Newswatch


By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, August 27, 1996



Case against Fasi
over donations withdrawn

Complainants have withdrawn a case against former Mayor Frank Fasi from the state Campaign Spending Commission, charging that they could not get a fair hearing from the panel.

But Fasi's attorney said the complaint was withdrawn because the complainants realized they did not have a case.

The case deals with allegations of improper donations received by the Fasi campaign. Among the charges is that the Fasi campaign received money from foreign companies and invested in security companies, both of which are illegal.



McCormack wins reprieve over files

Hawaii estate developer Mike McCormack won a reprieve yesterday from the state Supreme Court, which granted a stay in the state's order for him to surrender campaign contribution records.

The Supreme Court said it granted the stay so justices could review McCormack's claim that the state has no right to take the records. A Circuit Court judge last week ordered McCormack to turn the records over by Aug. 23.

McCormack says the state doesn't have the authority to see the records, calling it a violation of his First Amendment rights.



Officer charged with sodomy

A Hickam Air Force officer faces a possible court-martial for sodomy and other charges based on allegations gained through a conviction of another airman.

Gay advocates, however, contend that Air Force investigators violated the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to obtain the information.

The Air Force has charged Capt. Robert Saragosa with sodomy, conduct unbecoming of an officer, being drunk and disorderly, indecent exposure and committing indecent acts.



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




Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff



Car theft suspect, 16,
allegedly sideswiped cars

A 16-year-old boy is in fair condition today with injuries sustained after he allegedly sideswiped two cars in Makiki last night while driving a stolen state van.

The van, parked on Punchbowl Street, appeared to have been stolen shortly before the 9:45 p.m. crash, police said.

He allegedly struck a parked car and then a moving car near Emerson and Spencer streets, causing the van to flip over. The condition of the occupants of the moving car were unknown but they apparently were not seriously injured, police said.

The youth is under investigation for car theft.



Sedan goes over Tantalus cliff;
passengers run away

A stolen 1989 Ford two-door maroon sedan went over a cliff in the 2300 block of Tantalus Drive at about 10:21 last night, and three young men got out and ran away, police said.

Police and firefighters responded, and the investigation continued today.



Other Police/Fire headlines
in today's Star-Bulletin:

  • 28-year-old suspected of forging checks for drugs
  • Fishing vessel Finback towed back to Honolulu
  • Trash can lid thrown through window of Revolution Books
See expanded versions in today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin.





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