Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Cancer relay raises $1.29 million

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held in 22 communities across the state this year, raised a record-breaking $1.29 million for research, education, advocacy and patient services.

The events honored more than 1,000 cancer survivors and educated hundreds of people on early detection and prevention of cancer, the society said.

Communities as small as Kaunakakai, Molokai, and Kapaau on the Big Island participated, as well as large urban areas such as the University of Hawaii-Manoa and Salt Lake. Each community set its own fund-raising goal.

Cancer survivors walked the opening lap at each event and teams sponsored by businesses, churches, organizations, clubs, friends and families kept members walking around the track all night.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


3 military men held in alleged taxi robbery

Police arrested three military men who allegedly robbed and beat a taxi driver after putting a gun to his head yesterday.

Police said a 50-year-old man picked up the three suspects and was instructed to take them to 330 Hobron Lane at 1:12 a.m. When they arrived, one suspect put a gun to the victim's head and demanded money, police said. All three suspects then allegedly beat the victim and left.

A security guard who was watching from a neighboring building witnessed the crime and called police.

Officers caught up with the suspects as they were walking toward Fort DeRussy by the post office on Saratoga Road and arrested them for first-degree robbery.

Woman allegedly scratches HPD officer

A 38-year-old Waikiki woman who scratched an officer on the neck and ear with her nails was arrested yesterday.

Police said officers responded to an abuse call at 175 Paoakalani Ave. at 6:10 a.m. When they got there, they saw the suspect punching a man. The officers tried to grab the suspect and pull her away from the man, but she refused, police said. While she was resisting, the suspect allegedly scratched the officer's neck and one ear.

Police arrested her for second-degree assault on a police officer.


Second man arrested in Kauai shooting case

Kauai police arrested a second suspect yesterday in connection with a Friday afternoon shooting incident that touched off a manhunt by foot and helicopter.

Kauai Detective Sam Sheldon declined to identify either man and said the incident was still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

About 3 p.m. Friday, gunshots were heard around Mahaulepu Beach, a beach that is accessible only by two old sugar cane roads.

"It was a pretty dramatic search," said Matthew Torry, the assistant golf pro at nearby Poipu Bay Golf Course. "I found out about it when some golfers called and said a rescue helicopter was landing on the 12th green."

Sheldon confirmed that police pursued the two men by foot, patrol cars and helicopter through cane fields and beach areas. During the chase, police set up roadblocks along a dirt road leading to the golf course, Sheldon said.

Police caught one man Friday afternoon.

Sheldon declined to give details because the circumstances leading to the shooting are still being investigated.

Torry said the two men were near a makeshift guard shack at the entrance to the beach when the shots were fired.

Balloon cuts power to thousands on Big Isle

About 14,800 Hawaii Electric Light Company customers across the Big Island lost power yesterday after a mylar balloon came into contact with a 69,000-volt transmission line in Waimea at 11:38 a.m., the utility reported.

Service to the affected customers was restored about an hour later. However, to restore one of the lines, HELCO officials had to disconnect power to about 2,500 customers in North Kona at 1:54 p.m. Their power was restored about 45 minutes later.


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