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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, July 13, 2002

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff

Two arrested in bilking of $98,000

Two Pacific Palisades women were arrested yesterday after an elderly woman said she was bilked out of her life savings.

The 84-year-old Kaimuki resident told police that she believed she was investing in a company run by two women who befriended her. Instead of investing the money, the two are accused of depleting the woman's savings and reaching the spending limits on her credit cards. Police estimate the woman lost $98,000.

Police yesterday booked the women — ages 55 and 49 — for theft, attempted theft, securities fraud and being unlicensed salespersons. They were released pending further investigation.

Council advances auditor proposal

A City Council committee has approved a proposed City Charter amendment that would establish the post of city auditor.

The 7-1 vote by the Executive Matters Committee came Wednesday after state auditor Marion Higa told lawmakers she favored the proposal. Higa said recommendations by her office have saved the state money.

The full council is to consider the amendment July 17. It must be approved by two-thirds of the council and Mayor Jeremy Harris before it can go to voters in November.

Meetings set on anti-tobacco grants

Community groups interested in developing programs to control and prevent tobacco use are invited to attend informational meetings.

Money for the programs is from the Hawai'i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation (www.hcf-hawaii.org). It is a portion of the multimillion-dollar settlement Hawai'i received from the tobacco industry. The meetings, which will cover various tobacco-cessation programs and tips on how to write a grant proposal, are:

• O'ahu, Tuesday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., state Capitol, Room 309.

• Maui, Tuesday, 2:30-5:30 p.m., MEO, 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku.

• Big Island, Wednesday, 1-4 p.m., Tutu's House in Waimea.

• Kaua'i, Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon, Lihu'e Library.

For information, call Clarysse Nunokawa at 537-6333 or toll-free from the Neighbor Islands at (800) 731-3863.