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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, January 31, 2003

Police Beat

Kona man indicted in fatal car crash

A Hawai'i County grand jury has indicted the driver of one of the cars involved in a fatal crash on Hawai'i Belt Highway south of Honoka'a during a rainstorm on Jan. 21, 2000.

The indictment charges Kona resident Rick Taylor with second-degree negligent homicide and first-degree negligent injury in the crash, which killed Marilyn Morales of Hamakua.

Morales, 38, was a passenger in a 1993 Nissan driven by Brenda Calivoso when their car was stuck by a BMW allegedly driven by Taylor.

Calivoso, who was 36 at the time, and Taylor, who was 55, were also injured in the crash.

Man escapes from correctional facility

Big Island police are asking for the public's help in finding a 25-year-old Hilo man who escaped yesterday from the Hale Nani Correctional Facility.

The escapee was identified as Raylad Hauole Brown. Correctional authorities said Brown escaped from the facility about 2 p.m. They also said he may have fled to the Puna District or to the Desha Avenue area of Hilo.

Brown is described as being 5 feet 8, weighing about 195 pounds and having brown hair with an reddish-colored fringe on top and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue shorts, a blue T-shirt and slippers.

Anyone with information about Brown's whereabouts is asked to call Officer Joseph Feliciano of the South Hilo Patrol at 961-2213 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Woman barricades self in home

A 42-year-old woman was taken into police custody after she barricaded herself in her Kapolei home for nearly five hours Wednesday night.

The incident began about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when the woman's husband, a 38-year-old Honolulu police officer, told police that his wife was distraught. He said his wife, a police radio dispatcher, was at their Kapolei home and a gun was in the house, police spokeswoman Jean Motoyama said.

Police evacuated nearby homes as a precaution as they attempted make contact with the woman. About 11:30 p.m., officers convinced the woman to bring the gun to the front door of the home and she later gave herself up, Motoyama said.

Motoyama said the woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation. There were no reports of injuries.

Police release stabbing suspect

A 17-year-old Wahiawa boy suspected of stabbing another boy during a fight in Mililani Wednesday evening was released yesterday pending further investigation, police said.

Police say the suspect was released because investigators have yet to interview the victim, who is in guarded condition at The Queen's Medical Center with a stab wound to his abdomen.

The incident occurred at 8:50 p.m. in the parking lot of the Jack In The Box restaurant at Mililani Shopping Center.

Police say they believe the two boys were hanging out in separate groups at the restaurant after a high school basketball game, when one group began taunting the other.

A fight ensued between the groups, and one boy stabbed the other before running off, police said.

The suspect surrendered at the Wahiawa police station at 10:50 p.m. and was arrested in the attempted murder investigation.

Both the victim and suspect are from Leilehua High School, police said. No weapon has been recovered.

Man to face federal charges

Big Island police yesterday turned over custody of a 30-year-old Hilo man arrested Tuesday in a narcotics/vice raid to Drug Enforcement Administration agents for federal prosecution.

The man was arrested with three others in the parking lot at Puhi Bay. Narcotics/vice officers seized three handguns, $9,000 in cash, 87.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 19.7 grams of marijuana and a small amount of crack cocaine from two vehicles.

Two women, ages 43 and 20, and a man, 27, who were also arrested Tuesday have been released but may still face federal indictment at a later date, police said.

On Monday, narcotics/vice officers raided a Hilo home at 949 Kupulau Road and seized 3.5 grams of powder and crack cocaine, a handgun and $1,174 cash. Two men, ages 29 and 24, and a 21-year-old woman arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug offenses may also face federal prosecution at a later date, police said.

The total street value of the drugs seized in the two raids is estimated at $13,000, police said.

Man to be charged with rape of girl

Honolulu police are seeking to charge a 62-year-old karate instructor with raping a 13-year-old female student at his Wai'anae residence.

The attacks are alleged to have occurred from Dec. 11 through Jan. 22 and were recently reported to police by the girl. The pending charges include two counts of first-degree sex assault and four counts of third-degree sex assault.

In a separate case, police are investigating a sexual-assault complaint filed by a 13-year-old girl against the 26-year-old boyfriend of her sister. The man may have also molested the victim's 10-year-old sister, police said.

Worker safe after night in the hills

Honolulu firefighters yesterday rescued a 49-year-old man who spent the night in the hills above Hale'iwa. The man, a contract worker who checks water lines for Kamehameha Schools, was not injured, said Fire Capt. Richard Soo.

Firefighters from the Waialua station searched for the man Wednesday from about 6 p.m. until 8:55 p.m. They resumed the search at daybreak yesterday with the help of the department's helicopter, and found him at 8:39 a.m.