Newswatch


By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, February 24, 1997

Book this, Danno:
'Five-0' is coming back

"Hawaii Five-0" will return to television -- at least in an hour-long pilot to be filmed here next month in a joint effort between CBS Television and Stephen J. Cannell Productions.

CBS executive Bob Gross, Cannell executive producer Jo Swerling, and unit production manager Bob Rolsky arrived in Honolulu last week to work out details to use the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head for a month of filming, talk to union officials and hire a local crew, said Georgette Deemer, Hawaii Film Office manager.

Filming is scheduled to start March 17. The production may have to do most of its shooting outdoors because there's no time to build sets, Deemer said.Gross and Swerling returned to Los Angeles Friday; Rolsky remains in Hawaii.

Cannell, whose company produced the "Marker" television series in Honolulu, has written the "Five-0" pilot, which is aimed at becoming a 13- or 22-episode CBS series next fall, Deemer said.

Producers are considering using some of the main actors from the original show in the pilot if they're interested, Deemer said.

Fences would protect
turtles, help restore sand

MAALAEA, Maui -- Federal officials hope to stop recreational vehicles from eroding one of the largest sand dunes in south Maui and protect endangered hawksbill turtles.

"It is definitely still a problem. It kills our native plants and roots of trees," said Kathy Smith, manager of the nearby Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge.

"It's hard to get native species to re-establish themselves."

Smith and other wildlife officials want to install wooden fences in areas along three miles of beach outside the refuge to capture wind-blown sand.

The fences also would keep vehicles off the beach, preventing them from cutting trails through the dunes.

Smith said rebuilding the dunes along the shoreline will help to keep the endangered hawksbill turtles in nesting areas.

In the last few years, two female hawksbill turtles, drawn by traffic lights along North Kihei Road, have crawled onto the road and been killed by vehicles.

Smith said sand dunes will block the lights of passing vehicles and keep the turtles on the beach.

Shooting fits Ohai Place's
deadly legacy

A fatal shooting early Saturday morning represents another chapter of violence in the history of Ohai Place in Wahiawa.

"It's a terrible thing to happen," Wahiawa Neighborhood Board member Ben Acohido said of the death of 26-year-old Robert Morris, who was gunned down while intervening in a street argument.

"Ohai Place has a long history of violence, and we've been very concerned about this area for a long time," added Acohido, who lives three blocks away on Walker Avenue.

Police said Robert Morris, 26, stepped in when some female acquaintances parked on the street called for help early Saturday. Witnesses heard at least two shots, and saw Morris run and collapse behind an apartment building. He was pronounced dead at Wahaiwa General Hospital.

Investigators puzzled
by weekend plane crash

Investigators are still trying to determine why a Polynesian Airways plane crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday.

The twin-engine Beach BE-18 crashed and burned at Honolulu Airport shortly before 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The pilot, Don Machado, 35, and co-pilot, Jeff Otani, 36, escaped with minor injuries.



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Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff


Auto theft suspect
may face second indictment

A Kailua man charged yesterday with auto theft may also be indicted at a later date for allegedly trying to run over a police officer Saturday on Kapaa Quarry Road.

James Tamayo, 22, of Auwina Street is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Investigators are also working on a second-degree reckless endangering case for indictment against Tamayo, who had 13 prior arrests before Saturday's incident.

Tamayo allegedly drove away after two officers spotted him in a stolen Isuzu Impulse at 8:22 p.m. on Kapaa Quarry Road. The car narrowly missed hitting one of the officers, police said.

The officers found Tamayo hiding in the marshes along Mokapu Boulevard, but they could not locate a second suspect who was in the car.

Female inmate indicted
for check-kiting scam

Police yesterday charged a 42-year-old women's prison inmate with seven counts of theft stemming from a check-kiting scam.

Margaret Ogawa allegedly committed the offenses while on furlough from prison. Prosecutors are requesting $35,000 bail.

Ogawa has previous convictions for check kiting. Check kiting involves opening a new checking account by using a check from an account that was recently closed.

Checks are then written on the new account, which has insufficient funds.

The scam is repeated at different banks, taking advantage of the time it takes to track checks.

Car theft suspect, 26,
arrested for 36th time

A 26-year-old man with 35 prior arrests who is on probation for auto theft was arrested yesterday on Paakea Road in Waianae after police caught him in a stolen car.

Televise Sau was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and is being held on $15,000 bail.

Officers saw Sau and the driver of another car speeding in Waianae and gave chase. Sau was arrested after he crashed the stolen Honda he was driving into a tree stump on Paakea Road.



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