Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Singapore man fined and jailed for fraud

An man from Singapore was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail and fined $2,000 for collecting unemployment benefits he was not entitled to.

Anil Maniar, also known as Neil Maniar, who was here on a work visa, worked for various companies from November 1998 through April 1999 while filing weekly unemployment claims stating that he was not working. He collected more than $4,000.

Anyone with information regarding unemployment fraud is asked to call the Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Division, Special Activities Unit, at 586-8947.

Lecture series to focus on health issues for women

St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii has a series of free lectures scheduled next month in recognition of Women's Health Month.

Terri Imada, a registered nurse, will discuss "What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Health" at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Laniakea YWCA, 1040 Richards St.

Other lectures -- all at St. Francis Medical Center-Liliha, Weinberg Medical Pavilion, fifth-floor conference room -- include:

>> Dr. Livingston Wong, "Thyroid Conditions in Women," 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
>> Dr. Neal Shikuma, "Cardiovascular Risk Factors for Women," 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12.
>> Dr. S.Y. Tan, "New Safety Concerns About Taking Hormones in Menopause," 6 to 7 p.m., Sept. 19.

For more information or to register, call 547-6410.

Public Utilities to get a new interim director

Gregg Kinkley has been appointed to the Public Utilities Commission as the interim executive director of the Division of Consumer Advocacy in the state Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs.

The appointment becomes effective Sunday.

Gov. Ben Cayetano said: "Gregg Kinkley has done a fine job with the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs.

"He served during a period of time when so much fundamental change in utility regulation was ongoing. During his tenure the division participated in ongoing hearings and investigations into the telecommunications infrastructure for the state, researched the most prudent introduction of renewable-energy technologies to the islands, played a role in securing the best deal for Kauai ratepayers with regard to the sale of Kauai Electric and shaved millions of dollars off of HELCO's (Hawaii Electric Light Co.'s) latest electric rate increase."

Kinkley was a managing partner at the law firm Kinkley & Cox. Before that, he was an associate and a partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Steifel.

Kinkley fills the vacancy left by former Commissioner Dennis Yamada, who resigned from the position. The state Senate is expected to confirm Kinkley's interim appointment.

Sunset on Beach has 'Lord of the Rings'

Queen's Surf Beach in Waikiki features Hawaiian music and local fare this weekend with the city's latest rendition of Sunset on the Beach, beginning at 4 p.m.

On Saturday at 5 p.m., KRATER 96 presents musical group Simplisity before the movie "The Rookie." Dennis Quaid stars in the film as a baseball coach who finds out it is not too late to realize his dream of playing major-league baseball.

KCCN FM100 and Ko'o Mana'o perform Sunday night. "Fellowship of the Rings," the first of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, will be shown at 7:30 p.m.


[Taking Notice]


>> The Hawaii Biotechnology Group Inc. of Aiea has received a $299,488 small-business grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will cover the period from Aug. 15 through August 2003.

>> The Marriott and Renaissance Resorts Hawaii has donated $50,000 to Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, which builds and finances homes on Oahu for low-income families. Last year, Habitat built four homes, but this year's grant will help the organization carry out its plans to build 50.

>> The Japan-America Society of Hawaii has been awarded a $50,000 grant from First Hawaiian Foundation for its 25th Anniversary Campaign. The society's mission is to promote understanding and friendship between the two countries through "the special and unique perspectives of Hawaii."

>> Fresh Start Inc., a supportive living skills program in Waipahu, has received a $2,500 grant from the Barbara Cox Anthony Foundation to expand services to the Women's Gender Specific Program.

>> Easter Seals Hawaii has been awarded $50,000 from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for its statewide programs for children with special needs.

>> First Hawaiian Bank Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, which has operated a network of island-based clubs for the past 26 years.

>> The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has given $246,480 to the KEY (Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth) Project. The funds will be used to improve its Waihee Road facility, which opened in 1981, including the expansion of a community office and after-school program. The grant also will be used for landscaping, painting, pavilion acoustics and kitchen renovations.

