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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, September 21, 2006

Man indicted in infant's death

Advertiser Staff

An O'ahu grand jury yesterday indicted a 50-year-old Ho-nolulu man on a second-degree murder charge for allegedly suffocating a 3-month-old boy with pillows and a comforter in November 2005.

Lionel Letoto was indicted in connection with the death of Noah Williams, who was 3 months and 20 days old when he died Nov. 6, 2005.

Letoto was the child's "parent or guardian," according to the city prosecutor's office.

Williams died of asphyxiation after being suffocated by Letoto, according to the city Medical Examiner's Office.

Letoto's bail was set at $100,000. He has two prior convictions for violating a temporary restraining order in October 2001 and for contempt of court in December 1976.



Residents of 'Aina Haina will hold a community meeting on the proposed 15-unit condominium planned for the land between the community and Wai'alae Iki at 7 p.m. on Monday at the 'Aina Haina Elementary School cafeteria.

L&K Investments LLC has applied to the city Department of Planning and Permitting for a cluster housing permit that would enable it to develop a 15-unit, 34-high cluster housing project on a 3-acre parcel above the school.

Last month the Kuli'ou'ou /Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board voted to urge the city to reject the proposal because of the community's concerns of rock falls, soil instability and that the project might change the character of the community. The group, the 'Aina Haina Hui, has invited the developer, the city planning and permitting officials and the community to attend the meeting.



Police arrested a 28-year-old Kailua woman on felony charges Tuesday after allegedly finding a bullet in her bra.

Police said the woman initially was arrested in Waikiki on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They said the woman was taken to the central receiving desk at the main police station on Beretania Street. There a custodial search, performed as part of the booking procedure, turned up a live bullet in the woman's bra, police said.

Because the woman has a criminal record, she was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of ammunition.



Big Island police have charged a 52-year-old homeless man with third-degree assault for allegedly setting another homeless man's bedding on fire.

Clifton Gay, of no permanent address, was located in downtown Hilo and arrested arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Gay had an argument with another homeless man, and allegedly set the man's bedding on fire later while the man was asleep, police said.

The sleeping man awoke before he was seriously injured, and witnesses saw Gay fleeing from the area after the fire started, police said.

Gay was also charged with first-degree criminal property damage in connection with the case, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident call Detective Richard Sherlock at 961-2379 or the Police Department's nonemergency telephone number at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


The National Park Service has released an updated fire management plan for the Pu'ukohola heiau in Kawaihae on the Big Island.

The plan helps to ensure that firefighters and public safety are not compromised while meeting the stewardship objectives of the heiau, the park service said. The park service is seeking public comment on the plan, which is available at www.nps.gov/puhe or at the park headquarters in Kawaihae. The document also is available at the Thelma Parker Memorial Public/School Library in Waimea.

Written comments should be mailed to: Superintendent, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, 62-3601 Kawaihae Road, Kawaihae, HI 96743; or by e-mail to PUHE_Superin tendent@nps.gov. The deadline to submit comments is Oct. 27.

For information, call park superintendent Daniel Kawaiaea at (808) 882-7218, ext. 22.



A 31-year-old Honolulu man pleaded guilty in federal court this week to methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking.

Greg Y. Takahashi also pleaded guilty to a forfeiture count and admitted that more than $57,000 recovered from his apartment were proceeds from his drug trafficking activities, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Takahashi faces 10 years to life in prison on each count when he is sentenced Jan. 4 by U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor.

On Dec. 21, 2004, FBI agents searched Takahashi's Bishop Street residence and recovered about 4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 8 pounds of cocaine and 2 pounds of marijuana, the U.S. attorney's office said. The drugs were found in a locked safe along with $57,386 in cash, the U.S. Attorney said.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Cushman.



Koko Head public shooting range will host the 34th annual Hawai'i Hunting and Fishing Day for adults and children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The event is a benefit for the Hawai'i Food Bank and gives the public a chance to check out the archery and shooting range with safety instruction for adults on handling firearms and casting fishing lines. Children activities include archery and fly casting.

Participants will receive an activity coupon for every dollar or can of food they donate.

Each adult participant will receive a pair of earplugs when registering and a briefing on firearm safety by volunteers from Lessons In Firearms Education.

The event, sponsored by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, has raised 2,485 pounds of food contributions for the Food Bank since 1995. For more information, call the DLNR Hunter Education Program at 587-0200.