Star-Bulletin staff and wire


Substitute teachers and their supporters rallied yesterday afternoon at the state Capitol in support of two bills before the Legislature that would adjust their minimum pay. Merri Hofherr, left, and Carol Kettner were among the dozens of substitute teachers who alerted passing cars of their salary dispute with the state.


Inmate's mother sues youth facility

A parent of a juvenile who was "viciously and repeatedly attacked" by other boys at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility alleges that state officials were negligent in failing to segregate its residents from older, more violent wards.

Johanna Afoa, mother of Hansen A. Peato, filed suit in Circuit Court yesterday against the facility administrator and other unnamed entities, seeking damages to be determined at trial.

According to the suit, Peato was ordered by Family Court to serve a six-month sentence at the Kailua facility. On June 17 he suffered a broken jaw and other internal injuries that required surgery and hospitalization after he was attacked by unnamed residents.

The state should have known that placing older, violent boys in the same area as younger, nonviolent boys would result in attacks, the suit said.

Sharon Agnew, executive director of the Office of Youth Services, which oversees the youth correctional facility, could not be reached for comment.

Shipyard jobs to be explained at fair

Information on jobs at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard will be given out at a job fair on Saturday at the Honolulu Community College Marine Education Training Center on Sand Island from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

One hundred people will be selected for a training program that pays $15 an hour and leads to an AAS degree in applied trades from Honolulu Community College.

Applicants must apply online at https://acep.hawaii. navy.mil. Information about sites where computers can be used to apply will be distributed at the fair at 10 Sand Island Road.

Applicants must also pass a timed test that will be given May 16-27. The exam will test English writing, reading comprehension and math skills.

For more information, contact Jenny Shaw, cooperative education coordinator, Apprentice Program, at 473-9430 for the Pearl Harbor office and 845-9492 for the Honolulu Community College office.


» Four of the 40 winners of the 2004 Philippine Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas are from Hawaii. They are state Rep. Felipe "Jun" P. Abinsay Jr.; Roland C. Casamina, president and CEO of the House of Finance; the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Inc.; and the Philippine Cultural Foundation of Hawaii.

» The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities has given a three-year accreditation to the Lanakila Rehabilitation Center for its Community Integration and Employee Development Services. It is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to such an organization. Lanakila offers a variety of services to senior citizens and people with disabilities.

» Sisters Offering Support volunteers Natalie Crespo, Michelle White and Jennifer Irwin have received the President's Volunteer Service Award.

» Honolulu Police Department Officer Rob Steiner has won the John Carion "Unsung Hero" Award at the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference in Washington, D.C. Hawaii also received international awards for having the second-highest per capita fund-raising program; a second-place award for the largest percentage growth from the previous year; and a third place award for the largest dollar growth.

The torch run has raised more than $1 million in the past 19 years for Special Olympics Hawaii.

» The Hawaii Medical Library has received the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science Consumer Health Information Award for increasing the awareness of healthy lifestyles.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Motorcyclist injured in Waialua crash

A motorcyclist was critically injured yesterday when his motorcycle crashed on Kaukonahua Road in Waialua.

The man was traveling northbound on Kaukonahua when he apparently lost control of the motorcycle, according to a preliminary police report.

The accident occurred sometime before 5 p.m., half a mile west of Poamoho Street.

The driver was taken by ambulance to Wahiawa General Hospital in critical condition.

Police closed the road for about three hours while they investigated.


Couple arrested after videotape of break-ins

Honolulu police charged a man and a woman with breaking into cars, and drug and firearm violations, following an incident Monday morning in Waikiki.

Richard Steven K. Gabber, 27, and Adjoin Kuala Nil, 22, were arrested after someone videotaped them breaking into vehicles along Ala Wai Boulevard at about 12:30 a.m., police said.

Gabber is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail, while Nil is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Police said a witness videotaped Gabber breaking into two vehicles, then getting into a white car and leaving the area. Officers later found the suspect vehicle, which police said was being driven by Nil, near McCoy Street and Kapiolani Boulevard.

Inside the vehicle, officers found a loaded semiautomatic handgun and a fanny pack containing what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine. Another 22-year-old male in the vehicle was arrested along with the two suspects but not charged.


Lifeguards revive Hanauma visitor

Lifeguards resuscitated a visitor from Japan in his 70s found floating unconscious in Hanauma Bay yesterday.

The man, who was snorkeling, was found floating face down in about three feet of water in a reef area known as the Triangle. He was at the bay with his wife.

When a lifeguard retrieved the man, he had no pulse and was not breathing, said Jim Howe, operations chief of the city Ocean Safety Division.

Lifeguards successfully revived the man after performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was taken by ambulance to Straub Hospital with a strong pulse and breathing, Howe said.

The three lifeguards who assisted the man are nationally certified emergency medical technicians, as are 51 of Ocean Safety's 220 workers.

"This is the payoff," Howe said.


Man is sought who robbed Kapiolani bar

Police are searching for a man believed to be in his 30s caught on videotape burglarizing a Kakaako bar on March 20.

Police said the suspect broke into TJ's Bar just before 7 a.m. and stole cash and video game equipment. He left through the front door of the bar at 600 Kapiolani Blvd., got into a dark vehicle and was last seen driving Koko Head-bound on Kapiolani, they said.

He is described as being in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds, with a heavy build, dark hair, tan complexion and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a light-colored visor, long-sleeved light-colored T-shirt, denim shorts and slippers, carrying a shoulder bag.

The vehicle is described as an early- to mid-'90s model dark-colored Chevy Blazer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Walter Calistro at 547-7213. Anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.

Driver held after fight erupts over tailgating

Police arrested a man who allegedly hit another man with a stick Tuesday after an argument over a tailgating incident.

Police said the suspect, 35, had been tailgating the victim's vehicle near South King Street and Kapiolani Boulevard about 6:05 a.m. when they came to a stop and started arguing.

During the argument, the suspect allegedly hit the victim over the head with a wooden stick he had in his car.

Police said the suspect then returned to his vehicle and drove off. The victim followed him to St. Louis Heights, blocked his vehicle and called the police.

Police arrested the suspect for investigation of second-degree assault and released him pending investigation.

Body found floating off Sand Island park

The body of a man believed to be in his 40s was found floating in shallow waters off the Ewa end of Sand Island State Park about 6:41 a.m. yesterday.

Police homicide detectives said there appeared to be bruises on the man's face, but were not sure what caused them.

An autopsy was scheduled. The case has been classified as an unattended death.

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