Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Jury indicts suspect in Waikiki killing

An Oahu grand jury indicted Daiki Iba, 33, on a charge of second-degree murder yesterday in connection with the death of the co-owner of a Waikiki business. His bail is $200,000.

Michiko Sakata, 44, of Ewa Beach, died Friday from injuries she suffered in a robbery of Sea Wind Surf & Street Shop on Royal Hawaiian Avenue on April 22. When officers arrived they found Iba sitting on top of Sakata and $8,317 from the store's cash register in his pants pocket, officials said.

Iba, a Japanese national, who was living at an Ala Moana address, had been charged with robbery and attempted murder and was scheduled to appear in court yesterday for a preliminary hearing on the charges. The hearing was canceled.

Doctors to discuss SARS at UH meeting

Three doctors will discuss the latest developments and public safety issues involved with severe acute respiratory syndrome at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in Room B-103 of the University of Hawaii's Biomedical Science Building.

The Harvard Club of Hawaii is sponsoring the panel, including Drs. Alan Tice, associate professor and infectious disease specialist, John A. Burns School of Medicine; James Marzolf, state Department of Health Disease Outbreak Control Division; and Andrew Schwartz, Director of Emergency Services, Queen's Medical Center.

There is no fee for admission, but a donation of $5 is suggested.

Schofield pharmacy changing its hours

The pharmacy at the U.S. Army Health Clinic at Schofield Barracks will change its hours starting Monday. It will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

The pharmacy is closed Saturdays, Sundays and all federal holidays.

Call 433-6962 to refill prescriptions.


Corrections and clarifications

>> The original kumu hula of Hula Halau O Kamuela was Sam Naeole. An article on Page A1 Sunday said incorrectly that it was Paleka Mattos.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Big Isle woman faces manslaughter charge

HILO >> Big Island police have charged a North Kohala woman with manslaughter in connection with the death of a man yesterday.

Police said Kuulei Haunani Leith-Ellen Lewis, 32, of Makapala, got into an argument with the victim shortly before the incident was reported at 12:49 a.m. yesterday.

Lewis got into her car and started to drive at the victim, who jumped onto the hood, police said. He was carried for some distance before Lewis stopped abruptly, causing him to fall off and onto the pavement, striking his head.

Arriving police found the victim lying on the pavement of Pratt Road, a side road in the area. The victim's identity was not released.

Lewis drove away but was arrested at 6:22 p.m.

Cars kill 2 pedestrians in separate accidents

HILO >> Two pedestrians were killed in separate auto accidents yesterday, Big Island police said.

Johnelle William Alfonso, 55, of Honokaa, died after he was struck by a suspected drunken driver at 2:30 a.m. while walking along the Hawaii Belt Highway near Tex Drive In & Restaurant, police said.

A 47-year-old Kalopa man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and two traffic violations, police said. Alfonso was pronounced dead at Hilo Hospital at 6:42 a.m.

Earlier, at 12:30 a.m., a pedestrian died after being hit by a car in North Kohala, falling backward and hitting his head, police said.

Wailuku blaze causes $150,000 in damage

WAILUKU >> Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze this morning that resulted in about $150,000 damage to a Wailuku business.

Assistant Fire Chief Gordon Cordeiro said the building at the Tiki Takeout at 1234 Lower Main St. was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at 12:44 a.m.


Nanakuli man faces sexual assault charges

Honolulu police charged a 58-year-old Nanakuli man with third-degree sexual assault yesterday.

Police said Herbert Horace Brown sexually assaulted two girls, ages 10 and 13, at a Mano Avenue residence on March 23. Brown is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.


Man sought in robbery of Jack In The Box

A gunman walked up to the drive-through window at Jack In The Box restaurant, 2317 N. School St. in Kalihi this morning and robbed a cashier, police said.

Police said the suspect showed the cashier a black handgun in his waistband and demanded money at about 4:30 a.m. He ran away after receiving cash.

The robber is described as in his 20s. No one was injured

Victim hit by golf club in McCully burglary

Police are looking for a robbery suspect who was hiding in the victim's apartment and attacked him when he returned home yesterday.

Police said the victim, a 43-year-old McCully man, returned from the bank at 10:05 a.m. and found that his apartment had been searched. The victim found the suspect in his bathroom.

Police said the suspect then grabbed a golf club driver, struck the victim in the arm and fled with jewelry. The suspect is described as in his 20s, 5 foot 10, about 145 to 150 pounds and has black shoulder length hair. He was last seen wearing pants and no shirt.


Enchanted Lakes woman rescues 2 dogs

An Enchanted Lake housekeeper was injured while evacuating two dogs during a house fire yesterday afternoon.

Honolulu Fire Department officials said the woman was outside the home on Aulima Loopwhen she noticed flames coming from the living area. She then tried leading the dogs that were housed in a kennel near the home to safety, but fell when one of the dogs pulled the leash, officials said.

Officials said the woman was treated for abrasions. Damage to the home was estimated at $180,000.


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