Stone's daughter is hurt in crash
The daughter of widely known Hawaii developer Jeff Stone was seriously injured Friday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle drove through her first-floor apartment in Dallas and pinned her to a wall.
Chynna Stone, 21, a sophomore psychology and advertising major at Southern Methodist University, was sitting on her couch in her off-campus apartment at about 3:30 p.m. when a GMC Yukon plowed through her apartment.
She was pinned between the vehicle and the back wall of the apartment. University Park and Dallas fire personnel took about 45 minutes to remove her. Stone, a 2005 Punahou School graduate, was taken to Baylor Hospital, where she was listed in stable but serious condition, University Park police spokeswoman Officer Lita Snellgrove said yesterday.
"We had a lot of people passing by and looking in," Snellgrove said. "They couldn't believe what they were seeing."
Her father, Jeff Stone, Ko Olina resort developer, could not be reached yesterday.
Police charged the driver of the SUV, Brian Michael Adams, 24, with intoxication assault. Adams lives in the same apartment complex as Stone, Snellgrove said.
Snellgrove said a car slammed through the same apartment, on McFarlin Boulevard near an intersection, during an earlier chase with Dallas police.
Maui school to get new cafeteria
Paia Elementary School on Maui is getting money to replace a cafeteria destroyed in 2005 by a fire.
Gov. Linda Lingle has released $5 million to design and build the cafeteria, her office announced this month.
Students have been eating in the room used by the After-School Plus Program.
Additional project costs will be covered by an insurance settlement received by the Department of Education totaling approximately $465,000.
Construction of the cafeteria is scheduled to begin in September 2009 and be completed in November 2010, according to Lingle's office.
Maui attempts to plan its future
WAILUKU » Maui growth planners are debating whether to plan for the growth residents want or the growth they should expect.
A draft plan released this month by the county Planning Department says Maui's population will likely jump 42 percent in the next two decades to 186,000. An additional 40,000 housing units will likely be built by 2030 to accommodate the new residents, the plan says.
The county Planning Department released the plan earlier this month. It has been sent to the General Plan Advisory Committee, which has until the end of October to make recommendations. It will then be sent to the Maui Planning Commission, and ultimately to the Maui County Council for approval.
Planning Director Jeff Hunt said the plan attempts to strike a balance between population projections and preserving the "island lifestyle," residents' quality of life.
"It's a managed-growth plan," he said. "It's not a no-growth plan, and it's not a free-market plan."
Inadequate planning for growth has already led to overcrowded roads and schools on Maui and strains on the island's supplies of fresh water.
Police, Fire, Courts
Gas leak forces 20 to evacuate
Firefighters evacuated about 20 people in Kalihi Kai yesterday after an underground natural-gas pipe sprung a leak.
The leak started at about 4:50 p.m. at 517 Colburn St., near Mokauea Street. Residents from three houses in the area were asked to leave because of the danger from the flammable gas, said Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig.
A Fire Department hazardous-materials crew found the fumes coming from a gas line under the driveway and dug 12 inches down to plug the hole until the gas company arrived, Seelig said.
At 6:10 p.m. the gas company patched the leak, and residents were allowed to return home. No one was injured.
2 rescued after night in mountains
Firefighters rescued two hikers yesterday who were stranded since Saturday evening on the Puu Kalena Trail in the Waianae Mountains.
Firefighters airlifted two men, ages 21 and 28, at about 11:50 a.m. after poor weather conditions delayed the search that began around 6 p.m. Saturday, said fire Capt. Terry Seelig.
The two men, members of the military, were transported later to Tripler Army Medical Center for further observation and treatment.
The two men started hiking around 10:30 a.m. and reached a mountain peak about nine miles from the trail head in the late afternoon. They were uncomfortable walking down the trail because of bad weather and the approaching darkness and called for help around 6 p.m.
5-year-old boy who drowned identified
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office identified a 5-year-old boy who died after being pulled from a pool in the Kapalama area Friday as Tito Hyde of Honolulu.
An autopsy will be performed today to determine his exact cause of death.
Man's body found floating near park
An elderly man's body was found floating yesterday in waters off Reeds Bay Beach Park in Hilo, Big Island police said.
Swimmers at the beach came across the man's body in the water at 2:06 p.m., police said.
He was wearing a jacket, long pants and heavy black work boots, police said. Police were investigating the possibility of foul play.
An autopsy has been requested to determine the cause of death.