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State takes action against Big Island doctor with 12 complaints

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Hawaii County dentist and cosmetic surgeon at the heart of a state investigation is voluntarily surrendering his licenses. Dr. John Stover has agreed to stop operating on patients in Hawaii as part of a proposed settlement with the State over nearly a dozen complaints.

The cases involved Curtis Wagasky, 52, who died in December 2012 after complications from having a single tooth removed. Kristen Tavares, 24, also remains in a coma after having her wisdom teeth pulled by Dr. Stover.

The state took action on 11 of 12 complaints against Dr. Stover. Among the allegations were failure to comply with laws relating to work performance; failure to comply with laws governing professional conduct; failure to comply with licensing law or rule; and aiding and abetting an unlicensed person. Officially the action taken by RICO says "Pre-petition settlement agreement filed."

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McDonald’s supports 27,000 students in this year’s career and technical education program

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is proudly supporting this year’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with a title sponsorship. Each year approximately 27,000 public high school students are enrolled in CTE and its challenging curriculum. Students may enter this rigorous program as ninth or tenth graders and focus on one of six career pathways for one to four years in addition to their academic requirements. Designed to integrate knowledge and technical skills in the resolution of real-world problems, the CTE program includes many initiatives connecting learning to industry and business. One of these is the Performance-Based Assessments (PBA).

Big Island police arrest kidnapping suspect in South Kohala

SOUTH KOHALA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Hawaii County Police Department arrested a 24-year-old male suspect in connection with a possible kidnapping incident on the Big Island Saturday evening.

Keahi Sale was wanted for allegedly kidnapping a 27-year-old female Saturday morning.

According to HPD officials, Sale was in possession of a handgun and considered dangerous. He was also wanted for numerous outstanding warrants. 

Police seek Hilo shoplifting suspects who assaulted store employee

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public's help in identifying two persons depicted in surveillance images in connection with an incident outside a department store in Hilo last week.

At 12:09 p.m. Friday (April 18), a female patron was observed concealing an item and then exiting a store in a shopping mall on Puainakō Street without paying.

After store employees confronted the woman and a male companion outside the store and attempted to escort them inside, the male threw one of the employees to the ground, causing injuries to his head and ribs. The pair then fled the area on foot in the direction of Makaʻala Street.

Police ask anyone with information about the identity or location of the persons in the surveillance images to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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Suspect in Big Island stabbing charged with attempted murder

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- A 35-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing Thursday evening (April 17) in Waikoloa.

At 6:48 p.m. Thursday, South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of a man bleeding from the neck on the 68-1600 block of Malie Street in Waikoloa.

Responding officers located the victim, a 20-year-old Waikoloa man, who had multiple wounds to his torso and throat. He was taken to North Kohala Community Hospital.

Investigation revealed that the suspect, who was an acquaintance of the victim, went to the victim's house and the two got into an altercation. The victim was cut with a sharp object and then ran to another house nearby.

The suspect, 35-year-old Joel H. White of Waikoloa, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

“Lani loved field work and jumped at every opportunity to traverse Hawai‘i’s
vegetation and landscapes.” —Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly of Honolulu is honoring UH alumna, innovative researcher and UH educator Dr. Lani Stemmermann through a $204,000 pledge to create the Dr. Lani Stemmermann Endowed Fellowship. This endowment will support graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in Botany, in the Department of Botany University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences. 

Big Island Toyota awards Hilo teacher in 2014 Dream Car Art Contest

Big Island Toyota awards Hilo teacher in 2014 Dream Car Art Contest

TOYOTA HAWAII AWARDS TWELVE LOCAL STUDENT WINNERS IN TOYOTA’S 2014 DREAM CAR ART CONTEST Finalists’ artwork have been submitted to the World Contest HONOLULU – ToyotaHawaii.com – Toyota Hawaii today held statewide award presentations at its dealerships on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to recognize the local finalists, People’s Choice winners, and winning school teachers in Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Among the more than 500 entries received, only nine (three from each age category) were selected to participate to move on to the World Contest to represent Hawaii where the Grand Prize winner(s) will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the awards ceremony in August 2014. The celebrity emcees at the Oahu event were Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson.