Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire


Honolulu Ocean Safety officials reported a higher-than-normal influx of box jellyfish on Oahu's south shores yesterday. Lifeguards posted signs at Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches advising people with allergies to stings to stay out of the water. Lifeguard Landy Blair, right, talked to tourists at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki about the jellyfish he caught yesterday morning. The influx was expected to taper off today.


Isles align with nation on marriage rates

When it comes to being married or single, Hawaii residents are pretty much in line with the rest of the country, the U.S. Census Bureau said yesterday in a new report.

Nationally, 54.5 percent of the U.S. population age 15 or over was married when the 2000 census was conducted, with 51.1 percent living in the same household as their spouses.

In Hawaii, 53.1 percent of the population was married, with 48.9 percent living under the same roof.

Nationally, 6.6 percent of the population 15 and older is widowed. In Hawaii the figure is 6.0 percent.

For the country as a whole, 9.7 percent of the people 15 and older are divorced. In Hawaii the figure is 9.0 percent.

Nationally, 27.1 percent of the population 15 and older never has been married, while in Hawaii it is 30.3 percent.

Arizona expert flying in to help with Maui cat

WAILUKU >> An expert in capturing bears and big cats is scheduled to arrive on Maui Thursday to assist state wildlife officials in their attempts to capture a mysterious big cat in Olinda.

Stan Cunningham, with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will be instructing state wildlife workers on how to snare a big cat, said Fern Duvall, a state wildlife biologist.

State officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on cat fur found in lower Olinda to determine the type of animal roaming the Upcountry community.

Duvall said a scientist in Arizona is trying a new technique and may have the results by Friday.

Arizona wildlife expert William Van Pelt, who visited Maui in mid-August, has confirmed that a 30-pound deer found dead on July 11 was killed by a large cat.

Money launderer resigns law practice

A Honolulu attorney convicted of money laundering has resigned from the practice of law instead of facing disciplinary action.

Attorney Stacy Moniz, 44, has been restrained by the Hawaii Supreme Court from practicing law since May 23, 2000.

Moniz was convicted in December 1999 of six counts of money laundering and income tax violations. He was sentenced in April 2000 to 27 months in prison.

Resigning in lieu of discipline is akin to disbarment, according to the court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel.


[Taking Notice]

HECO receives lung association award

Hawaiian Electric Co. has been named recipient of the annual Mauli Ola (Breath of Life) award from the American Lung Association of Hawaii board of directors.

HECO was honored for its contributions toward lung health over the past two decades. It is the first time a company or organization has been selected for the award rather than an individual.

A formal presentation of the award will be made at a dinner Dec. 13 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

T. Michael May, president and chief executive officer of HECO, will accept the award on behalf of the company's 2,000 employees on Oahu, Maui County and the Big Island.

HECO was chosen for the honor because it has supported all three of the Lung Association's major programs: Tobacco Control, Asthma Education and Clean Air Quality.

The Building Industry Labor Organization, a nonprofit group that assists working persons in the building industry, is this year's "Premier Sponsor" of the awards banquet.

For information about the dinner, call 537-5966.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Woman was jaywalking during fatal accident

A pedestrian who died yesterday when she was struck by a van while crossing Kalihi Street was not in a crosswalk, police said.

The Honolulu medical examiner identified the victim as Miriama Leauti, 58, of Kalihi Street.

Police said Leauti was crossing from the west side of the road between Kahai and Democrat streets about 5:40 a.m. when she was struck by a van traveling north on Kalihi Street. The van had just moved to the left lane to pass a truck in the right lane when it struck the woman, police said.

Leauti was taken in critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where she later died.

Police said speed may have been a factor in the accident. They are looking for the driver of the truck to get a statement. The driver is asked to call the Honolulu Police Department vehicular homicide section at 529-3499 and ask for officer Ben Perez or Sgt. John Agno.

1 suspect arrested in Kalihi shooting

One of two suspects wanted by police in connection with the critical shooting of a 19-year-old man in Kalihi early Saturday morning was arrested Sunday night outside his home, not far from where the shooting occurred.

The 26-year-old Kalihi man was arrested about 11 p.m. on Winant Street under suspicion of one count of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of terroristic threatening. He was also arrested on a contempt of court warrant.

Police believe the suspect tried to stab the victim and another man behind Kalakaua Intermediate School on Kaiwiula Street about 2:25 a.m. Saturday. Police are still looking for a 19-year-old man who they said shot the victim and shot at but missed the other man.


Criminal case opened in Waianae school fire

Honolulu police have opened a criminal property damage case involving a fire that burned two portable buildings at Waianae Elementary School over the weekend.

Police said the fire originated from some tires located between the two portables about 7 p.m. Saturday. The blaze caused a total of $10,000 to the buildings. Police have no suspects in this case.


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