Star-Bulletin staff and wire


The Kailua Beach Party Relay for Life fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society had entertainment, a keiki tent, Cure Cafe, a silent auction, a country store and a health and wellness tent, as well as an all-night relay yesterday at Kailua Beach Park. Dianne Schmucker, right, was serving up a Mahi burger plate at the Cure Cafe. The cafe was started seven years ago by Dianne and her husband, Charlie Schmucker, a lung-cancer survivor. This year, with expanded donations, Schmucker said he hopes to raise $40,000.

Sixth-graders get subs for being immunized

More than 3,500 sixth-graders statewide have been rewarded with Subway sandwiches for turning in up-to-date immunization records through the Vax To School program.

The state Health Department teamed up with Subway Restaurants to encourage students to complete their seventh-grade immunization requirements before leaving the sixth grade.

Classes in which all students have updated immunization records received rewards. Twice as many schools were rewarded this year as last year, but many students are still missing necessary documentation, the health department said.

Under state law, seventh-graders must have three hepatitis B shots, two measles, mumps and rubella shots and one or two varicella (chickenpox) shots or a history of disease signed by a doctor.

Students either must complete the requirements or show that they are in the process of doing it before the first day of school.

For more information, see www.vaxtoschool.com or call the Hawaii Immunization Branch, 586-8323. Neighbor islanders can call toll-free, 1-800-933-4832.

Program guides lawyers through 'med school'

A "Medical School for Lawyers" will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the Ala Moana Hotel to help lawyers increase understanding of the law and medicine.

The Hawaii State Bar Association is presenting the program with Benchmark Medical Consultants to help insurance and legal professionals manage or resolve injury claims.

Neurologist J. Greg Zoltani and orthopedic surgeon Lawrence H. Gordon will cover orthopedic, neurological and chronic pain issues, including diagnostic criteria, pain management, treatment courses and specific medical conditions.

Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $65.

See hsba.org/hsba/Legal_Seminars/MedicalSchoolflyer.pdf for a registration form or call the bar association on Oahu at 537-1868. On the neighbor islands, call 1-888-808-4722 toll-free.

Author's talk promotes natural remedies

Steve Blake, author of "Healing Medicine, A Complete Guide to Safer Healing," will discuss defensive medicine in a free presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, 404 Kapahulu Ave.

Blake has doctorate degrees in naturopathic medicine and holistic health and is a master herbalist. He pioneered computerization of herbal knowledge and developed one of the largest databases of natural remedies.

His talk on "How to Beat the Medical System through Better Health" will cover how to develop resistance to disease and understand life habits that lead to disease.

He'll also discuss true causes of disease and show how to prevent health problems "from colds to cancer."

For more information, call the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii at 944-8344 or see VSH.org.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Dance teacher faces more charges for alleged sex assault


Daniel E. Jones: He is accused of assaulting a 12-year-old student twice in 2004

A 20-year-old dance instructor who pleaded not guilty in March to sexually assaulting four female students was charged yesterday with an additional count of third-degree sexual assault against a minor.

Police said Daniel E. Jones, a longtime instructor at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy, allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old student two times between July and November 2004.

His bail was set at $50,000, which he posted yesterday afternoon.

In April, Jones was indicted on 17 counts of sexual assault because of other alleged incidents, including four counts of first-degree sexual assault involving four girls, ages 12 to 14. Complaints filed in Honolulu District Court accuse Jones of engaging in sexual acts with the girls between August 2004 and March 2005.

Kapolei brush fires shut down 4 roads

Fort Barrette and Saratoga roads, Enterprise Street and Roosevelt Avenue were closed yesterday afternoon as firefighters battled two suspicious brush fires in Kapolei.

The fires burned about 13 acres, but threatened no homes.

The first started about 3 p.m. near the intersection of Fort Barrette Road and Enterprise Street. Just 30 minutes later, a fire started across from Kapolei High School.

The Fort Barrette fire burned about five acres, while the other blaze scorched about eight acres. Both were under control by about 4:30 p.m.

Last night, firefighters were still at the sites working on hot spots, fire Capt. Emmit Kane said.

"They are suspicious because of their proximity," he said.


Punaluu hiker suffers head injuries after fall

A hiker who fell about 50 feet from a trail in Punaluu yesterday afternoon was airlifted to the Queen's Medical Center with head injuries.

The man's condition and age were not immediately available.

The incident happened about 3:30 p.m. and the man's hiking companion called for help from a cell phone.


Big Isle woman dies after truck hits wall

A 45-year-old Kailua-Kona woman died Friday of injuries received in a one-car crash in North Kona.

Police said the woman was traveling east on Kaiminani Drive, 180 feet west of Ilimano St., in a 1994 Mitsubishi pickup when her truck ran off the right side of the road, struck a rock wall and rolled over. She was wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

The driver and a 33-year-old male passenger were taken to Kona Community Hospital, where the man was treated for minor injuries and released. The woman was pronounced dead at 11:52 p.m.

Her identity was withheld pending notification of family members. Speed and alcohol are possible factors in the crash, police said.

Man charged in drive-by shooting

A 27-year-old Big Island man was charged yesterday with attempted murder in connection with a June 24 drive-by shooting in the parking lot of Prince Kuhio Plaza.

The suspect, who was arrested Thursday, was identified as Dennis M.K. Poai of Hilo.

Poai was charged with second-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and several firearm and drug offenses. His bail was set at $90,000.

Police said that on June 24 about 10:44 p.m., Poai allegedly shot at three people in the Prince Kuhio parking lot from a white Honda sedan.


Gunmen flee with $700 from massage parlor

Four armed suspects robbed six employees and a customer of about $700 at a massage parlor on Keeaumoku Street about 10:10 p.m. Friday, police said.

The suspects pointed a pistol at a cashier and took money and handbags from the other victims, police said.

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