Newswatch


By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, December 9, 1996




By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
A tar pit at Bellows is inspected by Steve Olive of
Hickam's installation and restoration program.

Asphalt from Bellows pit
recycled for isle potholes

In some ways an Air Force cleanup effort is the pits.

One showpiece, for example, is a pit measuring 100 feet long, 60 feet wide and 7 feet deep at Bellows Air Force Station. It's what's left of an asphalt batching plant used for paving roads and runways over 50 years ago.

Bellows has gone environmentally correct on polluted sites dating back to World War II.

"The program itself - the mission itself - is to identify, investigate and clean up past contaminated sites," said William Barry, chief, environmental restoration, 15th Air Base Wing.

The asphalt pit was abandoned after World War II. The Air Force recently removed asphalt, and asphalt-coated soil still there and recycled it. "We gave it back to the community," Barry said. Asphalt from more than 600 drums was turned over to an Oahu paving company to fill potholes islandwide, enhancing the civilian infrastructure, he said.



New police traffic-safety campaign
asks drivers to ‘live and let live’

Live and let live.

That's what the Honolulu Police Department hopes to see more of on the state's highways, especially during this season of merrymaking.

The department's 11th annual "Live and Let Live" traffic-safety campaign is designed to make the public more aware of the dangers of drinking and driving.

The campaign kicked off Saturday with opening ceremonies in Waianae and will continue through the month.

Students from Campbell, Nanakuli and Waianae high schools joined in a banner contest promoting traffic safety.



UH students demanding refund
if faculty strikes

The University of Hawaii Student Caucus yesterday demanded a campus-wide tuition refund if the school's faculty union and the state don't resolve their contract talks this month.

Their demand came one day after the UH Professional Assembly announced that its members will take a strike vote because they are dissatisfied with how the state is handling negotiations.

The UH Student Caucus gathered on the Manoa campus to voice their frustration over a looming faculty strike and the uncertainty about whether classes will be held in the spring.



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Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff



German visitors robbed
at gunpoint, police say

A visiting German couple were robbed at gunpoint last night while camping at Kualoa Park.

The couple was approached at about 7:30 p.m. by a man, who arrived at the park in a white pickup truck driven by another man. After starting up a conversation with the visitors, the suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded their valuables.

At one point, he allegedly threatened to shoot one of the visitors if she didn't remove her ring. They were unable to take off the ring, and the suspect eventually drove off in the visitors' rented car, which contained their cash, clothing and passports.



Driver dragged cop on car
80 feet, police say

Police yesterday arrested a 35-year-old man for attempted murder following a traffic-related dispute involving two police officers.

The man, an Aliamanu Street resident, drove up to one of the officers citing parked cars around Bannister Street about 4:45 p.m., tore up a parking citation and threw it on the street.

Approaching the vehicle, the officer allegedly saw the suspect reach under the driver's seat. The suspect drove off with the officer hanging on for about 80 feet, police said.

While being dragged, the officer reportedly struck the driver in the face. The officer suffered abrasions to his hands, arms and knee while the suspect sustained a broken nose.

After the officer fell off the vehicle, the driver allegedly tried to run over a second officer who was ordering him to stop.

The driver, who has no prior arrests, was arrested on the H-1 Freeway near the Pali Highway exit. While being booked, police recovered a counterfeit $20.

The man was booked for attempted murder, reckless endangering, first-degree forgery, resisting an order to stop his vehicle and criminal littering. Police are seeking a warrant today to search the vehicle.



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

  • Suspects rob swap-meet salesman with stun gun
  • Suspect in hit-and-run fatality gives himself up
  • Tourist allegedly raped by man she met on beach
  • Police charge two in separate threat cases
  • Maili man charged with attempted murder
  • Former police officer Elizabeth Savage arrested
  • Hilo police hold suspect in a sexual assault case
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