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Police and Fire

For Thursday, June 30, 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff


Man dies in fall while mango-picking

A 39-year-old Maui man died Tuesday after falling while picking mangoes in Kaimuki.

The city Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Jeffrey Vince-Cruz of Kahului. Determination of the cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Police said the man was staying at a Keanu Street home, where he fell off a 25- to 30-foot wall.

The incident was reported at 6:54 p.m., police said.

Paramedics took the man to the Queen's Medical Center in extremely critical condition, an Emergency Medical Services supervisor said.

Police said the man was pronounced dead at 7:45 p.m.


Salt Lake man is indicted in attack on Pac-Five coach

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging a Salt?Lake man with assault and other crimes in connection with an attack last week on a junior high school football coach at a traffic light.

The indictment charges Roberto Reymundo Smith, 41, with unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, use of a butterfly knife in the attacks and first-degree terroristic threatening. Smith remains in custody, unable to post $25,000 bail.

Paul Brown, an assistant coach for the Pac-Five intermediate football team, said he was in his truck at a traffic signal near Mid-Pacific Institute after practice June 22. A man tried to punch and stab him through the truck’s open window. Brown said he opened the truck door, knocking the assailant to the ground.

Vickie Kapp, deputy prosecutor, said Brown wrestled with Smith on the ground and during the struggle Smith stabbed Brown in the leg. Other coaches who witnessed what happened, including Edward Edra, the team’s defensive coordinator, went to help Brown. Police said Edra suffered a cut on his hand while attempting to take the butterfly knife from Smith’s hand.

Man gets 3 years’ probation on video game piracy count

A Hawaii resident arrested in a nationwide crackdown on video game piracy was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to three years of probation and fined $2,000.

Nicholas Goodness-Glory, 31, pleaded guilty in February to importing and selling modification chips and swap discs that allow pirated video games to be played on Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox consoles. The chips and discs enabled a user to defeat the security measures to protect the manufacturers’ copyrighted intellectual property.

The government said Goodness-Glory imported the chips from Hong Kong and sold them online. Goodness-Glory admitted in his plea agreement that he earned between $5,000 and $10,000 selling modification chips and swap discs from 2003 to 2007, when federal authorities raided his home.

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