Police and Fire


POSTED: Saturday, May 30, 2009

;[Preview]  Two School Bus Accidents Sends 18 Children To The Hospital

Two separate bus crashes on Oahu this morning snarled traffic and sent at least 18 children to two different hospitals.

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School bus accidents injure 18 riders

Two separate school bus accidents occurred on Oahu yesterday, but no one was seriously hurt.

Some 115 eighth-grade students from Hawaii Baptist Academy were on two school buses headed to Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park when the brakes failed on one of the buses and it struck the other bus, said academy President Richard Bento.

The crash, close to 8:52 a.m., slowed westbound traffic on the H-1 freeway near the Sears Distribution Center.

Bento said five students who suffered mainly lip cuts were taken a hospital but rejoined the group later at an excursion to the park.

“;The good part is there weren't any serious injuries,”; Bento said.

In the other incident, a bus and another vehicle collided at around 7:20 a.m., at Kaaholo and Leia streets in the Village Park area in Waipahu, according to the city's emergency services.

Paramedics transported 13 students to two hospitals, including four high school students and nine elementary school-age students. They were eventually released, authorities said.


Thieves steal school football jerseys

Thieves stole about 100 green-and-white football jerseys from the Konawaena High School locker room this week, Big Island police said.

The jerseys are valued at $8,000, police said yesterday. The break-in occurred Monday, they said.

Anyone with information can call Detective Scott Kurashige at 326-4646, ext. 265, or the department's nonemergency line at 935-3311.


Maile pickers lost overnight rescued

Two maile pickers were rescued after spending a night in the Kapapala Forest Reserve on the eastern slope of Mauna Loa on the Big Island.

The men got lost in the vog and became disoriented on a poorly marked trail, fire officials said.

A fire rescue helicopter found the men at 10:10 a.m. yesterday walking on a four-wheel-drive trail at the 3,800-foot level. They were taken out by rescue helicopter.

Fire officials said the men, 23-year-old Miles Enos and 22-year-old Justin Hanohano, were in good health and needed no medical attention.


Police seek rape suspect on Kauai

Kauai police are looking for a man who allegedly raped a hitchhiker in Moloaa on Wednesday night.

Police said a woman was hitchhiking in Kapaa when she was picked up by a man in an older-model, four-door silver sedan.

The man traveling northbound to Hanalei stopped along the way and assaulted the woman at about 7 p.m., police said.

The suspect is described as being between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slim build and dark complexion, with dark wavy hair that was pulled back into a ponytail.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Detective Joseph Adric at 241-1868 or CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.