Newswatch


By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, September 2, 1996



Gingrich campaigns for Swindle

The House speaker on Maui says Hawaii is ripe
for a GOP congressman

Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich cut his week-long Maui vacation a few hours short yesterday to rally support for 1st Congressional District challenger Orson Swindle.

Gingrich told about 75 Republican Party contributors at the Aston Wailea Resort that Hawaii is ripe for a Republican congressman.

"When I've talked with folks on Maui this past week, no one seems to think they're undertaxed or that the Internal Revenue Service is that good a deal," Gingrich said during a news conference at the resort.

Gingrich praised Swindle's patriotism - he's a Vietnam veteran and was held captive - and his Republican Party loyalty that falls in line with the Bob Dole platform for lower taxes, harsher drug laws and higher wages.



Kaneshiro favors
more prison space, cooperation

As the state's new public safety director, outgoing Honolulu prosecuting attorney Keith Kaneshiro is looking forward to establishing a good working relationship with his successor.

Getting more prison space should be a common goal for both, he says.

"It's a fallacy to think that the prosecuting attorney can cause the crime rate to drop," Kaneshiro said. "There's a lot of factors involved.

"You can have all the police on the streets, all the prosecutors prosecuting cases and getting convictions, all the judges sentencing criminals to prison, but if you don't have enough prison space, it's not going to make an impact on the crime rate."



One-stop services offered to Oahu homeless

Free food, clothing and counseling were the order of the day at a small park at Bethel and Hotel streets yesterday.

As the Department of Veterans Affairs offered information on benefits, portable tables featured a spread of sandwiches, fruits, vegetables and cookies.

Shirts, towels, socks and blankets also went to the needy.

The program geared toward helping the homeless has been held at the downtown site for the past seven years. It relies on private donations.

Sharon Black, director of the Kau Kau Wagon, said about 150 people showed up yesterday.



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




Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff



Kakaako pool hall damaged by fire

A second-floor pool hall in Kakaako was damaged extensively by fire yesterday morning. No one was in the pool hall at 331 Keawe St. at the time, 7:21 a.m.

Damage was put at $95,000 to the building, $60,000 to the contents. The cause is under investigation.

Businesses downstairs were not damaged.



Shoplifting suspect nabbed at Ala Moana

A 25-year-old man who tried to pull a knife on an Ala Moana Center security guard after he was stopped for shoplifting was charged with first-degree robbery.

Billy Paxton Moore of Kapiolani Boulevard was allegedly attempting to shoplift cans of food at Foodland Ala Moana at 5:15 p.m. Friday when a store employee tried to stop him.

Police said Moore ran from the store and into the arms of a guard.



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

  • Boy, shot in neck, remains hospitalized
  • Boy suffers broken arm; father is arrested
  • Beach bag-snatcher nabbed by citizens
See expanded versions in today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin.





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