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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Sunday, July 29, 2001


Maui camping proposal set for public meeting

LAHAINA >> A proposal to establish camping in three Maui parks is scheduled for a public meeting at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Lahaina Intermediate School cafeteria.

The proposal before the County Council's Parks and Recreation Committee follows protests by residents about enforcement of a camping ban at Papalaua Wayside Park in west Maui.

Maui Mayor James Apana decided not to enforce the ban and instead has proposed establishment of camping areas, including Honomanu Beach Park in Keanae, Waihee Beach Park and the park at Papalaua.

Maui mayor's satellite offices open on Molokai

WAILUKU >> Maui Mayor James "Kimo" Apana has opened a satellite office on Molokai at 100 Ainoa St. in Kaunakakai.

Part-time assistant Sherman Napoleon Sr., who will be serving as Apana's liaison, will be working in the office from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays.

The Molokai office's telephone number is 553-3700.

IHS seeks linens, towels

The Institute for Human Services are requesting bed linens and towels. More than 350 men, women and children are temporarily housed at the shelters. Donations are accepted daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Women & Families' Shelter at 546 Kaaahi St. or the Men's Shelter at 350 Sumner St.

For information, call 537-2724.

Power outage affects Waipio and Crestview

About 4,500 Hawaiian Electric customers in the Crestview and Waipio Gentry areas were without power for an hour or more Saturday afternoon.

"About 4:20 p.m. we started getting calls, and by 5:12 we were able to restore about 1,500 customers," said HECO spokesman Fred Kobashikawa. The remainder got power back by 5:44 p.m., after crews were able to isolate the problem in an underground cable and switch to alternate feeders, he said.

[WINNERS & LOSERS]

[WINNERS]

Smart kid: Nicholas Jachowski, a 14-year-old student from Maui, adds being on the U.S. team in the International Geographic Olympiad to his growing list of achievements. He has also placed third in the state Spelling Bee, 10th in Math Counts and second in the U.S. National Geographic Bee.

Maui merchants: Shop owners in Paia beat back a state effort to ban street parking on Hana Highway from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, which the merchants said would have harmed their businesses.

Oahu dogs: Pooches may have more freedom under a City Council proposal to establish off-leash "bark parks" throughout the island.

[LOSERS]

State hospital: State Auditor Marion Higa ripped the administration over the Hawaii State Hospital, citing poor management and faulty training. State Health Director Bruce Anderson say the findings are old news and the state is working on a plan to fix the problems.

Fake footballer: Former Kailua High football star James "Jay" Odom, who played for Kailua in 1995, was actually 20-something Lonnie Webster, Kansas police say. He is in custody for identity theft after the real James Odom of Florida, caught on to the alleged scam that had lasted six years.

Public school students: After having their last semester interrupted by a three-week strike, students are again caught in the middle as the state and public teachers grapple with a final contract.

Corrections and clarifications

>> Repair work on the Haiku Valley "stairway to heaven" hiking trail is scheduled to end in October 2002. A story on the front page of Friday's morning edition did not make that clear.


Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Police sweep nets a large marijuana crop in Hilo

HILO >> A marijuana sweep of the Hilo area yielded 14,051 plants in five days, Hawaii County police reported.

Vice officers confiscated the plants last week from the Hamakua, North and South Hilo, Puna and Kau districts. The plants ranged from seedlings to 8-footers. Officers reported encountering a sharpened spike in a marijuana patch in Hamakua.

Honolulu police helped in the sweep, which was part of the ongoing Counter-Cannabis Field Operation.

No arrests were made.

WINDWARD OAHU

Police seek a suspect in Kaneohe bank robbery

Police were looking for a suspect who robbed the American Savings Bank at 45-1144 Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe yesterday afternoon. Police said a man entered the bank at about 12:54 p.m. and passed a demand note to a teller. No weapon was seen.

LEEWARD OAHU

Waipahu man arrested in sexual assault of girl

A 23-year-old Waipahu man was in custody yesterday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

The girl's mother reported on Friday night that her daughter said she was sexually assaulted by a family friend. The alleged offense occurred at the girl's Waipahu home.

NORTH SHORE

Kahuku man allegedly brandishes a shotgun

A Kahuku man allegedly pulled a loaded shotgun on his roommate, Friday night. The two were apparently arguing over money when the suspect threatened his 44-year-old roommate.

Police said the victim's brother wrestled the shotgun away. The 47-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.

HONOLULU

Bar room brawl erupts over a gold chain

A man was arrested at a Hotel Street bar Friday night after allegedly trying to rip a gold necklace off another patron.

The 47-year-old suspect approached a 52-year-old man about 10 p.m. in the bathroom of Paradise Lost and demanded his gold chain, police said. An ensuing bathroom scuffle moved out into the bar area, where customers jumped in to help the victim. The owner called the police. Both men were intoxicated, police said.

Police haul in suspect after a domestic squabble

Police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with abuse of a household member and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle after he allegedly reached into his ex-girlfriend's car and assaulted her.

The two met at Ala Moana Center Friday night where the 22-year-old woman was to drop off their 6-year-old daughter. The couple had an argument in the parking lot, where the incident occurred.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested at his Honolulu home.





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