Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Bone marrow donors sought

The Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry will conduct free bone marrow donor registration and testing tomorrow  at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration and testing will also take place Friday at Bank of Hawaii located at the Financial Plaza of the Pacific from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The agency matches registered marrow donors with Hawaii residents who need bone marrow transplants due to terminal blood diseases such as leukemia.

Donors must be between ages 18 and 60 and in general good health. A small sample of blood is collected from potential donors for tissue typing.

For more information, call the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry at 547-6154.

Library reopens after renovations

The Waianae public library is open again following a nearly two-month-long renovation project to install a new central air-conditioning unit.

The library is located next to Waianae District Park at 85-625 Farrington Highway.

The library's hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The library is closed Sundays.

Justice Foundation director steps down

Hawaii Justice Foundation Executive Director Peter S. Adler will leave the foundation Aug. 31. He plans to work on a variety of planning, facilitation and management projects in Hawaii, Asia and the Pacific.

Adler joined the foundation in 1992. He was the first executive director of the Neighborhood Justice Center Inc. between 1979 and 1985.

He developed and then directed the Hawaii Supreme Court's Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution between 1985 and 1992.

Adler joined the foundation in 1992.

Family of slain woman files wrongful death suit

The family of 32-year-old Lori Wiley, killed after her car was struck head-on by another car near Olomana Links in Waimanalo, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver and two Honolulu establishments that allegedly served him alcohol on Jan. 2, the night of the crash.

The complaint, filed yesterday in Circuit Court by her husband David Wiley, names the other driver Kam K. Williams, 19, Venus Nightclub and Pachinko Karaoke.

Williams and representatives for New Pacific Inc., which operates both clubs could not be reached for comment.

The suit says the club employees knew or should have known Williams was a minor or was intoxicated and by law were prohibited from serving alcohol to minors or intoxicated persons.

Lori Wiley, 32, worked for the Hawaii Air National Guard at Hickam Air Force Base and was on her way to work when the collision occurred.

Trial for UPW's Rodrigues postponed until 2002

The criminal trial for United Public Workers State Director Gary Rodrigues and daughter Robin Sabatini has been postponed to January 2002.

U.S. Magistrate Kevin Chang yesterday agreed to continue the August trial date after government and defense attorneys agreed that the case was complex and would require more time to prepare.

Rodrigues is accused of embezzling $200,000 from two union health benefit plans and diverting the money to companies owned by his daughter. He and his daughter have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, embezzlement and money laundering.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni said she has informed defense attorneys Doron Weinberg and Richard Hoke that the government is looking at filing a superseding indictment. But she could not say what and how many additional charges, if any, would be brought.

Corrections and clarifications

>> The increase in the state minimum wage to $5.75 an hour from $5.25 takes effect Jan. 1. It rises again to $6.25 an hour on Jan. 1, 2003. A report in yesterday's Star-Bulletin had incorrect dates.

>> Tickets for the Aug. 25 Hawaii Regional Cuisine Gala Dinner are $125, with a $25 discount for those who charge their tickets on American Express. An article in Sunday's Mauka-Makai section listed an incorrect amount for the discount. Call 922-0588.

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


Woman stabbed and burned in Kalihi

A 40-year-old Kalihi woman was in critical condition at Queen's Medical Center this morning with multiple stab wounds and burns after an attack at her Kuhio Park Terrace apartment.

Police arrested her ex-boyfriend, 39, who lists that unit as his residence, for assault, assaulting a police officer, kidnapping, terroristic threatening and violating a restraining order.

Police said they went to unit 1513 about 4:29 a.m. to respond to a domestic argument. When they arrived they discovered that the woman had been stabbed and that the man had barricaded himself in the unit.

Police convinced the man to open his front door, and after a struggle he was subdued. The man went to the Queen's Medical Center for observation and then was taken to the main police station.

Elderly pedestrian dies after weekend accident

A man who was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross a street in Palolo over the weekend died last night.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man as Kinichi Kobayashi, 82, of Honolulu. Police said Kobayashi was crossing 10th Avenue near the intersection with Maluhia Street just before 5 p.m. Sunday when a car traveling north on 10th Avenue struck him. Police said speed or alcohol were not factors in the accident.


Police seek suspect in Schofield kidnap attempt

Honolulu police are looking for a man who tried to kidnap a 19-year-old woman last Thursday near the main entrance to Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa.

Police said the woman was walking near Macomb Gate on Wilikina Drive about 7 a.m. when she noticed a man stretching his legs near a bus stop inside Schofield Barracks.

As she walked toward Wahiawa town, she saw the man park his car near the driveway to the Schofield Sands apartment complex near the Kunia Road intersection, then run across the street and hide behind a stone wall, police said.

When the woman walked past the wall, the man grabbed her and pulled her toward the bushes, police said. She told police she fought her attacker and screamed until a passer-by stopped to help. The man released the woman, got into his car and fled on Kunia Road, according to police.

The suspect is described as a man in his 40s, with short, salt-and-pepper hair and a medium build. He was wearing a gray shirt, black shorts, running shoes and an orange fluorescent belt.

His vehicle is believed to be an older model Oldsmobile, covered with primer.


Police seek 2 men in North Shore robbery

Honolulu police are looking for two male suspects who allegedly robbed a North Shore man at gunpoint Monday. The 19-year-old victim said the suspects picked him up from his house and took him to a location on Pupukea Road, where one of the suspects pulled out a shotgun and demanded money, police said.

Police said the victim threw the cash down on the ground and escaped while the suspects were collecting the money.


Dead diver identified as Kahului man

WAILUKU >> Maui authorities have identified a free-diver whose body was found in waters off Maalaea as Vivencio Bio Jr. of Kahului.

The 31-year-old man had been spearfishing near the Maalaea mud flats with companions on Saturday when he was reported missing.

His body was found two hours later 1.5 miles from shore near a homemade spear, wet suit and dive bag.

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