Newswatch


By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, June 25, 1996



Punched, kicked and
stomped - 'hard'

A 17-year-old state's witness said he agreed to participate in a gang ritual known as "jumping out" but didn't expect a gang member to die from the more than 60 punches, kicks and stomps he suffered during the ritual.

"I was shocked," said Joseph Tauiliili, who testified yesterday in the murder trial of Waipahu residents Marc Umi, 19, Emanuelu Tunoa, 17, and Ricky Lealaitafea, 18.

Tauiliili, known as "Slack," entered into a plea agreement with the state for his role in Misiona Faumuina's death from the June 27, 1995, beating inflicted by Homicide gang members behind the Waipahu Recreation Center.



Hawaii wins another shot at stadium suit

The state is getting a second chance to hold U.S. Steel responsible for the decay of Aloha Stadium.

At issue is the company's "weathering steel" that supposedly rusts until a protective patina is created. Instead, at Aloha Stadium it just kept on rusting, the state contends. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel, now known as USX Corp., however, faults the state for flawed designs and poor maintenance.

In 1993, a Circuit Court judge threw out one of the state's claims and a jury discounted the other.

The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the court should not have thrown out the state's claim of negligent misrepresentation and that the judge issued erroneous instructions to the jury mulling the unfair and deceptive trade practices claim against the corporation.



Democrat chairman calls for
auto insurance action

Fearing a backlash from voters upset at the high cost of car insurance, Democratic Party Chairman Richard Port is publicly lobbying the Legislature to act this summer.

At a news conference yesterday, Port reminded the Legislature's Democrats that, at the state convention, reforming auto insurance was singled out for special attention. Delegates to the Democratic convention passed a resolution urging the Legislature to go into special session this summer to change the auto insurance laws.

But the Legislature doesn't appear ready to compromise on a method to lower insurance costs.



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




Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff



Police investigating molestation
of Kona girl

KAILUA-KONA - Police are investigating the assault of a Kona girl who was sexually molested during a one-year period, they said.

An adult suspect has been identified but not arrested, they said.



Parked car hit by gunfire in Chinatown

Gunshots were fired into a parked car in Chinatown early today, but no one was injured.

An unknown suspect fled after the shots were heard around 2:30 a.m. at Smith and Hotel streets, police said.

Officers questioned people in the area, but they denied seeing or hearing anything.



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