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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, May 4, 1999


Jellyfish watch Sunday along south shore

A box jellyfish watch goes into effect for Sunday with the influx expected to peak the same day.

The Ala Moana Beach Park swim channel and Waikiki Beach are commonly affected by such jellyfish invasions, the city ocean safety division said.

Also, Hanauma Bay and Pokai Bay have been known to see jellyfish onslaughts.

Lifeguards will assess the impact.

If jellyfish are found on any beach, warning signs will be posted.

Anyone stung by a jellyfish is advised to flush the sting with large amounts of vinegar and seek medical attention if pain continues.

Lifeguard stations are supplied and equipped to treat stings.

Maui officials looking for leak in new pool

WAILUKU -- Maui County officials say they're working with a contractor to find a leak in the newly constructed public swimming pool in Kihei.

County Deputy Public Works director David Goode said the leak, occurring about a foot below the top of the pool, was detected about three weeks ago after a portion of a pool deck sank about a foot.

The swimming pool complex, including a community center, cost the county $8.7 million.

Goode said the public has been using the community center and pool intermittently.

Goode said the repair work is being done under a warranty by the contractor, Unlimited Construction Services Inc. of Kauai. A spokesman for Unlimited Construction was unavailable for comment.

Hana Medical Center may have to cut back

The state budget up for approval today includes money to keep the Hana Medical Center on Maui operating. But it's not as much as the community had requested.

Sen. Avery Chumbley (D, East Maui-North Kauai) said the budget includes $750,000 for the center. That compares to the $1 million in each of the next two fiscal years that center Executive Director Cheryl Vasconcellos said is needed.

Chumbley said that if the Department of Health can't find more money to shift to the Hana facility, it will likely mean a reduction in services.

UH cloning scientist to speak on May 27

The University of Hawaii's noted cloning scientist, Ryuzo Yanagimachi, will give a free public talk at 7:30 p.m. May 27 in the Yukiyoshi Room of Krauss Hall.

"Bring in the Clones! (Of Mice and Men)" is the title of his talk, part of the University of Hawaii Outreach College's 1999 Sakamaki Extraordinary Lecture Series.

Court civil forms available on Internet

District Court civil forms covering landlord-tenant disputes, restraining orders and small claims cases on Hawaii, Maui and Kauai are now available free on the Internet.

The forms may be downloaded from the Judiciary's Website at www.state.hi.us/jud. Diskettes of the forms are sold at District Court on each island.


Corrections

Tapa

Bullet The Quotables feature on Saturday's editorial page included a quote from Sen. Brian Kanno in which his name was spelled inaccurately.
Bullet The founders of Aloha Week (now known as Aloha Festivals) in 1946 were Harry Nordmark, Alfred Vierra, Verne Tanner and Fred Barnett. An article in Prime Time, a section produced by the Hawaii Newspaper Agency that ran yesterday, incorrectly credited another person as a founder.
Bullet Because of computer problems, some copies of yesterday's Night Final edition had midday stock tables instead of closing numbers. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Police/Fire

Girl, 16, and boy, 12, arrested after threats

Two students were arrested yesterday for allegedly making threats last week.

A 16-year-old Pearl City High School girl was arrested for reportedly threatening to kill the vice principal.

She made the threat on Thursday, police said.

A 12-year-old Highland Intermediate School boy was arrested for allegedly threatening to blow up the school.

Both students were booked for first-degree terroristic threatening and released to their parents.

Jeweler chases down pipe-wielding thief

A 31-year-old pipe-wielding robbery suspect was arrested yesterday after a chase through Chinatown.

The man reportedly took three trays of rings from a jewelry store at 1013 Maunakea St. at 3:57 p.m., police said. The suspect then got on a bicycle and took off. But the store owner, 49, was able to catch the man.

The suspect punched the store owner in the mouth and started running again.

Police saw the chase and joined in.

The suspect was caught and the jewelry was recovered.

Fire in Waipahu leaves seven without a home

A fire at a Waipahu house left five adults and two children homeless yesterday.

No one was injured in the 9:08 a.m. blaze at 94-117 Leowaena St.

The cause remained under investigation.

Damage to the single-story, three-bedroom home was set at $100,000 to the structure and $25,000 to contents.

Firefighters had the fire under control at 9:29 and extinguished at 11:42 a.m.

The Red Cross was assisting victims.

Autopsy on man found in garage suggests fall

KAILUA-KONA -- A man who was found dead in an underground Kailua-Kona parking lot Sunday suffered head injuries suggesting that he fell, according to a preliminary autopsy done yesterday, police said.

A final determination regarding the death of Jonathan Umiamaka, 24, of Ocean View, will depend on blood alcohol and toxicological tests, they said.

Bomb found hanging on gate in Salt Lake

Police recovered a homemade bomb in Salt Lake yesterday.

A bystander found the bomb hanging on a metal gate in front of 3627 Likini St. at 12:30 p.m.

Bomb technicians dismantled the bomb, police said.

Big Isle residents stop man wanted in attack

KAILUA-KONA -- Police have arrested a 48-year-old Kona man wanted for attacking two women, 20 and 23, with a hammer April 28 in their apartment at Kahaluu, North Kona, they said.

Some Kahaluu residents recognized the man early today, detained him, and called police. Charges are pending.

Courts

Teacher's bail lowered in sex assault case

Brian Ibaan, a schoolteacher charged with numerous counts of sexual assault on minors, had his bail reduced to $150,000 yesterday and remained under house arrest.

Ibaan of Mililani, who pleaded not guilty, originally was held on bail of $150,000. But the state argued that his bail be doubled to $300,000 for the potential danger he posed to the community, and the court granted it.

But after further considering a lack of criminal history, the court set the bail back to $150,000. Ibaan's trial was set for July 6.

Two of the minors connected with the sexual assault charges are 10 and 11 years old.

Underage prostitute's pimp gets 21 months

A federal judge has sentenced a Washington state man to 21 months in prison for transporting a 16-year-old female from Tacoma, Wash., for prostitution in Waikiki.

U.S. Chief Judge David Ezra gave the sentence yesterday to Brandon Wright, 22.

Wright was arrested in Waikiki shortly after the underage prostitute fled from him and notified authorities of Wright's activities last October. Court documents show the girl worked for Wright as a prostitute in Tacoma before he brought her to Hawaii on Oct. 15, 1998. Court affidavits also said that after their arrival here, Wright became increasingly violent toward the girl, prompting her to flee from him.

Former Halawa guard denies he killed inmate

A former Halawa prison guard charged with manslaughter for allegedly killing an inmate pleaded not guilty and was released on $75,000 bail yesterday.

His trial was set for July 6.

Brian Freitas, a guard at Halawa Correctional Facility in April 1998 when inmate Antonia Revera died, is accused of pounding Revera's head into a concrete table in the prison's medical unit nearly a dozen times.

Allegedly Revera became unruly and bit a guard just before the incident happened. The inmate was serving a 10-year sentence for kidnapping and attempted sexual assault.

Freitas was fired from Halawa for abusing sick leave.

Forums an opportunity for public to meet judges

The public is invited to meet Hawaii state judges in five statewide question-and-answer forums beginning tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and on the Big Island in Hilo and Kona.

On Oahu, the "Meet Your Judges" forum will be held in the Supreme Court Courtroom, 417 S. King St., second floor.

For information on which judges will speak on the neighbor islands, call (808) 539-4910.


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