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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, January 14, 2000

By Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin
New signs have been placed along Pali Highway to warn
motorists to slow down in the wake of recent fatal
pedestrian accidents in lower Nuuanu.

2 waste-water spills on Oahu dump total of 11,200 gallons

Two waste-water spills Wednesday required city response, one each in Leeward and Windward Oahu.

A contractor installing a city irrigation line in Waipahu accidentally cracked a 42-inch force main near a pump station in front of the police academy.

An estimated 10,000 gallons of waste water spilled into the construction trench.

The spill at 93-093 Waipahu Depot Road began about 9 a.m. and was stopped at 3 p.m.

The waste water, contained in the construction trench, did not reach a nearby stream.

In the Windward spill, roots clogged a 10-inch waste-water line at 45-600 Keaahala Road in Kaneohe, causing a 1,200-gallon spill, reported at 12:15 p.m. It was brought under control at 1:30 p.m.

Waste water from this spill entered a nearby storm drain leading to Keaahala Stream, which flows into Kaneohe Bay.

About 900 gallons of waste water entered the storm drain. Warning signs went up, and affected waters are being tested for contamination.

Take IRS gripes to citizens' forum

Have you had a problem with the Internal Revenue Service recently?

If so, the Pacific-Northwest Citizen Advocacy Panel wants to hear about it.

The panel, created to improve IRS responsiveness, is holding a public forum from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 in the Ohia Room at Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Road.

IRS staff members will also be available to help individuals with tax problems.

The panel consists of 12 private citizens from Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington as well as the IRS district taxpayer advocate.

Individuals who would like to address the panel may contact the CAP Support Office toll-free at 1-888-912-1227 (912-1CAP) to reserve a time slot. Those who would like to speak to a CAP member on an individual basis will be given the opportunity at the forum at 11:30 a.m.

Big Island airport, harbors get $2 million

HILO -- Gov. Ben Cayetano has released more than $2 million for two Big Island projects, his office announced.

Bullet The state Department of Transportation will receive $1.73 million to improve wastewater treatment at Kona Airport at Keahole.

Bullet The department also will get $312,000 for a master plan for commercial harbors.

18-minute power failure hits Iwilei, Sand Island

An 18-minute electrical power failure affected about 2,200 commercial customers yesterday in the Iwilei-Sand Island area, said Hawaiian Electric Co. spokesman Fred Kobashikawa.

The 6:30 p.m. outage was caused by a problem at the Iwilei substation. Power was restored at 6:48 p.m.



Bullet There should be 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar in the meringue for the Guava Chiffon Cake recipe printed in By Request on Wednesday. An incorrect amount was listed.

Bullet Ten percent of sales from the St. John boutique today and tomorrow will benefit the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Customers will not get a 10 percent discount as reported in yesterday's Do It! section.

Bullet CyberCom Inc. recorded about $1.5 million in sales last year, not $1.9 million as reported in a Jan. 1 profile of the Oahu company's president, Peter Kay.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Pickup hits guardrail; driver is critically hurt

A 38-year-old Haleiwa man was critically injured yesterday when the pickup truck he was driving along Kaukonahua Road veered off the roadway and struck a metal guardrail.

Police traffic investigators say alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in the 3:55 p.m. crash. The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was struck by a portion of the guardrail.

He remains hospitalized at Queen's Hospital this morning.

Armed gunman robs couple on Pensacola

Police are looking for a gunman who robbed a couple on Pensacola Street last night.

The suspect aimed a handgun to the man's head, grabbed the woman by her shirt and demanded money about 9 p.m., police said.

The woman began to panic and broke free of his hold. Police said she then ran off screaming, which caused the suspect to run away without getting any money.

Six arrested, 2 sought in Waianae drug case

Police and state narcotics officers arrested four women and two men at a Waianae home yesterday. Another man and woman are being sought.

Neighbors of the Waianae Valley Road home suspected it was being used in the trafficking of drugs.

Police seized what is believed to be liquid crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as ice. Tablets of a chemical used in the production of ice also was seized.

Screams at night tracked to man stabbed in chest

Police are searching for a suspect or suspects in the stabbing this morning of a 40-year-old man in Palolo.

Residents reported hearing the man screaming for help about 1 a.m., police said.

One woman reported to 911 that a man was pounding on her door asking for help.

When police arrived at her Palolo Avenue home, they found a man on her doorstep with multiple stab wounds in his chest and back.

The man, of an Ala Moana address, was taken to Queen's Hospital in serious condition.

Child playing with lighter blamed in Wahiawa fire

A child playing with a lighter caused a fire which gutted an apartment in Wahiawa this morning.

Fire crews had the 7 a.m. fire at 65 Lakeview Drive under control in four minutes. A woman, 35, and two 5-year-old boys escaped unharmed, fire officials said,and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

About $65,000 damage was reported to the building and contents.

Child starts fire that left 10 homeless at Waipahu

A child playing with matches started a fire yesterday that left three adults and seven children without a place to stay.

The fire caused damages estimated at $30,000 to the structure and contents of a Waipahu residence at 94-125 Pahu St., the fire department said. There were no injuries. The 7:03 p.m. fire started in a rear bedroom.

The Red Cross is assisting the residents with emergency accommodations.

Fire ruins equipment at Kihei business

WAILUKU -- Maui Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that damaged some $2,000 in equipment at Allied Maintenance Services in Kihei.

The fire was put out by a sprinkler system shortly after it began at 2:06 this morning.

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