is $3.474 billion. An incorrect figure was given in a Monday article.

>> Dannygrieggs M. Padayao was the Honolulu police officer killed Monday night after being hit by a pickup truck. A story in late editions Tuesday had an incorrect spelling of his first name.

>> Andrew Delos Reyes, who died in the Kaukonahua Road crash, was an Oahu Interscholastic Association wrestling champion and finished second in the state wrestling championships. A story about his funeral Tuesday had incorrect information.

Corrections and clarifications

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Publisher and Editor in Chief John Flanagan at 529-4748 or email him at

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Police and fire crews were called to this accident yesterday in the
town-bound lanes of the H-3 freeway at about 3 p.m. One person
was initially listed as critical but was quickly upgraded to stable.
Officials were investigating how the SUV flipped.

Lawn mower thief strikes Volcanoes National Park

HILO >> Hawaii Volcanoes National Park wants its lawn mower back.

No ordinary mower, the park machine was a diesel-powered, cruise-controlled, green and yellow, sit-down John Deere tractor mower with a 54-inch blade, said park spokeswoman Mardie Lane. It cost taxpayers $8,500.

Bought in 1998, it was used by volunteer labor from Friends of Ainahou Ranch to mow the three to four acres of lawns surrounding the former ranch headquarters that now serves as a meeting facility for the park.

The mower was last used April 21 and was discovered missing April 26, said Friends spokesman Charles Ricketts. Friends is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the return of the mower or arrest of the thief.

The ranch is accessible only by a single park road which is barred by a steel gate, Ricketts said. The gate was locked with a key, Lane said.

The mower not only kept building grounds looking nice, it also kept them suitable for grazing by the park's endangered nene geese and kept the area around the ranch house open as a fire break, Lane said.

Anyone with information on the mower is asked to call Ranger Jamie Mar at 985-6034.

Family loses house to fire and Red Cross steps in

WAILUKU >> The Red Cross is helping a family meet emergency needs after their two-bedroom cottage was heavily damaged by fire Tuesday afternoon.

"We have really nothing left," said Ashley Ancheta.

Ancheta, Carrie Rodrigues and her two daughters, ages 11 and 12, were unable to salvage many belongings, including clothes, Ancheta said.

Rodrigues and her two daughters spent Tuesday night with relatives.

Fire officials were still investigating the cause of the fire at 151-C North Market St. Damage was estimated at $12,000.

Those wishing to make a contribution may call the Red Cross at 734-2101.

Police arrest 2 students in high school explosions

Honolulu police arrested two juvenile males in connection with a series of explosions in the Kapolei and Ewa Beach areas. The arrests come after the latest explosions at Campbell High School on Sunday, April 30.

Police said Campbell school staff first heard an explosion from the second floor of "D" building on campus. Staff investigated and found pieces of a broken wash basin in the men's bathroom.

Minutes later, staff reported hearing another explosion on the first floor of "O" building where they found another broken wash basin. Police said witness statements implicated two male suspects, a 17-year-old Campbell senior and a 14-year-old Campbell freshman.

Police arrested and interrogated both suspects. Detectives said later that the 14-year-old male was not a suspect but instead was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The 17-year-old remains a suspect but was released pending investigation.

Maili fisherman drowns after being tangled in net

A Maili man fishing off Makua Beach died yesterday after getting tangled in his net, according to police.

Emergency personnel said a bystander fishing on the same beach found the body of Nathan Fernandez at about 4:45 p.m. and brought it to shore.

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