Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, May 30, 2002


Remains believed to be those of four American servicemen missing from the Vietnam War -- three from Vietnam and one from Laos -- arrived at Hickam Air Force Base yesterday and were taken to the Army Central Identification Laboratory.

Free oral and vision testing for Olympians

Free oral and vision screening will be offered at the Special Olympics this weekend for athletes participating in the Summer Games competition.

More than 100 doctors, nurses and other health workers will set up a "Healthy Athlete Village" to provide free screening, education and referrals at the main Kekuhaupio Gym on the Kamehameha Schools campus.

About 400 physically and mentally challenged athletes are expected to be screened. The screening will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday.

For the oral health services, Dr. Karen Hu of the state Dental Health Division will conduct a "Special Smiles" clinic. She will be assisted by more than 90 volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and others.

Dr. Jane Kimura of Kaiser Permanente on Maui will be in charge of optometrists, ophthalmologists and Lions Club volunteers in the "Opening Eyes" program. Comprehensive vision and eye health assessment will be provided as well as corrective lenses at no cost.

Waste water spills from Helemano manholes

About 5,100 gallons of waste water spilled onto the ground from sewer manholes at a Helemano Military Reservation pumping station on Tuesday.

The Directorate of Public Works from Wheeler Army Airfield said cleanup was complete, clearing the lines and disinfecting areas where the waste water spilled.

The cause of the spill is under investigation.

Federal funds available to protect isle wildlife

Private landowners and lessees can apply for federal cost-share funds to help protect Hawaii's native wildlife.

The funds are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. They were allocated by Congress through the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.

Cost-share funds can be used for conservation practices that benefit free-ranging wildlife, particularly native species.

Eligible practices include alien species control, fencing and native plant establishment. Contracts may last five to 10 years.

Applications will be accepted until June 14. They will be prioritized by the amount of benefit to wildlife for each dollar spent.

For more information, call, on Oahu, 483-8600; on Maui, 244-3100; on Molokai, 567-6868; on Kauai, 245-9014; in Hilo, 933-8381; in Waimea, 885-6602; and in Kealakekua, 322-2484.

Maui Mayor Apana to host town meetings

WAILUKU >> Maui Mayor James "Kimo" Apana will hold town meetings in June to give Maui residents the opportunity to ask questions or express their views on county government.

Apana and his department heads will attend the meetings.

The first two meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Lanai Senior Center and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kaunakakai Elementary School cafeteria on Molokai.

All other meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and take place on June 13 at the Kihei Community Center main hall, June 17 at King Kekaulike High School cafeteria, June 18 at the Lahaina Civic Center, June 20 at the Lihikai Elementary School cafeteria, June 24 at Helene Social Hall in Hana, and July 10 at the Paia Community Center.

Public libraries to close for annual training days

All public libraries on Maui, Molokai and Lanai will be closed today for an annual training day.

Library Institute Day will be conducted statewide. Public libraries on Oahu will close on Wednesday, libraries on Kauai on June 7 and libraries on the Big Island on June 14.

Book drops will remain open.


Corrections and clarifications

>> United States Marine Repair Inc. does not own Hawaii-based Marisco Ltd. The company was in talks to buy the ship repair business, but the sale was not completed. A story in yesterday's Hawaii Inc. incorrectly cited United States Marine as the parent company of Marisco. Also, Roger Kubischta is head of Hawaii operations for United States Marine. Retired Rear Adm. Dick Camacho was incorrectly named in that position in yesterday's story.

>> A California company is seeking to buy 285 million shares of stock in the bankrupt Kona firm Aquasearch Inc., a 69 percent stake. A May 21 story in Hawaii Inc. incorrectly reported Aqua Reorganization Co. would buy 385 million shares.

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

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

It's a bird, it's a plane -- no, it's a manhole cover

Witnesses said a Punchbowl Street manhole cover flew about 20 feet in the air at 3:15 p.m. yesterday in front of the state Circuit Court building at 777 Punchbowl St.

Responding fire crews said there was no indication of smoke or fire when they arrived. They found the cover on the grassy area near the sidewalk about eight to 10 feet away from the manhole.

A Hawaiian Electric Co. official said an underground cable short-circuited.

Police seek gunman who stole vehicle at Pearlridge

Art Honolulu police want help identifying a gunman who robbed a 30-year-old woman in a Pearlridge parking lot on April 22.

Police said the woman was about to get into her vehicle near Anna Miller's restaurant at 98-115 Kaonohi St. at about 10 p.m. when a man with a handgun approached her and her boyfriend and demanded the vehicle.

The gunman took the vehicle and fled. Police found it 12 hours later in the parking lot at 1936 S. King St.

The gunman is described as in his early 20s, 5 feet 4 inches, 140 pounds, with an average build, tan complexion, brown hair in a crewcut and brown eyes. He was wearing a black T-shirt and colored shorts.

Anyone with information may call Detective Taro Nakamura at 529-3392 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

2 assault probes opened in injuries of 2-year-olds

Police have opened two separate assault investigations after two 2-year-old boys were taken to Kapiolani Medical Center with serious head injuries earlier this week.

On Sunday, a Waipahu boy was taken to the hospital with a skull fracture. Then on Monday, an Ewa Beach boy arrived with subdural hematoma, a brain injury.

Police investigate theft of 18 Kalani yearbooks

Police are investigating the theft of 18 yearbooks, worth more than $1,000, at Kalani High School.

The yearbooks, kept in a secured area in a classroom, were discovered missing on May 20, police said. A 17-year-old boy was arrested last Friday and released pending further investigation.

Principal Randiann Porras-Tang said the yearbooks, costing $58.59 each, have not been recovered.

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