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Posted at 11:22 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Police Beat

Student leader suffers burns

A 13-year-old boy suffered second- to third-degree burns on both hands yesterday while working at the Kailua Summer Fun program, a fire official said.

The boy, a summer fun student leader, had rubber cement on his hands when another student inadvertently lit it, fire department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo said.

Firefighters from Kailua Fire Station and paramedics were called at 10:26 a.m. to treat him. The boy was taken to the burn unit at Straub Hospital.

Two men injured in downtown brawl

Police are investigating a brawl in which two men were injured while fighting with an estimated 30 people Saturday.

Police say the two injured men ages 20 and 21 got into a fight about 2:15 a.m. at 901 River St. During the fight the 21-year-old victim suffered a puncture wound to his abdomen and a laceration on his neck, as well as numerous bumps and abrasions on his head and body. The other victim was cut on his calf.

Police arrested a 24-year-old man who was seen with knife for investigation of attempted homicide and first-degree assault.

32 HPD officers earn promotions

Honolulu Police Chief Lee Donohue on Sunday promoted 32 officers, including 10 who became detectives.

Sergeant Michael Rehfeldt was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to the Records and Identification Division.

Russell Ontiveros and Ninette Vonier were promoted to the rank of sergeant and will work in the Criminal Investigation Division and District 1 (Honolulu), respectively.

The new detectives and their assignments are: Daron Akiyama (Criminal Investigation Division), John Bennett (Criminal Investigation Division), Timothy Donahue (District 7, East Honolulu, Theft Zone), Harris Donlin Jr. (Informational Resources Section), Llewellyn Gay (Criminal Investigation Division), Rohn Hamasaki (Criminal Investigation Division), Susan Medeiros (District 5, Kalihi, Theft Zone), Theodore Molale Jr. (District 5, Kalihi, Theft Zone), Scott Toyama (Criminal Investigation Division) and Byron Valdez (Criminal Investigation Division).

Also, 19 officers were promoted to the rank of Metropolitan Police Officer II, also known as the corporal rank.

Man stabbed in Kalihi street fight

A 36-year-old man was in stable condition at The Queen's Medical Center after he was stabbed in a Kalihi street fight yesterday, police said.

The stabbing happened just before 4 p.m. in front of 1470 Ahonui St. Two men, one armed with two knives, exchanged words with the victim and then attacked him, police said. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds in his upper body. Police said the man's wounds were not serious. A hospital spokeswoman said the victim's family requested that the hospital release no information on him.

The attackers ran away and police were searching for them yesterday. One of the attackers lived in the area, police said. Hannah Mailo, a friend of the victim, said the victim confronted his two attackers after they allegedly stole money from his family on Sunday.