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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2002

Police Beat

Police officers log information after a Honolulu Police car apparently hit a traffic pole at the corner of Wilder Avenue and Ke'eaumoku Street in Makiki.

Deborah Booker • The Honolulu Advertiser

Advertiser Staff

Search for hiker resumes today

Fire and police rescue crews will resume their search today for a 36-year-old woman reported missing in Wai'anae Valley.

The woman, Irma VanDam of Memphis, Tenn., began hiking with her husband on a trail at the end of Wai'anae Valley Road at about 11 a.m. yesterday. Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Kenison Tejada said the couple became separated shortly after 2:30 p.m.

The man searched for a while, but could not find his wife, Tejada said. He then drove to the Wai'anae police station for help.

Fire rescue crews began their air and ground search at about 4:15, but the search was called off at 9 p.m. because of darkness and clouds, Tejada said. He said the search will resume at first light today.

Man arrested in bank robbery

Bank robbery arrests don't come any easier than the one Honolulu police made Tuesday in Mo'ili'ili.

Instead of approaching a teller at First Hawaiian Bank's University branch at 2411 S. King St., a man allegedly handed a customer service officer a note demanding money, police said. He then permitted the bank employee to get the money. The employee, however, called police, who arrested the man on suspicion of bank robbery. The incident was reported at 2:15 p.m.

H-2 car accident ignites brush fire

Firefighters yesterday battled a small brush fire off H-2 Freeway near the Ka Uka overpass that was started by a single-car crash about 11:15 a.m.

According to police, the car went off the roadway and caught fire after the crash. There were no reports of serious injuries.

Thief wounds car passenger

A 45-year-old woman was stabbed in the leg Tuesday by a man who broke into the car she was riding in while it stopped at a traffic light at 5 p.m. on Wilder Avenue in Makiki.

The man entered the car through an unlocked door and stabbed the woman with scissors before fleeing with her backpack.

No one has been arrested.

The stab wound was not serious, police said.

Beating victim improves

The condition of a 53-year-old man beaten at Makaha Surfing Beach early Tuesday improved yesterday to critical but stable at The Queen's Medical Center, police said.

The man has a fractured skull and internal injuries. He was seen socializing before the beating with two men at about 12:30 a.m. near a bus stop on Farrington Highway. The two men fled in a Nissan pickup.

Hungarian crash victims identified

HILO, Hawai'i — Two visitors from Hungary killed in a one-car crash Saturday were identified as Csabane Dezsi, 67, and Ferencne Miklos, 77, both of Budapest.

The women were riding in a rental car driven by a 48-year-old Honolulu man when the vehicle ran off Mac Nut Road and hit a macadamia nut tree.