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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, May 14, 1999


There's money in them thar old phone books

Old telephone books can be turned into dollars for Hawaii Literacy during a one-day phone book recycling drive, Tuesday in downtown Honolulu.

GTE Hawaiian Tel will be collecting old phone books from downtown businesses and workers from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Wilcox Park at Fort Street Mall, where it intersects with South King Street.

A separate phone book recycling effort involves a contest for Hawaii's schools.

Each school turning in at least 2,000 pounds of books will receive $100 from Hawaiian Tel.

Old phone books may be dropped off at Island Recycling on Sand Island Access Road, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Call 845-1188 to participate.

Books may also be dropped off at any of the city's 59 community recycling centers around Oahu.

For the closest drop-off point, call 296-1818 and dial SAVE.

Repair crews work on Papakolea sewer leak

Crews detected and stopped a leak in an 8-inch sewer line at a construction site in Papako-lea.

A remote-control television camera located the spill earlier this week at 2211 Anianiku St. The city Environmental Services Department estimated the total spill at 3,500 gallons and will continue to suction the raw sewage until a bypass line is installed to divert the sewage flow around the broken pipe. None of the spill entered any stream.

Welfare scammer gets 15 days in jail, fined

Circuit Judge Wilfred Watanabe has sentenced Sun Hwa Park to 15 days in jail for welfare fraud.

Watanabe also ordered Park to make restitution of $18,217 she fraudulently obtained in public assistance money, food stamps and medical assistance.

She worked as secretary for an Aiea church and did not report her income, while collecting welfare, the attorney general's office said.

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Police, Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Police on lookout for suspected wife killer

Art Police are searching the islands for Joseph Morrow, a California man, who is a wanted in connection with his wife's 1991 disappearance and murder.

Morrow, 50, frequents Hawaii with his children on business and vacations.

Police believe Morrow killed his wife and disposed of the body in an unknown location. He is wanted on a $10,000,000 warrant.

He also goes by the names of: Tom Bassett, Harold Semiller and Daniel David Ready.

He is described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with blonde hair, blue eyes and a mustache.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Man threatens violence during robbery of bank

A man in his mid 60s robbed the Waipahu American Savings Bank yesterday.

The man entered the bank at 2:51 p.m. and presented a demand note that threatened he was armed, police said. However, no weapon was seen.

He is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds, and wearing dark sunglasses and baseball cap.

Father and son team arrested for kidnapping

HILO -- Police are holding a father and son for a kidnapping that apparently grew out of a dispute over a cockfight, they said.

On Sunday police received a report that two men, 41 and 48, were forced into a van by six men, threatened at gunpoint, beaten, and robbed at Kalopa, north of Hilo, they said..

Yesterday police arrested Josiah Kia Sr., 44, and his son Josiah Jr., 23, both of Kailua-Kona. The father was charged with kidnapping, assault, terroristic threatening, robbery, and extortion and is being held in lieu of $13,500 bail.

The son was charged with being an accomplice to kidnapping and is being held in lieu of $4,000 bail

Police are looking for other people involved in the incident.

Police say suspect attacked man in car

HILO -- Police are holding a 35-year-old Mountain View man for an attack yesterday on a 55-year-old man sitting in a car in a park, they said.

The suspect was arrested last night in Mountain View.


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