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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:46 a.m., Monday, September 9, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Kaua'i child critically hurt

A 22-month-old boy from Kapa'a, Kaua'i, is in critical condition today at Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children, suffering from injuries that indicate he was abused, police said.

The boy has abdominal-area injuries caused by blunt trauma, according to police. He was transported to O'ahu Friday and Kap'iolani Medical Center notified Child Protective Services and Honolulu police of his injuries.

The Kaua'i Police Department's Youth Services Section has opened a child-abuse investigation but have not yet made any arrests, said Lt. Dean Pigao, who heads the unit.

Drug charges follow raid

Police have charged a Ma'ili woman and Nanakuli man with drug-related offenses following a raid Friday in Leeward O'ahu.

Priscilla Kiyabu, 41, of 87-1440 Pa'akea Road, is charged with second- and third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and for possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police seized cash and an unspecified quantity of crystal methamphetamine, which Narcotics/Vice Maj. Karen Kaniho described as "distribution amounts."

Police also charged Juan Louis Berdon, 32, of 87-1051 Hakimo Road, with second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prosecutors are requesting Kiyabu and Berdon be held on $50,000 and $25,000 bail, respectively.

A 35-year-old woman arrested at the scene was later released pending further investigation.

HFD searches for swimmer

The Honolulu Fire Department had seven divers in the water today searching for a missing swimmer at Ala Moana Beach.

The search for the 38-year-old man, reported missing at 5 p.m. yesterday, resumed at 6:15 a.m. today and by 11 a.m. had turned up nothing.

Divers began the search today on the diamondhead end of Ala Moana Beach.

The man is a recreational swimmer who visits the area two or three times a week, HFD spokesman Capt. Richard Soo said.

His family reported him missing to police at 5 p.m. yesterday and the Fire Department was notified at 8:49 p.m.

The man's beach chair, cellular telephone and car keys were found on the beach and his parked car was also located, Soo said.