Newswatch


By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, November 28, 1996



Two bikes ousted from
Toys for Tots Parade on Sunday

At least two bikers will be sidelined when nearly 2,500 motorcyclists rumble through Waikiki on Sunday to help bring toys for needy children.

Police yesterday inspected the two riders' neighbor island bikes and deemed them illegal to operate in Honolulu. The Harley Davidsons did not comply with the county's motor vehicle reconstruction laws, police said.

This year, the bikers also have gotten the attention of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which is opposed to the association of alcohol with any event related to children.

"I feel really bad for them (riders)," said Bambi Wong, chairwoman for the Toys for Tots Parade. "We did not know that they could not ride them out here. Next time we have a biking event, we'll let the bikers know that there's a recon law."

It can cost anywhere from $250 to $450 each way to ship the bikes interisland.

Honolulu is the only county in the state that has a reconstruction law on the books, prohibiting customized vehicles unless approved by law enforcement.



Ex-Kauai officer sentenced to 30 days

LIHUE - Former Lihue police officer Randall Machado must spend 30 days in jail for destroying sexually explicit photographs taken of an exotic dancer while she was in police custody last year.

"Your actions were totally inappropriate," said Circuit Judge George Masuoka before passing sentence yesterday. "A police officer should've known better. I believe you knew in the back of your mind it was evidence."

Machado, 31, is the second Kauai officer to be sentenced to jail this year for crimes committed while they were on the police force.

Joseph Hashimoto, 32, was ordered in August to spend 20 years in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl in his patrol car.

Masuoka also levied a $500 fine against Machado, who was convicted Nov. 13 of tampering with evidence, but acquitted of sexually assaulting exotic dancer Monica Alves at the Lihue Police Station following her Sept. 16, 1995, arrest.

Machado was one of five officers implicated in the case, but the only one to stand trial.

He has 10 days to decide if he will appeal the judge's order before reporting to jail on Dec. 6. Masuoka yesterday denied Machado's request for a new trial.

Deputy Attorney General Rick Damerville, who was prosecuting the case, asked for the 30-day sentence because the case "is an extremely serious one. Anytime a police officer or prosecutor tampers with evidence, it seriously impairs the entire criminal justice system's ability to do its job."



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Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff



Woman says she was driver
and shooter in two shootings

Police are investigating a Waipahu woman's claims that she was the driver and shooter in two drive-by shootings over the weekend in Village Park.

The 27-year-old woman surrendered to police at 4 a.m. Tuesday and was booked for investigation of attempted murder at 7 p.m. She is the girlfriend of the 19-year-old man arrested with a .25-caliber automatic on Saturday near the Kupuna Loop home where shots had been fired two hours earlier.

The boyfriend, Iulai Amani, of Waipahu, was charged with a firearms offense. His bail was $20,000.

The trouble began Saturday when a white Toyota passed by a party at 94-529 Kupuna Loop around 10:45 p.m. Two males at the party ran out and threw beer bottles at the car which stopped a block away and two people - one armed - emerged.

A 19-year-old man was shot in the forearm and a 25-year-old man was cut in a scuffle with the gunman's companion.

Witnesses told police they saw a male fire the weapon and a female driving, but no one could identify her.



Two repeat offenders charged with
crimes against tourists

Police yesterday charged two men, who have lengthy arrest records, for separate criminal offenses against tourists.

Charles Medeiros, 30, of a Wailepo Street address is charged with unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Witnesses called police after seeing him allegedly break into a car at Sandy Beach that was rented to a Norwalk, Calif., couple. Kailua patrol units arrested Medeiros, who has 42 prior arrests, in the stolen car a short time later.

A 28-year-old man, who was a passenger in the car, was also arrested on a parole retake warrant.

Police also charged Stuart Kaimoku, 33, who has 57 prior arrests, for allegedly stealing a wallet from an 18-year-old Japanese visitor in Waikiki on Nov. 6.

Kaimoku is charged with second-degree theft and is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.



Missing California man
may have been seen on Molokai

Sightings of a California man reported missing by his parents and believed living among the homeless near Honolulu Airport have surfaced on Molokai.

Steven W. Branston, 20, diagnosed a schizophrenic, arrived in Hawaii in early August but his family hasn't heard from him since. Family members were worried because he had indicated he was suicidal and may not be taking his medication.

Tellers at the Bank of Hawaii branch in Kaunakakai told police they recognized Branston from a mug posted on a bulletin board. One teller recalled seeing him about a month and a half ago wearing the same tie-dyed shirt he wore in the photo, said Honolulu Detective Phil Camero.

Branston apparently had tried to cash a check at the bank but was unable to because he had no identification on him. He had stored his ID, some clothing and his medication in Honolulu at a storage locker he had rented out shortly upon his arrival.

The storage warehouse contacted Branston's parents recently after he failed to pay the storage fees.

Molokai police tracked down someone who saw Branston as recently as two weeks ago. Others say he's been seen living on the remote east side of Molokai.



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

  • Six people arrested in Manoa bust; drugs, cash confiscated
  • Pipe ashes could have caused Pearl Ridge condominium fire
  • Police want help in catching man using stolen bank card

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