Star-Bulletin staff and wire


Medical students were all smiles yesterday as they entered the lobby at the University of Hawaii's new $150 million John A. Burns Medical School in Kakaako.


Big Isle drug dealer gets 16 years in jail

A 36-year-old man who headed a Big Island drug distribution ring was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 16 years and eight months in prison.

Marvin Postadan's drug distribution organization smuggled at least 50 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and about 110 pounds of cocaine from a California supplier to Hawaii in one year, according to evidence presented at his sentencing, a U.S. Attorney's Office news release said.

The organization used cargo shipments, U.S. mail and private carriers to transport the drugs.

An organized-crime drug enforcement task force investigation, dubbed "Shave Ice," targeted Postadan between May and October 2003.

Postadan was indicted for distributing methamphetamine on the Big Island from 1999 through 2003. He was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and for conspiracy to commit money laundering.


Taking Notice

» The Hawaii Hotel Lodging Association has distributed funds totaling $946,000, raised by the annual 2004 Visitor Industry Charity Walk, to 53 Oahu charities. Angel Network Charities Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu and the Hawaii Foodbank were among the charities who received the funds.

» The Hawaii People's Fund awarded nearly $20,000 in emergency and regular grants to 17 organizations, including:

Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, Hula Girl Productions; Island Tenants on the Rise, Kaimana Beach Coalition, Kilusang Mayo Uno Labor Center, Kosrae Conservation & Safety Organization, Ladyfest Hawaii, Malama Mauna Kea, Mental Health Association of Maui, North Kohala Community Resource Center, Not in Our Name Hawaii, Refuse & Resist, the Safe Zone Foundation, Women's Fund of Hawaii, Women's Network Against Militarism and Youth Speaks Hawaii.

» Kraft Foods has donated $90,000 to the Hawaii Foodbank and its subsidiary, the Maui Community Food Bank. The first grant of $50,000 will be used to for two forklifts; the second, $40,000, will start up the Maui Food Bank's Laulima Produce Program.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Police arrest 4 at Waialua cockfight

Police arrested four men, ages 18, 36, 41 and 44, Sunday afternoon at a cockfight in Waialua.

Police arrested the men on suspicion of cruelty to animals and possession of prohibited gaffs.

The arrests were made at 1:15 p.m. at 67-021 Waialua Beach Road.

Wahiawa man's body is identified

The Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man whose body was found at Waimea Bay as John Michael Winger of Wahiawa.

Winger drowned, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. He was reported missing 5 p.m. Saturday, and his body was found 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

He was last seen by friends Saturday morning on a reef at a dive spot known as Three Tables.


Waianae officer arrested for abuse

A 25-year-old police officer stationed at Waianae was arrested Sunday for abuse of a family member.

The officer, who lives in Ewa Beach, was arrested at the Kapolei station, 1100 Kamokila Blvd. He was released on $1,000 bail.

Motorcyclist is ID'd as Ewa Beach man

The city Medical Examiner's Office identified the motorcyclist killed Saturday in Ewa Beach as Ethan K. Tanaka.

The 40-year-old Ewa Beach man was pronounced dead at the scene after his motorcycle was struck by a sport utility vehicle at Fort Weaver Road and Hanakahi Street.

The other driver was taken to St. Francis-West Medical Center in stable condition.

Police said the motorcyclist was turning left from Fort Weaver Road onto Hanakahi Street when his cycle was broadsided by the SUV, which was heading north on Fort Weaver Road.


Victim carjacked at Wahiawa gas station

Police are looking for two men who allegedly carjacked another man Saturday night in Wahiawa.

Police said the victim, 25, was sitting in his vehicle at a gas station about 10:45 p.m. when he was approached by two men, one of them armed with a handgun. The suspects got into his vehicle and demanded that he drive them to the Kunia area, police said.

Once in Kunia, the suspects robbed the victim and fled, police said. Both suspects are described as in their early 20s. One suspect had a silver handgun. He was described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, with shoulder-length hair, and was wearing a long-sleeved sweatshirt and shorts. The second suspect was described only as having a crewcut.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police.

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