» Peter Chee of Honolulu, a senior at Oregon State University, has earned a Charles R. Snowden Memorial Internship to work at an Oregon newspaper this year. Chee is city editor of the university's student newspaper and one of four staffers to earn the internship.
» Leilehua, Radford, Punahou and Iolani high schools were the top four winners in the Japan-America Society of Hawaii's Japan Wizards Competition, winning this summer a trip to Japan. The object of the contest is to motivate students to learn about Japanese culture outside of the classroom and to develop research and teamwork skills.
» KAMP (Kindergartners Are Most Precious) has received a national award from the Joint Council of Extension Professions for Excellence in Teamwork. The program, an innovative transition program for children entering kindergarten, was developed by the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H Youth Development staff. It is now used in more than 30 schools statewide.
The staff includes Joan Chong, Doreen Ikeno, Deborah Ward, Ann Fontes, Maryknoll Spotkaeff, Rose Saito, Christine Nunogawa, Rhoda Yoshino, Laura Kawamura, Esther Yap and Carol Ikeda, state project director.
» Zachary Leitch, a junior at Mililani High School, was one of 400 students selected to attend February's National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. He plans to be a fighter pilot/astronaut.
» Austin Barnes, a junior at Iolani School, was the only college-bound student in Hawaii and one of 30 in the nation to achieve a 36, the highest possible composite score in the national test administration of the ACT (American College Testing) Assessment.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Reserve police officer is killed in head-on collision
A 55-year-old man identified as a reserve police officer died last night after a head-on collision on Ilima Drive near Puna Street in Alewa Heights, police said.
Three other men in a white van were taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition. The 55-year-old was driving a black Pontiac sedan when one of the vehicles crossed the center line.
The accident happened at about 6:14 p.m. Traffic investigators were still at the scene several hours later.
Police said speed appears to have been a factor.
Fire team investigates truck leaking acid
The Honolulu Fire Department hazardous materials team was called out to Poki Street in Makiki last night to investigate a chemical odor.
Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada said a resident called after a truck with containers of acetic acid appeared to be leaking at about 8:45 p.m.
Poki Street was closed as a precaution, but no evacuations were ordered.
Man allegedly cuts, beats ex-girlfriend
Police arrested a 24-year-old man after he allegedly held his ex-girlfriend down and beat her yesterday.
The victim, 49, said the suspect came over to her Nuuanu Avenue apartment at around 1 p.m. and they began to argue. During the argument the suspect allegedly struck her in the head and she fell to the floor.
Police said the suspect then straddled the victim, covered her mouth with one hand and with the other hand took out a kitchen knife and began to wave it in front of her face and upper body. The victim said she suffered cuts on her arm and upper chest area from the knife.
Police said the suspect then dropped the knife and the victim began to struggle again. This time the suspect allegedly punched her head a number of times and the victim began to scream for help, police said.
The suspect then fled to his mother’s home and she called police. Police later arrested the suspect for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree assault, and abuse.
Woman killed in crosswalk by SUV
A 77-year-old Kapolei woman was killed after she was struck by a sport utility vehicle while crossing Moanalua Road in Aiea last night, police said.
Investigators said the victim was in a crosswalk along Moanalua, near Nalopaka Place when she was struck by a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo driven by a 25-year-old Mililani man at about 8:45 p.m. The victim suffered multiple injuries and later died at the Queen’s Medical Center.
Police said alcohol was not a factor although speed might have been. Investigators also said the victim had been wearing dark colored clothing at the time.