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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, January 3, 2003


Hanauma group searching for volunteers

Friends of Hanauma Bay, a nonprofit group, is looking for volunteers to help clean the scenic bay area Jan. 12.

The group plans to clean the beach, park and Kalanianaole Highway from Keahole Street to the Blow Hole from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Volunteers will meet at the Hanauma Bay upper picnic area near the new Visitors Center. Residents should bring a photo identification card to avoid the beach-access fee.

For more information on the cleanup, call coordinator Harvey Shapiro, 395-1217.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> Hotel guests were on balconies at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort in a photograph that ran Wednesday on Page A7. The caption incorrectly used the hotel's former name, the Hawaiian Regent Hotel.

>> Daiei CEO Kozo Yamagishi was the second person from the right in a photo on Page A3 yesterday. In the early edition, the caption misidentified him as being second from the left.

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

WAIKIKI

HPD finds equipment in counterfeiting case

Honolulu police, during a bust in Waikiki yesterday morning, discovered sophisticated computer equipment believed to have been used for counterfeiting.

The discovery came during the arrest of Erick Ledford, 38, in his hotel room at 2947 Kalakaua Ave. Police said Ledford was wanted on a warrant regarding a federal counterfeiting case and also for questioning as a witness in the murder of Hayward Julio on Aug. 21 near Waipahu High School.

When police arrested Ledford, they found an estimated $10,000 in computer equipment including printers, credit card readers and a scanner.

Police also found a number of credit cards, though they do not know if they were stolen or created using stolen information.

Ledford was arrested after a tip to CrimeStoppers.

WINDWARD OAHU

Hiker collapses, dies on trail above Laie

Benjamin Muae, 32, of Laie, died yesterday after collapsing on a hiking trail above Laie, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office said.

Firefighters found Muae after they were dispatched to rescue a man who became unconscious. When firefighters reached him, bystanders were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Muae was airlifted off the trail and taken to Kahuku Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Driver critically hurt after van collision

A man was injured critically this morning when his car crashed into a utility pole on Kamehameha Highway near Kualoa Ranch and then collided head-on with a van.

No one in the van was injured, police said. The man initially was taken to Queen's Medical Center in serious but stable condition. His condition worsened to critical later, hospital officials said.

Police said the man was driving toward Kahuku about 5 a.m. when he crashed into a pole and then into a van near Johnson Road. The fallen pole blocked the Kaneohe-bound lane, causing a traffic delay.

The accident also knocked out street lights in the area. Power should be restored today, said Hawaiian Electric Company spokeswoman Lynne Unemori.



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