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Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Thursday, March 10, 2005





Waimea Beach Park to close temporarily

The Oahu Civil Defense Agency will temporarily close Waimea Bay Beach Park from 7 to 10 a.m. today.

City crews will work to clear a buildup of the sandbar at Waimea Bay caused by recent high surf.

The bay is expected to be reopened by midmorning.

Attorney suspended for abandoning case

The Supreme Court of Hawaii has suspended a 75-year-old Honolulu attorney from practicing law for two years after he filed a complaint for a client and then abandoned the case.

James C. Beaman previously was suspended in June for failing to cooperate with a state Office of Disciplinary Counsel's investigation on an unrelated matter.

The Supreme Court said Beaman was suspended for a second time because he had violated several conduct provisions for lawyers, including a failure to expedite litigation, lack of diligence, failure to communicate with a client and failure to cooperate with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Broken sewer line report proves false

A city sewer pipe in Niu Valley that ruptured three times last month did not break again yesterday as officials had feared. City crews unearthed the pipe early today and found it intact.

Crews were sent to the area near 5677 Kalanianaole Highway on Tuesday night after a city official driving home to Hawaii Kai noticed buckling under the highway.

The city has begun an emergency project to install a temporary surface bypass and then a permanent underground replacement for the aging pipe.

Disciplinary panel seeks new members

The Hawaii Supreme Court is seeking nonlawyer volunteers who are interested in serving on the panel that investigates allegations of attorney misconduct.

The high court will appoint people from a list of recommended candidates submitted by a nominating committee.

The new Office of Disciplinary Counsel board members will serve three-year terms beginning July 1.

The deadline for applying is April 15.


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[ Taking Notice ]

Salvatore Lanzilotti, the city's director of Customer Services, has been recognized for his Outstanding Individual Contribution in combating domestic violence.

The former director of the city Department of Emergency Services received the award recently from the Domestic Violence Clearinghouse.

He has served on the steering committee for the Men's March Against Violence since the event's inception in 1994.

Lanzilotti also developed and implemented special pre-hospital procedures for Honolulu's emergency medical services personnel to better assess, treat and protect domestic violence victims. Honolulu was one of the first cities in the country to implement such protocols.

Other awardees included the Hawaii Medical Services Association and the Hawaii Government Employees Association.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

LEEWARD OAHU

Truck in hit-and-run case is recovered

Honolulu police have recovered a flatbed pickup truck that they say was involved in the hit-and-run death of a 56-year old Waianae woman in February.

The truck was recovered Tuesday in Waianae, and police suspect that it is the vehicle that struck and killed Gloria Brooks along Farrington Highway fronting the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Feb. 14.

Brooks had left her Waianae house at 3 a.m. for an hour-long run along Farrington Highway and was hit about a half-hour later. Witnesses said they saw a driver in a flatbed pickup speeding away and the victim on the ground.

Traffic investigator Sgt. John Agno said last month that Brooks was jogging west on the sidewalk when the vehicle hit her. Agno said there is no evidence to indicate the driver attempted to slow down before impact.

Mo-ped rider critically injured in accident

A mo-ped rider was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident in Nanakuli shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday.

An Emergency Medical Services official said the victim was a man, approximately 30 years old, and was not responding to emergency personnel at the scene.

The man was taken by ambulance to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.

Police traffic investigators were called to the scene fronting 89-994 Nanakuli Ave.

Traffic was rerouted onto Pililaau Avenue.

No further details were available.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

SUV driver, 44, dies after vehicle overturns

The driver of a four-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle was killed in South Kona yesterday when his vehicle overturned.

Police said the 44-year-old Napoopoo man was the sole occupant of the SUV when it was traveling makai on Napoopoo Road at 6:28 p.m.

Police said the man lost control of the vehicle and hit an embankment. The SUV overturned, and the man was thrown from the vehicle, police said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

2 men allegedly drive vehicle at policeman

WAIMEA, Hawaii » Big Island police are holding two men for attempted murder after they allegedly drove their vehicle at an officer in an apparent attempt to injure or kill him.

The officer fired a single shot while diving out of the way, police said. No one was injured and the vehicle stopped, they said.

The two men, 48 and 35, were then arrested.

The incident started about 9 p.m. Tuesday in Waimea with West Hawaii vice officers executing a search warrant for drugs.

When an Isuzu sport utility vehicle arrived, police identified themselves. The vehicle then backed up in an attempt to flee, hitting a fence post, a warehouse and a tractor, police said.

Then the vehicle drove forward toward one of the officers, who fired his gun. The vehicle hit boulders on one side of the driveway and stopped. The two men were then arrested.

An Internal Affairs investigation is being conducted -- as is routine -- regarding the firing of the gun by the officer, a 23-year veteran of the department, police said. The two suspects are being held in the Kona police cellblock pending charges.

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Firemen wearing oxygen tanks investigated a science classroom at Farrington High School yesterday where mercury spilled from a broken thermometer.

Broken thermometer causes mercury scare

A fire hazardous materials team and an environmental cleanup crew responded to a mercury spill at Farrington High School yesterday morning.

A 12-inch thermometer broke in a science classroom in Building I shortly before 11 a.m.

The Hazmat team found residual mercury on the classroom floor, and an environmental firm, Environmet, hired by the Department of Education cleaned it up.

Eleven students and two teachers present during the cleanup were advised to shower and remove their clothing and wash it separately.

No one apparently suffered any adverse ill effects, said Richard Soo, DOE director of safety services.



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