Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Mrs. Alabama wins pageant held in Hawaii

Mrs. Hawaii Helen Berger, 30, of Honolulu was selected third runner-up in the 26th annual Mrs. America pageant Friday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Mrs. Alabama, Kristi Leigh Phillips, was crowned Mrs. America. Phillips, 25, of Montgomery, won the right to represent the United States at the Mrs. World competition Dec. 15 in Bucharest, Romania.

Phillips and her husband, Brian, are motivational speakers and youth pastors.

They have a 2-year-old daughter, Kayleigh.

Charity Kelly, 26, of Blaine, Minn., was first runner-up, followed in order by Allison Meeks Hood, 26, of Midville, Ga., and Berger.

The Mrs. America pageant will be broadcast Oct. 12 on the Pax TV network.

Waste-water spill investigated by Army

The Army is investigating the cause of a waste-water spill that sent 400 gallons into a storm drain Thursday night at Aliamanu Military Reservation.

The waste water drained into a storm drain, where it was contained. The ground exposed to the waste water was disinfected yesterday and the drainage lines cleared.

KHET antenna signal to be disrupted briefly

Hawaii Public Television will be off the air for a few hours tomorrow and Friday for viewers who receive their signals via antenna. The station will broadcast on low power with a temporary antenna while its regular antenna is repaired.

KHET's cable telecast will not be affected.

Kuakini offers outpatient support

Programs are available at the Kuakini Outpatient Support Center for patients with breast cancer, prostate cancer and diabetes.

The center sponsors a breast cancer support group that meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the last Wednesday of every month in Kuakini's PB-4 classroom.

The free meeting is confidential, allowing participants to share experiences and ask questions. Parking is validated. For more information and registration, call the Department of Medical Social Work, 547-9189.

A prostate cancer support group, Us Too, meets the second Wednesday of each month in Kuakini's PB-5 classroom. The two-hour meetings, starting at 7 p.m., are co-sponsored by Kuakini and the American Cancer Society. Call 547-9566 for more information.

Diabetes screening and patient education classes are taught by a dietitian and nurse practitioner for newly diagnosed diabetics with oral or injection medication who need some extra help.

Sessions are private and individualized. The service costs $10 and is provided only by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 547-9153.

White House correspondent to lecture

One of America's most respected journalists will be visiting Hawaii to share her experiences as a White House correspondent.

Helen Thomas will speak tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii-Manoa Campus Center Ballroom as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series. The event is open and free to the public.

Thomas, whose career spans 59 years, has covered nine presidential administrations as a United Press International correspondent. She was UPI's first White House bureau chief and is now a columnist for Hearst newspapers.

Thomas traveled worldwide with former presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton.

At the lecture, Thomas plans to share some of the stories published in her recent book, "Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House."

Thomas also will host a forum for journalism students and student leaders at UH-Manoa on Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the third floor of Campus Center and at UH-Hilo on Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the main lecture hall, Room 100 of the new University Classroom Building.


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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Police arrest man after girl's jaw broken

Honolulu police arrested an 18-year-old male Thursday after his girlfriend's jaw was fractured.

Police said the suspect and the 16-year-old victim were arguing at an Ala Hema Street address about 3 a.m. yesterday. The argument escalated into a fight, and police said the suspect punched the victim several times in the face and body.

The victim was given medical treatment and was found to have a fractured jaw. Police located the suspect and arrested him for second-degree assault.


Big Isle police seek info on 2 missing boys

Big Island police are looking for two teenage males from Hilo, one of whom has been missing since July 24.

Mathew Miller, 15, is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

The other boy, Charles Ishii, 17, was last seen on Sept. 9. Ishii is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 155 pounds. He has short black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Ishii's whereabouts is asked to call officer Daylan Asuncion of the South Hilo Patrol at 961-2311.

Those with information about Miller are asked to call officer Peter Kualii of the Hilo Juvenile Aid Section at 961-2373.

Callers may also use the police nonemergency telephone number at 935-3311 for either case.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Complaints lead Maui police to drug arrests

WAILUKU >> A three-month operation in downtown Wailuku has resulted in indictments against 14 drug dealers, according to Maui police.

Vice Capt. Gerald Matsunaga said Operation Grapevine focused on drug deals on Vineyard Street in Wailuku near the municipal parking lot.

He told the Maui Police Commission on Wednesday that the investigation stemmed from complaints from residents and business owners in the area, as well as suspicious activities.

Undercover officers bought 33 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 18 grams of cocaine and nearly three grams of marijuana, and seized nearly $1,000 in cash, Matsunaga said.

The suspects include Donna Sniffen, 44, who was described as a "midlevel dealer" and leader of the drug ring. But he said most of the suspects were "street dealers" who depended on someone like Sniffen to provide the drugs they sold and used.

Eleven of the 14 who were indicted last month are in custody pending court hearings. The other three are still being sought.

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