Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, August 1, 2001


The Rockwater 2 arrived at Honolulu Harbor from the
Philippines today. The ship will lift the Japanese fishing
vessel Ehime Maru from its 2,000-foot depth and tow
it closer to shore so divers can search for nine men
and boys who may be entombed in the ship, which
sank Feb. 9 when it was struck by the submarine
USS Greeneville.

Garibaldi takes spot as Oahu deputy chief judge

District Judge Colette Y. Garibaldi has been named deputy chief judge for the Oahu Circuit, state Judiciary officials announced yesterday.

Chief Justice Ronald Y.T. Moon assigned Garibaldi as deputy chief judge and simultaneously designated her as administrative judge for all divisions of the district courts of the Oahu Circuit, said Marsha Kitagawa, courts spokeswoman.

Garibaldi replaces Judge George Kimura, who served as administrative judge since Aug. 23. Kimura will remain as a District Court judge.

ZipLane open for autos with at least 2 occupants

The state Department of Transportation is advising drivers on Oahu that the ZipLane will be open to vehicles with two or more people beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.

Before 7 a.m. all vehicles entering the lane must have at least three occupants, the department said.

The ZipLane is open from 5:30 to 8 a.m. weekdays except state holidays.

HECO plans testing of its oil-spill readiness

Hawaiian Electric Co. will transport 400-foot-long booms today across Farrington Highway at the Kahe power plant as part of an oil-spill readiness test.

Traffic disruptions are not anticipated, but motorists are advised to drive cautiously. The drill will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Crews from HECO and the Clean Islands Council will lay the booms about 50 yards from shore in a drill meant to "protect the intake pipes in the rare event of any oil spill in the vicinity," the company said. The booms are designed to keep oil from spreading.

HECO is asking fishermen and surfers to avoid the test site.

Big Isle YMCA gets new finance chief

WAIMEA, Hawaii >> The Island of Hawaii YMCA has named Joyce Merrick as finance director for the organization effective immediately, replacing Diana Nelson, who accepted another position, the YMCA announced.

Merrick will be based at the Waiakea Settlement branch of the organization in Hilo. She and her husband, Jeff, currently live in Pahala.

[Taking Notice]

>> Honolulu resident Johnathan Wright has been named a 2001 Chips Quinn Scholar by the Freedom Forum. He will attend a five-day program in Arlington, Va., and complete a paid internship at a Kentucky newspaper. Wright will also receive a $1,000 scholarship after completing the program. The University of Nevada-Reno student is one of more than 600 people to participate in the program since its inception in 1991.

>> Tiffany Heu, Laurel Fox, Shelly Migita and Aaron Isaki are awardees in the 2001 Scholarships for Military Children Program. The program is open to sons and daughters of military personnel and is based on grade-point average, extracurricular activities, leadership ability and a personal essay. Heu and Fox were awarded $1,500 scholarships by Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Migita received a $1,500 award given by Fort Shafter. Isaki was awarded a $1,500 scholarship by Hickam Air Force Base. The four are among 390 students awarded scholarships worldwide.

>> Mental Health Kokua has been awarded grants by the Frear Eleemosynary Trust and the Sophie Russell Testamentary Trust. The money will be used to acquire a van for the agency to be used on Maui. The McInerny Foundation and the Atherton Foundation have also provided grants for Mental Health Kokua to operate transitional residential services on Oahu and the Big Island.

>> The Rotary Club of Honolulu received a $10,000 donation to benefit Parents and Children Together. About 25 Rotary Club members painted a building at Aiea High School in May, entitling the club to the gift from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Club members decided to direct the money to PACT programs that support fathers in the Moanalua and Red Hill areas.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Suspect sought after his fourth bank heist in July

A suspect who robbed the Dillingham Plaza branch of Hawaii National Bank yesterday is believed to be the same man who robbed three American Savings Bank branches since July 19, FBI spokeswoman Pamela McCullough said.

The suspect in yesterday's robbery entered the bank around 3:40 p.m. and presented a teller with a note indicating he had a weapon.

