Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Doctor explains treatment for morbid obesity

A free public seminar on gastric bypass surgery, a surgical treatment designed to save lives of morbidly obese people, will be held tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kuakini Medical Center's Hale Pulama Mau Auditorium.

Dr. Brandt Lapschies, a specialist in the field, will give an overview of the procedure and discuss the risks and benefits.

More than 1.5 million Americans are morbidly obese, meaning their body mass index number is 40 or more or they are 100 pounds or more over their ideal weight, according to Kuakini's Education Services Department, sponsor of the seminar.

For more information, call the Kuakini Bariatric Hotline at 547-9007.

Sunset on Beach honors Korean culture

Sunset on the Beach will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Korean immigration to Hawaii while the Korean Centennial Festival is held at Kapiolani Park.

Sunset on the Beach will feature Korean dances, cultural traditions and a short video entitled "Arirang: The Korean-American Journey" at Queen's Surf Beach in Waikiki. The film is produced by Tom Coffman and chronicles the achievements of Koreans since their immigration to Hawaii in 1903.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, Bamboo and radio stations 1043 XME, KRATER and FM 100 will host the show. At 5 p.m. the University of Hawaii Wahine volleyball team will make a special appearance, followed by the short video on Korean Americans. At 6:30 p.m. the movie "Blue Crush," featuring actresses Kate Bosworth and Sanoe Lake, will be shown.

On Sunday, Salsa in Paradise will entertain while FM 100 hosts the show. At 6:30 p.m., "Signs," starring Mel Gibson, will be featured.

For more information, call the Waikiki Improvement Association at 923-1094 or the city's information office at 523-CITY.

Premier's alcohol level twice the legal limit

WAILUKU >> British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell had a blood-alcohol level close to twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent when he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in West Maui on Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Mark Simonds confirmed yesterday.

Simonds' confirmation followed a Maui News report quoting unnamed sources saying Campbell's breath test at the Wailuku Police Station showed his blood-alcohol content at 0.149 percent.

Campbell, 55, a Vancouver resident, said he will not contest the petty-misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and has apologized publicly for his conduct.

Critics have asked for Campbell to step down, but he has refused.

Campbell's arraignment is scheduled for March 25 in Wailuku District Court.

Anti-war rally staged for Ala Moana Park

Members of the national anti-war group Not in Our Name are planning a rally, march and concert Saturday in Ala Moana Park, protesting a possible U.S. war on Iraq or elsewhere.

A political rally will be held noon to 1:30 p.m., followed by a march from 2 to 3 p.m. and a concert from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

The rally will be held on the Diamond Head side of McCoy Pavilion, near the tennis courts, and will include speakers S. Charusheela, a visiting economist at the University of Hawaii; the Rev. Renate Rose, a former missionary to the Philippines; Eric Seitz, a civil rights and labor attorney; and Kalama Niheu, a UH medical student and Hawaiian activist.

The march will start at the Ala Moana-Piikoi Street intersection.

Traffic lanes will be closed during the march.

The concert will feature Jammarek, Big Island Conspiracy, Jon Osorio and Black Square.

For more information, contact Cha Smith at 277-5362.

Harris reschedules State of City address

The State of the City address by Mayor Jeremy Harris has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. next Thursday at the Honolulu Hale courtyard.

The mayor's speech, which outlines his plans for the city for the coming year, was originally scheduled for today.

Tryouts for 'Jeopardy!' will be held tomorrow

The popular TV game show "Jeopardy!" will hold tryouts at the Polynesian Cultural Center tomorrow morning. The tryouts begin at 9 a.m. College Tournament tryouts are at 11 a.m.

Potential contestants are encouraged to sign up early. Call 293-3291 to reserve a spot. Reservations are being taken through today at noon.


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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Police arrest man on parole violation

Honolulu police have arrested a 16-time convicted felon who allegedly tried to run over a police officer in Waikiki earlier this month.

Police arrested William Barnes in Pauoa at 12:20 p.m. yesterday on a parole revocation warrant. Police said Barnes has been identified as the suspect who rammed a police car Jan. 4 while driving a stolen Mercedes-Benz, then drove toward an officer who was forced to jump out of the way.

According to police, Barnes has a history of violent escapes.

Twice in 1994, police said, Barnes tried to escape by ramming police vehicles while driving stolen cars, one incident also involving a stolen Mercedes.

Barnes was paroled recently after serving five years for a 1997 auto theft conviction.


Police seek suspects in Aina Haina beatings

Honolulu police are still looking for more suspects who were involved in an Aina Haina assault case earlier this week.

Police said up to 12 adult and juvenile males with weapons beat two adult males at Kawaikui Beach Park at 1 a.m. Tuesday. Both victims refused treatment at the scene but were later taken to Straub Hospital for head and jaw injuries.

Police have arrested two adults and one juvenile in the case who were fleeing from the scene in a vehicle matching the description given by the victims.

Police also recovered a bat from the suspect vehicle which was believed to have been used in the beating.

The case is being investigated as a second-degree assault.

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