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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted at 3:03 p.m., Thursday, June 12, 2003

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff


Man charged in alleged attack

A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with several offenses after police say he attacked his former girlfriend with a meat cleaver.

Police have charged John Gatewood with five counts of second-degree assault, one count of terroristic threatening, one count of kidnapping and one count of abuse of a household member. Gatewood's bond has been set at $75,000.

Gatewood and his 37-year-old girlfriend were arguing at her Lunalilo Street residence yesterday when he became angry that she wanted to end their two-week-old relationship, police said.

After the argument, Gatewood took a meat cleaver and cut the woman on her right arm, left forearm, left wrist, abdomen and throat, police said. She also had superficial wounds to her left elbow, police said.

The woman declined medical attention.

After the attack, police said, Gatewood left and the woman fled to a friend's home and called the police. While the woman was away from her home, Gatewood returned and broke in via the front door. He threw her computer and equipment out the second-story window, police said.

Blood Bank offers ice cream

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is bringing back its "Give a Pint, Get a Pint" promotion in which people who donate blood on Mondays this summer will receive a coupon for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream.

The promotion begins Monday and runs through Aug. 18. It is timed to coincide with the summer months and Mondays, which are both traditionally periods of low donor turnout, said blood bank President Dr. Robyn Yim.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 845-9966 or (800) 372-9966 from the Neighbor Islands or visit www.bbh.org.


Woman facing assault charges

Police are seeking assault charges against a 19-year-old woman who is accused of stabbing her estranged boyfriend in the back after an early-morning argument yesterday.

The couple got into an argument while sitting in the woman's car. She got angry and stabbed the man, police said. The man is listed in critical condition. The woman later turned herself into the Kailua police station.


Rites to open softball fields

The city will dedicate its new Central O'ahu Regional Park softball complex at 11 a.m. Saturday. Kahu Kordell Kekoa of Kamehameha Schools will give the blessing and untie a maile lei.

The Hawai'i Junior Olympic State Tournament for girls 18 and under will be the first competition to take place in the new complex. It will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Construction on the softball complex began in November 2001 and cost $12.6 million. The complex includes four softball fields, two baseball fields, an announcer's booth, comfort station, parking for 343 cars and a passive park area.