Newswatch

Newswatch

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, December 8, 1998


Hard-working mother needs
beds, chairs for her family

logo When the car isn't running, which is pretty often, Charlene has to ride a bike to work in the wee hours of the morning, or late at night to start the graveyard shift.

It's a minimum wage job, but Charlene is glad she has one at all, especially since her husband, Matthew, got mugged one night on the job as a security guard. Now he is unable to work because of the lasting injuries. To miss as little work as possible, Charlene worked up to a few hours before her second daughter, now 1, was born and returned to work very soon afterward.

Matthew does all he can at home, taking good care of the girls. When the car does run, he gets them out of bed to give his wife a ride to and from work. He is eager to get back to work so he can help with expenses and Charlene can get a job with daytime hours; then they can have a more stable family life for their children.

This family could use two beds and four dining room chairs.

If you would like to help, send a check to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin's Good Neighbor Fund, P.O. Box 2019, Aiea 96701. Or you can donate items to the Community Clearing House in Building 914 at the Kapalama Military Reservation on the left of Sand Island Access Road, about a half mile beyond Kilgo's. Call 845-1669.

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Baggage cart incident
grounds Hawaiian Air jet

A Hawaiian Airlines DC-9 sustained minor damage when it either bumped or ran over a baggage cart at the Hilo airport this morning.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Marilyn Kali said no injuries were reported in the 7 a.m incident.

Kali said her office received a report that the jet ran over the baggage cart.

Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Keoni Wagner said the report he received was that the plane bumped the baggage cart. Details on what happened are still sketchy, but the aircraft sustained a small dent and scratch to the fuselage, he said.

Whenever an aircraft is involved in a collision of any kind, the plane is grounded until it has been fully inspected.

"The plane is going to be ferried back to Honolulu," Wagner said.

Passengers on the flight were either put on the next available Aloha Airlines flight or were put on a later Hawaiian flight leaving Hilo.

Passengers said it appeared that someone ran from under the plane just as it was about to roll out of the jetway.

Passengers said they then heard a "crunch" sound.

Wagner said having the plane out of service will not seriously affect the airline's flight schedule.

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Another WWII-era bomb detonated at Makua

The Army detonated another World War II-era bomb this morning which was recently found on its Makua Military Reservation.

The bomb, found Nov. 20, blew up at 9 a.m. exactly as planned, officials said.

The Army described the explosion as "picture perfect" with no problems.

This is the second time within the past seven weeks the Army has had to detonate an explosive near the Ukanipo heiau.

On Oct. 23, soldiers from the 706th Ordnance Company disposed of a 1,000-pound bomb, a 100-pound bomb and three mortar rounds -- all left over from World War II training exercises in the 4,190-acre range.

A section of Farrington Highway fronting Makua Beach was closed temporarily.

Feds give $4.3 million for rent subsidies

The city will receive $4.3 million over five years from the federal government to help people with rental housing.

Mayor Jeremy Harris yesterday said the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted $4.3 million, or $860,000 per year for five years, to be used for the city's program for Section 8 rental assistance. The money will enable 100 people or families with disabilities to rent private housing ranging in size from studios to four-bedroom homes.

Harris said the lack of affordable housing in Honolulu places a burden on thousands of low-income families with disabled members, many of whom have been on the Section 8 waiting list for months.

The city Department of Community Services, which administers the program, applied for the grant in July. The award now goes to the City Council for acceptance.

City awards $930,000 to homeless agencies

The city has awarded $930,000 in grants to 13 organizations that assist Oahu's homeless population.

Mayor Jeremy Harris yesterday said the grants -- for fiscal year 1998-99 -- are for nonprofit and private groups to continue to operate shelters and provide social services to the homeless.

The money comes from the city's emergency shelter grants program, a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city solicits proposals from qualified homeless agencies and then makes awards from the program.

Among the grants awarded are $156,883 to Mental Help Hawaii -- Safe Haven Project, for its assistance with the homeless who are chronically mentally ill; $169,914 for the Institute for Human Services; $95,100 to Alternative Structures International for a transitional shelter; $90,345 for Central Oahu Youth Services Association for homeless youth at risk; and $49,257 to Child and Family Services for abused spouses and children.

Health center gets grant for infant care

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center now can provide full intensive care services for infants because of a $13,563 grant from the First Hawaiian Foundation.

The money allowed the center to buy an Infant Intensive Care System for its 24-hour emergency department.

Dr. Gerard Akaka, Health Center medical director, said the system includes resuscitation equipment, warmers and heart paddles.

The center's emergency department also is equipped with a neonatal infant warmer and neonatal heart monitor, a child/adult heart monitor, defibrillator and pacer.

The nonprofit health facility serves the area from Makakilo/

Kapolei to Kaena Point. Last year it provided services to 22,317 patients. More than 65 percent are below poverty level.

Multiparty confederacy breaks old Council rules

HILO -- The day when party labels told who's who on the Hawaii County Council seems gone.

An alignment of Democrats, a Republican and a Green yesterday gave Republican Curtis Tyler III the committee chairmanship he wanted after Tyler said he wasn't happy with a different power-

sharing lineup proposed by Democrats.

Tyler was supposed to get Intergovernmental Relations and Hawaiian Affairs, but wanted Human Services and Economic Development. Democratic Council Chairman Jimmy Arakaki opposed the idea.

Tyler got his wish in a 5-4 vote including support from former Arakaki opponent Democrat Dominic Yagong and Arakaki loyalist Democrat Aaron Chung.

Newcomer Republican Leningrad Elarionoff, who had sided with Arakaki, ended up without a chairmanship.

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Police, Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Two men beaten, robbed of parking receipts

Police are searching for four men who robbed two men in Waikiki of parking receipts.

