Lingle cites good faith in granting 2 pardons
Gov. Linda Lingle has granted pardons to two Hawaii residents, one of whom was convicted in 1983 for first-degree terroristic threatening.
Shaff M. Kina, of Maui, was pardoned Oct. 2, the Governor's Office said yesterday. His convictions include harassment in 1979, harassment and disorderly conduct in 1981, driving under the influence in 1983 and 1985, and first-degree terroristic threatening in 1983.
Kina completed his probation in 1988. He has had no arrests or convictions since 1985.
George D. Makaneole III, of Kauai, was convicted in 1978 of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He was pardoned Nov. 17.
"These individuals have made the necessary social adjustments and have proven in good faith their ability to lead productive, law-abiding lives," Lingle said in a press release.
The pardons are the only two made during Lingle's first year in office and were recommended to her by the state Department of Public Safety, Hawaii Paroling Authority and the attorney general's office.
Hawaii Supreme Court censures Kauai lawyer
The state Supreme Court has publicly censured Kauai attorney Paul Sulla after a federal court found that he violated ethical rules.
The high court's Dec. 16 censure came after the U.S. Tax Court reprimanded Sulla and ordered him to pay $10,500 to the Internal Revenue Service for knowingly making frivolous arguments and creating multiple unreasonable court proceedings.
The tax court also said Sulla, 57, knowingly failed to correct a false statement in a hearing and failed to expedite litigation.
Riding the school bus is about to cost more
School bus fares will increase a dime to 35 cents on the first day of the new semester.
For public school students on the traditional calendar, the increase will take effect Jan. 20. For students at schools on year-round calendars, the hike will take effect on the first day they return from winter recess.
In Maui County the student fare will rise to 25 cents. The county provides a 10-cent subsidy for each ride.
Exact change is required.
The state Board of Education approved the school bus fare increase in November 2002 to offset a $4 million budget shortfall in student transportation. The increase was approved by the governor last March.
American Red Cross is seeking volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to fill positions in disaster services, fund raising and office support.
The nonprofit also needs residents who are willing to commit three months or more as lifesaving skills instructors.
For more information, call the Red Cross at 734-2101, or go to the nonprofit's Web site at www.hawaiiredcross.org.
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St. Francis Healthcare Foundation President Eugene Tiwanak, far left, and Beatrice Tom, St. Francis Healthcare System CEO, third from right, present awards to 11 of the 24 recipients of $500 scholarships from the Marian Constance Medeiros Tuition Assistance Fund.
St. Francis Foundation awards
St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii has awarded 24 $500 scholarships, totaling $12,000, to its employees and/or their dependents for the fifth year from its Marian Constance Medeiros Tuition Assistance Fund.
$12,000 in scholarships from fund
Recipients are Kyndall Simeona and Corey G. Yamaguchi, of the St. Francis Healthcare System;
Kaila Au, Chantelle Anne Bautista, Keone C. Carreira, Theresa Engel, Maria Aroma K. Hufana, Edmund Ibarra, Danielle Jones, Abigail Christie A. Llanes, Shelly M. Marchadie, John-Kalani Rikio Miyajima, Jennifer Nakamura, Scott R. Lampa, Jonathan Lozano Saavedra and Candace Yonashiro, of St. Francis Medical Center;
Bonnie Rose Kamalei Gottlieb, Breanna C. King, Thomas M. Bentkowski III, Matthew Schultz and Kirsten Wong, of St. Francis Medical Center-West;
Gregory Aquino, Lancen Crisostomo and Marisa Doran, of St. Francis Community Health Services.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Oahu man found dead along East Maui shore
WAILUKU >> The body of a 50-year-old Oahu man was found on a rocky shoreline along East Maui yesterday.
Maui Fire Capt. Alan Pascua said the man, dressed in shorts and an aloha shirt, was found at the bottom of a 300-foot cliff at Huelo Point.
Pascua said the man, who was with his family renting a house near the edge of the cliff, was last seen about midnight Tuesday. Pascua said family members called for help at 9:28 a.m., and a search helicopter discovered the body at 10:18 a.m. yesterday.
The body was recovered by a helicopter crew about an hour later. The identity of the man was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Family is rescued after their boat stalls
Fire rescue crews towed in the stalled boat of a family of four off Aina Haina yesterday afternoon.
Fire officials said the vessel experienced engine problems across from Puuikena Drive. The Fire Department's Rescue 1 boat towed the couple and their two children back to safety. There were no injuries.
Missing man found at Waianae harbor
A 63-year-old retired Navy man reported missing since Friday was located by police Tuesday night in Waianae.
Police said William K. Putnam was found at 7 p.m. yesterday at the Waianae Boat Harbor. Police had issued a CrimeStoppers bulletin asking for the public's help.
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