Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Harris files formal notice of resign-to-run appeal

Mayor Jeremy Harris has given formal notice that he is appealing a state judge's order that he must resign as mayor before he can run for governor.

Harris' attorney, Robert Klein, filed a two-page notice of appeal yesterday in Circuit Court. The mayor is appealing Circuit Judge Sabrina McKenna's ruling to the state Supreme Court and the Intermediate Court of Appeals.

Harris, who suspended all campaign activity until the high court rules on the issue, previously said that he would seek an expedited hearing on his appeal.

On Monday, McKenna found that Harris, the leading Democratic candidate in the governor's race, should have resigned as mayor when he filed his campaign's organizational report 10 months ago. McKenna's ruling came on a lawsuit filed by Russell Blair, a former district judge and state senator.

Star-Bulletin names Poole editorial page editor

Mary Poole has been named editorial page editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, a month after Richard Halloran resigned as editorial page director.

Poole has been the assistant editor for the editorial department since 1988.

"This promotion is an honor, of course, but I have felt privileged to work at the Star-Bulletin since the day I was hired. The Star-Bulletin has undergone many changes in the last year, and you will see more changes in the future," Poole said, "but one thing that won't change is our devotion to telling Hawaii's story every day to the best of our ability and giving our readers a second editorial voice and second forum for their opinions on our editorial pages."

Poole worked at Sun Press in Kaneohe for 12 years as a reporter, news editor, assistant editor and chief before joining the Star-Bulletin. She obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Halloran continues to write his weekly column, "The Rising East," and occasional articles for the Sunday Insight section.

Copy editor Nancy McNamee was named to fill Poole's position of assistant editor. She has worked for the Star-Bulletin since February 1999.


Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Kalihi patrol arrests man on violence warrants

Police arrested William Wolters Jr. yesterday without incident. Kalihi patrol officers recognized Wolters, who was wanted on several domestic violence warrants, in front of the Mayor Wright housing area.

HPD exonerates woman in Bank of Hawaii heist

Police determined that a woman wanted for questioning in connection with Monday's robbery of the main branch of Bank of Hawaii did not rob the bank. Police arrested Carolyn Gates yesterday on a criminal contempt warrant.

After the arrest, police determined the robbery suspect was still at large.

Police said a woman entered the bank at 111 S. King St. at 12:40 p.m., stood in line, approached the teller, lifted her shirt to display a handgun, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

She is described as in her 30s to 40s, 5 feet 6 inches, 170 pounds, having a heavy build, black wavy hair in a bun, and a tan complexion. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and black jeans.

Anyone with information may call robbery Detective Taro Nakamura at 529-3392 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Police arrest boys after alleged ATM spree

Police arrested two Honolulu boys Wednesday for allegedly using someone else's debit card to withdraw $700 from several automated teller machines. Police said that in January one of the boys found two envelopes at the mailboxes of his apartment building.

One contained a debit card of a former resident, and the other contained the card's personal identification number, police said. After school, the boy and his friends tested the card and were able to withdraw the money from several ATMs in an hour, police said. Police were able to identify the boys and recover most of the money with the help of the school and the boys' families. They were released pending investigation.

Police seek male suspect in Circle K store robbery

Police are looking for a man who robbed the Circle K convenience store at 1406 S. Beretania St. yesterday. The robber walked into the store just before 4 a.m., brandished a knife and demanded money from the cashier, police said.

He is described as in his early 20s, 5 feet 5 inches and 145 pounds. He was wearing a blue shirt, dark jeans and a yellow knit cap.

Motorcyclist is critical after collision with Jeep

A 44-year-old man remained in critical condition at Queen's Medical Center yesterday following a motor vehicle collision.

Traffic investigators said the man was riding a Yamaha motorcycle when he was hit by a woman driving a Jeep Cherokee.

Police said that at 9:10 a.m. yesterday the 41-year-old woman was makai-bound on Keeaumoku Street and turning left onto Kinau Street when she broadsided the motorcycle, which was mauka-bound.

Witnesses told police that both vehicles entered the intersection during a yellow light.

HPD makes an arrest in investiment fraud case

Honolulu police arrested a 41-year-old man yesterday after he allegedly misused a couple's investment funds. Police said the offenses took place sometime between Jan. 1, 2000, and Jan. 1, 2001.

Police said the suspect befriended the victims, who let the suspect make investments for them. Police said the victims asked the suspect to sell certain stocks and to bring the money back to them.

Instead, police said, the suspect invested the money for himself and during the process forged one of the victim's signatures. Police arrested the suspect for theft, money laundering and forgery.



[The Courts]

Bail reduced for Marine armed robbery defendant

A Circuit Court judge reduced bail yesterday for one of two Kaneohe Marines charged with four counts of armed robbery in January.

Circuit Judge Michael Town reduced bail for Antwain Salters to $20,000 from $100,000, despite strong objections by the deputy prosecutor. Town said $20,000 is on the high end for robbery.

Deputy Public Defender Gary Oakes said his client would live with his wife and infant son on a military base with his wife's father, who is also a Marine.

City Deputy Prosecutor Charlene Ikeda objected, saying Salters is unemployed, has no ties to the community and is a flight risk. "There are a number of pending robberies still coming in on this defendant," Ikeda told Town.

Salters and co-defendant William H. Linwood IV, both 21, have been held at the Oahu Community Correctional Center. They were arrested Jan. 18 for allegedly robbing three stores earlier in the month. Police said the men wore ski masks and used semiautomatic weapons in the robberies.

Waipahu man could face life term for sexual abuse

A 23-year-old Waipahu man pleaded no contest in Circuit Court yesterday to charges of sexual abuse and promoting child abuse for sexually assaulting an ex-girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter over nearly three years.

Shane Fernandez was indicted Aug. 1. The abuse began when the girl was 7 in August 1998 and continued until his arrest in July.

The girl's mother discovered videotapes of Fernandez sexually assaulting her daughter in their Pupunohe Street apartment, which led to his arrest, according to a police affidavit.

Fernandez is to be sentenced May 31 on 12 counts of first-degree sexual assault, which carries a 20-year term for each; 18 counts of third-degree sexual assault, five years each; and three counts of promoting child abuse, 20 years each.

City Deputy Prosecutor Trish Morikawa said she will ask for a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

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