Alo-Ha! Friday

Charles Memminger

Boisse, Dog, ‘Hawaii’
crew on the case

Recently named police chief Boisse Correa takes over the department at a cushy time, what with "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and the crack detective crew from the TV show "Hawaii" mopping up crime in Honolulu.

The two shows debuted this week and, if the first episodes were any indication, in two or three weeks, there should be absolutely no criminals on the islands. (See Honolulu Lite on Sunday for more on the TV-cops-and-robbers-in-paradise front.)

As for Boisse Correa, I've known him since he was a lowly lieutenant and I was a more lowly crime reporter down at the cop shop in the old Sears building on Beretania Street. Hawaii has had some great top cops and Boisse is out of the same mold. He's as big as a house, both in heart and stature. At the risk of sounding like I'm kissing up in advance of any impending indictments, I just want to say Boisse is one of the best law enforcement officers Honolulu has to offer. Kiss, kiss.

Now the news ...

Doctors hit the jackpot

BANGKOK (AP) » It was almost like breaking into a piggy bank. Doctors performing emergency surgery on a man rushed to the hospital with stomach pains were stunned when more than 4 pounds of loose change spilled out of his gut. The man's mother said he has a history of mental illness and had been swallowing coins for a long time.

(She said that if you put a quarter in his mouth and punched his nose, he'd sing Elvis Presley tunes.)

Passenger loses his head

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) » A drunk driver's truck hit a telephone pole support wire that decapitated his passenger and then drove 20 miles home and went to bed, leaving the headless victim in the vehicle.

A neighbor discovered the headless-corpse while walking the next morning.

The driver and victim were friends since high school and had been out drinking together. The victim apparently was leaning out the window when the truck hit the support wire.

(Sometimes, when facing a problem, it's better NOT to sleep on it.)

Psychic missed big event

ST. LOUIS, (AP) » An economic development group fired a millionaire consultant over concern that his self-proclaimed psychic powers were interfering with his work.

The St. Louis Chamber and Growth Association knew strategic planner David Levin was "spiritual" but fired him because his claims of supernatural powers became a "credibility issue."

(Asked about the firing, Levin said, "You know, the weird thing is I never even saw it coming.")

Honolulu Lite on Sunday:
Mainland-produced cop shows are always trying to get mileage out of Hawaii's dark underbelly. Two current crime-fighting shows, the slick drama "Hawaii" and the reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," show our underbelly isn't as much dark as it is sunburned. See Sunday's Honolulu Lite for all the gritty, hard-boiled details.

Quote me on this:
"My wife Mary and I have been married for 47 years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce. Murder, yes, but divorce, never." -- Jack Benny

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

Charles Memminger, winner of National Society
of Newspaper Columnists awards, appears
Tuesdays, Thursdays , Fridays and Sundays.
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