The suspects, armed with knives, robbed the two men yesterday at the Pro Park Inc. on Seaside Avenue at 10:34 a.m., police said.

The suspects beat the men and took two large bags of parking receipts, police said. The victims were treated and released from Straub Hospital.

In other news...

Bullet HILO -- A 71-year-old California woman died yesterday of in

juries from in a two-car accident on the Keaau-Pahoa Road Wednesday, police said. She was identified as Jeanne Whitlow of Benitia, Calif. Her death was the 41st of the year on the Big Island compared with 29 at the same time last year.

Bullet HILO -- Authorities have called off a searchfor a 61-year-old Puna man missing since a car accident on Saddle Road on Nov. 27.

Surya Subaratnam, also known as Bob Goode, who is said to suffer from memory loss, walked away from the accident with his dog, but wasn't reported missing until four days later, police said.

Bullet CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information on the suspect in a Waialua shooting Sunday, which left two men injured.

The gunman is thin, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, with a dark complexion and a short haircut.

Detectives said the 8 p.m. shooting on Papa Circle was related to gambling.

A van driver had slowed to turn around in front of the Old Mill Camp when the suspect approached the van on foot and told the driver to follow him. He then fired five or six rounds from a small caliber handgun into the green van, police said. The driver, hit three times in the neck and shoulder, is in critical condition at Queen's Hospital.

Anyone with information may call CrimeStoppers hot line, 955-8300, or *Crime on a cellular telephone. Calls are kept confidential.

Bullet WAILUKU -- Maui police said they plan to seek the revocation of a driver's license belonging to a 29-year-old Kula man involved in a fatal traffic accident, after finding his blood alcohol was more than twice the legal limit. Lt. Charles Hirata said the investigation will continue into the death of Jaiom Berger.

Berger, 44, of Lahaina was riding a motor scooter when he was struck by a car at 12:38 a.m. Nov. 28.

Bullet LIHUE -- A cruise ship worker was arrested on charges of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a co-worker on a vessel docked at Nawiliwili Harbor yesterday morning.

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THE COURTS

Former policewoman charged with theft again

A former police officer on probation for numerous theft and forgery convictions pleaded not guilty yesterday to new charges and awaits arraignment on additional charges.

Elizabeth Savage, who has admitted to being addicted to crystal methamphetamine, was recently charged with second-degree attempted theft and second-degree forgery in connection with a Sept. 3 incident. Trial is expected to begin Feb. 8.

Police say she attempted to cash a counterfeit check using a bogus Hawaii drivers license at a First Hawaiian Bank. She was later identified through bank surveillance photos.

Unable to locate her because she had been skipping appointments with her probation officer, police finally arrested her Oct. 23.

Savage posted $35,000 bail with the help of her mother but within a week, was identified by passersby as breaking into two vehicles and rearrested.

She was charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and a retake warrant and was being held on aggregate bail of $90,000.

Savage, on the force for six years, resigned in March 1996 and was sentenced in February 1997 after pleading guilty to numerous thefts including breaking into cars, shoplifting, stealing a checkbook, forging checks and stealing golf clubs.

Convicted wife killer faces drug charges

A man awaiting sentencing after being convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife in January 1997 pleaded guilty yesterday to an unrelated drug charge.

Saldy Marzan faces 10 years imprisonment when he is sentenced Jan. 13 for second-degree promotion of dangerous drugs.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a lesser charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, punishable by five years imprisonment.

An Oahu grand jury indicted Marzan on the two charges after police, armed with a search warrant on Jan. 21, 1997 found 11 grams of methamphetamine and some drug paraphernalia at his Dillingham Street apartment.

Six days later, on Jan. 27, Marzan shot and killed his wife, Arlene Marzan, 24. A Circuit Court jury last month found Marzan guilty of second-degree murder during a retrial.

Marzan faces life in prison with the possibility of parole on that charge when he is sentenced also on Jan. 13.

Golden Budha Corp. asks court to reconsider

The estate of a Filipino treasure hunter and the Golden Budha Corp., which won the largest judgment in history against the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in 1996 for the theft of a golden statue, is asking the Hawaii Supreme Court to reconsider its recent decision to reverse the $40.5 billion award.

The estate of Rogelio Roxas and the Golden Budha Corp. yesterday filed a motion for reconsideration because they felt the court overlooked much of the evidence concerning the value of the treasure, according to attorney Ward Jones, who represents the Roxas estate and the Golden Budha Corp.

The Hawaii Supreme Court last month ruled that the jury that decided in favor of the Roxas estate and Golden Budha Corp. did not have enough evidence as to the amount of gold stolen or its purity.

The jury had found sufficient proof Marcos had stolen the one-

ton Buddha and boxes of gold bars found by Roxas, but did not find Marcos' widow Imelda Marcos liable.

The jury awarded the estate $6 million in damages and the Golden Budha Corp. $22 billion for the gold bullion and $1.45 million for property, including the statue, with about $18.5 billion in interest.

The Supreme Court ordered a new trial to determine the value of the 17 bars of gold and the Buddha statue.

The court overlooked evidence including testimony from witnesses who saw gold identified by Marcos and his agents as part of the war booty abandoned at the end of World War II by the Japanese and discovered by Roxas in 1971, Ward said.

The petition refers to testimony by witnesses on at least 11 contracts signed by Marcos for the sale of thousands of metric tons of gold at $418 per ounce, or in excess of $1.636 trillion -- evidence not contradicted by the Marcoses. The gold was represented to be .999 fineness, or equivalent to pure gold.

Ward said the Supreme Court also erred in placing a high burden on the victims to prove Marcos' theft.

Attorneys for Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos could not be reached for comment.


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