U.S., Japanese, Korean officials will meet here
TOKYO >> Senior officials of Japan, the United States and South Korea plan to hold a two-day meeting in Hawaii next month to coordinate their policy for resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, a senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official said yesterday.
The so-called Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group meeting is likely to be held sometime around June 12-13 to discuss strategies to achieve a comprehensive solution to the issue by making Pyongyang promise to abandon its nuclear weapons programs in a verifiable and irreversible way, the official said.
After the meeting, the three countries are likely to release a joint statement pledging to seek a peaceful solution to the issue and addressing the possibility of taking tough measures should North Korea aggravate the situation further over its nuclear arms and missile development, the official said.
South Korea currently holds the rotating presidency of the TCOG meeting, but the venue for the meeting was set for Hawaii because the U.S. representative, Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly, will have to return home quickly, the official said.
The meeting will follow one between Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun on June 7 in Tokyo.
Former Army hospital to carry Inouye's name
A former Army hospital in Michigan will be renamed in honor of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and two ex-senators who once convalesced there from World War II battle injuries.
The Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich., renovated into a federal office building several years ago, mainly used by the Defense Logistics Agency, will be renamed the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center tomorrow. The other men honored include former Vice President and U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, and the late U.S. Sen. Phil Hart of Michigan.
Inouye, now the third most senior member of the Senate, lost his right arm during an assault in Italy in 1945 and earned the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor.
"I am humbled and honored to have this particular facility, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, named after me and my two distinguished colleagues. I will always be indebted to the doctors, therapists and nurses at Percy Jones who provided me with excellent treatment and care," he said.
Sunset on the Beach travels to North Shore
The North Shore will host a three-day food, music and movie fest dubbed "Rediscover Oahu" this weekend.
The event, also known as the North Shore Sunset on the Beach, is designed to bring visitors and other Oahu residents to Haleiwa. The surf flick filmed on the North Shore, "Blue Crush," is scheduled for today.
Tomorrow, Garrett McNamara's big-wave surf film will premiere, followed by "Catch Me if You Can," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
On Sunday, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," starring John Corbin and Nia Vardalos, will be shown.
All movies begin at 7:30 p.m.
Free trolley service starts at 5 p.m. today and noon Saturday and Sunday throughout the day between Haleiwa's "Main Street" (Kamehameha Highway) and the event site.
Free parking is available at Haleiwa Beach Park, Haleiwa Elementary School, Waialua Elementary School and Haleiwa Boat Harbor.
Corrections and clarifications
>> The Saigon Water Puppet Theatre will not be performing this weekend due to a delay in the troupe's arrival from Vietnam. Outdated information appears on Page 3 of today's Weekend section, which went to press before the group was delayed. See story for new information.
>> In a story that ran on Page C1 Tuesday about companies that incorporated overseas to avoid U.S. taxes, the Associated Press wrongly reported that consulting firm Accenture Ltd. received $662 million in federal contracts between Oct. 1, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2002. Accenture received $440.9 million in contracts.
The story also incorrectly described Accenture as a direct spinoff of Arthur Andersen. Accenture was formed from a group of partnerships and corporations coordinated through a Switzerland-based company called Andersen Consulting, which had split years earlier from the Chicago-based Arthur Andersen accounting firm.
>> The Na Hoku Award ceremony photos on Pages D1 and D3 should have been credited to Richard Walker. Another photographer was credited for the work.
>> Flight time between Hawaii and the West Coast is generally about five hours. An editorial Sunday about interisland fare increases said incorrectly that such flights take three hours.
>> In yesterday's afternoon edition, the "Honolulu Lite" column on Page D1 contained references from an inaccurate story that ran on Page A6 Tuesday. A corrected version of that story appeared on Page C6 yesterday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Waipahu man, 43, dies after truck hits girder
A 43-year-old Waipahu man died last night after crashing his pickup truck into a steel girder holding an overhead sign on the H-1 Freeway.
Police said the man was speeding westbound on the freeway just prior to the Kunia Road offramp about 10 p.m. when his truck left the roadway, climbed an embankment and slammed into the girder.
The man was taken to St. Francis Medical Center-West, where he later died.
Makaha man is held in sex assault on boy
Police arrested a 47-year-old Makaha man this week for allegedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy earlier this month.
Police said the suspect lured the boy, who is a neighbor, into his apartment on May 14 with some toys, then sexually assaulted him. The boy's mother learned of the alleged assault Tuesday and called police. The man was arrested for first-degree sexual assault.
Man sought in theft and use of ATM card
Police want help identifying the thief or thieves who broke into a car in Kailua and then used an automated teller machine card stolen from the car to withdraw money.
Police said the break-in happened in the Keolu Hills area between the night of May 21 and the morning of May 22. At about 5:30 a.m. on May 22, a video surveillance camera recorded images of a suspect trying to withdraw money at an American Savings Bank ATM on Hamakua Drive, police said.
The suspect is described as in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, dark T-shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and black athletic shoes. Police said he was also believed to have been driving a white Nissan Sentra or Toyota Camry.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John McCarthy at 261-6106 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Notice brings prompt capture of fugitive
Police caught a fugitive yesterday within hours of posting a public notice that they were looking for him.
Police said Robert Way III, 46, was arrested after he was stopped for a traffic violation at Oneawa and Kawainui streets in Kailua about 3:15 p.m. A CrimeStoppers news release issued several hours earlier said Way was wanted for questioning in the investigation of the theft of construction materials earlier this year. Way was arrested on six traffic warrants.
Police find murder witness in Waikiki
A man wanted as a witness in a murder trial has been located.
Police found Don Iiga, 18, in Waikiki yesterday afternoon and arrested him for criminal contempt of court. He is wanted as a witness in the trial of Anibal Ortiz who is scheduled to stand trial next month for the Dec. 28, 2002 murder of Odin Ortiz.
The victim was shot in the head at Ala Wai Community Park. Iiga, who was homeless at the time, was known to frequent the park.
Suspect makes bail in 'ice' possession case
HILO >> A Big Island man was released on $150,000 bail Sunday after being charged Saturday with possession of two ounces of crystal methamphetamine, police said.
The suspect, Henry Laeda, 34, of Ainaloa subdivision in Puna, was arrested Friday on Highway 11 south of Hilo after a police dog found drugs in his car, and police discovered 57.6 grams of "ice," police said.
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