Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, August 4, 2001

3 firms named to plan Ford Island development

The Navy has picked three companies to provide a detailed master development plan for Ford Island and outlying properties.

The companies will create plans that "incorporate the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and venues, new and efficient training and administrative facilities and high-quality housing for Navy sailors and their families," the Navy said.

The Navy will evaluate the proposals and select a developer sometime in late 2002.

The Navy announced the award of three $325,000 firm-fixed contracts each to Fluor Hawaii LLC, Ford Island Development Group LLC and Ford Island Realty Partners LLC.

Attorneys will address seminar on vicious dogs

The Hawaii chapter of the Community Associations Institute will hold a seminar on vicious dogs on Aug. 16, starting at noon, at the Hale Koa Hotel.

Featured speakers will be Honolulu attorneys Joyce Y. Neeley, Gisela Iglesias and G. Stephen Elisha.Cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.For more information, call Suzette Pa at 488-1133.

'A Day of Caring' needs a few good volunteers

Aloha United Way is looking for participants in this year's "A Day of Caring."

The foundation is seeking volunteers from various businesses, clubs, government, military and nonprofit organizations for its annual community service event on Sept. 5.

Activities will include a stream cleanup and replanting at Foster Botanical Garden and constructing a rock wall at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

Those interested can call 543-2214.


Fire left a Kailua family of four homeless last night.
The 7:16 p.m. blaze destroyed the two-story/four-
bedroom/two-bath home at 1422 Nanaloko Place,
collapsing the roof. The attached garage, where the
fire is believed to have started, also was gutted. Damage
was estimated at $100,000 to the house and $50,000
to its contents. A 42-year-old man and his daughter,
12, and son, 9, escaped without injury. The man's wife,
who was on a business trip, was scheduled to return
last night. The family's three guinea pigs were rescued
by firefighters, of which about 30 responded to the
two-alarm fire. The Red Cross was called to assist
the family with accommodations.

Gov wary of other sites for new UH med school

Gov. Ben Cayetano said yesterday it is appropriate for University of Hawaii President Evan Dobelle to look at other potential new sites for the university's medical school, but he voiced caution about the decision to do so.

Cayetano said the newly installed Dobelle should understand the reasons why Kakaako was the choice of his predecessor, Kenneth Mortimer, as well as the Board of Regents and the state administration.

Dobelle said Wednesday he is studying alternative sites for the $140 million medical school, including making it and an adjacent biotechnology research center part of a new West Oahu campus in Kapolei.

He expressed concern about traffic congestion if the medical school-research center complex were built in Kakaako along the already crowded Ala Moana.

A medical school and new football stadium could be the centerpieces at a West Oahu campus, Dobelle said.

Dobelle said he plans to make his recommendation to the Board of Regents before Oct. 1.

Medical School Dean Dr. Edwin Cadman has joined Dobelle in looking at alternative sites, but said he believes the Kakaako site would work.

Big Island youth attends course at FBI Academy

WAIMEA, Hawaii >> A Big Island youth has become the first teenager in the state to complete a five-day leadership course at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. Victor "Bully" Fergerstrom, 17, was invited to attend because of his record at Hawaii Preparatory Academy.


The Ehime Maru's forward mast was one of two
removed by the Navy last weekend using small
explosive charges. The mast, recovered intact, is
stored at Pearl Harbor. Discussions are under
way between the Japanese and U.S. governments
on the possibility of turning the mast over to the
Japanese to be used as a monument. Parts of the
other mast were also recovered.


>> Honolulu Theatre for Youth has been awarded two grants totaling $60,000 by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Endowment for the Arts. HTY is one of 15 theater companies nationwide selected to participate in the Pew Trusts' National Theatre Artist Residency Program. The program establishes a playwright-in-residence position, which will be filled by local writer Y. York. The NEA's Challenge America grant will allow HTY to extend its Pacific Young Playwrights program to Molokai. Students at Molokai High and Intermediate, along with teacher Jeannette Kaupo, will participate in the program.

>> Capt. Daniel Hanagami has been promoted to the rank of major at the Honolulu Police Department. He will be responsible for the department's Information Technology Division. In addition, Lt. Carlton Nishimura has been named captain for HPD's Criminal Investigation Division.

>> Alvin Nakama has been named Windward Section Rehabilitant of the Year by the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Nakama is an employee at Big City Diner after 36 years at Woolworth's. In addition, Big City Diner was named the Vocational Rehabilitation's Windward Section Outstanding Employer of the Year. State Sen. Carol Fukunaga and Sen. Les Ihara presented the awards during a ceremony June 14.

>> The state Department of Education's E-Academy Program recently received more than 100 computers from First Insurance Co. of Hawaii Ltd. The Pentium-powered computers and monitors will benefit 23 local public schools, with a portion to benefit Mid-Pacific Institute's Technology Program in conjunction with Kalani High.

>> Ellen M. Raney, M.D., has been named chief of staff at the Honolulu Shriners Hospital for Children. She is the first female to be named chief of staff in the 79-year history of the Shriners Hospital system. Raney, an orthopedic surgeon, has been with the Honolulu Shriners Hospital since 1998. She received her medical degree from Tulane University Medical School (La.) in 1986. Prior to joining the staff in Honolulu, Raney worked at the Shriners Hospital in Tampa, Fla.

Corrections and clarifications

>> A photo yesterday of the ship Rockwater 2 was taken by Star-Bulletin photographer Ken Sakamoto. The caption failed to credit him.

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


Robber gets nothing in attempt at Kalihi bank

Police are investigating an attempted bank robbery late yesterday afternoon at Hawaii National Bank in the Kamehameha Shopping Center on North School Street in Kalihi.

Police officials said no money was taken, but they are classifying the case as a robbery.

Few details were available, but police said the man made a threat.

The attempt was made at 4:45 p.m. yesterday.


Man suspected of taking his own son is arrested

KONA >> A man wanted by officials in California on suspicion of kidnapping his 4-month-old son was arrested yesterday by federal and local officials.

Edgardo Rene Meneses was arrested by the FBI and Hawaii County police at Hookena Beach Park at about 3:10 p.m. He was arrested in connection with parental kidnapping and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The infant was safely recovered and was being cared for by Child Protective Services until he can be reunited with his mother.

Meneses is being held by police pending his extradition to Los Angeles, where the parental kidnapping warrant was issued.


Police nab alleged vandal of Waikiki church statue

Police charged a 24-year-old man yesterday with criminal property damage for destroying a Waikiki church statue in May.

Joseph Samaha is accused of smashing a statue at St. Augustine Church on Ohua Street in the early morning of May 13. Witnesses told police they saw a man smash the statue of St. Augustine to pieces by repeatedly beating it with a copper pipe. He continued undeterred while they yelled at him to stop, witnesses said. Another church statue in Kailua was vandalized in June. No arrests have been made in that incident, which police believe is unrelated to the Waikiki case.

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