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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, May 12, 2000


Hilo's 'Miko' sausages recalled:
Franks may contain lethal listeria

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Designer Meats Inc. of Hilo, which makes "Miko" sausages, is voluntarily recalling 1,125 pounds of cooked sausages that may be contaminated with listeria, the Agriculture Department said yesterday.

The products being recalled are 16-ounce packages of "Miko" brand frankfurters and "Miko Reds" chicken and beef franks which bear the code 05002.

The Miko Reds package also has "P-17423" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Marks of inspection on the Miko Reds packages include the coding EST. 5884.

The USDA said the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease.

The sausages were packaged May 2 and distributed to retail stores in Hawaii County, agriculture officials said.

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Neighborhood
information online

Thinking of moving somewhere and want to know how far it is to a pet hospital or fire station?

Oahu residents with access to the Internet can now retrieve such facts and other geographic information under a new arrangement between the city and the Honolulu Board of Realtors.

The partnership has the board putting online the city's Geographic Information System (GIS), a vast data base of information now used primarily by planners.

Mayor Jeremy Harris said the service will help businesses, homeowners and students seeking geographical information for everything from zoning designations to the vicinity of utility lines.

Also among the available items are aerial photographs of Oahu neighborhoods.

Board officials said they don't mind picking up the cost of putting the information on the Internet as a service to its members and those they serve.

The address of the Web site is http://204.182.239.30/honolulu//

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Court rejects petition for role in OHA case

The Hawaii Supreme Court has rejected a request from a group of Hawaii residents who wanted to intervene in the ceded lands dispute between the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the state.

The two dozen petitioners, represented by attorney H. William Burgess, claim to speak for the silent majority of Hawaii residents.

They said because of the Rice decision, the state high court should overturn the 1996 ruling by former Circuit Court Judge Daniel Heely that granted OHA past-due revenue from ceded lands.

Estimates of the amount owed range from $300 million to $1.2 billion. The Hawaii court has been reviewing the state's appeal of the Heely decision for the last three years.

Group wants more time for Hanauma argument

A group seeking to slow a planned $10 million renovation of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve wants more time before it presents its case.

Hawaii Kai residents Roy Benham and Beverly Palenapa, along with the East Honolulu Community Coalition, were expected to argue today that they should be allowed to join in a contested-case hearing on the city's request for a use permit from the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.

But the two individuals and the coalition are now seeking a continuance of at least 30 days, according to Robert L. Ackerman, an action officer for the coalition. They have been on trips and not had proper time to prepare their argument.

The opponents also want to hire an attorney who specializes in the field of contested-case hearings, Ackerman said.

At issue are city plans for building a marine education center, administrative offices, a snack bar, restrooms and a gift shop at the town end of the upper park area.

The coalition has been calling for a one-year delay to get more public input.

Co-op wins loan to buy Kauai Electric Co.

Kauai Island Utility Co-op has secured a $113.25 million federal loan to use in its purchase of Kauai Electric Co., Sen. Daniel Inouye has announced.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved Inouye's amendment to assist the co-op.

The amendment raises the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service loan level to $113.25 million, thus enabling the co-op to apply for a 5 percent direct hardship loan of $113.25 million.

The co-op, known as KIUC, plans to buy Kauai Electric from Citizens Utilities for $270 million. Part of the cost would be financed by Rural Utilities Service under the direct hardship loan program. The balance would be financed by the nonprofit National Rural Utility Cooperative Finance Corp.

Kapolei legislator has hip surgery

Rep. Mark Moses (R, Kapolei) underwent surgery for a broken hip yesterday at Tripler Army Hospital.

Moses felt discomfort but kept working in the last days of the legislative session. He waited until the session ended to find out what was wrong, said his office manager, Jason Jones.

Jones said the representative's hip problems are a result of years of taking medication for lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. He mentioned that Moses continues to call in from the hospital. "His spirits are always high," Jones said.


