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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, May 24, 1999


Fire Dept. takes over search
for downed pilot

The Coast Guard has suspended search operations for a missing pilot, but the Fire Department planned to send up its helicopter today to check the waters off Mokuleia.

"We plan to resume searching the general area, and how long we stay out will depend on what we find," HFD Battalion Chief Kevin Kaneshiro said early today.

"The impact was severe. So far, we've found only pieces."

The Pacific Skydiving Center's twin-engine Beechcraft B-90 crashed Saturday shortly before 7:30 p.m. about three-quarters of a mile offshore from the Mokuleia polo fields.

The pilot, identified by the Coast Guard as Shawn Gloyer, 48, was the only one aboard.

"We know for sure the plane is not visible in water from the shore to the reef. We're now focusing past the reef," Fire Department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo said.

Two shelves go beyond the reef, one dropping to 40 feet, and the other to 90 feet. Commercial deep-sea divers would be required to search beyond the second shelf, Soo said.

Fire Department air and sea units searched a 1-mile area from from Devil's Rock to Haleiwa yesterday. The search was called off around 5 p.m. due to exhausted divers and choppy seas. The Coast Guard searched by air and sea near Kaena Point, but operations have been suspended.

HPD sets up CrimeStopper
program just for students

In the wake of several mainland shootings, island public schools have increased vigilance and leaders are spending more time looking at ways to intervene early to prevent violence.

One of the more direct results of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo., was the establishment of a Student CrimeStopper program by the Honolulu Police Department, where island youths can call 955-8300 to leave tips.

Greg Knudsen, spokesman for the Department of Education, said a task force involving organizations which serve youth groups has been formed and meetings held to see what can be done to curb violence among island youths.

"Every school was asked to review its emergency plans," Knudsen said. "Some already have held emergency drills."

Security on school campuses is increased as needed, he added.

Knudsen said DOE officials believe there are enough rules already in place, and adjustments to some of them, including the definition of harassment, was occuring before the mainland shooting incidents took place.

Tapa


Correction

Bullet Of the eight Democratic state senators defeated in 1996 and 1998, all but one was replaced by another Democrat. A story Friday had an incorrect number of Democrats replacing Democrats.


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Police, Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Big Island boy, 16, dies in car accident

A 16-year-old Big Island boy was killed early yesterday in a one-car accident on Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

The victim, identified as Keoki Ahuna of Ookala, died at 1:45 a.m. at Kona Hospital.

Ahuna was a passenger in a car driven by Davida Aila, 24, of Waikoloa. She was northbound on Route 19 in North Kona, trying to pass other cars, when she lost control of her car, police said. It ran off the left shoulder into a lava field, throwing Ahuna from the passenger seat.

Aila was treated and released.

The death was seventh traffic fatality so far this year on the Big Island, compared with 15 at the same time last year.

Body of man, 33, found on Kailua-Kona lawn

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -- The body of a 33-year-old Caucasian man was found yesterday on the lawn of the Head Start building on Hualalai Road here.

Two pedestrians found the body and called police at 6:45 a.m.

The body has been tentatively identified, but police are withholding the man's name until notification of next of kin. Police believe no foul play was involved.

Waianae man charged in assault with hot oil

A 27-year-old Waianae man is charged with kidnapping and second-degree assault for allegedly throwing hot cooking oil at his girlfriend during a domestic argument Friday.

Steven Moniz of 85-175 Farrington Highway is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.

Pearl City man alleged to have threatened wife

Police yesterday charged Jonathan Enyart, 21, of 98-1635 Hapaki St. in Pearl City for allegedly kidnapping his wife and threatening to kill her.

Enyart is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

He allegedly kept his wife in their home for 24 hours from 12:30 p.m. Saturday to yesterday with threats and physical abuse.

In other news ...

OCEAN VIEW, Hawaii -- Fire of unknown origin destroyed a vacant two-story house in Ocean View, Kau, at 7:21 p.m. yesterday, Hawaii County police and fire officials said.


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