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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, October 26, 2002

Police Beat

Navy man charged in injuries to infant

A 23-year-old Navy man was charged yesterday afternoon with first-degree assault in connection with critical injuries sustained by a one-month-old boy.

Pete Alegria of Ala Ilima Street was being held last night on $50,000 bail. Alegria, a crew member on the USS Santa Fe submarine, was arrested Thursday morning.

The infant was admitted to the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children Monday. He was diagnosed with broken ribs, a broken skull and internal abdominal bleeding, police said.

Police recover stolen rental car

Police on Thursday arrested a 25-year-old Ma'ili man and recovered a stolen rental car that had drawn gunfire from a sheriff's deputy when it was driven through a Honolulu International Airport security checkpoint last week on Lagoon Drive.

Police found the car at Kapolei Shopping Center after responding to a "suspicious vehicle" tip.

The tipster told police about the car at about 5:30 p.m. and later identified the driver. The man was caught after trying to flee police on foot.

He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree possession of a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia and is being held on five outstanding warrants, including two for traffic violations, with bail totaling $4,000.

Crews searching for missing man

Fire rescue specialists assisted police yesterday in a search for a missing 49-year-old man whose car was found on the 3800 block of Tantalus Drive.

Officer Joe Self of the Honolulu Police Department's missing persons detail said the man was reported missing at 9 p.m. Thursday after he failed to show up for a doctor's appointment and meeting with his brother and sister. Self said the man was despondent and may hurt himself.

Firefighters searched a hiking trail from midnight to 2 a.m. yesterday, Self said. The Fire Department's helicopter and a rescue company resumed searching yesterday, but the search was suspended late yesterday afternoon.

Man arrested in Kaka'ako assault

Police arrested a 22-year-old Makiki Heights man on suspicion that he assaulted two people Thursday night at a Kaka'ako bar.

An argument at the Hibiscus Club at 350 Ward Ave., turned violent about 11:30 p.m. as one man, 30, was allegedly struck on the head with a bottle and his wife, 30, was punched in the face. The woman was treated at The Queen's Medical Center and released; her husband refused medical treatment.

The man was arrested for investigation of two counts of second-degree assault at 12:01 a.m. yesterday. Police released him pending further investigation.

Accident victim was Kona woman

KEALAKEHE, Hawai'i — Police identified Cary Rey Vassar, 58, of Kailua, Kona, as the victim of Monday night's head-on collision on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway.

A 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Anthony Leoffler of Waikoloa crossed the center and slammed into Vassar's 2000 Geo sedan near the 79-mile marker, north of Kailua, said Sgt. Samuel Jelsma.

The woman was declared dead at 11:13 p.m. Monday at Kona Community Hospital.

Leoffler was in serious condition yesterday at North Hawai'i Community Hospital.

Swimmer identified as California man

CAPTAIN COOK, Hawai'i — A man who died after he got into trouble while swimming at Kealakekua Bay was identified Thursday as Barry Allen Rogoff of Fremont, Calif.

Rogoff, 60, had no pulse when he was brought to shore Wednesday by his son on a kayak, officials said.

Family members told authorities they had been swimming with Rogoff when he began coughing and suffering from shortness of breath.

Paramedics took Rogoff to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about two hours later.

An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death.