Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, September 13, 2001

Religious groups to hold
Punchbowl candlelight service

Tuesday's terrorism victims will be remembered at a candlelight service tonight at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

Representatives of Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and native Hawaiian religions will participate in the 6:30 p.m. memorial. Mayor Jeremy Harris, Adm. Dennis Blair, commander of U.S. Pacific forces, and Honolulu Police Department chaplain Keoki Awai will speak.

Parking will not be allowed at Punchbowl, but the city will provide free shuttle bus service from Blaisdell Center. Parking will be free. Buses will leave after 5 p.m. from the Ward Avenue side of Blaisdell Center Galleria.

"This will be a candlelight service of hope, healing and prayers for our country, to help all Americans regain their spiritual strength after the recent tragedies," Harris said. "This is part of the healing process that began shortly after (the) terrorist attacks on our nation."

Multi-faith service
scheduled on Maui

WAILUKU - A multi-faith service will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Amphitheater at 6 tonight.

"The recent events in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania have deeply affected many of our Maui County residents," Maui Mayor James Apana said.

"The purpose of this event is to unite everyone in an effort to comfort and heal. We invite everyone to join us in prayer for the many victims who were tragically killed on September 11th and their families."

The public is asked to bring candles with drip shields and mats to sit on for the ceremony. The program will feature words of inspiration from leaders of the various religious faiths. After the ceremony, the religious leaders and crisis counselors will be made available for anyone desiring private counseling.

Queen’s offers help
for dealing with tragedies

Residents suffering an emotional or psychological reaction to the World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies may get help at the Queen's Medical Center.

Ken Hansen, manager of ambulatory behavioral health, said Queen's has set up a program to help people deal with stress associated with the events.

"We haven't had people tap into it at this point, but it's available both for staff and community members," he said. "We want people to know we're here if they need us."

Free support groups with counseling and clinical services are being held every day this week at 3 p.m. to help with anxiety and stress caused by Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

"If during these groups we see someone who needs more assistance, we'll meet with them individually," Hansen said. People also can ask for individual help, he said.

Barbara Mathews, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, said an ongoing Disaster Preparedness Committee is in place at Queen's.

The committee plans the medical center's response to emergencies and manages activities during any emergency, she said, adding that the staff is "thoroughly trained" to respond to any emergency.

For more information about the support sessions and counseling, call 547-4401.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Firefighters cut holes in building in search for fire

Firefighters cut 2-by-2-foot holes in nine or 10 walls in the apartment complex at 55 S. Kukui St. yesterday looking for a fire.

Smoke was reported coming from the 22nd floor at 11 a.m.

Fire Capt. Guy Katayama said the fire appeared to be coming from the plumbing area, which is between the walls of the complex.

"Finally it burnt itself out," said Katayama.

Damages caused by the department are minimal and will be about $100 a hole, Katayama said.

"It was necessary to locate the fire," Katayama said.


Woman wanted in death of baby turns herself in

HILO >> A woman wanted in the death of her 2-1/2-month-old daughter in 1999 surrendered to police yesterday, they said.

Saraswati "Sara" Mulder, 23, was indicted last year for murder by omission for allegedly failing to nourish her daughter, Manjara Mulder.

Also known as Saraswati Gopi Lacasse, she was held yesterday morning in lieu of $1 million bail, but Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura later reduced the amount to $50,000.

Nakamura placed the woman on supervised release until Oct. 1 to give her time to find bail money.

Court documents said Mulder believed a doctor injured the baby during birth. When the baby had repeated episodes of diarrhea and vomiting, Mulder took her to chiropractors.

Mulder came under the influence of a woman friend who urged feeding the baby "almond milk" -- water strained through crushed almonds.

When the baby died Oct. 27, 1999, she weighed 1 pound, 10.5 ounces, less than when she was born.

Mulder did not pick up the baby's body from Hilo Hospital after the death, told authorities she wanted an independent autopsy and said she was saving for the $2,000 autopsy at the rate of $2 per month.

Nakamura set trial for Feb. 11.

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