Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Federal agent named to oversee isle voting

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald G. Johnson has been appointed district election officer for the District of Hawaii.

The appointment is part of a federal law enforcement program that ensures the public's confidence in the integrity of the election process.

Johnson will supervise a team of assistant U.S. attorneys and FBI special agents today while the polls are open.

He can be contacted at 541-2850 during business hours and through the FBI at 566-4300 after 5 p.m. on election day.

Town-bound H-1 exit at Makakilo to close

The state will be closing Exit 1B of the H-1 freeway eastbound for 46 consecutive days for roadway reconstruction beginning 6 a.m. tomorrow.

The Makakilo exit will be closed for 24 hours a day and is expected to reopen Dec. 23.

Exit 1A will remain open and may be used to access Farrington Highway and Kapolei.

The state is replacing the roadway with concrete pavement, extending its shoulders, and upgrading guardrails and signage.

Public hearing set for 'critical habitat' rules

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will hold a public hearing on its proposed critical habitat designations for Oahu from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive.

In addition, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and after the formal hearing, agency staff will be available to answer questions about its proposal.

The service has proposed critical habitats for 99 or the 101 endangered plants found on Oahu. The proposal was published May 28 in the Federal Register.

An original comment period closed July 29, but the service has extended the comment period until Nov. 30. Comments received earlier still will be considered in the service's final decision.



>> Mental Health Kokua has received $2,500 from Alexander & Baldwin Foundation and $25,000 from the Atherton Foundation. The funds will be used for the acquisition of an apartment complex and psycho-social service center on Maui to promote recovery for adults with serious mental illness.

The James Pettus Foundation has donated $10,000 for the relocation of Mental Health's management services on Oahu to the Pan Am Building on Kapiolani Boulevard.

>> The Waipahu Community Foundation has awarded quarterly grants to Boy Scout Troop 32, $540; Waikele Elementary School, $1,916; Village Park Athletic Association, $2,656; Waipahu High, $2,600; Cub Scout Pack 167, $3,528; Waipahu Jackrabbits Association, $2,550; and DREAM Team Hawaii, Inc., $3,740.

Grant applications for the next quarter (January through March 2003) are due on Dec. 6. Call executive director Cal Kawamoto, 677-9455 or 306-2381 for more information.

>> Lanakila Meals on Wheels has been awarded a $1,000 grant for its participation in the inaugural Meals on Wheels Association of America's March for Meals Campaign earlier this year.

>> The Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation has presented the American Cancer Society with $6,000 for "Families Can*Sur*Vive," a family retreat for children newly diagnosed with cancer, their parents and siblings.

>> Moanalua Gardens Foundation has received $2,500 from the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation for its Partners in Education program to provide in-depth environmental and cultural experiences and an updated Hawaii-based curriculum.

>> Hawaii is slated to receive about $17.7 million over six years from the U.S. Department of Education for the Reading First program to improve children's reading skills. The grant is subject to the state's successful implementation of the program and congressional appropriations.

>> The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation has offered a $25,000 challenge grant for all new donations made to Compassion in Dying of Hawaii before the end of 2002. The money will be used to raise public awareness of end-of-life choices and help passage of assisted-dying legislation.

>> Malama Na Keiki Foundation has received a charitable remainder trust, funded with $50,000 to cash, for distribution to Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii in 2012. The donor of the gift has requested anonymity.

>> Gerard Marc Haeringer, a junior at Maryknoll High School, was one of 400 students nationwide to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., in October.

>> Robert Barclay, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was recently named a finalist for the 2002 Kiriyama Prize, which is awarded to authors of books that enhance understanding of the nations and peoples of the Pacific Basin.

The first-time novelist and former resident of the Marshall Islands wrote, "Melal: A Novel of the Pacific." The book details a community in the Marshall Islands that was used as a nuclear testing ground.

>> Brian A. Leamy of the University of Hawaii at Manoa is one of 79 undergraduate students nationwide to receive an undergraduate scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The scholarship is designed to help transition community college students to a university. Leamy earned an associate's degree in liberal arts from Honolulu Community College this summer.

>> Monique S. Kohagura, a freshman studying computer science at the College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University, has received a $1,500 Engineering Dean's Merit Scholarship. The Kalani High School graduate also received a Freshman Cougar Award and Presidential Scholar Award.

>> St. Andrew's Priory School graduates Chelsea Converse and Yu Tzu "Debbie" Liu have been named AP Scholars by the College Board Advanced Placement Program for their achievement on college level exams. The program allows students to take college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on AP Exams at the end of the course.

>> Cadet Lt. Col. Jordan Schick, cadet corps commander of Kailua High School's AFJROTC, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy recently in Washington, D.C. He joined nearly 400 outstanding high school students in learning about national security issues.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> Paul Maddox is the original owner of Sunbums. His last name was misspelled as Mattox in the "First Sunday Conversation" on page D1 Sunday.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Internet crimes team bags its first suspect

A U.S. Air Force airman, who allegedly used the Internet to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex, has become the first person in Hawaii arrested for investigation of electronic enticement of a child, authorities said yesterday.

The airman was arrested Friday on the electronic enticement offense, which was created by the 2002 state Legislature, Deputy Attorney General Mark G. McConnell said.

The airman was released to military authorities pending further investigation. His computer also was seized for investigation.

The arrest followed a weeklong training class for members of the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

A task force member was conducting an exercise online Friday when he was contacted by a man who thought he was talking to a 13-year-old girl, the Attorney General's Office said. The man then set up a meeting and the airman was arrested when he arrived at the meeting place.

Woman allegedly beat infant for weeks

A 19-year-old Waipahu woman was charged with three counts of second-degree assault for allegedly beating a 5-month-old boy several times between Sept. 27 and Oct. 25.

Bail for Ranalynn Tachibana is $30,000. Police said the infant was admitted to Kapiolani Medical Center with fractures to his skull, shoulder, elbow, forearm and ribs.

Waikane crash victim was Kahuku woman

The Honolulu Medical Examiner has identified the woman who died in a head-on collision in Waikane Friday as Sue Ann Horibata, 56, of Kahuku.

Police said Horibata was driving toward Kaneohe on Kamehameha Highway about 6:10 a.m. when a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction crashed into her car.

Elderly man critical after vehicle collision

An 81-year-old man was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition after he was injured in a two-vehicle collision near Tripler Army Medical Center this morning.

The elderly man, apparently a passenger, suffered head injuries and was unconscious, said EMS District Chief Chris Ano.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Mahiole Street and Jarrett White Road about 8:25 a.m.

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