Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Coast Guard scuttles stricken fishing boat

A commercial tugboat pulled a 50-foot fishing vessel off a Diamond Head reef where it ran aground on Thanksgiving Day.

Chief Petty Officer Jeff Lang, of the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office, said the Kolea was towed a mile and a half off Diamond Head sometime after 5 p.m. yesterday and sunk in 240 feet of water.

Coast Guard officials had concerns about fuel and oil pollution from the vessel. Officials were also concerned about sharks attracted by the vessel's cargo.

Ahi, each weighing about 80 to 100 pounds, were observed floating in the water between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. attracting a couple of sharks described at 10 to 15 feet long, said Capt. Kendall Rust of Water Safety.

Signs were posted along the shoreline warning beach-goers of the shark sightings.

Post office prepares for high mail volume

Preparations have been made by the U.S. Postal Service to take care of the mailing needs for Hawaii residents during the holiday season.

About 60 million cards, letters and packages will be mailed in the state between Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to Honolulu District Manager Ed Broglio.

"This translates to about 2.3 million cards and letters a day, compared to 1.9 million on an average day."

More than 40 supplemental airplanes and hundreds of truck connections have been added to move the large volumes of mail nationwide. More than 55 million mail sacks and trays will also be utilized.

Geminid meteor show due late next week

The last possible show of a substantial meteor shower this year will occur Dec. 13-14 with the Geminids, says Bishop Museum Planetarium Manager Mike Shanahan.

It is the only significant meteor shower caused by debris from an asteroid rather than a comet, he said.

"We're hoping the Geminid meteor shower will be an improvement over the recent Leonids and last August's Perseids," he said.

He advises staying up late on the 13th and checking out the night sky. The best viewing time will be from 11 p.m. Dec. 13 until dawn the next day. The peak is expected about midnight.

The moon will set by 2 a.m. on the 14th, making it easier to see fainter shooting stars, Shanahan said.

The Leonid shower Nov. 18-19 was spectacular in many parts of the mainland, but Hawaii residents saw nothing, Shanahan said, pointing out there are no guarantees for meteor shows.

But signs are good for the Geminids, he said, depending on the weather.

The meteors will be "shooting" from high in the eastern sky by midnight, so they will be easier to see.

The Geminids also have long peak periods, so there is more time for people to see the meteors, he said.

Additional information is available on the planetarium Web site,



>> Clare Ka Wai Yeung, a travel industry management and finance student at Hawaii Pacific University, has received a $500 scholarship from the nonprofit Hawaii Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association. The Singapore native is president of the Roteract Club at HPU, which is sponsored by the West Honolulu Rotary C, and the director of promotions for the TIM Student Organization.

>> Hawaii Association of Broadcasters Inc. has awarded $77,000 in scholarships to 38 students: Constance Bridgman, Joanne Low, Anna Soltysiak, Venessa Stangel, Sheri Takara, Laura Windell, Irene Young and Mark Younge, of Hawaii Pacific University; Crystal Castillo, Brigette Ramirez and Perrine Sarchet, University of San Francisco; Nicholas Cockrell and Jaime Kuntemeyer, University of Hawaii at Hilo; Kendall Craver, Santa Clara University; Almond Joyce Cruz, Kimberly Hanakahi and Cheri Mardon, Leeward Community College; Jessica Haworth, Cornish College of the Arts; Brianne Homberg, Cal Poly University; Chaz Inouye, Loyola Marymount; Cherie Keogh and Ryan Ng, University of Southern California; Erin Kinoshita and Anya Ledesma, Arizona State University; Kasia Makahanaloa, Marymount College; Rosalinda Masler, Mesa State College; Chelsea Miyao, Oregon State; Ku'ulani Miyashiro, Garrett Mueller, Daniel Nunes and Peony Sojot, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Jeannie Pinpin, Chaminade; Leilani Sevilla, Windward Community College; Kelvie Shelton, University of Arizona; Duane Shimogawa, Central Washington University; Joni Texeira, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ana Tsukano, University of Tampa; and Esther You, American University.

>> City Bank has hired John P. Bennet as vice president and loan officer. He is responsible for the bank's commercial real estate financing. He was previously JB Capital president and Bank of America commercial real estate vice president.

>> Bank of Hawaii has promoted three new residential loan officers to serve at loan service centers statewide: Wil Chang, East Oahu; David Ellis, West Oahu; and Merilee Hendrickson, Downtown. Chang joined the bank in June 2000 as business banking officer. Ellis has been with the bank for 18 years and most recently served as a Main Branch sales manager. Hendrickson served as a Mortgage Banking Division product manager and has been with the bank for six years.

>> Lanakila has elected Ke Ali'i Pauahi Foundation Development Director Ko Miyataki to its board of directors for 2002-2003. She was Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation president from 1993 to 2001. Lanakila's other board officers for 2002-2003 are Chairman Henry Wong, Vice Chairman Masaichi Tasaka, Secretary Lynn Zane and Treasurer Phyllis Shea. Other directors are Thomas Au, Linda Gilchrist, Harold Hu, Satoru Izutsu, Ko Miyataki, Audrey E.J. Ng, Margaret Proffitt and Samuel Tanimoto. Lanakila is a a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide physical, cognitive or age-challenged individuals with the skills to live their lives with self-assurance and productivity.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Husband is arrested in Ewa Beach stabbing

Police arrested a 22-year-old man Saturday after he allegedly stabbed his wife at their Ewa Beach home.

Around 8:05 p.m., police were called to a possible stabbing on Akua Street. The suspect's wife, age 19, told police that she was stabbed twice by her husband during an argument.

Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of attempted murder in the second degree.

Police described the victim's injuries as "defensive wounds" in her arms and said they were not life-threatening.

Police seek suspect in Aiea armed robbery

Police are looking for a man who robbed an Aiea store yesterday.

The suspect entered Marujyu Market in the Waimalu Shopping Center at 98-0202 Kamehameha Hwy. around 8:45 a.m. and demanded money from a cashier, police said. The suspect showed the cashier a handgun sticking out from the waist of his pants, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled, police said.

A description of the suspect was not available.

Alleged chair toss gets husband arrested

Police arrested a 42-year-old man Saturday after he allegedly threw a chair at his wife.

Police said an argument escalated into a physical confrontation between the suspect and his 45-year-old wife at their Ewa Beach home around 8:30 a.m. The suspect allegedly threw a chair at the victim, striking her in the head.

Police said the suspect left the home, and the victim sought treatment for bruises to her face.


16-year-old biker in hospital after crash

A 16-year-old boy was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition yesterday after his motorcycle hit a tree.

Around 12:35 a.m., police said, the victim was traveling Waikiki-bound on Diamond Head Road on a 1992 Honda Hawk motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a tree.

Police said the boy was not wearing a helmet.


Truck hits pedestrian near Sunset Beach

A 64-year-old man was flown by helicopter to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition yesterday after he was struck by a pickup truck near Sunset Beach.

Police said a blue 1999 To- yota truck operated by a 35-year-old man was traveling toward Kahuku on Kamehameha Highway about 6:45 a.m. when the accident happened. The victim was thrown onto another vehicle, described as a green 1999 Kia sedan, police said.

North Shore guards save 3 from high surf

Lifeguards rescued three people caught in high surf along the North Shore yesterday.

Ocean Safety Capt. Kendall Rust said a 17-year-old bodyboarder at Ke Iki Beach was rescued about 11 a.m. after he experienced difficulty in the strong currents.

Three hours later, two other bodyboarders, ages 12 and 17, were rescued by lifeguards after they experienced similar problems at Waimea Bay, Rust said.

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