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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2002

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Four people in missing man's car arrested

Two men and two women arrested Tuesday on drug charges are also being investigated because the car they were driving belongs to a man who has been reported missing.

The car was stopped for a traffic violation in Kapahulu on Tuesday. Officers said the car belonged to Erik Leadfort, a Pearl City man missing since April 20.

Officer Joe Self of the missing persons detail yesterday said he is checking out reports that Leadfort has been sighted.

Police warn of donation scam

Police are warning the community about a scam that is soliciting donations for a bogus police family survivors fund.

The American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens apparently sent letters out to Hawai'i residents, asking for donations for its Police Family Survivors Fund to help spouses, children and other family members of police officers killed in the line of duty, said HPD spokeswoman Jean Motoyama.

She said the Police Family Survivors Fund is not an HPD program.

Students to gather for JPO events

Nearly 5,000 junior police officers from schools across O'ahu will take part in the Honolulu Police Department's JPO Field Days every Friday morning in May at Ala Moana Beach Park.

About 800 to 1,500 fifth- and sixth-grade students are expected each day at the kokohead side of the park near the concession.

"Being a JPO is a big commitment for kids," said Sgt. Guy Yamashita, JPO Coordinator. "The JPOs and their advisers work hard throughout the year to make their schools safer for everybody."

Free screening for skin cancer

In recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, Longs Drug Stores will be host for free skin cancer screenings from 10 a.m. to noon May 8 at Longs Kailua, Pali, Mo'ili'ili, Manoa, Pearlridge and Mililani.

The Hawai'i Skin Cancer Coalition, Hawai'i Dermatologic Society and Longs Drug Stores are sponsoring the screening.

No appointment is necessary.


Board backs halau naming

The Hawai'i Kai Neighborhood Board voted unanimously Tuesday to support the naming of the canoe halau at Maunalua Bay after the late Myron "Pinky" Thompson.

The building, which will be completed in June, will be used mainly by Hui Nalu Canoe Club. Thompson was chosen for his lifelong work with Native Hawaiians and his contributions to paddling.

The City Council must ultimately approve the selection. Thompson died in December after a battle with cancer. He was 77.

Kaiser stages 'Fiddler on Roof'

Kaiser High School's drama department will perform "Fiddler on the Roof" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday in the school's drama room, G102.

The performance features 26 students as cast members and the support of 14 additional students behind the scenes. Reservations are advised, as the theater only seats 100.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 394-1219. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children.


Willie Espero runs for Senate

State Rep. Willie Espero, D-41st ('Ewa Beach), has announced he will run for the state Senate this fall.

Espero, who is in his third year in the House, is vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee. He is running for the open seat in the Senate's new 20th District, which covers most of his 'Ewa Beach House district.

Espero said transportation, education and the economy will continue to be his top priorities for the district and the state.


Military 'flyby' today over base

Marine Corps Base Hawai'i at Kane'ohe will be host of a joint services "flyby" between 4 and 5 p.m. today as part of the change-of-command ceremony taking place at the installation.

Adm. Thomas Fargo will take over as commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Command in a ceremony at the Windward base. Fargo, 53, replaces Adm. Dennis Blair, who is retiring from the military.

The flyby is part of the observance. Windward residents can expect increased air traffic during the ceremony.