No weapon was displayed, and the suspect fled on foot with the money in a white plastic shopping bag, McCullough said. The amount taken was not released.

The suspect was described as in his 30s, about 120 pounds and about 5-feet-6 with blond hair and brown eyes, McCullough said. Witnesses said he was wearing a black baseball cap, an emerald green T-shirt with a "North Shore" logo, shorts and slippers.

He is believed to have robbed the American Savings Bank in Wahiawa on July 19, the one in Kaneohe on Saturday and Pearl City on Monday, McCullough said.

Anyone with information should call the FBI at 566-4300 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

2 arrested for breaking in to crime-scene apartment

Police arrested a man and a woman yesterday for illegally entering a Kalihi apartment that was the scene of another break-in on Monday.

Police said a 22-year-old Kalihi man and 27-year-old Waipahu woman entered the apartment at 417 N. King St. about 3 p.m. yesterday through the door that was broken from the previous incident and threatened to kill the occupants: two women, ages 23 and 44. The women called police after locking themselves in the bathroom.

On Monday, three people, armed with a golf club and a machete, broke into the apartment but were pushed out by the occupants, a man and a woman, police said. During the struggle, the man was able to grab the machete and strike one of the three suspects, a 32-year-old man, on the head. The suspect was treated and released at Queen's Medical Center and then arrested for burglary. The other two suspects in the Monday break-in are still at large.

Alleged car thief caught in front of HPD building

Police arrested a 38-year-old Kalihi man driving a stolen car yesterday in front of Honolulu Police headquarters on Beretania Street.

He also was arrested for a parole violation. The man's passenger, a 29-year-old Waipahu woman, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Police said the woman was carrying a glass pipe with drug residue, and a bullet.

The new convertible had just been reported stolen from an auto dealership, police said. They spotted the car on Beretania Street and stopped it across from the entrance to police headquarters at 801 S. Beretania St.


Police identify victim in Big Island drowning

HILO >> Police identified an apparent drowning victim pulled Monday from the ocean fronting the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel as Mark Trueblood, 53, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Trueblood was found floating face down.

52-year-old man dies after being struck by car

KIHEI >> A 52-year-old man died at Maui Memorial Medical Center after being hit by a car in Kihei. Police traffic investigator Ricky Uedoi said Michael Madison was struck by a car traveling north on South Kihei Road as he crossed near a crosswalk near Alanui Kealii Road. Madison was homeless.

1 dies, 1 hurt in accident on Hawaii Belt Highway

KAILUA-KONA >> One man was killed and another seriously injured in a head-on collision in South Kona yesterday afternoon, police said.

The deceased is James Kaupu, 45, of Honomalino. The injured man is Dan Yamamoto, 42, of Naalehu.

Yamamoto was passing two vehicles on a straight section of the Hawaii Belt Highway near Honomalino when he hit a car driven by Kaupu, police said.

Yamamoto was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. Kaupu was pronounced dead at Kona Hospital.

697 marijuana plants confiscated on Big Island

KAILUA-KONA >> Police, state, and federal officials confiscated 697 marijuana plants in North and South Kona and Kau yesterday, they said. No incidents or arrests took place.

Kawaihae man held in sex assault, kidnapping

HILO >> A Big Island man is being held in lieu of $64,000 bail on charges of sexual assault, terroristic threatening, and kidnapping and abuse of a family member, police said.

Teodulfo Pascubillo, 22, of Kawaihae, was charged Monday for alleged offenses connected to the Saturday abduction and sexual assault at Waikoloa of a 20-year-old woman, police said.


Second suspect charged in fatal Waianae beating

Police have charged 18-year-old Calvin Dole of Waianae with second-degree murder in the beating death of a man whose body was found at the Waianae District Park last month. Dole remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court today.

A 15-year-old Waianae boy arrested with Dole Monday is in custody at the state juvenile detention home at 902 Alder St. The body of 35-year-old William Van Winkle was found on the basketball court of the park on July 14. The Honolulu Medical Examiner said Van Winkle died of blunt head trauma.

Police on Sunday also charged 18-year-old Branden M. Adkins of Waianae with second-degree murder. Adkins is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

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