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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, October 17, 2001


Man charged for attempt to transport fireworks

A man who allegedly tried to transport 17 boxes of display fireworks on an air carrier to Molokai has been charged with federal violations.

Clement "Sonny" Reyes was charged yesterday in U.S. District Court with possessing explosives at the Honolulu Airport and delivering display fireworks to Trans Air for transport on Dec. 16, 1999.

A Trans Air representative inspected the boxes, which were labeled "light bulbs," "light fixtures," and "Sonny Reyes," and discovered they contained 288 3-inch mortar shells and 26 rockets. Both contained explosive mixtures.

Charges were filed in federal court because the airport is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Aerospace Museum closes airport location

The Pacific Aerospace Museum has officially closed its doors at Honolulu Airport with the goal of re-opening at another location in the future, the executive director said.

"Even in this depressed economy, I really think we can bring this operation back," Don Parent said yesterday.

Renovations aimed at maximizing the retail potential of the terminal included moving the museum to a location that Parent said was less visible and would guarantee the facility's demise.

The deadline to close was Monday, and the museum must vacate its current space by Oct. 31. Parent decided to close the museum completely rather than move to the new location.

He said he hopes to reopen the museum in the future, possibly on Ford Island as part of the Navy's plan to develop the island.

1,800 Maui homes to get new addresses

WAILUKU >> About 1,800 Maui homeowners living in Kula will be getting new addresses in an attempt to make street numbers sequential and to name roads without names, county officials said.

The changes are expected to help police and fire officials find residences in this rural community.

Working with the U.S. Postal Service, the county this month plans to send out informational packets that include change-of-address authorizations for county services and voter registration forms.

Maui voucher program moves on to council vote

WAILUKU>>Maui County Council members are scheduled to vote next week on a $1.5-million voucher program to assist residents whose jobs have been adversely affected by the downturn in the economy as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

The council's budget committee approved the bill yesterday.

The bill, proposed by Mayor James "Kimo" Apana, would allow up to $1.5 million to be distributed to residents unable to pay for basic necessities, including rent, mortgage payments, food and medical services.

The vouchers are to be administered by the nonprofit group Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. and will based on family size.

To qualify, residents would have to show they were employed on Sept. 11 and became unemployed or had their work hours reduced thereafter.

They also would have to present their driver's license or state identification and provide evidence of the number of people in their household.

A family of one to three people may receive up to $300 a month; of four to five persons up to $500; and of six or more up to $600.

Maui officials said the program will not give money in cash to residents and that residents may be able to obtain authorization for vouchers through several agencies, including Women Helping Women.

Actors sought to aid police training

Honolulu police are looking for volunteer actors to play the roles of crime victims and suspects for recruit officer training.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have a valid picture identification.

Those wishing to apply can do so 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at the Honolulu Police Department training academy, 93-093 Waipahu Depot Road.

For more information, call officer Charlotte Brown at 677-1474, extension 233.



Corrections and clarifications

>> A statement that welfare recipients who have used up their maximum five years of benefits should "get a job" was made by Department of Human Services official Kris Foster. The quote was wrongly attributed to department head Susan Chandler in an article Saturday.

>> The story also said incorrectly that Chandler linked the $7.50-an-hour average pay of post-welfare job holders to an inability to buy Mercedes cars. Chandler mentioned the two topics but did not link them.


Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

HONOLULU

Kakaako couple dies in apparent murder-suicide

A 43-year-old Kakaako woman and her 41-year-old husband died Monday night in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

Police went to 860 Halekauwila St. after neighbors reported hearing screaming and yelling coming from apartment 2002 about 11:30 p.m.

When police arrived they found the woman dead with multiple stab wounds. Her husband was also in the apartment with what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds, police said. He also appeared to have slashed his own throat, according to police.

The man was transported to Queen's Medical Center where he later died.

Police would not release the identities of the victims.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Man dies of injuries from motorcycle accident

WAIMEA, Hawaii >> A Big Island man died Monday from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident a day earlier, police said.

Jason Phillips, 24, of Waimea, was riding his custom Harley Davidson motorcycle downhill Sunday on Kawaihae Road when he crossed the center line and hit an oncoming car driven by Lorna Lorenzo, 29, of Honokaa, police said.

Phillips, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head injuries. Lorenzo was uninjured.

The death was the 22nd Big Island traffic fatality of the year, compared to 30 at the same time last year.





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