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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, November 9, 2007

HAWAII BRIEFS
Ex-clinic director indicted in thefts

Advertiser Staff

HILO, Hawai'i The former executive director of a network of primary-care clinics on the Big Island called The Bay Clinic has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $111,000 from the nonprofit operation.

A Big Island grand jury indicted Stephanie Launiu on five counts of second-degree theft and two counts of first-degree theft for allegedly obtaining "by deception" sums ranging from $2,808 to $32,760.

The alleged thefts occurred from Feb. 14, 2003, to Dec. 16, 2005, according to the indictment.

Bay Clinic was founded as a women's health clinic in 1983 and now operates community healthcare centers in Hilo, Ka'u, Kea'au and Pahoa that are used by many low-income clients.

Launiu left her job with Bay Clinic in late 2005 after working there for more than 10 years. Launiu and officials with Bay Clinic were unavailable for comment.

If convicted, Launiu faces prison terms of up to 10 years for each count of first-degree theft, and up to five years for each count of second-degree theft.



CALIFORNIA VISITOR DIES WHILE SURFING

A 31-year-old visitor from California died yesterday on Kaua'i in a surfing area called "Dump Trucks" near Tunnels Beach.

Officials identified the man as Nolan McSkimming of Carlsbad, Calif.

He was surfing when he got into trouble about 11:15 a.m., officials said. He signaled a lifeguard, who swam out and put McSkimming on a board. While being brought to shore, McSkimming lost consciousness, officials said.

Hanalei firefighters and paramedics performed CPR. McSkimming was pronounced dead at Wilcox Hospital.



MAN SWIMMING AT MAUI BEACH DIES

LAHAINA, Maui A 58-year-old Ohio man died Wednesday after being pulled to shore while swimming off Ka'anapali.

Randy Tschantz of Liberty Township was swimming near Black Rock when he was seen struggling in the water around 10:20 a.m., said Maui police Capt. Charles Hirata. Bystanders brought Tschantz to shore and tried to revive him.

Tschantz was taken by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. An autopsy was scheduled. Hirata said the man had a history of heart problems that may have contributed to his death.



DRIVER IN HIT-RUN CASE TURNS SELF IN

The driver of a sport utility vehicle believed to have hit a pedestrian Nov. 2 in Kailua turned himself in at the Kalihi police station Wednesday, police said. The driver was arrested in the hit-and-run case, but no details were available from police.

The woman was walking her bicycle in a crosswalk on Hamakua Drive near Aoloa Street when a vehicle hit her at 1:43 p.m. last Friday, police said.

The driver fled the scene, police said. The woman was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.