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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, May 27, 2002


Clogged line causes sewage spill in Nuuanu

About 1,190 gallons of raw sewage spilled into Nuuanu Stream yesterday after roots clogged a 12-inch sewer line.

Officials with the city Department of Environmental Services responded to the spill at 9:40 a.m. after raw sewage leaked through a cracked line.

The spill, near the intersection of Country Club Road and Pali Highway, was stopped after crew members cleared the blockage at 1:35 p.m.

Warning signs were posted while crew members cleaned and disinfected the affected areas. Samples were also taken for testing. City officials notified the state Health Department of the spill.

Land board OKs contract for Kona pier renovation

The state Board of Land & Natural Resources voted Friday to approve a $3.4 million contract for the renovation of the Kailua-Kona pier on the Big Island.

The contract went to Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. to complete the first three phases of the project, said state Sen. Lorraine Inouye (D, North Hilo-Hamakua-South Kohala).

Earlier this year, Inouye said the structural integrity of the pier's steel bulkhead had been undermined by corrosion.

The renovation project will repair and improve the pier's structural supports to make it safe for multiple uses, such as fishing and the landing of cruise ships and shuttle boats, she said.

Inouye said next year's Legislature will need to appropriate an additional $613,800 for phase four, which would include construction of an outdoor shower facility and a boat wash-down area, as well as the repaving of the pier.

State Judiciary offers class on detecting scams

The Hawaii State Judiciary will offer a free seminar aimed at helping consumers detect scams.

"Consumer Alert: Scams and Breach of Contracts" will be held on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Supreme Court courtroom at 417 S. King St.

Stephen Levins, acting executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection, will be the seminar's speaker. Attendees will learn how to file a complaint against a company and how to avoid common consumer mistakes.

The seminar is part of the "Lunch 'n' Learn the Law" program sponsored by the state Judiciary. For more information on the seminar or the program, contact the Judiciary's public affairs office at 539-4909.


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[Taking Notice]

GRANTS

>> The Robert E. Black Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation has awarded $50,000 to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii for its Nursing Assistant Training & Certification program. The program is one of three developed to place unemployed workers in high-demand occupations.

>> The Salvation Army has received two grants to support two programs for disadvantaged children. NFL Charities donated $5,000 to help establish a skateboard program in Waimea on the Big Island, where there is a lack of safe, supervised extracurricular activity. The George P. and Ida Tenney Castle Foundation gave $15,000 to the Army's Camp Homelani, which offers recreational, wilderness and craft programs.

>> The Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation has given $10,000 to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association to continue funding the W.R. Castle Jr. Fellowship Program for the Study of International Affairs. The grant will provide travel stipends to scholars, journalists and others who require access to the Hoover Presidential Library Museum in Iowa.

>> Bamboo Ridge Press, a local book publisher, has donated $4,000 worth of new books to the Hawaii State Public Library System in celebration of National Library Week 2002.

HONORS

>> The Bank of Hawaii has promoted five vice presidents to senior vice president positions. They are Darrel R. Hoke, management reporting manager; Lea M. Kagawa, tax manager; Robert Makahilahila, self-service banking channel manager; Jon E. Murakami, East Oahu regional sales manager; and Gordon Nihei, Pearlridge Commercial Banking Center.

>> Island Insurance Cos. has promoted Joao W. Santos to assistant vice president in charge of reinsurance buying and regulatory manager. Prior to joining the company in 2000, he served as a commercial underwriting unit manager at TIG Crum & Forster Insurance of Hawaii.

Michael J. Bianco, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, was appointed vice president of the claims division.

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Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

EAST OAHU

Fire at city parks facility is deemed intentional

A fire that caused $200,000 damage to a city Parks & Recreation storage facility in Hawaii Kai yesterday morning was intentionally set, according to the Fire Department.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada said the 5:30 a.m. fire destroyed half the building at 423 Kamakani St.

Two pickup trucks and at least one riding lawnmower inside the building were destroyed. There was evidence that the trucks had been broken into, Tejada said.

The cause of the fire was incendiary, Tejada said, noting that there were multiple points of origin. Tejada added there may have been possible evidence of an ignitable liquid.

The building was in a remote area and not close to any fire hydrants, so firefighters had to use all their on-board tank water, Tejada said.

WAIKIKI

Hilton tower evacuated after candles cause fire

A fire caused by unattended candles forced the evacuation of the Tapa Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village yesterday afternoon, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the alarm on the 15th floor at 3:52 p.m. No one was injured, said Capt. Kenison Tejada, spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department.

Smoke damage to the room and its contents was estimated at $24,000, Tejada said.

HONOLULU

Man arrested for alleged stabbing during quarrel

Police arrested a 50-year-old man for assault Saturday afternoon after he allegedly stabbed a 22-year-old man in the hand during an argument over money.

Several witnesses reported that the two men were fighting at North King and Kokea streets about 2 p.m., police said. Police said the suspect also received facial injuries when the victim struck him with a rock.

WINDWARD OAHU

Assault and threats lead to 2 teen inmates' arrest

Police were called to the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility twice Saturday afternoon, where two female inmates were arrested in separate incidents.

At 2 p.m., police arrested a 16-year-old girl for assault after she allegedly punched a fellow inmate several times, then punched the youth corrections officer who intervened.

At 3:40 p.m., officers responded again when a 17-year-old girl allegedly started yelling, swearing at the staff and cutting herself with a piece of floor tile after she had been placed in her cell during a shift change, police said.

When the girl was restrained and put in an isolation cell, she threatened to kill the youth corrections officer when she was released, police said.

The girl was brought to Castle Hospital for a psychological examination and treatment of her injuries, then brought back to the correctional facility and arrested.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Efforts continue to avoid fire from Kilauea lava

Firefighters at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continued cutting a control line yesterday to prevent a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano from igniting another fire.

Firefighters are cutting the line through ferns and brush as the flow continues to move down Holei Pali, park officials said. A fire started by the flow on May 18 burned 880 acres at the 2,100-foot level before it was brought under control.





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