Police and Fire


POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2010

Experts deem accused killer fit for trial

HILO » A hearing has been scheduled to determine whether a Big Island man is fit to stand trial in the rape and murder of a 5-year-old girl.

A psychiatrist and two psychologists have filed reports with the Circuit Court finding 30-year-old Anthony Poulin fit to proceed. The Feb. 19 hearing on those reports was requested by his court-appointed attorney, Stanton Oshiro.

Poulin is accused of sexually assaulting and then drowning his live-in girlfriend's daughter in September. Javieanne Win was in Poulin's care while her mother, Jennifer Abiley, was at work.

Poulin has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, abuse of a family/household member and two counts of first-degree sexual assault. He remains in the Hawaii Community Correctional Center, unable to post $1 million bail.

Man critically injured after SUV hits him

A 72-year-old Waipahu man was hit by a sport utility vehicle and critically injured Wednesday afternoon while cleaning a drain at the bottom of a Waikiki parking garage ramp.

Police said a 42-year-old Honolulu man was driving a silver 2009 Nissan Murano on Kaioo Drive when he turned down a driveway ramp at Discovery Bay Center and struck the older man.

The 72-year-old was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition with head and shoulder injuries.

Escapee is spotted and caught downtown

An off-duty police officer spotted a 45-year-old escapee walking around downtown Honolulu Wednesday afternoon wearing leg irons.

The officer detained the man, Westlee Rodrigues, at about 3:10 p.m. across from 1200 Queen Emma St., until on-duty officers arrived.

Police later determined Rodrigues was an escapee.

Rodrigues had escaped from public safety officers while being transported from Honolulu District Court to the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Man killed, woman hurt in cycle crash

One person died and another was seriously injured yesterday in a motorcycle accident near Akaka Falls on the Big Island, said Hawaii County fire Capt. Joseph Farias III.

Fire crews were called to the 2-mile marker of Akaka Falls Road at 2:16 p.m.

They found the body of the male driver lying on the road and a female passenger with multiple injuries nearby, Farias said.

The female was taken to Hilo Medical Center.

Ex-boyfriend arrested in suspected arson

Police arrested a 26-year-old Kaneohe man who allegedly set fire to his ex-girlfriend's rented house.

Police said the man and the 24-year-old woman had been in a long relationship and broke up on Monday.

The woman had put all of the man's belongings on a table in the home and waited outside while he moved his things into his vehicle, police said.

When he was done, he told the woman he would make one final check and went back inside.

The man came out, leaving the door open. Police said the woman saw flames and smoke coming from the back bedroom.

The man fled but turned himself in later. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson.

Woman found in pool committed suicide

The Medical Examiner's Office determined that the woman whose body was found Wednesday in a tidal pool at Kaena Point committed suicide.

The woman died of a stab wound to the neck, and saltwater drowning was another significant condition, the Medical Examiner's Office said. Her identity was not released.