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Police and Fire

For Sunday, June 26, 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff


Man charged in stabbing of coach

A man accused of trying to stab a junior high football coach Wednesday in an unprovoked attack as the coach was sitting in his car in Manoa has been charged.

Roberto Raymundo Smith, 41, of Salt Lake is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail after being charged Friday with a felony count of unauthorized entry into a vehicle.

Additional counts of second-degree assault, possessing a butterfly knife, first-degree terroristic threatening and three traffic warrants are pending investigation.

Paul Brown, 46, said his truck was stopped at a traffic signal at University Avenue and Kaala Street about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was approached by a stranger who tried to punch and stab him.

Brown, who is also a restraint instructor at the Kapolei juvenile detention home, managed to pin the man and disarm him with the help of another coach whose vehicle was behind his. The coaches were leaving Mid-Pacific Institute after a practice by the Pac-Five intermediate football team.

Stricken jogger ID'd as Honolulu man

A man who died while jogging in the Round Top area early this month was identified Friday as Harold Sakuma, 66, of Honolulu.

The city Department of the Medical Examiner did not reveal the cause and manner of Sakuma's death.

On Thursday, the medical examiner asked for the public's help in identifying the man, releasing a sketch of him and a piece of jewelry he had been carrying.

Medical examiners said Sakuma's family had not known of his death. Sakuma collapsed while jogging near Round Top Drive and Maunalaha Road about 3:54 p.m. June 3. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Fire injures Kauai man

A man suffered first- and second-degree burns in a house fire Saturday morning on Kauai, the county said in a news release.

The male was a resident of the single-story home on Hakuaina Road in Anahola.

The home was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived just before 9:20 a.m. The fire was under control by 9:32 a.m. and extinguished at 9:56 a.m.

Fire inspectors believe the fire might have originated in the kitchen. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

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