Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Sewer line repairs to affect Tripler traffic

Sewer line replacement in front of Tripler Army Medical Center is expected to cause sidewalk and parking lot section closures, traffic rerouting and unpleasant odors.

The work, which will be centered at an existing 10-inch-round sewer line at the hospital's makai entrance, begins in mid- to late January and will last up to 12 weeks.

Tripler has been working on the sewer lines around the hospital for about three years to replace aging and undersize lines in danger of rupturing.

For more information, call Tripler engineer Michael Toyama at 433-6181.

Rights in Philippines are topic of discussion

A Philippine human rights leader will speak in Honolulu on the topic of "War and Human Rights in the Philippines: Implications for Hawaii" on Jan. 28.

Marie Hilao-Enriquez, general secretary of Karapatan, the Philippine alliance for peoples' rights, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harris United Methodist Church's sanctuary, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd.

Hilao-Enriquez will discuss why the U.S. military is escalating its activities in the Philippines, what the consequences are and how military expansion in Hawaii is connected with the situation.

The event is free and is sponsored by the Philippine Workers Support Committee, American Friends Service Committee Hawaii and Church and Society Commission of Harris United Methodist Church. It is endorsed by various organizations including ADB Watch-Hawaii and the University of Hawaii-Manoa Ethnic Studies Department.

Straub Foundation accepting applications

Straub Foundation is accepting applications for the 2003 Summer Student research program from college and university students interested in a career in medicine. The deadline is Feb. 28.

During the eight-week program, research scholars will be assigned to Straub Foundation-sponsored projects, offered hands-on experience in clinical research and will participate in a research/education curriculum. Eight to 10 scholars will be invited to participate as volunteers in the program, scheduled for June 16 to Aug. 8.

Priority will be given to Hawaii residents.

For information on qualifications, call Straub at 524-6755.

Kaneohe book drop to be closed on holiday

The Kaneohe Public Library book drop will be closed Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while the library's lanai and stairs are resurfaced.

The library was scheduled to be closed on that state holiday, and the book drop will reopen Jan. 21 while the project is completed.

For more information, call the library at 233-5676.



>> Aiea High School scored the most points in the 2002 Shop and Score fund-raising program, winning $7,417.92 in Adidas and Wilson merchandise for its athletic department. A total of 35 public and private high schools participated in the fund-raiser, receiving $40,000 worth of sports gear. The program is sponsored by Kraft Foods Hawaii, Meadow Gold Dairies Hawaii, Times Super Markets and Hawaii Sports Network.

>> Resolve of Hawaii (ROH) has received a $10,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. ROH is a nonprofit corporation providing support, education and advocacy for people experiencing infertility.

>> Kalihi-Palama Health Center has formed a partnership with the Hawaii Medical Library, under a $56,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine, called the "Internet Access to Digital Libraries." The purpose of the partnership is supply the center's health care providers with training and equipment that will give them access to the highest-quality health information available.

>> The Waipahu Community Foundation has awarded quarterly grants (covering January to March) to the Waipahu Complex Intermural Program, $2,390; Girl Scout Troop 157, $710; Girl Scouts, Waipahu Service Unit, $739; Girl Scout Troop 44, $1,400; Leeward YMCA, $3,261; Waipahu Youth Baseball League, $3,000; St. Joseph School, $2,500; and Waipahu Community Association, $1,000.

Grant applications for the next quarter, April to June, are due March 7. Call Executive Director Cal Kawamoto at 677-9455 or 306-2381 for more information.

>> The Honolulu Symphony has received a $100,000 grant from First Hawaiian Foundation.


Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


A firefighter tended to a minor brush fire in Mililani yesterday afternoon. Fire crews were called to the area behind the Hanalani Schools baseball field at about 1:45 p.m. The fire burned one acre, and fire officials said they were fortunate it did not travel into Kipapa Gulch.


Police seek suspect in Kapiolani bank heist

Honolulu police are looking for an unknown male suspect who robbed an American Savings branch in the Kapiolani area yesterday.

Police said that at 3:40 p.m. the suspect walked into the bank and showed a teller a demand note. Police also said the suspect told the teller he had a gun, but no weapon was seen.

The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the area on foot. Police had no description of the suspect available last night.

Robbery suspect captured at hotel

A Honolulu police officer used intuition and a bit of luck to catch the suspect who allegedly robbed the McCully branch of Territorial Savings yesterday.

Police said that at 10:30 a.m. the male suspect, described as in his late 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds, walked into the bank and said he was armed with a handgun, though no gun was seen.

The suspect then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

During the course of the investigation afterward, police officer Nelson Tamayori took a surveillance photograph of the suspect and then went to check a Keeaumoku-area hotel where transients often stay.

Police said that while talking to hotel staff, Tamayori saw a man who matched the suspect description walking past him in the lobby.

Police said Tamayori detained the suspect, and later, one of the bank employees identified the suspect by picking him out of a police lineup.

Police arrested the suspect at 1:30 p.m.

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