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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, January 26, 2002


Editorial director resigns his post at Star-Bulletin

Richard Halloran is resigning as editorial director of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin but will continue to write his weekly column and contribute occasional feature stories.

Halloran's departure is effective Feb. 9, at which time he will have spent a year helping the newspaper in its transition to an independent publication since it was acquired by David Black.

Halloran, who was with the New York Times for 20 years, will keep writing his column, "The Rising East," for the Insight section on Sundays. He was a foreign correspondent in Asia for nearly 10 years.

"Dick has been a tremendous asset during the first year," said Don Kendall, publisher. "We're glad he's remaining with us as a columnist and feature writer. He played a key role in the paper's survival."

H-1 TRAFFIC SLOWED BY 6-CAR ACCIDENT


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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Firefighters worked yesterday to clear up a six-car accident on the H-1 freeway about 3:40 p.m. The photo was taken looking toward Ewa just before the Punahou overpass. The accident caused the freeway to turn into a virtual parking lot.



State UPW director asks for delay in his fraud trial

United Public Workers state Director Gary Rodrigues, who faces charges of embezzlement and fraud involving the union's medical benefit plans, has asked that his trial be moved to Oct. 1.

Doron Weinberg of San Francisco, lead counsel for Rodrigues, sought the continuance because of conflicts in his trial schedule that would not allow him adequate time to prepare. The government, he noted, does not object to the Oct. 1 date.

Rodrigues and daughter Robin Haunani Rodrigues Sabatini initially were scheduled to go to trial this week on charges he negotiated dental and health-care contracts for the union that benefited his daughter.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

U.S. District Judge David Ezra continued the trial to June 4 after a federal grand jury recently indicted Rodrigues on additional charges that he solicited and accepted kickbacks from the union's life insurance provider.


Corrections and clarifications

>> Kmart has four stores on Oahu. A front-page article in the early edition of Hawaii Inc. Wednesday incorrectly said there are three stores.

>> The decline in Hawaiian Electric Industries' fourth-quarter revenues was partly a result of falling fuel prices at its utility subsidiary, lower loan balances at its financial arm and investment losses at the parent company. Disposing of overseas subsidiaries was not a factor, as was incorrectly reported Wednesday in a front-page article in Hawaii Inc.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Managing Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at fbridgewater@starbulletin.com.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

HONOLULU

Police arrest suspect in robbery and kidnapping

Honolulu police charged a 21-year-old man yesterday in a robbery and kidnapping case in Kalihi that happened last month.

Police said that on Dec. 21, two men entered a car in which a 22-year-old female had fallen asleep. Police said the victim woke up and told the men to get out.

Police said that in response, one of suspects pulled a knife on the female and told her to keep quiet while the other man drove the car. The suspects drove the car to Waimalu, where, police said, the victim was released unharmed.

Police later identified and arrested the driver of the stolen car and charged him with robbery and kidnapping.

The suspect, identified as Justin Delos Santos, is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

The other suspect, who pulled the knife on the victim, has not been identified.

LEEWARD OAHU

Mom calls police to check possible drug lab in home

Honolulu police and fire officials investigated a possible drug lab yesterday at a home on Old Fort Weaver Road.

Fire officials said a woman who lived in the house was complaining of a strong smell of acetone and suffering from a sore throat and teary eyes.

The smell was traced to the room of the woman's son, and fire officials said she gave police permission to break down the door. Police did so and took the son out of the room. Then fire crews went in wearing airtight protective suits to test air quality. Police arrested the man for drug offenses.





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