Newswatch

Newswatch

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, December 14, 1998


Illness causes hard-working
family man to lose his good job

It could happen to anyone. You're a hard worker, have a good job, and have a family to support.

Good Neighbor Fund But suddenly you get sick, can't work any more, and lose your job -- something you thought would never happen. You're now dependent on the charity of others.

That's the position Michael and his wife, Bette, are in now.

Their usual Christmas is out of the question. They can't even afford to get their conventional and microwave ovens fixed so their two kids can have hot meals.

Their son, 12, and daughter, 9, could use some new clothes to replace worn out hand-me-downs. A pair of bodyboard surf fins, skateboard, Cinderella Barbie Doll and clothes, and a new tire for a bicycle would brighten the holidays for the children.

If you can 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 Clearinghouse 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 for information.



Lawyers' group awarded grant to aid immigrants

The Hawaii State Bar Association's Hawaii Lawyers Care and No Loio No Na Kanaka (The Lawyers for the People of Hawaii) have been awarded a $5,000 grant to provide legal services to immigrants.

The American Bar Association Immigration Pro Bono Development and Bar Activation Project awarded the grant as part of a nationwide effort to increase free legal services to immigrants, refugees and newcomers.

Judiciary is in need of court interpreters

People interested in being free-lance court interpreters have until Dec. 30 to register with the courts.

The Judiciary is seeking qualified language interpreters to provide interpretation and translation services for compensation to the courts.

For more information on the registration process, call Karen Takahashi on Oahu at 539-4896.

'Canine Sleuth' puts bite on illegal animals

Gypsy the beagle will be part of "Canine Sleuth," a program by the state Department of Agriculture to show how dogs detect illegal animals and substances concealed in luggage.

Lester Kaichi, brown tree snake and canine coordinator, will conduct the program at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mililani Public Library.

Call the library at 627-7470 for more information or to request a sign-language interpreter.

cb,12p sw,13.5 Girl Scout Council seeks

mentors for a day

The Girl Scout Council of Hawaii is looking for women interested in being mentors for a day at a career exploration conference called "Teaming for Tomorrow."

The conference is scheduled for Jan. 21-22 with first lady Vicky Cayetano as the keynote speaker. The mentors will attend a banquet the first evening and then take the girls on the job the next day.

Cost is $75. Call 595-8400, extension 212 to volunteer.

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Police, Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Kaneohe man killed, 2 badly hurt in accidents

A 51-year-old Kaneohe man was killed and two others critically injured in separate motor vehicle crashes yesterday in Nuuanu and Maili.

The dead man, whose name has not yet been released by the medical examiner's office, was involved in a one-car crash on Pali Highway near Queen Emma's Summer Palace at 12:39 a.m.

Witnesses told police the man's car left the roadway and went up an embankment, where it struck a utility pole.

The crash knocked out electrical power to some area residents.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries.

The death is Oahu's 60th traffic fatality of the year.

Meanwhile, two other drivers are in critical condition in Queen's Hospital following a 6:15 p.m. head-on collision on Paakea Road near Apana Road in Maili.

Police said a woman, 32, apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing her van to drift into the path of a car being driven by a 17-year-old girl.

Robber hits Kmart's store in Salt Lake

A man last night robbed a cashier at Kmart's Salt Lake store of an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robbery was reported at 11:10 p.m. and the suspect is still at large, police said.

The man approached the cashier with items worth $161, police said.

After the items were rung up, the man allegedly handed the cashier an envelope that contained a note demanding cash from the register.

The case is classified as a first-degree robbery.

Man faces burglary charges after break-in

Police yesterday charged 37-year-old Darryl Tomita of North King Street with second-degree burglary in connection with Friday's break-in at Hawaii Plastics Co. at 570 Dillingham Blvd.

Police responding to a silent alarm found Tomita inside the employees' lounge at 4:22 a.m. with stolen items. His bail is set at $11,000.

Big Island classroom suffers fire damage

KAILUA-KONA -- A fire at Kealakehe Elementary School caused $150,000 damage shortly after midnight yesterday to a wooden portable building used as a kindergarten classroom, the fire department said.

Three burn patterns pointed to electrical equipment as the source, firefighters said.

Two connecting wooden buildings were saved.


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