Visiting boy, 11, reported missing
Police last night asked the public to report any information on a missing 11-year-old boy who walked away from a Lanikai vacation rental home yesterday morning.
Julian Barmettler was last seen at the home at 5 a.m., police said. He left without telling his parents and has not been heard from since. The family is on vacation from Switzerland.
His parents are concerned for his welfare and safety. Police Sgt. Kim Buffett said Barmettler suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome and has no concept of danger or fear of anything, even extremely hazardous situations such as heavy traffic.
Barmettler is described as 5 feet 4 and 140 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue adidas T-shirt, green-orange-white swim shorts and black adidas slippers.
Anyone with information on him is asked to call police at 911 or the Missing Persons Detail at 529-3115.
LA'IE PEDESTRIAN CRITICALLY INJURED
A male pedestrian was critically injured last night when he was struck by a minivan on Kamehameha Highway near the entrance to the Polynesian Cultural Center in La'ie.
The injured man, believed to be in his 50s, was taken to Kahuku Hospital before being transported to The Queen's Medical Center, said city Emergency Medical Services spokesman Bryan Cheplic.
The accident was reported to police at 9:10 p.m.
PARK CLOSES AUG. 17 FOR MANEUVERS
Bellows Field Beach Park will be closed to the public Aug. 17-20, the military announced. The military has scheduled maneuvers for that weekend.
Public access to the beach will resume Aug. 24; it is normally closed to the public Tuesdays through Thursdays.
TWO MORE CHARGED IN ATTEMPTED SLAYING
Big Island authorities yesterday charged two women in connection with the attempted murder of a woman found alive Friday in a remote forest area in Ka'u.
Jody Lassen, 34, of Hilo, and Danolin Souza, 36, of Orchidland, were each charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and assault.
The women are being held in lieu of $100,000 each.
Rodney Bohol Sr., also known as Stacey Kealoha Kawaehai, was charged Tuesday with attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, promoting a detrimental drug, and four firearm offenses including use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony.
DRUG CHARGES TO FOLLOW POLICE RAID
Drug charges were pending against a 34-year-old Nu'uanu man arrested by police Wednesday night at a Pi'ikoi Street apartment allegedly being used as an illegal video gaming room.
Central Honolulu Crime Reduction Unit officers arrested the man at 10:30 p.m. on the 600 block of Pi'ikoi Street for investigation of first-degree promotion of dangerous drugs.
Police seized about two ounces of crystal methamphetamine as evidence.
The man was among eight people in the one-bedroom unit allegedly playing 25-cent slot-type gaming devices called "fruit machines."
Police confiscated five machines but made no arrests for gambling.
TWO MEN INDICTED IN SEX CRIMES
An O'ahu grand jury yesterday indicted a registered sex offender on nine felony counts related to the sexual abuse of two young children from Jan. 1 to June 30.
The indictment of Orson Guy Kihaapiilani Wilcox, 53, of Wahiawa, eliminated the need for a scheduled preliminary hearing at District Court yesterday.
Wilcox was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail. He is accused of four counts of first-degree sex assault on a young girl and five counts of third-degree sex assault on a boy.
The grand jury yesterday also indicted Maxie Jonathan Quitog Jr., 47, who is accused of four counts of first-degree sex assault, two counts of kidnapping, three counts of third-degree sex assault and two drug offenses, including third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug.
Quitog's bail is $200,000. He allegedly kidnapped and attacked a Kane'ohe woman from July 21 to 25.
DRIVER INVOLVED IN CRASH INDICTED
The driver of a car involved in a fatal crash in July 2006 on Farrington Highway near Waipahu High School was indicted yesterday on first-degree negligent homicide charges.
The indictment noted Stann Newo was operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Havons Ludwig, 34, died from injuries suffered in the crash. Ludwig was a front-seat passenger in the car that went off Farrington Highway and hit a tree at 12:55 a.m. on July 5.
Newo was also indicted for first-degree negligent injury for allegedly causing critical bodily injuries to another passenger, Victorio William.