Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Former Shriners chief returns to hospital

Thomas Schneider, who temporarily headed Honolulu Shriners Hospital in 1998, has returned as successor to Tom Brotherton, now at a children's hospital in California.

Schneider had been administrator of the Shreveport Shriners Hospital for Children in Louisiana since 1992. He took leave from that job to serve as interim administrator of the Honolulu Shriners Hospital for three months before Brotherton was hired.

Schneider also has served in administrative capacities at the Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Ind., and Fort Hamilton-Hughes Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio.

At the Honolulu hospital, he will oversee 200 employees and an operating budget of over $14 million. A child must be under 18 years of age and have a treatable orthopedic disorder or disability to qualify for care.

Free seminar looks at Hawaii divorce law

A free seminar on "Divorce Law in Hawaii" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Supreme Court conference room on the second floor of Aliiolani Hale, 417 S. King St.

William Darrah, a certified divorce mediator with 25 years' experience in Hawaii, will discuss custody and visitation, division of property, child support, alimony and other issues related to divorce. The seminar will also teach people the legal process of divorce and how to obtain and use Family Court divorce forms.

The Family Court of the First Circuit is sponsoring this and the rest of the monthly "Divorce Law in Hawaii" programs throughout the year. For more information, call the First Circuit Court Operations Office at 539-4448.

5 university students aid cancer research

Five undergraduate university students are doing laboratory experiments to learn about research this summer at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii.

They are Jason Arimoto, University of Southern California; David Harrison, University of Virginia; Dawn Matsui, University of Southern California; Lynne Saito, Willamette University; and Michael Shigemasa, Seattle University.

The students were chosen from 14 applicants on the basis of their interests and academic standing. They are working with center-affiliated scientists Bonnie Cramer, Scott Lozanoff, Marcus Tius and Randal Wada.

A $250,000 endowment to the University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center from the Meiji Foundation, administered by the Pacific Grand Insurance Co., made the internships possible.

In the past, the funds supported students pursuing a graduate degree.

"It is expected that the Meiji internship experience will instill a better understanding of, and appreciation for, research and hopefully encourage the students to pursue a scientific research career," said Dr. Carl-Wilhelm Vogel, Cancer Center director.

Dr. Robert Cooney, the center's assistant director for scientific administration, said the Meiji endowment "has been instrumental in providing some of Hawaii's best and brightest students with a valuable learning opportunity," as well as assisting the research programs.

The scientists are focusing on possible causes of cancer and reasons for different cancer rates among Hawaii's ethnic groups, reducing the incidence and impact of cancer among Hawaiians, and new anti-cancer agents from local plants and marine microorganisms.

For general information about the center, see

[Taking Notice]


>> The Chinese Women's Club of Honolulu has given its 2002-2003 scholarships to Nicole H. Fujie of the University of Hawaii-Hilo, majoring in veterinary medicine; Joanna A.T. Lee, UH-Manoa, travel industry management; Krystal Y.G. Lee, UH-Manoa, computer science; and Steven J.K. Lum, UH John Burns School of Medicine.

>> TransPacific Hawaii College on Kalanianaole Highway is one of two colleges in the nation to win the 2002 American Council on International Intercultural Education Achievement Award. The college was cited for its comprehensive ESL (English as a Second Language) immersion program, which has strong emphasis on intercultural and international themes, and a model service learning program that develops community service among students.


Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Police identify inmate found hanging in cell

Police have identified a 30-year-old inmate who was found hanging in his cell Saturday night as Byron Almeida of Kailua.

Homicide Lt. William Kato said Almeida was found at the Oahu Community Correctional Center hanging from a noose made from a torn bed sheet. His hands were bound with cloth when he was discovered by a security guard, Kato said.

Almeida was taken to Queen's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Kato said bound hands create suspicion but they do not always indicate foul play. Authorities also discovered a note to Almeida's girlfriend, stating how he wanted to end his life, Kato said.

Almeida had served 10 years at Halawa Correctional Facility for robbery before he was released in June. He was sent to Oahu Community Correctional Center after he allegedly attacked two police officers with a 5-foot-long metal pipe on June 22.


Waiakea High fire cancels classes today

HILO >> Fire destroyed five classrooms and a storage shed at Waiakea High School early today, causing school officials to call off school for the day.

Fire broke out in Building R in the Hilo school complex about 3:27 a.m. Firefighters found the building engulfed in flames and needed 45 minutes to bring the fire under control, police said.

There were no injuries. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire and the monetary damage.

In another fire on the Big Island, an apartment at the state elderly housing facility on Kamamalu Street in Waimea was destroyed last night.

Residents were evacuated after fire broke out about 8 p.m., and no one was injured. Fire officials said the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction. Damage was estimated at $200,000.


Suspect caught on hotel balcony

Police caught a man jumping from one balcony to another at a Kuhio Avenue hotel Sunday night.

Police said security guards at the Aston Coral Reef Hotel, 2299 Kuhio Ave., spotted a man climbing from balcony to balcony about 8:20 p.m.

Police arrested a 40-year-old man and two other suspects for burglary investigation.


Brush fire at Kalaeloa brought under control

Fire officials estimate a brush fire scorched between five to 10 acres of brush at Kalaeloa on the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station yesterday.

More than 50 city and federal firefighters battle the blaze that was reported at 2:50 p.m. yesterday, fire officials said. Fire broke out near the corner of Franklin D. Roosevelt Avenue and Lexington Street.

Firefighters brought it under control at 5:08 p.m. and extinguished it at 11:15 p.m. The flames did not threaten homes or properties in the area.


Stabbing victim was Mililani man

The medical examiner's office identified a man who was stabbed to death near Laniakea Beach early Sunday as 23-year-old Eteuati Salevao of Mililani.

Salevao was stabbed in the chest during a brawl after 30 people crashed a party at a North Shore home.

His attacker was described as a man in his early 20s, about 6 feet, 175 to 200 pounds, with a dark complexion and a thin build. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeve dark blue shirt, dark shorts and a white beanie.

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