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Monday, March 14, 2005





Man, 18, in critical condition after crash

An 18-year-old man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition yesterday after a single-car crash on the H-1 freeway.

His 17-year-old passenger, of Mililani, sustained minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Queen's in good condition.

The accident happened at about 3:32 p.m. in the freeway's eastbound lanes near the Honolulu Airport offramp.

Police said the 18-year-old, driving a tan four-door vehicle, tried to overtake another car when he lost control, struck a concrete barrier, went airborne and flipped over several times.

Speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, but alcohol was not, police said.

The passenger in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt. Police said it is still unknown whether the driver was wearing one.

Attorney punished for tearing out pages

A Honolulu attorney was publicly reprimanded and suspended from practicing law for six months by the Hawaii Supreme Court as a penalty for tearing out pages from documents at the U.S. District Court library.

William Tagupa, 59, admitted to mutilating government property by tearing out for his personal use pages from documents in the Martin Pence Court Library in June, according to a statement last week from the Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Tagupa's suspension goes into effect in April.

Alleged sexual assault of girl leads to arrest

Police have charged a 28-year-old Wahiawa man for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

Police identified the man as I-U Tipo. The victim told police that she was sexually assaulted by a family member over a two-month period.

Tipo was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.

Maui community award deadline approaching

WAILUKU » Nominations are being accepted for Bank of Hawaii's 2005 Mike Lyons Maui Community Award.

The annual award gives $5,000 to an outstanding Maui County nonprofit organization, in honor of the late Michael H. Lyons II, a retired senior vice president and district manager for the bank who was a community leader.

Nomination forms are available at all Bank of Hawaii branches or by calling 243-8130. The deadline is Thursday.



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