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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, May 15, 2000

Coalition seeks equal terms for state Senate

The Good Government Coalition is calling for a special legislative session to equalize state Senate terms.

Made up of the League of Women Voters, Hawaii Clean Elections and Common Cause Hawaii, this coalition wants all 32 Oahu neighborhood boards to adopt a resolution to that effect. Four boards have adopted the resolution so far.

The resolution asks the Legislature to convene a special session to propose a constitutional amendment that provides the same length of terms for state Senate incumbents and challengers in the 2002 and subsequent elections.

A petition drive also has been started. Citizens interested in circulating petitions may call 531-7448 or 537-6267.

3 isle teachers given awards for excellence

The Hawaii Council for the Humanities has presented the fifth-annual Outstanding Teacher Awards to Rudy Sina, Laurie Watanabe and Sandra Cruz.

Sina of Waimea High School, Watanabe of Castle High School and Cruz of Pearl City High School were recognized for their teaching excellence, achievements and hard work.

They were also honored for their role in encouraging students to participate in the Hawaii History Day program.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

One dead, 8 hurt
in pair of accidents
on Waianae Coast

A stretch of Farrington Highway to Waianae is living up to its reputation as one of Oahu's most dangerous roadways.

A woman visitor from Japan was killed and eight other persons were injured in auto accidents along the Waianae coast yesterday afternoon and early today.

Oahu's 23rd traffic fatality, the third in two days, occurred following a 1:50 p.m. head-on collision between a Waianae-bound sedan and a tour van headed in the opposite direction on Farrington Highway, 670 feet east of Kaukama Road near Maili Point.

The medical examiner's office has not yet confirmed the identity of the woman, who was pronounced dead at 5 p.m.

A 20-year-old Waianae man driving the car, which police vehicular homicide investigators said drifted over the center line into the path of the van, and five of the six women in the van, including the 48-year-old driver, are in Queen's Hospital.

One of the visiting women, 55, taken to Queen's was treated and released. The remaining patients are listed in fair condition.

An 18-year-old Waipahu man, a passenger in the car, was treated for injuries at St. Francis-West Hospital and released.

Investigators said speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors.

Today, a man, 20, was injured when his car flipped over on Farrington Highway at Hakimo Road in Nanakuli at 2:35 a.m. He is in guarded condition in Queen's Hospital.

Off-duty firefighter douses fire by himself

An off-duty firefighter assigned to the Moanalua station single-handedly put out a fire last night that caused an estimated $10,000 damage to an airport-area building.

Fire Department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo said firefighter Anthony Hart saw smoke coming out of TransAir's building at 89 Iolana Place off Lagoon Drive at about 9:30 p.m.

Hart responded and put out the blaze with a garden hose, said Soo.

A TransAir employee, who was in the building but unaware there was a fire, suffered injuries to his hands.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

San Diego man ID'd as Kalihi crash victim

The medical examiner's office identified one of two men killed Saturday in a car crash on Dillingham Boulevard near Kaaahi Street in Kalihi as Anthony Hensley, 32, of San Diego.

Hensley was driving a Buick Regal sedan that grazed a utility pole before crashing into a tree after failing to negotiate a turn in the road.

Police charge Hilo man with setting home fire

HILO -- Police charged Aka Benjamin, 23, of Hilo, with criminal property damage and four counts of reckless endangering yesterday for allegedly setting a fire at his home on Kapaka Street shortly before 2 a.m., they said.

The five occupants of the home, including Benjamin, escaped without injury. The house was destroyed. Benjamin is being held in lieu of $6,000 bail.

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