Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Teachers strike to trigger food benefits

The state Department of Health's Women, Infants and Children Program is encouraging families whose income was affected by the recent teachers strike to apply for benefits for one month.

The program provides supplemental nutritious foods at no cost to families with pregnant, postpartum and nursing mothers and their infants and children up to 5 years of age.

Teachers and others should bring pay stubs and proof of residency and identity to qualify. Applicants will be screened for income and nutritional risk. Eligible teachers should apply before June 5.

Since the program bases eligibility on monthly pay, teachers with a small paycheck on April 20 and possibly no paycheck on May 5 could qualify for the program. Total gross monthly income cannot exceed $1,479 for a family of one, $1,994 for a family of two, $2,509 for a family of three, $3,024 for a family of four or $4,054 for a family of six. A pregnant woman is counted as two persons.

Qualified applicants will receive checks redeemable at many grocery stores for a month of nutritious foods that include milk, dry milk powder, eggs, cheese, cereal, beans and juice.

WIC clinics operate on all islands except Niihau.

Call WIC Services Branch at 586-8175 on Oahu for the number of the clinic nearest you for an appointment. Neighbor Island residents can call toll-free 1-888-820-6425.

NASA donates funds to Windward College

NASA is donating funds to Windward Community College for an aeronautics education laboratory. The school will receive up to $125,000 per year for three years.

"Establishment of the Aeronautics Education Laboratory will enable Windward Community College to increase opportunities for helping students with interests in science and math," said Congresswoman Patsy Mink.

Bishop to celebrate 50 years as priest

Retired Honolulu Catholic Bishop Joseph A. Ferrario will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination with a few hundred of his friends Friday.

A 6:30 p.m. jubilee Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 N. School St., will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. Both events are open to the public.

Ferrario, 75, retired in 1993 as head of the local diocese after five years as auxiliary bishop and 11 years as bishop. He was ordained in Pennsylvania and came to Hawaii in 1957 where he has served as a teacher at the former St. Stephen Seminary, a parish pastor and diocesan administrator.

Although retired, he is chief executive officer of the Augustine Educational Foundation which provides Catholic schools tuition assistance and continues to preside at masses at St. Anthony Church in Kailua.


Steve Alm was sworn in as judge yesterday by Chief Justice
Ronald Moon in the state Supreme Courtroom.

Big Island judges are appointed to second term

Two per-diem judges on the Big Island have each been reappointed to a second four-year term by Chief Justice Ronald Moon. The new terms for William S. Chillingworth and Barbara T. Takase began on May 7 and May 3 respectively in the District Family Court of the 3rd Judicial Circuit.

Permits required for gathering plants in state parks and forests

As more and more May Day programs and graduation ceremonies are being held, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources reminds the public that the gathering of plants, fruits and flowers from state parks and forest reserves requires a state collecting permit.

Permits are required to ensure that plants and flowers, especially native plants, are sustained for the future. Permits will specify the type of material that can be gathered, limits on the amount, and areas where gathering is permitted. Guidelines on proper collection can also be provided to prevent damage to the plants.

For information on gathering forest materials, contact your nearest state parks or forestry division offices.


>> The Hawaii Council for the Humanities announced the following winners at the Hawaii State History Day awards, held April 4 at UH-Manoa:

Junior Division (grades 6-8) Display: Caleb Bowen, Kahuku Intermediate, first place; Whitney Wagner, Kaumana Elementary, second place; Kendra Dilcher, Shannon Schaper and Sara Mirels, Kahuku Intermediate, third place.

Junior Division Historical Research Essay: Carly Munekiyo, Iao Intermediate, first place; Lizzette Sauque, Kahuku Intermediate, second place; Kirstin Marler, Kahuku Intermediate, third place.

Junior Division Documentary Media: Joy Miyamoto and Sarah Fong, Kapunahala Elementary, first place; Janelle Young and Kim Mashiyama, Waiakea Intermediate, second place; Amanda Baize, Kahuku Intermediate, third place.

Junior Division Performance: Noelle Spring, Kahuku Intermediate, first place; Jaquelyn Lautaha and Valaree Gale, Kahuku Intermediate, second place; Victoria Tunstall, Kristopher Moseley and Tanya Ferreira, Mililani Middle School, third place.

Senior Division (grades 9-12) Display: Whitney Nekoba, Waiakea High, first place; Ian Tapu, Kahuku High, second place; Natalie Krawciw, Kalaheo High, third place.

Senior Division Historical Research Essay: Sienna Palmer, Kahuku High, first place; Bethany Smith, Kahuku High, second place; Natalie Krawciw, Kalaheo High, third place.

Senior Division Documentary Media: Justin Keys, Kevin Grigsby and Andrew Pontti, Kahuku High, first place; Joseph Graham, Waipahu High, second place; Kory Ikeda, Waialua High, third place.

Senior Division Performance: Julia Shimizu, Lonona Brown and Betsy Brown, Waianae High, first place; Jadee Bowen, Keilani Yang and Brooke Jones, Kahuku High, second place; Lydell Lawrence, LeGrand Lawrence and Ashton Alvarez, Kahuku High, third place.

