Auto shop faces waste complaint
The state Department of Health has filed a complaint against Kiyo's Transmission Service LLC for alleged violations of the state's hazardous-waste and used-oil rules.
Officials cited the facility for failure to properly label containers of used oil, failure to properly store and dispose of used oil and failure to respond to releases of used oil.
State health officials conducted an inspection on July 10, 2003, and cited the company for 10 separate violations of the hazardous-waste and used-oil regulations. Kiyo's cleaned up its facility, and over the past four years, state health officials had worked with the company to improve facility conditions.
On Sept. 5, however, state health officials conducted an inspection based on a complaint and found violations similar to those found in 2003.
Kiyo's faces a penalty of $12,000. The company also has been ordered to comply with state hazardous-waste and used-oil rules for the cited violations. The facility has 20 days to respond to the order.
Funeral set for honored veteran
A private memorial service will be held Saturday for Medal of Honor recipient Shizuya Hayashi, 90, who died March 12.
The service is limited to family members, family friends, veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, general and flag officers, and designated representatives of other veterans, business, civic and military organizations.
All veterans, organizations and the public who wish to express their condolences and pay respect can do so at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow.
Friday, March 28, 2008
» Veterans, organizations and the public may pay respects to Medal of Honor recipient Shizuya Hayashi, who died March 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Originally, the item above said the public could visit from 5:45 p.m. tomorrow to 10 a.m. Sunday.
Nursing homes reduce restraints
A new study shows the use of physical restraints in Hawaii nursing homes has declined by 60 percent since 2002.
The data is part of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report. It shows a decline of 40 percent nationwide in the use of restraints such as bed rails or wheelchair belts.
A 1987 law outlaws the use of restraints to discipline or restrict patients as a matter of convenience for the nursing home. They can only be used for medical reasons, such as to prevent a patient from tearing out an IV.
The report compares two months in 2002 with two in 2006. For Hawaii it shows 7.5 percent of nursing home patients were regularly put in some kind of restraint in 2002, with only 3 percent in 2006. Nationwide, 5.9 percent of patients were physically restrained repeatedly in 2006 -- a drop from 9.7 percent in 2002.
Lucky donor will get free gas
Anyone who makes a donation to the Hawaii Foodbank at any of NAPA Auto Parts' 33 stores in Hawaii could win a year of free gas.
The entry forms will be available through April 11, and one grand-prize winner will be drawn to win gas for a year. One winner from each store's entries will also be picked to win $50 worth of gas. There are 18 NAPA stores on Oahu.
Police, Fire, Courts
Heart ailment blamed in death
A 60-year-old man died of natural causes after crashing his vehicle in Moanalua Valley on Friday, officials said yesterday.
Ted Teramoto of Moanalua Valley died of a cardiac arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said.
At 2:58 a.m. Friday, Teramoto was driving a sport utility vehicle south on Ala Aolani Street when he crossed the center line and ran into a wall on the other side of the street, police said.
Teramoto died at the scene. Police are investigating the case as an unattended death, not as a traffic fatality.
Police still lack ID for dead biker
The identity of a 44-year-old man who died in a motorcycle crash in Moiliili more than a week ago has yet to be confirmed, authorities said.
The man died of traumatic injuries due to a motor vehicle collision, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said yesterday.
Officials were awaiting positive identification, which is made by family members or fingerprints. Authorities have a possible identity of the victim and have contacted family members, but they have not made identification, the Medical Examiner's Office said. Identification by fingerprints could take weeks.
At about 9:40 p.m. March 18, the man was driving a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle Ewa-bound on Date Street. Near Laau Street he tried to pass a sedan, lost control and crashed into a parked car, police said. He was thrown several feet onto the pavement.
Police said the man was not wearing a helmet and died at the Queen's Medical Center. Speed was a factor, police said. The man is the 11th traffic fatality on Oahu this year.
Suspect accused of damaging cars
Police arrested a 29-year-old man who allegedly damaged cars at a Kaneohe auto dealership from which he was fired.
Police said the suspect was fired Tuesday. Police said that at 10:04 that night, a witness reported the suspect firing a pellet gun at three vehicles parked at the dealership, damaging the bodies and shattering windows.
Police said cost of damage was about $2,100 total for the three cars.
Police arrested the suspect at his home on suspicion of second-degree criminal property damage.
Molokai boy dies after car crash
A 16-year-old boy who crashed a stolen vehicle Saturday on Molokai died Tuesday from his injuries.
At about 4:50 a.m. Saturday, Nakaimoku Acasio was driving in a vehicle on Kamehameha V Highway near the 3.8-mile marker in Kawela, police said.
Acasio lost control, and the vehicle overturned off the road. It was later determined that the car was stolen.
The passengers, three boys ages 14, 15 and 16 from Kualapuu, were taken to Molokai General Hospital in stable condition.
Acasio was flown to the Queen's Medical Center. At 5:10 p.m. Tuesday he died of his injuries. Police are still investigating the accident. Acasio is Maui County's fifth fatality of the year.
Officials suspect cigarette in fire
A family of three has been displaced after a late-night fire Tuesday in Pukalani, Maui.
At 11:21 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to a call of a 752-square-foot home ablaze at 3440 Haleakala Highway.
The fire was extinguished shortly after midnight, Maui fire officials said. The damage estimate was about $215,000 to the single-family dwelling.
Preliminary investigations revealed a cigarette in the bedroom might have caused the fire. There were no injuries. The American Red Cross assisted the family.