>> Kapiolani Community College has been awarded a $273,374 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the Educational Interpreters and Assistants Preparation Project from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2003. The grant could be extended five years. The project will prepare a pool of paraprofessionals to meet the educational needs of deaf and hearing-impaired children.

>> Wholesale supplier Sam's Club is donating day-old baked products to the Salvation Army as part of its 12-month program to help charitable organizations. The food will be used to feed those housed in alcohol and drug treatment programs, and for emergency assistance to families in need.

>> The Hawaii Building Industry Labor Association, a nonprofit organization which negotiates labor contracts with major construction unions, has donated $10,000 to the Arthritis Foundation's partnership with Shriners Hospital Juvenile Arthritis Camp and Juvenile Arthritis Conference.


Corrections and clarifications

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Managing Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


3 more illegal aliens arrested on Big Island

Three more illegal aliens from China have been arrested as the Coast Guard searched for the fishing boat that brought them and six others to the Big Island, officials said.

The nine Chinese nationals were turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Honolulu, which was processing them for a removal hearing, INS District Director Donald Radcliffe said.

The aliens apparently got off the boat at a reef off Keauhou on Monday night before it headed back out the sea, officials said.

The INS believes the captain and engineer of the boat are Taiwanese, Radcliffe said.

The U.S. Coast Guard notified the Hawaii County Police Department on Monday night that a boat may have grounded off the west side of the island and several Chinese nationals may have left the vessel, police Lt. Glenn Nojiri said.

Police arrested the first six Tuesday night after receiving a report that several men speaking only Chinese had walked up to a home wanting to use a telephone, Nojiri said.

The remaining three, who apparently hid in bushes when their six companions were picked up, were taken into custody yesterday morning, he said.

Meanwhile, a Coast Guard C130 aircraft searched for the boat about 75 miles west-northwest of Kailua-Kona, Chief Petty Officer Tyler Johnson said.


Police and fire officials talked yesterday with a co-worker of the 51-year-old man who fell into a manhole on Lagoon Drive. The man said he was with the victim when the accident occurred. Crews rescued the victim within 20 minutes of the call.

Rescuers pull out man who fell in manhole

Fire rescue crews pulled an unconscious construction worker from a manhole yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Lagoon Drive and Aolele Street in the airport industrial area.

The 51-year-old man went into the manhole about 1:30 p.m. to retrieve tools and apparently was overcome by hydrogen sulfide fumes. Fire officials said he lost consciousness as he was climbing up a ladder to the surface.

"He might have fallen about 8 feet," said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo. "Luckily, he landed in water."

Fire crews gave him oxygen and pulled him to the surface. He was taken to Tripler Army Medical Center where he was reported in stable condition this morning.

Man, 73, hit on bridge improves in hospital

A 73-year-old Honolulu man who was struck by a van while walking on the McCully Street Bridge Tuesday morning has improved to guarded condition.

The victim, whose name was not released, was trying to cross the street when he was struck about 5:50 a.m., police said. He received head injuries and had been in critical condition.


Police seek woman in Waipahu shooting

Police are seeking Totie Nalani Tauala, 28, for questioning in last week's fatal shooting of Hayward Julio near Waipahu High School.

Police have not named suspects in the Aug. 21 shooting but are asking for help finding Tauala, an alleged parole violator who was convicted of negligent homicide in 1996.

Police said Tauala, considered armed and dangerous, should not be approached.

Tauala, also known as Raina A. Dias, is 5-feet-7, about 155 pounds, with a medium build, brown hair, brown eyes and several tattoos. One tattoo says "TASA" and is located on the inside of her left ankle. Another says "TOTIE" and is located on her right forearm, and a third tattoo on her left arm shows a picture of a top hat and a mustache.

Anyone with information may call Detective Ted Coons at 529-3053 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

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