Star-Bulletin staff and wire


» Mike McKenna was named National Dealer of the Year by the American International Automobile Dealers Association. He has donated more than 25 free cars as door prizes for Hawaii high school Project Grad events and is approaching his personal goal of donating $1 million to schools in the state.

» The Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, honored Mike May, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Co., and wife Carol Ai May, vice president of City Mill, as Hawaii's Distinguished Citizens for 2005.

» Circuit Judges Victoria Marks and Patrick Border; retired Circuit Judges Marie Milks, Rikki Amano, Gail Nakatani, Allene Suemori and Sandra Simms; retired Intermediate Court of Appeals Judge Walter Heen; and mediators Carl Osaki and Michael F. Nauyokas completed mediator certification by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

» Kathryn Brockett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Brockett of Honolulu, has been inducted into Phi Alpha Delta, an international pre-law honorary professional service organization.

» Dayana Rocha, disabilities specialist at Parents and Children Together, has been named a National Head Start Fellow by the Department of Health and Human Services.

» The University of Hawaii has named Roxanne Adams, a grounds manager, as 2005 recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Buildings and Grounds Maintenance. The 2004 award was given posthumously to Harris Okuda, a groundskeeper.

Schofield soldier who drowned is identified

The Schofield Barracks soldier who drowned Sunday while swimming at the Best Western Plaza Hotel has been identified as Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Dunham.

Dunham, 32, was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry.

A native of Sumter, S.C., Dunham joined the Army in 1996.

4 isle students named national finalists

Four Hawaii students are among 40 finalists selected from 400 semifinalists in the 2005 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.

The island finalists and their projects are:

» Melissa Luga of Hilo, Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus, "Phase II: Phytoceutical Potential of the Melaleuca quinquenervia."

» Robert Zane of Honolulu, Mid-Pacific Institute, "Oiling the Waves: Surfing With the Fire of the Ancients."

» Aaron Rozon of Kapaa Middle School, "Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water."

» Lucia Mocz of Mililani Middle School, "The Fractal Model: A New Model to Analyze the Development of Fish Scale."

William Sims of Kealakehe Middle School, whose project was on "The Effects of Temperature on the Species of Opihi Cellana Exarata," also was a Hawaii semifinalist.

The finalists will go to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 15-19 to compete for more than $100,000 worth of scholarships and other prizes, and the title of America's Top Young Scientist of the Year. The Discovery Channel challenge is the leading science competition for students in fifth through eighth grades, giving them a chance to demonstrate and push the limits of their scientific knowledge.

The 40 finalists represent 19 states and Puerto Rico.

Identity theft scam involves bogus letter

Hawaii residents are being warned of an identity theft scam that starts with a letter purportedly from the Internal Revenue Service, according to a local business organization.

Officials from the Hawaii Society of the Certified Public Accountants said some isle residents have received the bogus letter, which includes a copy of an IRS form. The letter requests personal information supposedly to protect the taxpayer's exemption and to update their records. It asks the recipient to fax the completed form to 440-325-3695.

IRS officials have been notified, according to the CPA group executives, who warn that no information should be faxed to that number. The group advises that anyone with doubts about correspondence from the IRS can call the federal agency at 800-829-1040, or their accountant.

Annual bazaar benefits Kuakini Medical Center

The Kuakini Medical Center Auxiliary's annual bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 24.

The event, a fund-raiser for the Kuakini Foundation, will be in the hospital's Hale Pulama Mau Auditorium. Sushi and home-baked goods, books, plants and handmade crafts will be among items available at bargain prices.

For more information, call 547-9184.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Baby dies after Waimea crash

The Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that a 10-month-old baby girl critically injured Monday night in a head-on collision between a car and van near Waimea Bay died yesterday.

The baby, identified as Saydee Miller of Waialua, was the sole passenger in a blue Honda four-door sedan driven by a 38-year-old woman.

The baby died yesterday at the Queen's Medical Center. Police said she was in a child restraint seat attached to the front seat of the car.

An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the exact cause of death.

The woman driving the Honda was taken to Queen's in serious condition.

Police said a white Dodge van driven by a 55-year-old North Shore man crossed the center line, colliding head-on with the Honda near Waimea Bay on Kamehameha Highway.

Police said speeding and alcohol appear to be factors in the collision.

The van driver and his two male passengers, 20 and 12, were in fair condition.


Police seek driver in hit-and-run accident

Police are looking for the car and driver who fled after striking a woman pedestrian in Moiliili at 4:25 a.m. on Saturday.

Police said a white four-door vehicle struck the 55-year-old woman crossing Varsity Circle at University Avenue, causing her to fall. She remains hospitalized with a broken leg and a contusion.

After hitting the woman, the driver reversed the vehicle and headed mauka toward Manoa on University Avenue.

The vehicle, of an unknown make or model, might have damage to the front end.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

11-year-old boy arrested in fondling

Police arrested an 11-year-old boy after he allegedly fondled two girls, ages 11 and 12.

The alleged assaults took place last Friday between 11 a.m. and noon at a Honolulu middle school, according to police.

Both victims identified the suspect as their classmate Tuesday, and police arrested him for investigation of two counts of third-degree sex assault.


Aina Haina man held in threat with ax

Police charged a 37-year-old Aina Haina man after he allegedly threatened another man with an ax Monday.

Sean K. Hitchcock was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening.

Police said the suspect and the victim, 27, were arguing at the suspect's Hind Iuka Drive home at about 11:05 p.m. when the suspect held a double-bladed ax against the victim's throat and threatened to kill him.

The victim fled and later returned with police, who arrested the suspect and recovered the ax. The suspect was being held in lieu of $11,000 bail.


Man arrested with 2 stolen credit cards

Police arrested a 41-year-old man after he allegedly tried to use one of two stolen credit cards to buy food Tuesday.

A Waikiki store clerk told police he noticed the card had the name of a woman on it after the suspect tried to buy some food but was denied at about 6:40 a.m. The suspect left the store after eating the food without paying for it, police said.

The suspect was later found to have two stolen credit cards, one belonging to a 29-year-old woman and another to a 52-year-old man. Police arrested the suspect for investigation of theft of a credit card.

Teen reports rape outside Waikiki club

An 18-year-old woman told police she was raped by a man just after midnight Tuesday.

Police said the victim had left a Waikiki nightclub at 12:01 a.m. and met an unidentified man in his 20s who befriended her. The suspect allegedly took the victim to an alley next to the nightclub and sexually assaulted her and threatened her, saying that he had a knife.


British visitor dies after falling from trail

SOUTH KOHALA, Hawaii » A British woman died Sunday night after falling from a seaside trail 20 to 25 feet above a rocky shoreline between the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Prince Hotel, police and fire rescue officials said.

She was identified as Angela Lummis, 52, of the United Kingdom.

Lummis was walking the elevated trail with her husband, whose name was not given, between 10:30 and 11 p.m. when she slipped and fell, authorities said.

She was rescued alive but unconscious, and later declared dead at North Hawaii Community Hospital.

The case is classified as a coroner's inquest, and an investigation is continuing.

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