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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Suspect sought in Kailua robbery

A man in his 20s is being sought after an armed robbery yesterday at Cory's Kailua Shell station, at 434 Ku'ulei Road.

Police said the man entered the store at 3:23 a.m., took out a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. The lone employee on duty gave the man an unknown amount of cash, and the robber fled on foot.

Man charged in driving incident

A 33-year-old man has been charged with first-degree criminal property damage after he allegedly rear-ended another car in an attempt to escape Ward Centre security guards.

Michael Hong is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail in connection with the incident at 3:20 p.m. Monday.

Ward security officials said guards had noticed "suspicious" behavior, adding that Hong fled after guards approached him. Police said he drove out of the parking lot and struck the car of a 30-year-old woman several times, in the lot and out in traffic.

Tractor stolen from Hickam base

Honolulu and military police are asking for leads to help solve the theft of a Caterpillar IT tractor from Hickam Air Force Base, between May 29 and June 12.

The 1999 Caterpillar backhoe-loader, Model 416C IT, is valued at $54,000. Police said there is only one other IT model on O'ahu.

The tractor has a clamshell-type bucket in front, and the front grille has two fist-sized dents. An accessory kit, including a removable forklift attachment and four additional black backhoe buckets, also was stolen.

Anyone with information about the stolen tractor should call investigator Rodney Lambert at the Hickam Law Enforcement Desk at 449-6373 or 449-6372.

Anonymous calls are taken at CrimeStoppers, 955-8300, or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Big Island victim was 17-year-old

The Honolulu medical examiner's office has identified the 17-year-old victim in Saturday's Big Island traffic accident as Joanne-Portia Albano of Kea'au.

Albano died Monday at The Queen's Medical Center of her injuries. She was thrown from a van that went out of control near the main entrance to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park at the 219-mile marker on the Hawai'i Belt Road, park rangers said.

Elderly man hit by car on sidewalk

A 79-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck by a car on Kamehameha IV Road at 5:30 a.m. yesterday, near the Keha Place intersection.

The victim told Fire Department crews that he was struck from behind, while on the sidewalk.

He was taken to The Queen's Medical Center, where he was listed yesterday in guarded condition.