By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, September 28, 1999

Millennium Moments

Millennium special

Fleet streets

LOOK closely at the street names on Wilhelmina Rise near Kaimuki. If you think some of them sound nautically familiar -- say, Matson Navigation ships perhaps? -- you're not imagining things.

Wilhelmina Rise, known as Pa'ina to the ancient Hawaiians, was named for Wilhelmina Tenney, daughter of Edward D. Tenney, one-time president of Castle & Cooke, according to "Place Names of Hawaii."

Edward Tenney also was associated with the Matson Navigation Co., so many of the rise's streets were named for the fleet's ships. Among them: Matsonia Drive, Lurline Drive, Mariposa Drive and Monterey Drive and Place.


Waianae Coast job fair will be held tomorrow

A job fair for residents of the Waianae Coast will be held tomorrow at Waianae District Park.

Airlines, retailers, telecommunications, food and beverage and other companies, as well as recruiters from the military government and police, will be on hand to discuss job possibilities.

Residents will be able to meet company representatives, pick up applications, drop off resumes and conduct preliminary interviews.

The job fair is free and will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It is co-sponsored by the Leeward Honolulu Community Action Program and the Kapolei office of the state Workforce Development Division.



Help them across

The number of schools without crossing guards is down from the beginning of the school year, when 32 had to make do without them.

Four elementary schools have adult crossing guard vacancies, while three schools have candidates awaiting the completion of background checks and five schools have applicants who must take either a hearing or vision test, according to Honolulu police Sgt. William Luat.

He said there normally are one to two vacancies a year.

Finding people to fill vacancies and completing the training and application process for applicants contributed to the delay in filling the slots, he indicated.

The elementary schools without anyone even interested in becoming crossing guards are Manoa, Royal and Laie. Kapalama has one crossing guard but has a vacancy for another.

These vacancies could still be filled if interested people come forward. Adult crossing guards make $9.66 an hour, with an hour's duty in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The adult crossing guard candidates for Leihoku, Kahala and Waialae are awaiting the completion of background checks.

Crossing guards will be on the job at Wheeler, Hale Kula, Kaelepulu, Fern and Fort Shafter once they complete vision or hearing tests, Luat said.

Crystal Kua, Star-Bulletin

Red Cross offering nurse assistant classes

The American Red Cross is offering its six-week Nurse Assistant Training Course from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The evening classes will begin tomorrow at the Red Cross headquarters on Diamond Head Road.

The course includes classroom, lab and clinical experience to prepare people for health care jobs, particularly in a long-term health-care setting.

For more information, call the Red Cross's Hawaii State Chapter at 734-2101.

Annual McGruff show to be held on Sunday

The "6th Annual McGruff Pokemon, Beanie, Toys & Sportscard Show" meant to "take a bite out of crime," goes on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Washington Intermediate School.

Admission is $2. McGruff, the crime fighter, will make a special appearance.

There will be magic tricks, balloon animals for kids and grab bags with $10 gifts for the first 300 paid admissions.



Bullet The Hawaii Insurance Bureau does not propose rates for its insurance company members. A page-one report last Tuesday had incorrect information.

Bullet Dr. Raymond Itagaki's name was misspelled in a story Saturday about Police Chief Lee Donohue's release from the hospital.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Vehicle crashes into pole and hydrant

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Work crews were busy this morning repairing the damage done
when this sports utility vehicle hit a utility pole and fire hydrant
at the intersection of Kapiolani Boulevard and
Waialae Avenue last night.

Fire at Lihue sugar mill will delay harvest on Kauai

LIHUE -- A fire at Amfac/JMB's Lihue Plantation Sugar Mill last night has delayed the sugar harvest on Kauai for at least several days. Damage was estimated at $20,000.

Lyle Tabata, vice president of Amfac Sugar Kauai, said the fire broke out in an employee locker area.

The fire destroyed many of the plant's main electrical switches and Tabata said it will take several days at least to rewire them.

Fire officials said although most of the plant is made of metal, bagasse dust from the sugar cane had settled in many areas and numerous small fires broke out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The plant was on a scheduled three-day maintenance shutdown following three weeks of grinding cane. It had been scheduled to resume processing today.

Stolen car crashes in Kaneohe, police arrest three teen-agers

Police arrested three boys yesterday after they crashed an allegedly stolen car in Kaneohe.

Witnesses said the three boys -- 16, 16 and 17 -- ran out of the car after they crashed near Puohala Street and Kaneohe Bay Drive at 11:41 a.m.

Police learned that the car was stolen and searched the area. The boys were located and arrested three hours later for auto theft.

The Courts


Trial set for 3 charged in soldier's slaying

Three men charged in the shooting death of Army pilot John Latchum at the Waianae Army Recreation Center last June will go to trial Feb. 15, 2000.

Roberto Miguel, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was the last to be indicted and yesterday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He will be tried as an adult.

Miguel was charged in a superseding indictment Sept. 15. The indictment was sealed until yesterday. His co-defendants, Bryson Jose, 21, and Keala Leong, 20, were indicted earlier this year. Both have pleaded not guilty.

The trio also face charges of attempted robbery, which carries up to 15 years imprisonment, and attempted burglary, punishable by 10 years.

While first-degree murder carries a possible death sentence, federal law does not allow juveniles to be executed. Instead, Miguel faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, as will Leong and Jose if prosecutors decline to seek the death penalty.

U.S. Attorney Steve Alm has not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Miguel is accused of shooting Latchum, 33, but says Jose ordered him to, the FBI said.

Latchum was vacationing with his family and was trying to stop intruders from breaking into his rented cottage. He died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Water board files contamination suit

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply has filed a lawsuit against chemical manufacturers, distributors and plantations for contaminating groundwater sources on Oahu.

The water board wants to recover the cost of constructing treatment facilities that have become necessary as a result of pesticide contamination over the years, manager Clifford Jamile said last week. As much as $150 million over 30 years will be sought, he said.

The suit claims pesticides have seeped into the aquifers and groundwater and will continue to do so.

Among those named in the lawsuit are Shell Oil Co. and its subsidiaries; the Dow Chemical Co.; Occidental Petroleum Co. and its subsidiaries; C. Brewer and Co. and its subsidiaries; Amvac Chemical Corp. and its subsidiaries; Del Monte Foods; Dole Foods; and Libby McNeil Libby.

The water department says treatment is needed for water contaminated by three chemicals: dibromochloropropane, ethylene dibromide and trichloropropane.

"Defendants were negligent in testing, manufacturing, designing, marketing, monitoring, formulating, providing adequate instructions and selling their chemicals and pesticide products," the lawsuit says.

Woman indicted in theft of school PTA funds

A former librarian at Manoa School was indicted for stealing more than $7,000 from the Manoa School parent-teacher association.

Teresa Rene Britt was indicted earlier this month on 28 counts: nine counts of second-degree theft, four counts of fourth-degree theft, six counts of third-degree theft and nine counts of forgery.

The thefts allegedly occurred on 19 separate occasions over a period beginning Nov. 11, 1996, to June 5, 1998.

According to the indictment, Britt obtained amounts ranging from $50 to $1,000. Some of the money was school book fair proceeds that were to be deposited into the Library Book Club Account or belonged to the school and the Manoa School Association of Parents/Teachers.

Britt also is charged with forging bank withdrawal forms and withdrawing amounts from First Federal on nine occasions totaling more than $3,400.

Second-degree theft and second-degree forgery, the more serious charges, are both punishable by five years in prison.

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