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POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2009

Motorcyclist killed in crash identified as Kapolei man

The motorcyclist who died after a crash with a utility vehicle in Kalaeloa Tuesday has been identified as Roy Bengochea, 32, of Kapolei, according to the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office.

The accident happened about 1:30 p.m., when the motorcycle collided with the other vehicle at Kalaeloa Boulevard and Kauhi Street, police said.

Bengochea is the 22nd person to die on Oahu roads this year, compared with 12 at this time last year.


Woman attempts to scam restaurant over the phone

Big Island police are warning residents about a possible phone scam.

Police said a woman using a phone service for the hearing impaired called a Hilo restaurant to place a large order. The woman then asked the restaurant to deduct an additional $700 from her credit card and send the money to a private shipper using a local money transfer service, police said.

The woman then asked if the conversation could be continued via e-mail. The restaurant owner, recognizing the request as suspicious, sent an e-mail to the caller asking for clarification, police said. The caller did not respond.

Police advise people not to respond to such suspicious communications.


Man charged in sex assault of teen girl over 8 years

Authorities charged a 38-year-old Mililani man for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl from 2001 to 2009. She is now 15 years old.

Edward Takano was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. Bail was set at $40,000.