Corrections

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Bullet Tickets to the Namie Amuro concert Sunday at Waikiki Shell start at $35. An incorrect price was included in yesterday's Do It! section.
Bullet Topa Equities Ltd. is the name of the California company that owns Paradise Beverages Inc. The name of the California firm was misspelled in an article Wednesday.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Man, 28, arrested in Mililani carjacking

A 28-year-old man is in custody in connection with a carjacking Monday in Mililani.

The suspect, who has no local address, was arrested yesterday in Wahiawa for first-degree robbery, police said. He is accused of pulling a gun on a 19-year-old man while his Chevy pickup truck was stopped at Kipapa Drive and Moenamanu Street and taking the truck. The suspect and driver apparently know each other.

Big Isle man charged in attempted murder

KAILUA-KONA -- Attempted murder and other charges have been filed against Pedro Dagdag III, 29, of Kealakekua in connection with shootings at a Kailua-Kona bar Tuesday night.

Police say an argument in the bar was carried outside where Dagdag got into a car driven by a second suspect. The driver tried to run down four victims while Dagdag fired shots with a rifle, police said. Several of the men got into a car and chased Dagdag, who shot at their car, hitting it, police added. Dagdag was arrested when he returned to the bar. The driver of the vehicle with Dagdag is being sought.

Dagdag is being held without bail.

Male suspect sought in Hickam store robbery

Honolulu and military police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a man accused of robbing a grocery store at Hickam Air Force Base last year.

Gerald Wayne Queen, 43, reportedly took about a dozen cartons of cigarettes from a store on Dec. 30, police said. When a store employee attempted to detain him, he allegedly pulled a razor blade from his bag and slashed her hands.

Police said Queen frequents Aala Park and the Institute for Human Services. He is considered dangerous.

He is described as 6 feet 3 inches tall, 125 pounds with a slim build. He has several tattoos including the word "RED" on his left forearm.

Anyone with information on Queen can call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 955-8300.

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The Courts

Father charged with murder in infant's death

Police have charged Robert Coy II with second-degree murder after his 4-month-old son died Wednesday afternoon at Tripler Hospital.

Coy denied shaking or hitting his son, Robert Coy III, when interviewed by police Monday.

The father told police that about 6:30 p.m. Monday at their Makakilo home, he had placed his infant son on the edge of the bed while he used the bathroom, heard a thump and found him on the floor with a pulse but not breathing. Coy said he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and called 911.

His wife had left the baby in his care from 4:30 p.m. while she attended a work function at Ford Island. She said her son was in good condition when she left and that a pediatrician had recently pronounced her son in good health.

Maj. Kevin Creamer, director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Tripler, told police the infant sustained bleeding to the brain and hemorrhaging to the retinas of the eyes.

A detective found blood and body fluids on a bed sheet and towel at the Coy's Makakilo home. The bed the baby allegedly fell from was about two feet off the ground and the floor was covered with a "very padded carpet," the detective reported.

Mother must stand trial for leaving 2-year-old

A mother accused of abandoning her 2-year-old daughter was ordered to stand trial June 5 in District Court.

Kimberly Mines was charged with persistent nonsupport, a misdemeanor.

Her daughter, Krystal, was found by police a day after Leroy Kemp reported her missing Sunday.

Mines had turned her daughter over to Kemp more than two weeks ago. Kemp said he had left the girl with Lodaynia Barros, a woman he had known for four days.

By law, a person commits the offense of persistent nonsupport if the person "knowingly and persistently" fails to provide support that the person can and is legally obliged to a spouse, child or other dependent.

Support includes but is not limited to food, shelter, clothing, education and other necessary care.

Bail for Mines was set at $100.

Maui attorney accused of failing to file returns

A criminal complaint says Maui attorney Stephen E. Goldsmith failed to file state general excise tax returns for 1995, 1996 and 1997.

Conviction could mean imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count.

The state encourages taxpayers to voluntarily file tax returns. It generally will not initiate a criminal investigation when taxpayers voluntarily come forward to report failure to file or other omissions.






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