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Nanakuli home project gets $548,820 grant

A self-help housing project will receive a $548,820 federal grant to build 32 houses in Nanakuli.

"This project will help low-income individuals and their families take advantage of self-help housing to realize their dreams of home ownership," said U.S. Rep. Ed Case.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a grant to provide the funds for the Nanaikeola Village Self-Help Housing project.

Funds will go to the nonprofit Hawaii Intergenerational Community Development Association for salaries, rent and office expenses. The association will provide recruitment, screening, loan packaging and other services for applicants, as well as technical support to help families build their own homes.

The association received $2.5 million in 2001 to purchase and develop 80 lots, 32 of which will be used for the Nanakuli project.

UH scientist to discuss planet formation

Jeff Taylor, a University of Hawaii planetary scientist, will discuss "Farside: A mission to illuminate planet formation," in the Hawaii Space Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

His talk will be at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, UH Pacific Ocean Science and Technology building, Room 544.

For more information, see: or call the planetary data center, 956-3132.

Feds provide isle grant to fight bioterrorism

The federal government has awarded the University of Hawaii a $377,125 grant to help fight the possibility of bioterrorism.

The university will use the money provided by the Department of Health and Human Services to develop bioterrorism-related continuing education and training for island health care professionals, Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said in a news release earlier this month.

The grant is part of the national effort to ensure the public health system is prepared to deal with any incident of bioterrorism, Inouye said.

A team headed by Dr. Kelley Withy will develop training programs on health care countermeasures, which will be used by doctors, nurses and others who would be called on to provide assistance in the event of a biological attack.

Withy is an associate professor in the Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the university's John A. Burns School of Medicine.

In addition to being used in the classroom, the materials will be available on video and on the Internet.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Fire at old Cannon Club prompts investigation

Law enforcement officials are investigating an early-morning fire that damaged the former U.S. Army Cannon Club at Diamond Head yesterday.

A 48-year-old homeless man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal property damage but was released pending further investigation.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 2:58 a.m., and extinguished the fire about a half-hour later. Fire Capt. Emmit Kane said the left side of the club was fully engulfed in flames. Kane described the fire as suspicious.

The old Cannon Club building, off Diamond Head Road, is proposed to be demolished by the University of Hawaii and replaced with a new structure for the Kapiolani Community College's culinary program.

Kane said police and officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the fire.

Suspect allegedly ties victim in Hilo burglary


Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003

>> Big Island police were looking for an armed man who allegedly forced his way into a Captain Cook home in South Kona. A Police/Fire headline and article on Page A5 Monday incorrectly referred to a South Hilo home.

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Police are looking for a man who allegedly forced his way into a South Hilo home and tied up a male resident Thursday.

A man armed with a handgun entered the resident's Captain Cook home, ordered the victim to get on the ground and used plastic tie strips to tie him up. Police said he fled the home with an undetermined amount of cash, valuables and the victim's vehicle. Police said the victim reported the robbery on Saturday.

The suspect is described as a man, 6-feet, weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt over a beanie cap, a bandana over his nose and mouth, shorts and slippers at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Detective Zack Houchin of the West Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section at 326-4232, police non-emergency number at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Medical examiner ID's drug-ingesting suspect

A medical examiner identified a 23-year-old man, who died on Sept. 13 after he regurgitated small plastic bags of drugs, as Awan Tyrrell, who had no local address.

Police said Tyrrell robbed Hungry Ear Records & Tapes at 418 Kuulei Road on Sept. 13. A store owner attempted to detain Tyrrell, but he was able to break free.

Patrol officers later spotted Tyrrell's car in Lanikai and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree robbery and possession of an electric gun, but the suspect appeared ill and was taken to Castle Medical Center.

Police said Tyrrell apparently ingested numerous bags filled with an unknown narcotic before he was arrested. The bags were recovered after the suspect regurgitated them at the hospital. The cause of death has not been determined.

Road closed after car hits 2 telephone poles

A car slammed into two Verizon Hawaii telephone poles on Waihee Road near Kamehameha Highway in Kahaluu yesterday morning, closing the road until 5:30 p.m.

Verizon Hawaii spokeswoman Ann Nishida said crews replaced two poles and straightened two others because of the accident, which occurred about 9:25 a.m. Traffic was diverted until the poles were fixed. Nishida said no telephone service in the area was disrupted.

Police said there were no critical injuries in the accident.

Suspect arrested on sex charges in Hauula

Police arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting a 30-year-old woman who suffers from a mental disability.

The victim and the suspect live in the same home in Hauula. About 11 p.m. on Sept. 18, police said, the suspect entered the victim's bedroom and sexually assaulted her. Police said the woman was treated at Kapiolani Medical Center.

Firefighters control brush fire near Maili

A brush fire yesterday afternoon burned seven to eight acres of land near Maili.

Fire Capt. Emmit Kane said 25 firefighters responded to the blaze at the back of Kaukama Road. The fire, which threatened no homes or nearby structures, started at just before 4 p.m. and was under control by 4:50 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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