Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, July 30, 2001

Incoming UH freshmen invited to 5-day camp

Students about to enter college in Hawaii can take advantage of a five-day camp to orient them into freshman life.

The Charles Atherton YMCA offers "FroshCamp" in conjunction with the University of Hawaii's New Student Orientation program. The trip to Camp Erdman is designed to give incoming students an opportunity to make friends and learn academic and social survival skills.

The cost is $110, and scholarships are available for students who meet the criteria.

The camp takes place Aug. 15-18. For an application, call Jeanelle Sugimoto at 946-0253 or send an e-mail to froshcamp

Sacred Hearts hosts girls economic summit

The fourth annual Economic Summit for Girls begins today at Sacred Hearts Academy.

The summit, which runs through Friday, allows girls from public and private schools to attend programs aimed at giving them insight into the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship and a better understanding of gender implications as they relate to education, the economy, employment and financial interests, Sacred Hearts said.

Programs include presentations by prominent business leaders such as Lily Yao, the new chairwoman of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the academy said. Participants also are scheduled to tour local businesses.

Thirty girls in grades 7 through 10 were selected for the program.

UH Lei Aloha program receives federal grant

The U.S. Department of Education has given a $637,000 grant to the University of Hawaii's Lei Aloha program.

The grant helps the college of education train teachers in technology. The trainings consist of one-on-one consultation, equipment loans, software previews, demonstrations and more.

HMSA pumps up youth CPR

The American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter's Youth Power CPR Project has received a boost from the Hawaii Medical Service Association Foundation.

The foundation has given a second year of funding of $48,300 to the project.

The goal is to train high-risk youth, 15 to 19 years old, who may not be part of mainstream educational programs, the Red Cross said.

Employees and volunteers of agencies and organizations serving high-risk youth will be trained as certified Red Cross cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructors to provide further training.

Mary Meinel, director of health and safety services for the Red Cross in Hawaii, said the Youth Power CPR project provided training to four agencies this year and will enable four to seven more organizations to train youths as future safety educators next year.

She said the funds will help purchase equipment and materials, including mannequins, for each participating agency.

Lunch series focuses on marine, freshwater animals

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has scheduled a series of brown bag lunch programs featuring research on marine and freshwater animals.

The public is invited to the programs organized by the Division of Aquatic Resources on the Thursday of each month.

Upcoming talks include:

>> Aug. 16: Dr. Jim Parrish will speak on "Fish Research and Interactions between Taape and other Deepwater Snappers"

>> Sept. 20: Dr. Kim Holland will speak on "Reef Fish Tracking Studies: How do Fish Move?"

>> Oct. 18: Drs. Bill Walsh, Leon Hallecker will speak on "West Hawaii Reef Fish Studies: Has Designation of West Hawaii Fishery Management Areas Had an Effect on Aquarium Fish Populations?"

>> Nov. 15: Jennifer Smith will speak on "Alien Algae on Hawaii's Reefs, How Far Has it Spread?"


>> Chatess F.R. Baguio and Elizabeth A. Kim have been awarded $1,000 scholarships by the Market City Foundation. The two were selected for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements. Baguio, a graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy, will attend the University of San Francisco. Kim, a Kalani High School graduate, will attend Fordham University (N.Y.).

>> Marisa Tamaru has been selected from 275 applicants nationally to participate in the Japan-America Friendship Scholars Program, administered by the Youth for Understanding International Exchange. Students were chosen to participate based on grade-point average, written essays, recommendations and personal interviews. Tamaru will visit Japan this summer and spend time with a host family in the country.

>> Marlon Gomez has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship to California State University at Bakersfield. Gomez won the scholarship while representing the Leeward District at the International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif. He is a student at Campbell High School.

>> The Wailea Community Association recently presented the Maui Community Food Bank with an $18,200 donation. The money exceeded the association's 2000 fund-raising total by almost $8,000. Money was donated to the Maui Food Bank by Wailea Community Association members as well as from proceeds raised at a benefit dinner held at Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe.

>> Criste Garcia and Blake Kurisu have been selected to represent Hawaii at the HOBY World Leadership Congress. The two were selected from 59 sophomores representing 35 local public schools to attend the WLC from July 13-21 at George Washington University (Washington, D.C.). Garcia is a student at Kealakehe High School. Kurisu attends Waiakea High.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Waipahu man charged with sex assault on girl

Shane Fernandez, 23, of Waipahu was charged yesterday with multiple counts of sex assault and child abuse. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

The mother of a 10-year-old girl told police Friday night that a family friend assaulted her daughter.

The alleged offenses occurred at the girl's home in Waipahu.

