Star-Bulletin staff and wire


>> Planned Parenthood of Hawaii has recognized the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee with its annual Bette Takahashi Award, which recognizes notable contributions in reproductive health care.

>> PBR Hawaii, a planning, environmental studies and landscape architectural firm, has promoted Kimi Mikami Yuen to an associate position. She joined the firm as a planner in 2000.

>> The Hawaii Council on Portuguese Heritage has named Nathan McGibboney, a delegate of Nova Esperanca, its new president; Keith DeMello of the Portuguese Youth Organization, vice president; Laura Figueira of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, treasurer; Audrey Rocha Reed, immediate past president and delegate of the Portuguese Association of Maui, corresponding secretary; and Evelyn Starkey of the Brotherhood of Punchbowl Holy Ghost, recording secretary.

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Local snacks being collected for soldiers

The Wahiawa Lions are collecting donations of Spam and local snack foods for National Guard soldiers being deployed to the Middle East.

The drive is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wahiawa Shopping Center near Longs and at Tamura's Market.

Lt. Col. Keith Tomashiro said the 29th Infantry Brigade (Separate) troops would like local snacks and "things that won't be available where they're going."

Monetary donations will also be welcome. For more information or to donate, call Jack Kampfer at 621-5109, ext. 226, or Douglas Wheeler at 622-0181.

Flight delay strands hundreds on Oahu

More than 300 Philippine Airlines passengers were stranded on Oahu during the weekend after their plane experienced mechanical problems on Friday.

Philippine Airlines Flight 103, carrying 400 passengers, arrived at Honolulu Airport from Los Angeles late Thursday. The flight was scheduled to depart for Manila the following day but had mechanical problems, said Scott Ishikawa, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

Sixty people were put on another flight to the Philippines on Saturday. The remaining passengers left for Manila yesterday morning.

The airline provided lodging at hotels for all passengers during the delay, said Ishikawa.

PBS to broadcast documentary on 'ice'

On Thursday, PBS Hawaii will air "Ice II: Life or Meth," the one-hour documentary produced by Edgy Lee and Jeffrey Mueller.

The show was simultaneously broadcast on Hawaii's network stations last month. PBS could not participate because of air-time constraints.

The documentary will air at 8 p.m.

Legal Aid opens Waimanalo office

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii's Windward office in Kahaluu has opened a satellite office at the Waimanalo Health Center at 41-1347 Kalanianaole Highway.

A staff attorney will be available every Tuesday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Mauli Ola Conference Room to offer free legal services for those who meet low-income guidelines. No appointment is necessary.

Answers to legal questions and aid will be provided in family law, public benefit law and housing law.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Accident shuts down Kamehameha Highway

Police closed Kamehameha Highway for nearly three hours during rush hour yesterday for a traffic accident.

The injured person was upgraded from critical to guarded condition, and police reopened the highway.

The police Traffic Division investigates accidents in which there is a critical injury or fatality.

The accident occurred at 3:39 p.m. on Kamehameha Highway eastbound, a quarter-mile east of McGrew Point. The highway was reopened about 6:30 p.m., police said.

2-month-old girl dies in her sleep

A 2-month-old Nanakuli girl apparently died yesterday while sleeping with her parents and other siblings at their Haleakala Avenue home.

She was taken to Waianae Comprehensive Center where she was pronounced dead. Police said the infant died before 3:23 a.m.

Police said there were no apparent signs of foul play. The case is pending an autopsy.


Waialua man arrested after beating and theft

Police arrested a 40-year-old Waialua man who allegedly beat a 51-year-old man unconscious and stole his car and wallet.

Police said a man robbed the victim between 9 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday at his home on Kaamooloa Street in Waialua.

Police said the suspect was going through the victim's van and allegedly beat him with a pipe, hitting him on the stomach, arm, eyes and head till he was unconscious.

The suspect then allegedly took the man's wallet and car, police said.

The incident was not reported until 7 a.m. yesterday, after a neighbor noticed the victim's van door open and found the bloodied man inside his home, police said.

An officer spotted the stolen car being driven down Waialua Beach Road at 12:50 p.m. yesterday, but the driver eluded police by taking a lane off the road.

The police helicopter located the car abandoned in bushes an hour later. Officers chased the suspect over fences and arrested him for car theft. The first-degree robbery case is pending an investigation, police said.

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