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Speech looks at info freedom

University of Hawaii-Manoa journalism professor Bev Keever will speak at Windward Community College on "Hijacking Hawaii: Handcuffing Freedom of Information" at 12:30 p.m. April 29 in Hale Akoakoa, Room 105.

Keever is the author of "News Zero: The New York Times and the Bomb." Her speech is part of the college's "Learn About Hawaii" speaker series. There is no charge to attend.

Before teaching, Keever worked for seven years as a journalist covering the Vietnam War for Newsweek, the New York Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor. Her coverage of the besieged outpost of Khe Sanh in 1968 was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.

Kidnapping charge dropped in theft case


Friday, April 22, 2005

» Tema Tanu Tema was never charged with kidnapping. Police arrested him on suspicion of kidnapping and auto theft for allegedly stealing a car with a baby in the back seat. But prosecutors charged him with endangering the welfare of a minor, auto theft and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. A Page A6 story in yesterday's early edition incorrectly said a kidnapping charge was dropped.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at corrections@starbulletin.com.

Prosecutors dropped a kidnapping charge against a 26-year-old suspect arrested on suspicion of auto theft and kidnapping of a 5-month-old infant in Liliha.

Tema Tanu Tema was charged yesterday with auto theft for the March 29 incident in which Tema allegedly stole a car in front of the Golden Coin Restaurant at 1719 Liliha St.

The baby's father and owner of the car, Raymond Corpuz, had left his keys in the ignition and the car running while he ran inside the restaurant, when the car was stolen.

Police found the car abandoned about a half hour later with Aryanna safe inside.

Police matched fingerprints taken from the car's gearshift with Tema's after CrimeStoppers received a tip that Tema was a possible suspect in the case.

Tema was arrested in Kalihi on Tuesday morning.

Tema was found guilty of first-degree criminal property damage in March 2004, had served three months in prison and was on probation at the time of the incident.

Recycling firm pays taxes to settle dispute

Island Recycling Inc. has paid $146,000 in state taxes to help resolve a dispute with the state Department of Taxation.

Island Recycling had argued that it should not have to pay general excise tax on a City and County of Honolulu subsidy for shipping recyclable glass out of state, company officials said.

Last week, the disagreement led the Tax Department to put a lien on payments owed to the company under the state's bottle law, President James Nutter said.

"Island Recycling Inc. is pleased to announce that the lien placed on the company by the State Department of Taxation for $146,000 has been released," Nutter said. "Island Recycling has paid all taxes in full."

In January, Island Recycling lost its appeal to the state tax board and was negotiating with the Tax Department on a tax payment plan, Nutter said. However, after the state put a lien on the company last week, "Island Recycling agreed to pay the full amount of the tax" the next day.

Island Recycling also received a $250,000 reimbursement from the state for money the company paid out to customers under the HI-5 redemption program.

Larry Lau, deputy health director of environmental health, last week said that the taxes Island Recycling owed would be deducted from the redemption fee payment, and a check issued for $104,000.

Food bank effort nets 550,000 pounds of food

Oahu residents contributed 550,000 pounds of food to the Hawaii Foodbank in its annual food drive Saturday.

The campaign collected $350,000, short of its $425,000 goal, but Co-chairwoman Sheri Rolf said the agency is still accepting monetary donations and expects to reach the goal.

More than 2,700 volunteers worked at drive-by collection points around the island in the weekend collection.

Spokeswoman Lori Kaya said the annual drive and the May letter carriers' collection of canned goods account for 5 percent of the food distributed by Hawaii Foodbank to about 250 independent organizations that feed needy people. The nonprofit distribution center also receives donations from supermarkets and government food surplus programs.

The agency estimates that 118,000 people are fed each week statewide by the organizations that use Hawaii Foodbank as a resource.


Taking Notice

» The American Cancer Society has received $10,000 from the Hawaii Community Foundation to help women on the Big Island who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The grant is from the Adrienne Wong Toyozaki Fund and James and Winifred D. Robertson Fund.

» Seagull Schools has received $150,000 from the McInerny Foundation and $25,000 from Bonded Materials to support its Ewa Beach and Ko Olina preschool construction projects.

» Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region is one of eight facilities nationally to receive a 2005 Environmental Leadership Award from the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment program.

The Hawaii Region's Waste Minimization Team was noted for finding for new ways of reducing mercury and other waste.

Laura Brannen, director of Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, said, "Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region is leading the national movement for sustainable health care. They are setting the example for others to follow."

» First Hawaiian Foundation has awarded $25,000 to Farrington High School in conjunction with the Foundation for Excellent Schools Century Program. Mentoring and leadership teams will be set up to encourage students from low-income families to pursue higher education.

» The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council has received $2,000 from the 26th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, sponsored by the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association and the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation.

The money will be used to support PAAC's after-school classes in global studies in eight public high schools.

"Taking Notice" also runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Blaze scorches brush in Makakilo

About 30 firefighters brought a Makakilo brush fire under control within an hour yesterday afternoon.

The blaze began in a gully behind a townhouse complex at 99-1102 Palahia St.

Fire officials said the fire did not threaten any homes.

Winds generated a lot of smoke, said fire Capt. Emmit Kane.

Kane said there was a good firebreak behind the townhouses, with grass cut short providing little fuel for the fire.

Six companies, two tankers and a fire helicopter were involved.

Man allegedly raped girl for past 7 years

Police arrested a 66-year-old Waipahu man who is accused of raping a girl several times over the past seven years.

The victim, now 13 years old, told police the suspect sexually assaulted her repeatedly between March 18, 1998, and Monday.

Police arrested the suspect for investigation of first-degree sexual assault.


Waikiki man is found with 2 stolen cars

Police arrested a 37-year-old Waikiki man Tuesday for allegedly stealing two cars.

Police said the suspect was seen starting a car in which the keys were left inside on Kilihau Street in the Mapunapuna area. Police said the suspect was confronted by the owner, who detained him until police arrived.

When police got to the scene, they noticed another vehicle nearby that had been reported stolen. Officers learned that the same suspect had been driving the other vehicle recently when he was pulled over by state deputy sheriffs. When the sheriffs pulled him over, the car had not yet been reported stolen.

Police arrested the suspect for investigation of two counts of auto theft.


Speeding driver caught in watermelon theft

Police arrested a 45-year-old Haleiwa man Tuesday night for investigation of several charges including stealing a truckload of watermelons.

A patrol officer stopped a truck for speeding near Kaukonahua Road and Wilikina Drive in Wahiawa at about 11 p.m.

Police said inside the truck in plain sight was a rifle and a drug pipe. The officer then learned that watermelons in the back of the truck had recently been reported stolen.

Police arrested the suspect for investigation of second-degree theft and driving without a license, as well as various firearm and drug offenses.


Man charged in alleged assault and robbery

Big Island police charged a man in an alleged assault and robbery late Friday in Pahoa, Puna.

The suspect, Camden Brink, 22, of Pohoiki, Puna, was charged with first-degree robbery.

Brink was arrested about 10:15 p.m. Friday when Puna patrol officers came upon a fight between two men outside the Pahoa Community Center.

One of the men had a laceration on the back of his head and minor injuries on his legs. He told police he was injured when he was assaulted and robbed of his money.

Brink was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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