A 19-year-old woman was lifted onto an ambulance yesterday after a crash near Kamehameha Highway and Pipilani Place.

Driver in stolen car nods off and crashes

Honolulu police said a 19-year-old female fell asleep while driving a stolen car, crossed the center line, struck a guardrail, clipped a Brigham Young University-Hawaii garbage truck heading in the opposite direction, then crashed into a hollow-tile wall near Kamehameha Highway and Pipilani Place.

The suspect was treated at Kahuku Hospital, then released and arrested for auto theft, driving without a license and for an outstanding contempt of court warrant.

Kamehameha Highway was closed for about 1 1/2 hours because the truck broke its drive shaft while swerving to avoid collision and was stuck in the middle of the road.

Lingle joins governors' panel on education

Gov. Linda Lingle is one of 13 state governors named to a new National Governors Association committee on education.

The bipartisan committee will deal with federal-state relations for educational issues, including the recent mandates from the federal No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Lingle said in a news release yesterday.

"My direct involvement in this committee will provide strategic opportunities to learn about the challenges and successes of other states in the area of education reform," Lingle said.

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner is chairman of the association's Education, Early Childhood and Workforce Committee.

Lingle has also been appointed to the committee on Long-term Health Care. She will go to Washington, D.C., next month to meet with the committee and attend a conference on long-term health care.

Man accused of hiding daughter denied bail

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. >> A man accused of leaving Florida with his daughter and hiding out on Kauai for five years was denied bond after he pleaded innocent in a court hearing.

Jon Michael Bryan was ordered Monday to remain in jail pending a plea agreement or a trial despite testimony that his ex-wife had previously tried to take the child to live in Germany.

Bryan is charged with concealing a child against a court order, a third-degree felony with a maximum sentence of five years. Federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution have been dropped.

Under sentencing guidelines for the remaining charge, Bryan would get up to one year in jail, but the judge can raise or lower the sentence.

Circuit Judge John Hoy quoted from Bryan and Elke Hoercher's 1996 divorce agreement, which noted the mother's attempt to keep their daughter in Germany and ordered both parents not to hide the child's whereabouts from each other.

"Given the fact that he took her to Hawaii and made exceptional efforts to conceal who she was and who he was, and that he has no compunction about violating a court order, he'll be held without bond," Hoy said of Bryan, 45.

Bryan was arrested Oct. 29 in Kauai and charged with taking Angeline Bryan-Hoercher, now 11 years old, to live in Hawaii when she was 6. According to the FBI, Bryan picked up his daughter from her mother for a scheduled visit on June 28, 1998. But when Bryan was due to return the girl a month later, the FBI said, the two were nowhere in sight.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Mail found in car leads to 2 burglary arrests

Stolen items from a Waikele home helped police catch two 22-year-old burglary suspects early yesterday morning.

Police said that between 3 and 3:30 a.m., a patrol officer spotted two men scaling a wall next to a housing complex along Kaamea Street. The officer confronted both men after they had gotten into a car parked near the wall.

Police said the officer spotted a garage door opener inside the suspects' car. The officer used the opener, triggering a nearby garage door. When the officer checked the home, he found it had been broken into.

Police also discovered that the owners of the house were on vacation and that the suspects had mail from the victims in the back seat of their vehicle. Both men were arrested for first-degree burglary.


Tussle with suspect hurts Ala Moana guard

Honolulu police arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly injuring an Ala Moana Center security guard Monday night.

Police said the guard spotted the suspect moving items from a store display and entering a dressing room, where he concealed the items in a backpack. The guard confronted the man after the suspect left the store.

Police said the suspect struggled to escape, injuring the guard in the process. The suspect was arrested for second-degree robbery.


Maui home fire causes $147,000 in damage

WAILUKU >> A fire caused an estimated $147,000 damage yesterday to a two-bedroom home in east Maui.

Assistant Fire Chief Greg Chong Kee said the house on Honokalani Road in Hana was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived at 12:33 p.m., eight minutes after receiving the alarm.

Chong Kee said no one was home at the time of the fire and the cause of the fire has not been determined.


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