Newswatch

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, April 16, 1996


2 Marines found guilty in DNA trial

Two Kaneohe Marines were court-martialed today for refusing to give blood samples for a military DNA repository, despite arguing that the test violated their right to privacy.

The presiding judge, Cmdr. Peter Straub, ruled on the case this morning after hearing two defense witnesses and closing arguments.

Marine Lance Cpl. John C. Mayfield III, 21, of Dallas and Cpl. Joseph Vlacovsky, 25, of Canton, Ohio, were charged with violating an order to provide a blood and saliva sample - from which a DNA sample could be taken - on two separate occasions last year.

With today's guilty verdict, the maximum they face is confinement for six months, forfeit of two-thirds pay for six months and bad-conduct discharges.



Maui airport environmental study scrutinized by critics

The buzz is bad over Spreckelsville, Maui.

When jets fly over Jack Thompson's home, the noise is so loud he has to stop talking on the telephone.

He is among critics attacking a state environmental draft study proposing overseas flights at Kahului Airport. They say the study fails to adequately describe ways to lessen the impact.

A public meeting about the draft is scheduled 7 p.m. May 8 at the airport's Gate 39, holding room "F." State officials want to complete the review of the study by Sept. 1.

The improvements, being reviewed by the state Legislature, are expected to cost about $40 million, with the state spending $22 million and the federal government, $18 million.

To accommodate overseas flights, the state wants to extend the main runway from 7,000 feet to 9,600 feet.



For expanded versions of these and other stories,
see today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin.


Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff



Police investigate report of stabbing

Police are investigating a report of a stabbing involving an 18-year-old man.

Kapiolani Hospital officials called police after a man brought his son to the emergency room about 4 a.m. today with stab wounds.



One arrested, one sought in robbery

Charges are pending against a man arrested for allegedly robbing a 17-year-old transvestite in Wahiawa yesterday.

Two men allegedly drove up to the boy on Mango Street around 3:30 a.m. and agreed to meet him in the nearby Bank of Hawaii parking lot.

The suspects, who allegedly agreed to pay the boy for sex, later wanted their money back and one grabbed the boy by the throat, demanding money, police said.

They fled with money and the boy's purse in a maroon Honda, police said.

Officers arrested a 22-year-old man in Ewa two hours later.



Big Isle suspect held in sex assault

WAIMEA, Hawaii - Police are holding a 22-year-old man with no permanent address as a suspect in a sexual assault on a girl about 10:45 p.m. Sunday, they said. The assault happened at the victim's home in south Kohala and was reported to police about 11 a.m. yesterday.



Other Police/Fire Headlines:

- IHS resident knifed, in fair condition
- `Mililani cat burglar' charged
- Scuba diver who died is identified


(See expanded versions in today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin)




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