Drainage work closes H-1 lane
The right lane of the H-1 freeway westbound near the Kaamilo Overpass in Aiea will be closed for up to two weeks while crews repair a drainage culvert, according to the state Department of Transportation. The lane closed at 10 a.m. yesterday so crews could start filling a void around an 11-foot drainage pipe next to Olopana Street and the H-1 freeway. Officials advise motorists to use caution while merging with traffic and to allow extra travel time because of the work.
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49-year-old Kailua man identified in fatal head-on collision
The Medical Examiner's Office identified the man who died from injuries he received when a tow truck crashed head-on with his pickup truck on Wilikina Drive.
Roy Jimenez, 49, of Kailua, died of multiple internal injuries, a medical investigator said.
Jimenez was driving south on Wilikina Drive when a tow truck going in the opposite direction and driven by a 41-year-old Honolulu man veered into oncoming traffic and struck Jimenez's Nissan pickup truck shortly before 5:15 p.m., police said.
Firefighters extricated Jimenez, who was pinned inside his truck, and he was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital, where he later died.
The tow truck driver was taken to an area hospital for minor back pain.
Police said speed may have been a factor in the collision.
Crews try to contain fire above Helemano
A brush fire blackened at least 50 acres about a mile above the Helemano Military Reservation last night.
Fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said the fire did not threaten any structures. About two dozen Honolulu and federal firefighters were working last night to contain the fire, which began about 6 p.m.
Fire crews battle blaze at Army firing range
Firefighters spent yesterday trying to control a fire at a Schofield Barracks firing range near Kolekole Pass Road.
The blaze started at 2 p.m. Monday and consumed 200 to 300 acres. The blaze has posed no threat to buildings or people, Donna Klapakis, an Army spokeswoman said. She said the Army doesn't know what caused the blaze.
Waialua man arrested for fatal car crash
Police arrested an 18-year-old Waialua man who was driving a car that crashed in May, killing two of his Waialua High School classmates.
The crash happened at 3:47 a.m. May 13 off Kaukonahua Road just mauka of Farrington Highway in Waialua. Police said at the time that the driver of the 1991 Geo Storm lost control, then veered off the roadway and overturned.
Two of the five teenagers in the car, Shane Bachiller and Lanikila Vierra, both 18, were thrown from the vehicle and died. The other three people in the car were injured. The group was returning from a party to celebrate Bachiller's 18th birthday.
Police arrested the suspect Monday at 12:05 p.m. for investigation of two counts of second-degree negligent homicide and one count of first-degree negligent injury and then released him within 40 minutes pending an investigation.
When asked why the suspect was arrested only recently, traffic investigators said it is not unusual for suspects to be arrested at any point during a vehicular homicide investigation. Although the suspect had been injured and was hospitalized after the crash, paramedics said the injuries were minor and that he had been hospitalized only for observation.
7 held on Big Isle for meth-related charges
Seven people charged after a raid on an alleged crystal methamphetamine lab on the Big Island are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each.
On July 6, police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents searched an Oahu Street residence in the Nanawale Estates subdivision and discovered a meth conversion lab. Since there is a danger that the chemicals used in such labs could ignite and explode, police had to dispose of the material via a hazardous waste company.
All seven individuals arrested during the raid were charged with meth trafficking and promoting a dangerous drug. The suspects are: Debra Lani, 51; James Lucas, 46; Leona Lucas, 56; Joseph Souza, 52; Donna Tarape, 54; Lionel Tarape, 56; and Gregory Wright, 53.
Big Isle kids located in Florida after search
Two Big Island children who had been missing since May were found Monday in Florida with their biological mother.
The mother, 30-year-old Diana Tamura, was arrested by Florida police for investigation of custodial interference.
The girls' adoptive parents reported that they dropped off Chelsea Gouveia, 5, and Celeste Gouveia, 11, for a visit with Tamura on May 27. The parents said Tamura failed to return the girls at a pre-arranged time later that day.
Police issued an all-points bulletin for Tamura and the two girls and sought help from the public in locating them.
Fire is contained in Kailua-Kona home
A fire was confined to the laundry room of a two-story house in Kailua-Kona yesterday.
The fire started in a circuit box, which shorted due to a water leak, the Fire Department said. No one was injured in the fire. Occupants of the home were out of the house when fire crews arrived. The fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage, the Fire Department said.