By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, March 1, 1999

Inmate sues state over the loss of her baby

A inmate at the Women's Community Correctional Center has filed a lawsuit against the state and the prison for allegedly failing to provide access to prenatal care and medical treatment, resulting in the loss of her baby.

Nina Miguel was four to six months pregnant when she complained of increased blood pressure, kidney pain and nausea on five occasions in May and June of 1996, according to the suit filed last week.

Despite requests, she was not provided medical treatment until June 4, when she was admitted to Kapiolani Hospital with high blood pressure, the suit alleged. Doctors tried were forced to perform a Caesarean section.

The infant weighed a little more than a pound and lived seven days.

Miguel is seeking damages in an amount to be proven at trial.

Isle businesswoman indicted on tax charges

An Oahu grand jury has indicted a Honolulu businesswoman for alleged felony tax violations, including a charge of diverting more than $20,000 of her employees' withholding taxes. Nettie U. Kaahaaina will be arraigned today in Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree theft for failing to pay the withheld sums to the state Department of Taxation.

She is also charged with failing to file general excise tax returns for her company, American Welding Inc. for 1995 and 1996.

The grand jury also indicted the company for failing to file general excise tax returns for those years, and on 15 counts of willful failure to file tax information with the state tax office.

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Police, Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Police arrest suspect in pistol-whipping

Police today arrested one of two suspects who allegedly forced their way into a Wahiawa apartment and beat a 26-year-old Ewa Beach man.

The victim, who was pistol-whipped, suffered numerous lacerations including a head cut that required 30 stitches to close, said Detective Robert Kupukaa.

The two suspects, one of whom was armed with a gun, allegedly broke into the Koa Street apartment of the victim's girlfriend at 12:44 a.m. and began beating her boyfriend.

The suspect in custody was arrested nearby and was booked for first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, attempted kidnapping and first-degree terroristic threatening.

The second suspect is still at large.

Makiki man arrested in Waikiki robbery

A 25-year-old Makiki man was arrested for questioning about a robbery yesterday in Waikiki in which a man was shot and beaten.

The victim, who is not believed to be seriously wounded, told police a group of armed men forced their way into his Seaside Avenue hotel room at about 4 p.m.

Property was taken and the men fled the scene in a white car. Witnesses provided police with a license number. The man arrested later at a Poki Street address was identified as the driver of the getaway car.

Police are investigating the incident as an attempted murder, robbery and kidnapping.

In other news...

Bullet A 70-year-old woman, who died yesterday following a traffic crash involving four cars, may have suffered a seizure, police said. The woman was driving a Dodge Colt that repeatedly rear-ended a Saturn driven by a 48-year-old woman while the two cars were on North King Street near Gulick Avenue, police said. The Colt then veered into the path of a 1989 Buick, which was pushed back into a 1987 Pontiac after impact.

Bullet Honolulu Police Department Warrior Bronze Medals of Valor were presented Friday to Sgt. Joseph Dowson Jr. and Officers William Lurbe and Romulo Esmeralda for pulling a suicidal man off the Roosevelt Bridge overlooking Kipapa Gulch last Sept. 8.

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