Fernandez was charged with 10 counts of sex assault in the first degree, 16 counts of sex assault in the third degree and three counts of promoting child abuse in the first degree.

Girl, 2, hospitalized with suspicious head injury

Police opened a second-degree assault case Saturday in connection with a suspicious head injury to a 2-year-old Waipahu girl.

The girl was taken to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children for vomiting where she was found to have a skull fracture.

The girl's 18-year-old mother and her 21-year-old live-in boyfriend are possible suspects in the case but have not been arrested, police said.

Suspect charged in fatal beating at Waianae park

Police charged an 18-year-old Waianae man last night with second-degree murder in connection with the beating death of a 35-year-old man earlier this month. Police arrested Branden M. Adkins Saturday. The victim, E. Van Winkle, was found dead on the basketball court at Waianae Regional District Park shortly after 6 a.m. on July 14.

Police said Van Winkle had severe injuries to his head and body. Adkins is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.


Range fire scorches remote Schofield land

Two U.S. Army helicopters along with a Honolulu Fire Department helicopter battled what the Army called a range fire in a remote section of Schofield Barracks yesterday, said Army spokeswoman Capt. Stacy Bathrick.

The fire started Saturday and burned 250 acres, Bathrick said.

"It cannot be reached through ground vehicles, so we're using air assets to fight the fire," Bathrick said.

The area is located just outside Schofield's main impact area where rounds are fired during training, but Bathrick said there was no training going on when the fire started.

The army had one firetruck and a ground crew in the vicinity. The cause of the fire had not been determined as of yesterday. The fire did not threaten any housing areas or facilities on Schofield.

Mililani recreation center burglary suspect arrested

A 46-year-old man was arrested for burglary and possession of burglary tools this morning after the security alarm went off in the Mililani Recreation Center #1 at 95-400 Ikaloa St.

Police said the man broke into the facility about 12:30 this morning then tried to break into three vending machines inside. The man fled after setting off the alarm but was stopped in a vehicle by police and arrested.


Kaneohe ARCO station robbery suspect sought

Police are looking for a man who robbed the ARCO station last night at 46-004 Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe.

Police said the robber entered the gas station at 9:50 p.m. and asked the cashier for change. He then took out a knife and demanded all the money in the cash register. He fled with $845 dollars.


Knife-wielding man arrested in Makiki

Police arrested a 23-year-old man Saturday morning after he was found brandishing a knife in the hallway of his Makiki apartment.

The man yelled for officers to shoot him, otherwise he would stab them, police said. Officers wrestled the man to the ground and disarmed him of a 20-inch kitchen knife.

He was arrested on two counts of terroristic threatening. No one was injured.


Visitor rescued from Makapuu tide pool area

A 30-year-old woman from Austin, Texas, was rescued from the tide pool area below the Makapuu lighthouse after being swept into the water by what witnesses described as a "freak wave," authorities said.

The woman suffered a head injury and was conscious after being helped out of the water by friends when paramedics arrived at the tide pool, said Honolulu Fire Dept. spokesman Capt. Richard Soo.

"Her party said a freak wave came and tossed her down onto the rocks," Soo said.

The woman, whose name was not released, experienced lightheadedness, and fire officials decided to call in the Air One rescue helicopter. The helicopter lifted her from the tide pool area in a rescue basket and transported her to Sandy Beach, Soo said.

She was taken to Straub Hospital, where spokeswoman Claire Tong said she was in very stable condition with a head injury late yesterday afternoon. Further details were not released.


Big Island man arrested in abuse and sex assault

SOUTH KOHALA >> Kohala police arrested a 22-year-old Kawaihae man Saturday on two counts of abuse of a family or household member, and one count each of kidnapping and sexual assault.

The victim, a 20-year-old woman, was taken to Kona Community Hospital where she was treated and released, police said. Further details were not immediately available. The case is being investigated by the Kona Juvenile Aid Section and Sex Crimes Unit.

Search for missing Molokai man called off

WAILUKU >> Authorities have called off the search for a Molokai man who has been missing for more than nine days.

Wallace J. Silva, 72, who suffered from dementia after several strokes, was last seen on July 21 outside his residence at Kalamaula in central Molokai.

"We did everything we could," Police Lt. Danny Matsuura said.

Authorities called off the search over the weekend. They conducted land, sea and air searches last week but were unable to turn up any trace of Silva.

Silva was near the family vehicle and wandered off while his wife Hattie went to lock the house, his daughter, Heli Silva, said.

Helicopter pulls Maui boaters to safety

WAILUKU >> A Maui fire rescue helicopter pulled two men to safety after their 13-foot boat swamped in Waipo Bay in Haiku yesterday.

Assistant Fire Chief Alan Cordeiro said the two Maui men were rescued a little after noon yesterday.

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