Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, August 30, 2001

Kalihi Health Fair scheduled for Sept. 8

Filipino Catholic Clubs will hold the 18th Annual Kalihi Community Health Fair in conjunction with the Susannah Wesley Community Center's Flea Market Sept. 8 at the center.

The health fair is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m., and the flea market will be held noon to 4 p.m.

The health fair is aimed at immigrants and low-income or at-risk groups in Kalihi and surrounding areas who do not have the benefits of free medical services, including tests for high blood pressure, osteoporosis, cataracts, glaucoma, thyroid, and breast, colorectal and prostate exams.

Clubs from St. Anthony's in Kalihi, St. John's and Our Lady of the Mount parishes sponsor the health fair. For more information, call Dr. Erlinda Cachola at 845-9955.

The Friends for the Susannah Wesley Community Center is sponsoring the flea market.

The center provides information, networking and programs to help individuals and families to develop to their potential.

Call Irene Fujimoto at 845-548 for more information.

Maui doctor receives Stanford teaching award

Dr. Christopher A. Neal, Maui Memorial Medical Center neuroradiologist, recently received the Stanford University Medical Center's Visiting Clinical Faculty Teaching Award for 2000-2001.

The award was presented during ceremonies in San Francisco.

Neal, a Wailea resident, has been a clinical professor of diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology at Stanford University School of Medicine for six years.

He was promoted to assistant professor last August.

He goes to Stanford from Maui 10 days per semester, two or three times a year, to practice medicine, teach and lead conferences.

"It's an important award given to the most outstanding teacher, who's thought to be the very best as voted by the residents," said Dr. Barton Lane, Stanford professor of neuroradiology.

Fishing queries coming, and not from your boss

If someone stops you on your way in from a day fishing or calls you at home and asks about your fishing habits, don't be alarmed.

The U.S. Marine Recreational Fishery Statistics Survey program is collecting information to help fishery managers ensure quality marine recreational fishing resources in Hawaii.

The surveying, which began in July, has not been conducted in Hawaii since 1981 because of a lack of funds.

The survey is a joint project of the state Division of Aquatic Resources and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Survey methods will include random telephone calls to estimate resident fishing activity, telephone surveys of charter boat fishermen and intercepting private and charter boats.

Intercepting private boats began in July on Oahu and will expand to Hawaii and Maui islands in the fall.

For more information, call Mike Nelson at the Division of Aquatic Resources, Honolulu, (808) 587-0100 (or 254-3474), or see

Honolulu man sentenced for defrauding welfare

A Honolulu man has been sentenced to five months in prison and five years' probation for welfare fraud, the state Attorney General's Office announced.

Suani Faafia, 56, also was ordered to pay $120,671 in restitution to the state.

Faafia failed to disclose that his wife was employed and living with him while he collected benefits from 1989 to 1999, Deputy Attorney General Rick Damerville said.

Faafia also hid the fact that his child no longer was living with him from 1999 until May 1, 2000.

Damerville said Faafia's poor health was taken into consideration at his Aug. 9 sentencing.

Corrections and clarifications

>> The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards was held on Aug. 20. Tuesday's television page said incorrectly that it was held Monday.

Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Patient left handcuffed to gate at State Hospital

Two prison guards handcuffed a patient to a gate at the Hawaii State Hospital yesterday and left him there after hospital staff told them there was no space at the hospital for the man, a state Department of Health spokeswoman said.

"We were shocked that it had happened," Janice Okubo said. "They could have waited. We could have worked it out."

The guards were trying to transfer the patient from Oahu Community Correctional Center to the state hospital in accordance with a court order, Okubo said.

She said hospital staff informed officials at OCCC that it would need more time to place the patient into a private facility because the hospital was full and was assured that the patient would not be transferred.

OCCC guards showed up with the patient about 11:45 a.m. yesterday, Okubo said.

She said the guards were asked to wait but instead they handcuffed the patient to a gate and left.

Staff was with the patient and cut the handcuffs within 10 minutes, Okubo said.

She said the patient seemed calm throughout the incident.

She said the patient is staying at the hospital in a room not normally used for patients while staff try to find space for him in a private facility.

Police search for stabbing suspect

Police are looking for a 37-year-old Waipahu man in connection with a stabbing last night at the man's home on Leowaena Place.

Police said relatives who also reside at 94-087 Leowaena Pl. took refuge in different rooms of the home after the man became agitated and started acting disorderly about 6 p.m.

A cousin, a 22-year-old woman, exited her room, confronted the suspected who stabbed her in the neck then fled, police said. The woman went to a neighbor's house to report the attack. She was taken to Queen's Medical Center in serious but stable condition.


Brother of slain woman to face charges of threats

WAILUKU >> The brother of the woman found shot to death in a sugar cane field in Lower Kula is scheduled to appear in Wailuku District Court after being charged with threatening a man who was held for questioning in her death.

Brian Sagawinit, 40, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 27. He was released after paying $15,000 bail.

Sagawinit was accused of threatening and striking the man at about 9:20 p.m. Monday at the man's home on Pahaa Place in Pukalani.

Police responding to a call found a rifle in the trunk of Sagawinit's vehicle.

The man, 39, was an acquaintance of Natalie Sagawinit, whose body was found in a sugar cane field along Pulehu Road a little before 6 p.m. Aug. 21.

No charges have been filed against the man.

Sagawinit, arrested Tuesday, was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a firearms violation, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Kona ranchers find their cattle shot with arrows

KAILUA-KONA >> Police are investigating several cases of attempted cattle rustling in the Kaloko-mauka area of Kona in which cattle were shot with arrows, they said.

The arrows caused severe injuries to the animals but did not kill them. The owners of ranches in the area discovered the animals this month and last month when taking the animals to slaughter.

The perpetrator reached the ranches from Kaloko Drive, which extends several miles upland. Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call police at 326-4222 or CrimeStoppers at 329-8181.

Mug shot

Police seek Hilo man who escaped from prison

HILO >> Police are asking for the public's help in locating Harry K.R. Harrison, who escaped from the Hawaii Community Correctional Center on Aug. 10.

Harrison, 35, of Orchidland subdivision, was charged with abuse of a family or household member, kidnapping, terroristic threatening and contempt of court. He should be considered dangerous, police said.

He is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 140 pounds, with a "modified Mohawk" haircut.

Anyone with information should call police at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.


2 Waialua men arrested in baseball bat attack

Two men were arrested Tuesday night after they allegedly attacked a victim with a baseball bat and chain in Waialua.

At about 8:30 p.m., police said, two men, ages 26 and 21, suspected another man of throwing rocks at their house. Both men allegedly chased the victim with a baseball bat and a chain. Police said the victim had minor injuries but refused medical treatment.

The suspects were arrested under the suspicion of second-degree assault.

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