Newswatch


By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, October 31, 1996



Isles plan for ‘Mighty Mo’
but California wants it, too

On Christmas Eve 1944, the battleship Missouri made its first port call at Pearl Harbor, stopping briefly on its way to the war in the Pacific.

Barring unforeseen roadblocks, the "Mighty Mo" will return to the islands May 17, 1998, and be open to the public by Sept. 2 of that year.

But Sen. Daniel Inouye, one of the key movers behind the Navy's decision to berth the 52-year-old battleship at Pearl Harbor, warned that "the quest is not yet over."

Congress, when it convenes in January, still must act on Navy Secretary John Dalton's decision. In asking for his colleagues' support, Inouye said the difference between berthing the Missouri at Pearl Harbor instead of Long Beach, Calif., or San Francisco is that it "will be a memorial first and foremost."

"The priority will be to ensure that this majestic battleship is accorded the highest respect and dignity in memory of those who stood in harm's way in defense of our great nation," Inouye wrote colleagues in September. "To do anything less would be a grave insult."

California supporters would like the Missouri to be docked next to the Queen Mary in Long Beach or as part of San Francisco's Embarcadero tourist area.

In San Francisco, it would serve as the centerpiece, along with the Liberty Ship USS Jeremiah O'Brien, for a proposed new waterfront park and exhibition area to be called Navy Square. The square would feature educational and historic exhibits, shops, restaurants, and rest areas, and be used for conferences and special events.

Congressional action is expected in March.



Cayetano fires back at Harris’ campaign

Gov. Ben Cayetano and his chief of staff, Charles Toguchi, admit it was wrong for a staffer in the governor's office to use a state fax machine to send a campaign agenda for mayoral candidate Arnold Morgado to two state agencies.

They say it was an isolated incident that Walter Kupau, financial secretary of the Hawaii Carpenters Union, which strongly backs Mayor Jeremy Harris in the race, is trying to exploit with complaints to the state Ethics and Campaign Spending commissions and to city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

But Cayetano yesterday fired back, saying the Harris campaign is guilty of more serious campaign violations. They allegedly include:

A prominent isle architect - who was not identified - will be giving a legal deposition to support the allegations, Cayetano said.

Chris Parsons, Harris campaign spokesman, said Cayetano should support his claims. Such wrongdoing would not be tolerated by Harris, he said.



Feds accept city’s bid for land in Chinatown

The federal government has accepted a $2.1 million bid by the city to purchase two Chinatown properties seized in drug raids.

Federal Drug Enforcement Administration officials and Honolulu police seized the properties, along Smith and Hotel streets, in 1995 after a number of drug arrests on the premises.

No other bids were received for the property and the city has conditionally been accepted as the purchaser, U.S. Attorney Steve Alm said yesterday.

Proceeds are to go in part to property owner Taipei Partners, and the rest to the federal government.

Mayor Jeremy Harris wants to use the properties to create a community service center that would include a relocated Chinatown police station.



Short-circuit blamed for Kapiolani outage

A electrical short-circuit is being blamed for yesterday's 24-minute power outage in the Kapiolani area and a small explosion that blew off a manhole cover.

Hawaiian Electric Co. had power restored to 169 customers by 10:17 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The short circuit occurred on an underground 1,200-volt primary electrical line. The explosion forced the manhole cover up about 18 inches, according to witnesses.



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




Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff



Robber gets cash,
claims to have bomb

A man claiming to be carrying a bomb got cash from a Salt Lake Shopping Center bank yesterday.

Witnesses to the 2:55 p.m. robbery at the American Savings Bank branch described the robber as being in his mid-50s, weighing more than 200 pounds, with graying short hair. He left the shopping center parking lot in a white 1990 Chevrolet, according to the FBI.



Halloween disguise used in robbery

LIHUE - A Halloween mask was used as a disguise in a robbery at the First Federal Savings and Loan Bank in Kukui Grove Shopping Center yesterday.

The robber displayed a handgun when he demanded money from a teller in the 1:30 p.m. holdup. He brought a white shopping bag to carry the booty from his illicit "trick or treat" venture.

John Schiman, FBI special agent in charge, said the robber was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 160 pounds, wearing faded jeans and a long-sleeved white shirt.



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

  • Stabbing suspect arrested
  • Man survives fall from overpass
  • Purse snatcher strikes at hotel

See expanded versions in today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin.





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