Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Packets help isle families after tragedy

Information and resource lists for families affected by lost wages since the Sept. 11 attacks have been developed by the University of Hawaii-Manoa Center on the Family.

The information package includes a brochure on how to cope with financial stress caused by reduced work hours, furloughs and layoffs.

It also contains a list of organizations providing financial assistance, free or low-cost job placement, financial counseling and family support services.

Packets also include informational tips on how to reduce household expenses and a 25-page booklet for families facing unemployment.

For more information or to request copies of the brochures, call 956-4132 or e-mail the center at

The materials also will be posted on the Center for Family's Web site at

Blaze burns 700 acres in Waianae

A helicopter drops water on a brush fire in Waianae Valley.

Honolulu fire officials said an intentionally set Waianae Valley brush fire consumed 700 to 800 acres yesterday as crews struggled to contain flames before sundown.

The blaze was the largest brushfire this year according to Fire Captain Richard Soo.

Honolulu fire officials said the fire started at 12:15 p.m. then blazed toward the back of the valley, far away from homes.

Fire crews said by early evening, the fire had spread uphill and into parts of the state's Waianae Kai Forestry Reserve area, where flames may have consumed protected native plants.

Four helicopters, HFD's Air One, a private chopper and two military helicopters airlifted water and dropped it on hot spots.

Fire Chief Attlilio Leonardi said fire fighters contained the blaze at 8:50 p.m.

Some fire crews kept watch overnight to monitor the blaze.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

A man is examined by a Honolulu firefighters after the
Foodland store at 1460 S. Beretania St. and the Mormon
Tabernacle office building next door were evacuated
about 8:30 this morning. Two people making deliveries
at Foodland were overcome by fumes coming from a
dumpster outside the store. Members of the fire department's
hazardous materials team found a white powdery substance
inside the dumpster and are trying to determine what the substance is.


Man arrested for alleged abuse of niece, daughter

A 47-year-old Kalihi man was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting his 17-year-old niece and 19-year-old daughter.

Police said the niece walked into the Kalihi Police Station to report that her uncle had been sexually abusing her over a period of time. She told police she had been assaulted between 30 and 40 times, the most recent occurring last Thursday.

Police said the man's daughter also told police her father had been touching her inappropriately for the past two years. The man was arrested for first-degree and third-degree sexual assault.


Police nab former worker returning stolen items

A 32-year-old Waikiki man was arrested for burglary Monday night while apparently returning the stolen property, police said.

Police said the neighbor went to the building's resident manager to report that items were stolen from his apartment between Saturday and Monday. The resident manager questioned a former maintenance worker about the burglary and called police.

The maintenance worker later was arrested as he was stacking the stolen property on the walkway in front of his neighbor's apartment, police said.


Search for escapee from Kauai prison continues

LIHUE >> Kauai police were still searching late yesterday for a Kapaa man who escaped from the Kauai Community Correctional Center on Saturday morning.

Bradley David Pundyke, 40, was serving a one-year term for two counts of family abuse, authorities said.

KCCC Warden Neal Wagatsuma said Pundyke has a lengthy criminal record dating to 1979. Wagatsuma said Pundyke also halted a prison escape in 1991 by chasing down and tackling a fleeing fellow inmate.

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