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Carlisle sworn in to third term

Prosecutor Peter Carlisle had a laugh during yesterday's swearing-in ceremony. Carlisle, who begins his third term, recognized his deputies and staff and the cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies. "For the next four years, we need to move forward and onward -- imua," Carlisle said. Also sworn in for a third term was First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Iwalani D. White, left. At right is Judge R. Mark Browning, who swore in Carlisle.


Pacific Fleet says base unharmed by tsunami

A strategic U.S. military base located on an isolated, tiny island in the Indian Ocean was unharmed despite its proximity to the earthquake and deadly tsunamis in southern Asia last week.

Scientists say they are not surprised that the massive waves missed Diego Garcia.

Pacific Fleet officials in Honolulu said Navy facilities and operations on the tiny British-governed atoll were not affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis.

Diego Garcia is part of the Chagos Archipelago and lies west of the Chagos Trench, a 400-mile long underwater canyon that runs north and south and plunges to more than 5,000 meters in some areas.

Gerard Fryer, a University of Hawaii geophysicist and an adviser to state Civil Defense, said he believes one of the key reasons Diego Garcia was not consumed by large waves was because it was not in the direct path of the tsunami.

Officials at the U.S. Pacific Command near Honolulu were also notified by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center soon after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's coast.


24 teachers earn board certification

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board has announced the names of 24 public school teachers to receive the distinction of being National Board Certified.

A total of 79 teachers in Hawaii have achieved this distinction. Charlene Miyashiro, HTSB chairwoman, said the certification is "the highest credential in the teaching profession."

Board certification is "achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do," Miyashiro said.

The teachers are Cynthia Acierto of Kalihi-Kai Elementary School; Deborah Anderson, Honokaa High School; Laura Brown, Pearl Ridge Elementary School; Lorraine Ching, Lunalilo Elementary School; Laurianne Chun, Hawaii Center for the Deaf & Blind; Sharon Chun, Maemae Elementary School; Scott Fieux, Honokaa Elementary School; and Jilda Hoffman, Kailua Intermediate School.

Also: Michael Ida, Kalani High School; Tracey Idica, Aiea High School; Shari Kaneshiro, Hokulani Elementary School; Patti Laba, Dole Middle School; Angela Miyashiro, Hilo High School; Diane Murakami, Kaahumanu Elementary School; Sunny Seal-Laplante, Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School; Linda Seals, Wahiawa Middle School; and Ralph Soderberg, Kealakehe Intermediate School.

Plus: Lynne Sueoka, Moanalua High School; Kimberly Tadaki, Holomua Elementary School; Terri Takabayashi, Maemae Elementary; Saundra Takura, Aliamanu Elementary School; Joanne Thompson, Kilauea Elementary School; Gail Van De Verg, Heeia Elementary School; and Laurie Waite Flores, Hauula Elementary School.

» The Hawaii HomeOwnership Center, a nonprofit organization that provides education, information and support for first-time homeowners, has received $30,000 from State Farm Insurance.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Man, 47, allegedly threatens neighbor

A 47-year-old Makiki man was arrested Sunday night after he threatened his neighbor with a knife during an argument. Police said the two neighbors were arguing at 6:02 p.m. Sunday over a power failure in their apartment building.

The suspect allegedly threatened a 27-year-old man with a knife. He was arrested for suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening. Police recovered the knife. No one was injured in the incident.


Police nab suspect in armed robbery

Pearl City police arrested a 23-year-old man yesterday who is a suspect in an earlier armed robbery.

Police received a tip on the suspect's location from a confidential informant.

Police arrested the suspect 3:30 p.m. yesterday in Waimalu.

Sex offender sought by 2 states is caught

Police in Anchorage, Alaska, captured a 44-year-old man yesterday wanted by Honolulu and Los Angeles police departments on a felony extradition warrant for a prior child sex conviction.

A tip led to the arrest of Jonathan Mark Yoro, wanted in California for a felony extradition warrant for a prior child sex conviction in November 1999.

Yoro had failed to register as a sex offender since 1999, police said.

He was thought to have fled to Hawaii. Honolulu police arrested Yoro for extradition in 1998. He had a prior San Diego conviction for battery with serious bodily injury.


Police seek suspect in assault, robbery

Big Island police are asking for help in finding a suspect who allegedly assaulted a man and took his purse along with the cash inside Sunday.

Police said the driver of a late-model green Dodge Neon four-door sedan gave the victim a ride to the Veterans Cemetery II in Hilo. The victim got into an argument with the driver outside the car, and the driver allegedly assaulted him and drove away with the denim purse inside the car.

The purse, with the brand name "Mudd" printed in red on its side, contained $80 in cash and a denim jacket.

The suspect is described as a man in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with a thin build and short, straight black hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and a black baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Randal Ishii at 961-2278, the police non-emergency number at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 (Hilo) or 329-8181 (Kona).

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