Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff


The National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine and Navy personnel and civilian volunteers cared for a lost female spotted dolphin that was found swimming around in circles Christmas Day at Pokai Bay in Waianae. The 4-month-old dolphin is being cared for at the Marine Mammal Research rehabilitation facility at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. She was fed by, from left, Dr. Robert Braun, president of Hawaii Island Stranded Response Group; Dr. Gregg Levine, veterinarian volunteer from the NMFS; and Dr. Christopher Dold, also from the NMFS.

Coupon books offered for fund raising

Meadow Gold Dairies Hawaii is offering a way for groups to raise money with a PEP Fundraising Program coupon book.

The book is valued at more than $15 and contains 12 coupons, redeemable for a free Meadow Gold, Viva or Haleakala Dairy 16-ounce PEP beverage. The books are being sold for $10, with 25 percent ($2.50) going to the organization, company, cause or team.

Available since Dec. 16, the coupons are good until Dec. 31, 2004, and are redeemable at 800 retail locations statewide, including 7-Eleven, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Safeway, Foodland, Times Super Markets, Star Markets, KTA Super Stores on the Big Island, Big Save on Kauai and Ooka Super Market on Maui.

For more information and to sign up for the program, call the consumer line at 944-5944.


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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


3-vehicle crash kills woman on Big Island

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death of 77-year-old Papaikou woman killed in a three-car crash on Route 130 near the four-mile marker in Puna on Thursday.

The victim was identified as Poliperia Domingcil.

Puna police said a 2000 Ford Ranger truck driven by Kim Milner, 50, of Keaau was slowing down when it was hit from behind by a 1995 Pontiac sedan driven by Alison Vares, 35, of Mountain View at about 1 p.m.

The collision forced the pickup truck into the oncoming lane where it collided with a 1995 Chevrolet sedan driving by Normus Castaneda, 60, of Papaikou, police said.

Domingcil, a front-seat passenger in Castaneda's sedan, was taken to the Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m.

The other people involved in the collision were also taken to Hilo Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

All those involved in the crash were wearing seat belts and the airbags in the Chevrolet sedan were deployed, police said.

The death was the 28th traffic fatality on the Big Island, compared to 31 at the same time last year.

Kauai police seek help in finding missing men

Kauai police are asking for help finding two men who have been missing since early last week.

Christopher Malana Bacsais, 32, of Lihue was last seen Monday walking toward the mill on Haleko Street. He suffers from a mental illness and requires medication. Bacsais is 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. He was wearing brown shorts; a brown, stripped pullover shirt; and glasses but no footwear.

Donald Hugh Hardesty Jr. of Kapaa was reported missing Wednesday by his caretaker. He suffers from bipolar disorder and stopped taking his medication.

Hardesty is 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with black hair and hazel eyes. He was wearing black and silver pants, a black long-sleeve shirt, black-and-white sneakers and a gold 49ers jacket, and was carrying two backpacks.

Anyone with information should call Kauai police, 241-1711.

Body found in bushes ID'd as missing man

KAILUA-KONA >> A body found in bushes in the old Kailua industrial area on Christmas Eve has been identified as a man missing since Dec. 6, police said.

The identification of John Adam, 70, of Kailua-Kona was made through dental records, Kona detectives said Thursday.

Although the exact cause of death has not been determined, police said it appeared no foul play was involved.

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