Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Lighters that say 'Hawaii' are recalled as unsafe

WASHINGTON >> A California company is recalling 65,000 cigarette lighters because they do not have child-resistant mechanisms, making them a fire hazard.

The company, DFS Group Ltd. of San Francisco, announced the recall yesterday with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. DFS Group has received no reports of injuries involving the lighters, the commission reported.

The lighters being recalled are refillable, electronic ignition lighters that bear location names including "Hawaii," "Guam," "Saipan," "Las Vegas," and "USA." The lighters have flip-up caps over the ignition buttons. An orange label on the back of the lighters reads, "WARNING: Keep lighter out of reach of children -- THIS LIGHTER IS NOT CHILD RESISTANT."

The lighters were sold in several major cities since 1996.

The top photo, taken at the Fort Shafter ATM on March 23, shows
one suspect trying to use a stolen credit card. The bottom photo,
taken the same day, at the Seven-Eleven on Dillingham, shows
another suspect trying to use a stolen card.


Military doctors robbed;
police ask for assistance

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are asking the public's help in solving a crime that involved a burglary in the Kaneohe Bay residential area and the use of the victim's credit cards that same day.

On March 23 between 7:20 and 7:40 a.m., the home of two military doctors was burglarized.

Police said two male suspects stole jewelry, credit cards, electronic devices, medical equipment and supplies.

The suspects attempted to use the credit cards at 12 locations within the next six hours.

A photo at the Fort Shafter automated teller machine captured the possible suspects using the credit card.

Police described one suspect as a male in his 20s with dark hair and a dark complexion. He was wearing an aloha shirt and a baseball cap.

The second suspect, captured in a surveillance camera at a Seven-Eleven store on Dillingham Boulevard, shows a male in his 20s with short black spiked hair and a dark complexion.

Police said he was wearing sunglasses when he attempted to make a transaction with the stolen credit card.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Corrections and clarifications

>> Leon Edel died in 1997; a review of his book April 15 might have left the impression that he was alive. Also, the book was not part of a series.

Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Suspect arrested in stabbing of cousin

A 34-year-old man is in critical condition at Queen's Medical Center after his cousin stabbed him in the chest last night, police said.

At approximately 9:05 p.m. the two men were drinking in an apartment on 1452 Lusitana Street when they got into an argument.

Police said the 32-year-old suspect stabbed the victim in the lower chest with an unknown weapon.

The victim was taken to Queen's. Police said he underwent surgery last night.

Police located the suspect, who lives in the same apartment complex as the victim.

Propane tank leak closes Mapunapuna street

A Gaspro truck driver suffered frostbite and three workers suffered minor injuries when a propane truck began leaking this morning.

The 59-year-old driver was delivering propane to a Mapunapuna business at 2864 Mokumoa Street when he noticed the leak about 6 a.m. and suffered injuries to his hand when he tried to stop it.

Three employees from a nearby business experienced scratchy throats after inhaling some of the gas. Honolulu firefighters closed Mokumoa Street from Mapunapuna to Ahua streets while they applied water to the outside of the truck to prevent it from overheating. They reopened the street at 7:30 a.m.

The truck had a capacity of 5,000 gallons of propane but had 2,000 gallons when it began leaking, the fire department said.

Motorcycle officer injured in traffic incident

A solo bike officer was injured this morning when he was struck by a vehicle in Nuuanu, police said.

The officer was traveling west on Nuuanu Avenue near the Hungry Lion restaurant around 5:50 this morning when a car going in the opposite direction attempted to make a left turn and hit his motorcycle.

The officer was taken to Queen's Medical Center in serious condition but later improved to fair.

Youth escapees caught driving stolen vehicles

An escapee from the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility was arrested last night after he crashed a stolen vehicle during a chase, police said.

The vehicle was reported stolen from 7-Eleven at 1695 Kapiolani Boulevard at around 11 p.m. Police spotted the vehicle on Ala Moana. They arrested the 18-year-old suspect after he crashed the vehicle on South Street. The Kalihi man was arrested for auto theft, escape and driving without a license.

The man is the second Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility escapee arrested driving a stolen vehicle this week, police said.

Another escapee was arrested after he was stopped driving a stolen car at the corner of Ahona and Komana streets in Ewa Beach at about 11 Monday night.

A patrol officer noticed the vehicle's license plates did not match the car. The officer arrested the escapee, 18, and a female passenger, also 18, for driving a stolen vehicle.

Kalihi man, 19, held for assaulting policeman

A 19-year-old Kalihi man is in police custody on assault and resisting arrest charges for allegedly knocking out a police officer.

The officer went to 284 California Avenue in Wahiawa Monday afternoon to investigate a report of a disorderly man causing problems with residents at that address.

The officer located the man and tried to calm him down. But, according to the police report, the man attacked the officer and hit him on the left side of the head, causing the officer to temporarily lose consciousness. The man was wearing a fiberglass cast on his right hand.

Other officers were able to subdue the man and arrest him.

The officer was treated for minor injuries at Wahiawa General Hospital and released.

Masked man steals cash from Kapahulu store

A robber wearing a ski mask and brandishing a pocket knife got away with a bag of cash Monday and all the money in the cash register of a Kapahulu Avenue market.

Police said the robber walked into YT Market at 465 Kapahulu Avenue about 2:30 p.m. and demanded money from the cashier, who not only emptied the cash register but also gave the robber a bag of money. Police are looking for a man between 18 and 20 years old.

Suspect arrested for attempted kidnapping

Police arrested a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a woman early yesterday in Nuuanu.

About 12:45 a.m., the woman was walking on Nuuanu Avenue by Kawananakoa Middle School when she was grabbed by the suspect. The man pulled her into the park area toward the bathroom. Police said the victim began to scream. She broke free and fled to a nearby gas station, where she called police.

The suspect was arrested for kidnapping.

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