Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire


Kauai's Bethany Hamilton, 14, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the Oakland Athletics' home opener against the Texas Rangers yesterday in Oakland, Calif. Hamilton, an accomplished surfer, lost her arm in a shark attack in October.

Pulitzer winner to speak about China

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ian Johnson will give a talk during a brown-bag lunch session 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the East-West Center's John Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Room 4012.

Johnson, the author of "Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China," recounts the stories of three ordinary Chinese citizens risking imprisonment and death for fighting oppression and government corruption. The three are a young architecture student, a bereaved daughter and a peasant legal clerk.

Johnson is China bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal and is based in Beijing.

He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his reporting on the Falun Gong.

For more information, call Susan Kreifels at 944-7176.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Woman missing after surfing at Velzyland


Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 22-year-old woman who was last seen surfing with friends on the North Shore.

Police said Courtney Marcher, an avid surfer, was at the surf spot Velzyland about 8:45 a.m. Sunday when she told her friends she was going to head into shore. Police said she was not been seen or heard from since.

She is described as 5 feet 7 inches, 160 pounds with an athletic build. Police said she has blonde hair and green eyes. Marcher was wearing a green, two-piece swimming suit and a blue vest at the time she went missing. She has several tattoos: five stars on her left foot and Japanese characters on her lower back.

Anyone with information can call investigator Phil Camero at 529-3394 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.


Suspect allegedly rams police car before fleeing

Police arrested a man who allegedly crashed into an officer's subsidized vehicle twice in an attempt to get away early yesterday morning.

Officers were called to Manao Street in Waipio at 2:36 a.m. to investigate a possible car break-in. When officers arrived and parked their vehicle, the driver of a Honda pulled forward and collided with their vehicle twice before getting out of the car and running on foot. Police caught the driver and found out the car was stolen. The driver was arrested for driving a stolen car and second-degree criminal property damage.


Killed driver identified as Waianae resident

The city Medical Examiner's Office identified a man who died in a single-vehicle crash near Ko Olina Resort yesterday as 28-year-old Kelly Momoa of Waianae.

Momoa was driving Waianae-bound on Farrington Highway in a pickup truck just before 1 a.m. when he failed to make a turn near the Ko Olina offramp.

Police said Momoa's truck hit a tree and then an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said alcohol appeared to be a factor.

Police seek suspect in alleged kidnapping

Police are looking for a man who allegedly kidnapped a teenager in Aiea on Monday.

Police said the suspect approached the 16-year-old boy near the 98-1200 block of Ulune Street about 2:10 p.m. Monday.

Police said the man grabbed the victim by the arm and dragged him across the parking lot into another parking lot and punched him a few times. Police said the victim was able to break free.


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