>> Troy K. Baker has been awarded a scholarship by the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program. Baker, student body president at Honolulu Community College, was one of 60,000 applicants for the 4,000 scholarships awarded. He had to be nominated by a Honolulu Community College faculty member and recommended by another education professional at the school. Baker is one of 10 Hawaii students selected to receive the scholarship. He also attended a leadership seminar March 2 in California that was sponsored by the Gates Foundation.

>> Raynice Tsukada Messier and Gail Woliver were named winners of an essay contest sponsored by the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii, Korean Air, the Swiss Grand Hotel (Seoul) and the Centennial Committee of Korea Immigration to the United States. Messier and Woliver are English teachers at Moanalua High School and Kamehameha Schools, respectively. The two will receive a round-trip ticket from Honolulu to Korea, hotel accommodations and a $500 cash prize.

>> Dr. Richard R. Kelley and Linda Van Gilder Kelley have been awarded the 2001 Alumni Leadership Award by the University of Colorado at Denver's Alumni Association. The Kelleys were presented with the award at CU-Denver's Commencement Awards Dinner held May 5.

>> Naleen Naupaka Andrade, Jack S. Fritz, Haruyuki Kamemoto, Robert N. Katayama, Lydia L.W. Tsui and Edwin S.N. Wong were named winners of 2001 Distinguished Alumni Awards by the University of Hawaii Alumni Association. The six will be honored May 16 during an awards dinner at the Sheraton-Waikiki Hotel. The late Kane S. Fernandez will also be honored with a UHAA President's Award at the event.

>> Iolani graduate Kit Okimoto has been elected to Lawrence University's chapter of Lambda Sigma, a national honor society. Okimoto, who graduated from Iolani in 2000, was chosen to join the honor society at the end of his freshman year of college.

>> Bowdoin College sophomore Leiana Kinnicutt has been awarded a Public Interest Summer Fellowship from her school. The Kailua resident is one of eight students receiving fellowships from Bowdoin for 2001. Kinnicutt will spend the summer interning at Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii.

>> Hope College sophomore Alicia M. Kaneshiro received the Reinking Memorial Scholarship during the college's annual honors convocation April 26. Kaneshiro, a geology student from Kaneohe, was honored for exhibiting high standards of academic excellence within her major.

Do you have items about Hawaii residents earning academic or professional honors, winning scholarships, awards or being elected to posts in professional or civic groups? Please send them in writing for "Taking Notice" to City Desk, Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813.

Corrections and clarifications

>> John Penebacker is special assistant to the state librarian. His title was incorrect in a May 4 front-page story and a "Raising Cane" column Wednesday.

>> In the State High School Journalism Awards last week, Kailua High School won in the Windward District for Outstanding Editorial Writing, Outstanding Layout/Design, Outstanding Photography/Illustration and Outstanding News Writing; Sacred Hearts Academy won in the Honolulu private schools division for Outstanding News Writing, Outstanding Photography/Illustration and Outstanding Sports Writing. A list Friday incorrectly had the two winning schools tied with other schools in those categories.

>> The Honolulu Symphony Ball will be held May 26. For tickets, call 531-0855. An incorrect date and phone number was listed in an April 27 item.

>> The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not affiliated with Zion Films, as reported in a movie review in Friday's Weekend section.

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

Man jumps from window to escape from police

Police said a man wanted for questioning in regards to a shooting incident and a motor vehicle accident escaped arrest this weekend by jumping out of a second-floor apartment window.

Police said Arthur Birano jumped out of the Waipahu apartment complex window as they arrived on the scene just before midnight Sunday. He then fled on foot.

Police searched the vehicle that Birano had been seen driving into the complex and found 38 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and a shotgun. Police said Birano is believed to have a semiautomatic handgun, and they consider him armed and dangerous.

Birano is also wanted for a parole retake warrant and has felony convictions for burglary and robbery. He is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, with tattoos on his upper right arm and chest.

Anyone with information on Birano is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *Crime on a cellular phone.

Argument in Waianae almost turns deadly

Honolulu police arrested a 20-year-old man for threatening two people with a knife shaped like a boomerang Sunday night. Police said the incident happened at 9:53 p.m. at an Alta Street residence in Waianae.

Police said the suspect and one of the victims, a 22-year-old male acquaintance, were drinking at the victim's grandmother's house when an argument began. The victim's 63-year-old grandmother tried to intervene, and the suspect pulled out the boomerang knife and said, "Someone is going to die tonight," police said.

Police arrested the suspect later that night.

Kapolei man knifed while responding to an assault

Honolulu police are still looking for an unknown male suspect who punched one victim and stabbed another on North King Street. The stabbing victim was brought into the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition Sunday night, and hospital officials said they had no information on the patient yesterday.

Police said the first victim approached the suspect after the suspect yelled at him. Police said the suspect then punched the 51-year-old Honolulu resident. Police said the second victim, a 35-year-old Kapolei man, then approached, possibly to assist the first victim.

Police said the suspect then stabbed the second victim, hit the first victim in the head with his knife and fled.

Police said the two victims did not know the suspect or each other.

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