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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, December 4, 1997

Heco restores power in Kalihi Valley

High winds were responsible for a power outage in Kalihi Valley today that affected 553 Hawaiian Electric customers and lasted for almost 2-1/2 hours.

Power supplied by a 12,000-volt electrical transmission was lost at 4:48 a.m. today, but restored by 7:10 a.m. by Heco crews. The workers had to hike onto the slopes of the valley to complete their work.

Reps claim progress in HMSA-physician talks

Representatives of both sides in Hawaii Medical Service Association-physician contract talks claimed progress in negotiations last night but provided few details.

After four hours of meeting at Hawaii Medical Association headquarters at 1360 S. Beretania St., Fred Fortin, HMSA's vice president for community relations, said negotiators agreed to meet again at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

"We made some progress, and that's the end of the story," he said.

Kenneth Martyn, attorney and consultant to Hawaii Coalition for Health, said: "I think progress was made, and I think it's going to be a while before we reach agreement on all points."

Physicians through their several organizations objected to language in an HMSA contract proposed earlier.

They said the contract was designed to dictate patient care on the basis of cost.

Home Depot gets final Pearl City zoning

The Home Depot Co. has won final zoning approval for a 13.75-acre site at what is now the city's Pearl City Junction property.

The City Council granted the zoning yesterday. Home Depot is planning a 130,000-square-foot outlet and a 24,800-square-foot garden center at the site across the Pearl Highlands Shopping Center.

The project got some opposition from the public yesterday.

Some warned of potential traffic woes while others accused the city of fast-tracking the project in order to recoup a loss.

The Council, in July, approved the sale of the property to Home Depot for $17.5 million.

The property was purchased from the Navy in 1991 for $15 million.

Adjusting for inflation, the city stands to lose about $400,000.

Councilman Mufi Hannemann, who represents the Pearl City region, said the city was making the best of a situation current decision-makers were given.

He added that Home Depot has given assurances it will be a good neighbor.

The Atlanta-based chain also has plans for an outlet in Iwilei.

Island athlete charged with rape in Idaho

A preliminary hearing for a former Kaiser High School and Lewis-Clark State College baseball star charged with rape was continued to next Wednesday in Lewiston, Idaho.

Fletcher Lee is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman on the college campus.

Hearings will cover suspended airport fees

Suspended airport fees and charges will be discussed at a statewide series of public hearings on proposed rules amendments.

The first will be at 9 a.m. Dec. 16 in the Airport Conference Center, Interisland Terminal, Honolulu Airport.

Times and places of other hearings will be:

3 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Airport Mezzanine Conference Room, South Terminal, third floor, Lihue Airport.

9:30 a.m. Dec. 17 in the Airport Conference Room, Kahului Airport.

3 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Airport Conference Room, Kona Airport at Keahole, Big Island.

Proposed amendments would suspend landing fees and support charges for nonsignatory carriers, to be reinstated after two years.

Proposed changes are needed to implement Gov. Ben Cayetano's plan to suspend the fees for two years.

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Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Hit-and-run suspect arrested at airport

The suspected driver of the pickup truck that killed a motorcyclist yesterday morning on the Kalanianaole Highway was arrested last night at the Honolulu International Airport.

ip,,,1The suspect, 23, was arrested at 7:40 p.m. yesterday with a one-way ticket to the mainland in his possession, police said. The man's last known address was in Waimanalo.

A motorcyclist was killed when a Kailua-bound vehicle allegedly veered into the victim's lane and hit him in front of Sea Life Park at 6:40 a.m.

The accident closed the highway in both directions for more than five hours.

The suspect, who is a student, then allegedly fled the scene while driving on with one wheel that had no tire, police said.

The stolen pickup was found abandoned about four miles away on Inoa Street in Waimanalo.

The man was arrested in connection with stealing the vehicle, fleeing the scene, negligent homicide and driving on a suspended license.

Moped driver in criticalcondition after collision

A driver of a moped was critically injured last night after crashing into a vehicle on Farrington Highway.

The moped driver, 36, was heading south on Farrington Highway when he crossed the center line and collided with a vehicle, police said.

The man on the moped was not wearing a helmet, police said. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

Police said alcohol is a possible factor in the accident.

Student arrested; vice principal alleges threat

Police yesterday arrested a 14-year-old Waianae student accused of threatening the vice principal.

The student was detained in the vice principal's office for allegedly gambling on campus, police said.

After the vice principal discussed a possible dismissal from the school, the student allegedly threatened her.

The student was arrested at 8:15 a.m. and then released pending an investigation.

Army detail disposes Big Island pipe bomb

A U.S. Army explosive ordnance detail from Honolulu disposed a bomb found yesterday in a carport across from Mountain View School on the Big Island.

The bomb, made of galvanized pipe with metal caps at both ends and a 6-inch-long fuse, was found by a person who recently purchased the vacant home, Big Island police officer Adrian You said.

In other news ...

WAILUKU -- An apparent electrical problem caused a fire this morning that damaged a utility cart in a storeroom behind the Panda Express in Kihei.

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