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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, November 14, 1997

Bainum's handbill regulation proposal praised

City Councilman Duke Bainum has introduced a bill to limit where and how handbills may be distributed in Waikiki -- and won praise from an unexpected source, free speech attorney Dan Foley.

"We all know how heavy traffic is on the streets and sidewalks of Waikiki and how cluttered the sidewalks have become," Bainum said. "There have been too many accidents and near-accidents because people distributing handbills are crowding the sidewalks near intersections, trying to intercept pedestrians as they walk across the streets.

"This bill will ensure the safe and unrestricted flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic by limiting the distance away from crosswalks and other public areas where people may distribute handbills."

Man shot in clash with police charged with murder attempt

A Waipahu man who was shot by police in February was charged yesterday with attempted murder and terroristic threatening.

Police said Robert Sua, 20, who was been in prison as a parole violator since recovering from the shooting, was charged with the felony counts by Honolulu police detectives last night.

The Feb. 6 incident on Pupupuhi Street in Waipahu began when police responded to a call that a man threatened neighbors with a knife on Pupumomi Street.

They found nothing but were called back to the area later that evening and found Sua armed with two kitchen knives.

Sua, who jumped off a second-story lanai, demanded that officers shoot him.

During a chase, he allegedly pulled a motorist from a parked car and held him under knifepoint until police officers approached.

Sua charged at one of the officers, who fired several shots, wounding Sua in the arms, hip and groin.

Sua was returned to prison to continue his sentence for a 1993 assault conviction.

He was sentenced to 10 years for stabbing three men during a fight in the same area of Waipahu.

Natatorium support not rescinded by area's neighborhood board


A move to withdraw support of the city administration's planned restoration of the Waikiki Natatorium failed by one vote last night at a meeting of the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board.

Seven board members voted to rescind a July vote in support of the $11.5 million plan to restore the entire oceanfront swimming pool.

Although the vote was 7-3 to rescind, it fell short of the requirement that a majority of the 15-member board must approve a measure that changes a previous position, said member Michael Palcic.

It was the fourth meeting at which the board heard testimony on the controversial project.

Court to weigh attempted murder trial as an adult for boy, 16

A 16-year-old in jail for five felonies faces a Dec. 16 open hearing in Family Court to determine if he will stand trial as an adult for an attempted-murder charge.

Per Diem Judge William Nagle III yesterday confirmed that Van Duc Duong's case was open and set the date for his waiver hearing before Family Judge John Bryant.

The state has petitioned Family Court to transfer Duong to Circuit Court, where he would face life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. But if Bryant denies the state motion, Duong would face jail up to age 19, the maximum term in the juvenile system.

The state has accused Duong, a former Kaimuki High School student, of firing a gun at an 18-year-old Kalihi man in Chinatown May 25.

State plans countersuit against Baker & Taylor

The state will seek damages and losses and refute the claims outlined in a lawsuit filed this week by book company Baker & Taylor against the library system.

The state is preparing a response by Dec. 1.

"It'll be an answer to each one of the allegations made by Baker & Taylor, as well as counterclaims the state has against the company for breach of contract," said John Dellera, deputy attorney general.

He declined to give a specific figure, but said, "It will be a substantial claim."

The lawsuit filed Monday by the North Carolina-based company was an appeal to the Circuit Court, asking it to overturn state Librarian Bart Kane's decision to terminate the 5-year, $11 million contract for default.

Baker & Taylor had until January to appeal.

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Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Driver held in tire-iron attack

Police arrested a Waipahu man for allegedly hitting an Ewa Beach man with a tire iron yesterday.

An argument broke out between the suspect, 38, and victim, 47, while driving in separate cars on the H-1 freeway at 5 p.m., police said. The drivers pulled to the side of the freeway near the Moanalua Road overpass and confronted each other.

The suspect then allegedly struck the victim in the head with a tire iron.

Victim says driver intended harm

Police arrested a Waianae woman, 33, for allegedly attempting to run over a pedestrian with her vehicle yesterday.

The alleged victim, a 36-year-old man from Waipahu, told police the suspect "gunned her car" and tried to run him over at 3 p.m. on Farrington Highway in Nanakuli.

Escaped felon could be in Hilo

HILO -- Police are asking for the public's help in finding a Maui prison escapee who may be hiding on the Big Island.

Charles Kosi, 28, of Makawao, is wanted for allegedly promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia as well as escape. Kosi uses several aliases including Chinco Malocuerrero, Chico Guerro, and Malo Guerrero Chinco.

He is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 220 pounds, with tan complexion, black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on him is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

In other news ...

Four people and a dog were assisted to shore by jet skiers and Coast Guard personnel yesterday after their 26-foot sailboat went aground in shallow waters about 200 yards offshore at Keehi Lagoon.

HILO -- Police seized 6,609 marijuana plants in the Hilo area, Laupahoehoe and the Puna District yesterday, they said. A total of 11,339 plants have been seized in two days.

Police arrested a Pacific Palisades man Wednesday for allegedly hitting his 18-year-old girlfriend with a golf club.

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