By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, October 28, 1997

Former Kaiser estate owner found dead

Alfred Goldman, who once owned the former Henry J. Kaiser Estate on Portlock Road with his brother, Monte, was found dead in his Oklahoma City home yesterday, a possible suicide.

Kevin Rowland, chief investigator in the medical examiner's office in Oklahoma City, said the cause of death was a shotgun wound in the mouth.

Oklahoma City police confirmed Goldman's death but had no immediate details.

Monte Goldman died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1995.

Onetime millionaires on the Forbes Magazine list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, the Goldman brothers had lost much of their fortune while fighting over money.

They had inherited more than $400 million from their father, Sylvan Goldman, the Oklahoma grocer who invented the shopping cart. He built an empire in real estate, banking and stocks.

Left to Alfred and Monte, the fortune had dwindled in 1995 to less than $100 million, according to reports.

The Goldmans made front page news in Hawaii in 1971 with a cash purchase of the 7.5-acre Kaiser Estate.

Federal judge could drop police exam cheating suit

A federal judge says it will be a "close call" on whether the U.S. government or the state should hear a lawsuit filed by 17 officers on the Big Island who allege cheating on Police Department promotional exams.

Attorneys for Hawaii County requested a judge determine whether the alleged crimes violate federal racketeering and extortion laws. They believe the suit does not violate such laws and does not belong in federal court.

If Judge David Ezra denies the motion, the case is set for trial Nov. 12.

If Ezra grants the motion, the lawsuit would be thrown out and would have to be filed in the state Circuit Court.

"I don't think this is absolutely clear-cut," Ezra said, adding that he will announce a decision in about two weeks. "It's a close call."

The officers said in their 1996 suit that former Police Chief Victor Vierra, present Chief Wayne Carvalho and former Deputy Chief Francis De Morales rigged promotional exams since 1980.

Guy Paul, chief during most of the 1980s, was not named as a defendant by the plaintiffs, but was named as a "third party" defendant by Vierra, Carvalho and De Morales.

The county has turned down a $1.9 million offer to settle.

Attorneys for Hawaii County and the accused said the lawsuit is based on hearsay and rumor.

New airport building awaits arriving animals

Fido and Whiskers will have more paw room in new digs at Honolulu Airport.

A new animal quarantine facility dedicated today promises greater convenience for owners bringing pets into Hawaii.

Dr. Larry Rawson, deputy state veterinarian, said the facility provides a central location for air carriers to deliver animals that are headed to the Halawa quarantine station.

Ann Takiguchi, spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture, said the new building is an improvement.

"I'm told that it's about double the size and has about three times more kennel space," she said.

The additional room enables inspectors to segregate certain animals that need to be separated, she said.

Ocean 'boom box' study could start tomorrow

HANALEI, Kauai -- Yesterday's start-up of the underwater "boom box" experiment was delayed for a couple of days, says a researcher with the Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate Project's Marine Mammal Research Team.

The research crew was still assembling equipment yesterday, said researcher Adam Frankel. The team expects to be ready today and, weather permitting, for the sound transmissions to begin tomorrow, he said.

For the first six months of the project, animal researchers studying the effects of the low-frequency acoustic transmissions on marine mammals will set the transmission schedule. After that, the transmission cycle will be 20 minutes at a time every four hours, then silence for three days.

The sound source is located 3,000 feet underwater eight miles north of Kauai and is operated remotely from the Applied Physics Laboratory in Seattle.

UH student regent post draws 20 applicants

Twenty students from the University of Hawaii system have responded to Gov. Ben Cayetano's search for applicants interested in becoming the 12th member of the UH Board of Regents.

Cayetano on Oct. 1 put out a call for student leaders to submit their resumes by Friday. The student regent would be a member of the board with voting powers and access to all committee meetings, including those in closed sessions.

Cayetano spokeswoman Kathleen Racuya-Markrich yesterday said the applications will be given to Cayetano for review. She said the governor intends to make a decision by mid-November, about the same time regents gather at Maui Community College for the last monthly meeting of the year.

The student regent would serve a two-year term but be eligible for reappointment for one additional term, even though he or she may no longer be a student at the time of reappointment.

Regents are not paid but receive stipends for travel.

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By Star-Bulletin staff

Victim uncooperative in stabbing probe

Police are investigating the attempted murder of a 33-year-old Kaneohe man who was stabbed in his chest and back in his home last night.

The victim was found lying on the ground with his girlfriend holding him at their residence on the 45-000 Block of Kamehameha Highway at 8:55 p.m., police said.

The two were very uncooperative with police and would not say who stabbed the victim, police said.

Neighbors told police they heard the victim and his girlfriend fighting earlier that night.

The girlfriend denies any involvement with the stabbing.

No arrests have been made.

The man was taken to Queen's Medical Center and remains in stable condition.

Police investigating burglary at City Bank

Police this morning were searching for suspects in a bank burglary.

The alarm was sounded at City Bank at 2002 S. King St. at 5:50 a.m., police said.

As of 6:25 a.m., no arrests were made. Police are still investigating the incident.

Big Isle inmate fails to return from furlough

HILO -- Police are looking for a Hawaii Community Correctional Center inmate who failed to return from a work furlough yesterday, they said.

David Caravalho, 27, failed to return at 3:30 p.m. He is not considered dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information on him is asked to call 961-2311.

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