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Police, Fire, Courts
Chemical leak closes Lihue industrial area
A Lihue industrial area remained closed last night after a chemical leak in the Trex Hawaii LLC warehouse on Aukele Street yesterday morning.
Company officials said the leak occurred around 8:30 a.m. because of a faulty valve on a storage tank containing methyltrichlorosilane, a chemical that can affect the digestive system, liver and gall bladder.
Hazmat technicians from the Kauai Fire Department sprayed foam in the structure to prevent vapors from escaping. Another expert was brought in from the Big Island to survey the scene. No one was injured in the incident, Kauai county officials said.
Suspicious fire damages Hilo store
A Hilo furniture store sustained an estimated $20,000 in damage from a suspicious fire late Friday, Big Island firefighters said.
The blaze started at Koehnens Interiors, at 76 Kamehameha Ave., about 11:24 p.m. Friday. Fourteen firefighters responded and had the fire under control within six minutes.
Firefighters said the blaze started in some discarded boxes outside the building, spread to an exterior wall and then to the roof.
Ewa Beach fire damages 3 units
A fire this weekend in Ewa Beach caused about $230,000 in damage and displaced two women from their townhomes.
Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Kenison Tejada said discarded cigarettes on the lanai of unit U in Palm Villa at 91-1049 Mikohu St. ignited the fire around 11 p.m. Friday night.
No one was injured.
Unit U suffered an estimated $180,000 in damage. The apartment below sustained $50,000 in damage, and another apartment had some water damage.
Motorcyclist killed on Pali was a Marine
Marine Corps officials identified Lance Cpl. Alberto Lopez yesterday as the 20-year-old Kaneohe man who died on the scene of a motorcycle accident on the Pali Highway early Friday morning.
Police said Lopez was driving a yellow 2004 Suzuki in the Kailua-bound lanes on the windward side of the Pali Tunnel at about 12:36 a.m. when he veered to the right side of the road and struck a concrete barrier. Lopez, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the drainage ditch next to the barrier, police said.
Police said speed appeared to be a factor, but it was not clear if alcohol was involved.
Man charged in $1,000 copper theft
Police charged 43-year-old Michael Scott Handy with second-degree property damage Thursday for stealing a copper gutter valued at about $1,000 from a Board of Water Supply pumping station on Kapahulu Avenue around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Handy is being held lieu of $11,000 bail.