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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, April 4, 2000


7 could face prison in federal drug case

Seven people have been indicted on federal drug charges related to a crackdown on drug dealing in Kalihi.

The seven, William Cabacungan, 22; Jerome Fanene, 30; Dennis Antone, 32; Terila Kahoohuli, 39; Teri Kahoohuli, 19; Beatrice Fanene, 33, and Michell Pimental, 35, were arrested during the weekend for allegedly dealing crystal methamphetamine in the Kaahumanu Homes area between McNeil Street and Waiakamilo Road in Kalihi.

U.S. Attorney Steven Alm said the alleged offenses did not occur within the precise geographic boundaries of the federally designated "Weed and Seed" sites in Downtown-Chinatown-Aala Park, Kalihi-Palama, and Waipahu.

But he said the indictments are related to efforts to eliminate drug trafficking from those areas.

Alm said the defendants could face increased penalties because the offenses occurred within 1,000 feet of a playground, school or public housing. Each defendant faces a minimum sentence of at least one year and up to 40 years in prison.

Some defendants are indicted for multiple offenses.

Power surges shut off Bank of Hawaii ATMs

There was no fast cash at the Bank of Hawaii's automated teller machines for a few hours yesterday.

Electrical power surges knocked out the ATMs statewide while routine maintenance was under way on the system, said bank spokesman Stafford Kikuchi.

The machines went down about 1:15 p.m. About 95 percent were back in business by 5:15 p.m., Kikuchi said.

Pipe breaks on Kalanianaole Highway


By Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin
A break today in a 12-inch water main on Kalanianaole Highway closed
the townbound-contraflow lane as well as Koko Head-bound lanes. The
3 a.m. break temporarily closed the lanes from Waikui to Waieli streets,
police said, and Koko Head-bound traffic was diverted onto residential
streets near Kalani High School. Water supply crews expected to reopen
all lanes late this afternoon.



Maui group to pay fine in NOAA's suit

WAILUKU -- A nonprofit organization on Maui has agreed to pay $5,000 and admit to two civil charges to settle a federal lawsuit stemming from its humpback whale research.

In return, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agreed to dismiss one charge and turn four other charges into a single warning.

Pacific Whale Foundation's attorney, Jack Naiditch, said the organization believed it would have prevailed at trial. But he said the cost of fighting the charges would have totaled more than the settlement.

Miller Street to reopen tomorrow morning

Miller Street will reopen near Queen's Hospital between Punchbowl Street and Vineyard Boulevard at 7 a.m. tomorrow.

The initial phase of construction of the new Queen's parking structure on the Miller Street triangle and its underground tunnel to the new Queen's Emergency Room has been completed. A 42-inch water main under Miller Street -- which supplies water to downtown Honolulu -- was moved to allow completion of the tunnel connecting the parking structure to the ER.

Ambulances, other emergency vehicles and civilian vehicles going to Queen's ER can turn onto Miller Street to gain access to the ER ambulance court, Queen's said.


Corrections

Tapa

Bullet Mid-Pacific Institute begins classes at the sixth-grade level; it does not have a kindergarten as a graphic Saturday incorrectly listed.

Bullet A story yesterday about The Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise, which organizes outdoor adventures for the blind, incorrectly inserted a comma in the organization's name.

Bullet In A.A. Smyser's column Thursday, it was stated incorrectly that Gov. John A. Burns died in office. Burns died April 5, 1975, four months after he was succeeded by George Ariyoshi, who had served as Burns' lieutenant governor. Ariyoshi became acting governor in October 1973, when Burns was hospitalized.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Car crashes into Kalihi Street home


By Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin
Police arrested a 24-year-old man after he crashed into the Manzano
home on Kalihi Street today and drove away. The driver was booked
for driving without a license and fleeing the scene of an accident.
No injuries were reported. Cristina Manzano, center, said she is glad
her twin granddaughters, Brianna and Britney, right, were not watching
television like they do most mornings.



Man hits woman on head with a stick, police say

Police arrested a 41-year-old man for reportedly attacking a woman with a stick in Kaimuki yesterday.

The woman, 55, was waiting to cross the street on 10th Avenue when she was struck in back of the head by the suspect at 5:55 p.m., police said. She had seen the man on the bus, but didn't know why she was attacked.

Police said the man ran away but was later apprehended and arrested for second-degree assault. The wooden stick was recovered.

The woman suffered a cut to her head.

Man armed with knife robs Mililani Subway

Police are searching for an armed man who robbed the Subway Sandwiches and Salad shop in Mililani yesterday.

The suspect, wielding a large kitchen knife, entered the 94-780 Meheula Parkway business and demanded money from the cash register at 4:45 p.m., police said.

He then ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Fire destroys home in Puna on Big Isle

A fire destroyed a one-story house in the Paradise Park subdivision in Puna on the Big Island.

Police said the homeowner, Frances Gail Lee-Akana, was not home at the time of the fire and there was no estimate available about the damage to the house and contents.

The cause of the fire, which occurred close to 8:45 a.m. yesterday, is being investigated.






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