Newswatch


By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, December 20, 1996



Maui builders applaud
Cayetano spending plan

WAILUKU - Maui builders have backed Gov. Ben Cayetano's plan to spend $1 billion in the next two years to jump-start a stalled construction industry.

But contractors yesterday questioned whether the Cayetano administration was capable of significantly quickening the pace of state-funded construction, in view of rules and regulations governing it.

"We're always skeptical about any government agency expediting permits and designs," said Henry Lindsey, president of the Maui Contractors Association.

Cayetano, who spoke in the association's meeting room yesterday afternoon, came to Maui to ask the contractors to support his spending package.

He plans a trip to the Big Island in January to discuss the plan before the start of the 1997 Legislature.



Drive pulls in $50,000
for state library system

A fund-raising drive has raised more than $50,000 for the state library system and put just as many energy-saving shower heads in the hands of Oahu residents.

Hawaiian Electric Co. will present a check for that amount to the Hawaii State Library Foundation today after a promotion aimed at encouraging reading and energy conservation.

In October, Heco began sending out certificates for free shower heads, redeemable at 21 Oahu libraries. For every shower head given out, the company donated $1 to the library system.



Marine gets life term, bust in rank
for part in killing

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael A. Pereira has been sentenced to life in prison for his part in the May slaying of fellow Marine Juan Guerrero.

Pereira, 22, the second Marine to receive life imprisonment in the case, yesterday also received a dishonorable discharge and reduction in rank to private.

Lt. Col. William P. Hollerich sentenced Pereira in the jury-

waived trial. Pereira pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit premeditated murder. He will be eligible for parole in 10 years.



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Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff



Whitmore resident arrested
for allegedly firing handgun

A 30-year-old man is under investigation for allegedly firing a handgun five to six times in the air following an argument at his Whitmore home.

The Iomea Place resident had been arguing with his wife and sister-in-law and apparently was intoxicated, police said.

No one was injured.



Truck, cash, jewelry seized
as part of cocaine bust

HILO - Police are holding Allicia Veloria, 20, of no permanent address, on drug charges after a pound of cocaine was found in her pickup truck.

She is being held in lieu of $4,250 bail.

Acting on a tip, police spotted Veloria's pickup at the Keaau ballpark on Nov. 22.

A police narcotics dog indicated the presence of illegal drugs, and a search warrant was obtained to locate the cocaine, an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the truck.



Four girls now charged in robbery
at Waipahu bus stop

Two more girls surrendered to police yesterday for allegedly participating in robbing three other girls at a Waipahu bus stop Monday.

The two 15-year-olds each were charged with three counts of first-degree robbery.

They and two other girls, 15 and 16, arrested Monday, allegedly threatened three girls waiting at a Leoku Street bus stop with a large kitchen knife and robbed them of their jewelry.



Kapiolani Blvd. manhole
again emits flames, smoke

A Hawaiian Electric Co. trouble crew today was investigating a report of blue flames erupting from a manhole on Kapiolani Boulevard fronting a car dealership - the second manhole incident this week.

Police and fire crews responding to the 4:15 a.m. alarm found smoke pouring out of a manhole cover that been displaced and lay near the opening.

It was the second time in two months police have been called to check on the same manhole, said Officer John Rathjen.

Yesterday, fire and Heco officials responded to another report of a displaced manhole at Punahou Street and Wilder Avenue just before noon.



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