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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, April 8, 2000

Waipahu satellite city hall
to open Monday

The Waipahu satellite city hall will reopen on Monday at the LeeTown Center near its previous site.

The 950-square-foot site at 94-216 Farrington Highway is one block diamondhead of the Daiei Shopping Center, where it was previously housed.

The satellite had been operating out of a mobile unit in the Daiei parking lot since March 20 following complaints of illnesses caused by air quality problems at the former facility.

A dedication will be held Monday at 9:45 a.m. and the office will open for business at 10.

Beginning Tuesday, the new center will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Carol Costa, director of customer services, said the city has a six-month contract at LeeTown.

"We just decided to relocate," Costa said, noting that the city had been on a month-to-month lease at Daiei.


Police investigating husband-wife stabbing

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a 44-year-old Mililani man found slain on his living room floor.

The medical examiner identified the man as Harbin Richard Mosier Jr. He was found dead with a stab wound to his neck late Thursday night, police said. Mosier was lying next to his wife, 45, who also was stabbed in the neck. She was taken to Queen's Hospital where she remains in fair condition today.

Mosier's wife called 911 at 11:30 p.m. to report she and her husband were injured at their home at 95-1023 Wekiu St.

Police found no signs of an intruder and are investigating whether the stabbing was a murder-suicide attempt.

A large kitchen knife, believed to be the weapon used, was recovered near Mosier's body, police said. There were two other women and four children at home during the stabbing, including the Mosiers' two teen-age sons. They reported hearing no argument or struggle.

Apparent murder victim discovered on Kauai

LIHUE -- The body of a woman who apparently had been murdered was found in a field beside the cane haul road leading to Polihale State Park at about 2 p.m. yesterday.

Kauai police said only that the woman, who was Caucasian and in her 30s or 40s, had not yet been identified. They said the body had been in the field only a short time.

Dead man found off resort in Poipu, Kauai

POIPU, Kauai -- Kauai police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a man discovered floating face down in the surf at the Sheraton of Kauai in Poipu resort shortly after noon yesterday. He was identified as John Tiltona, 26, of Roseville, Calif.

Big Isle police seize nearly 5,000 pot plants

Law enforcement officers have seized 4,920 marijuana plants on the Big Island as part of their "Counter-Cannabis Field Operation."

The four-day operation, which began Tuesday, took plants from Kau, Puna, Hilo and Hamakua. Police said the plants ranged from seedlings to 6 feet tall.

Joining Big Island police were federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents and state conservation enforcement officers.

Kukui Plaza sale worth $4.49 million to city

The sale of the city's fee-simple interest in Kukui Plaza, which puts $4.49 million into the general fund, was closed March 31.

The condominium association representing lessees in the twin-tower residential and commercial project bought the interest and will sell it to individual lessees. The complex -- bounded by Nuuanu Avenue and Beretania, Fort and Kukui streets -- includes 908 apartments, 44 commercial spaces and 1,007 parking stalls. The city will keep 800 stalls for public parking.

Lessees were required to pay only $1 per month in lease rent, a price that was set for 75 years when the project opened in the mid-1970s.

The sale was approved by the City Council in January.



Bullet The Rev. John Strickland, senior minister at Unity Church of Hawaii, said he did not receive a call from Bonnie Blair, who committed suicide, regarding counseling services at the church. The Star-Bulletin reported on Wednesday that a close friend said Blair told him she had called Strickland. Strickland said that while counselors operate on a fee basis, ministers have always counseled on a "freewill-love-offering basis" and that no one is ever turned away because of lack of funds.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Traffic accidents kill two on the Big Island

Two people died in separate traffic accidents on the Big Island yesterday, police said.

Winifred McGuire, 63, of Visalia, Calif., died after the car in which she was riding collided with a van at an intersection in South Kohala yesterday morning, according to a police report.

Police also said Daniel Eads, 50, of Halaula on the Big Island died after his motorcycle was hit by a Corvette on the Akoni Pule Highway in North Kohala last night.

Police Sgt. Samuel Jelsma said Eads' motorcycle was struck from behind by the sports car that plunged 70 feet into the Waianae Gulch. The driver of the sports car, Cleone Pule, was treated for head injuries and flown to an Oahu hospital.

Police Sgt. Stephen Miller said the car carrying McGuire collided with a van that tried to turn left onto Waikoloa Beach Drive from Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Two others in the car -- Leroy Costa and his wife, Perle, both 61, also of Visalia, Calif. -- were later transported to Queen's Hospital in Honolulu. Leroy Costa had a broken hip, and his wife had broken legs, Miller said.

Wailuku woman, 85, struck by car, killed

WAILUKU -- An 85-year-old Wailuku woman died after she was struck by a car while crossing a four-lane highway on Maui.

Winifred Takitani was not in a crosswalk when she walked across Lower Main Road near Minit Stop in Wailuku and was hit by a car at about 3:36 p.m. yesterday, Police Sgt. Jamie Becraft said.

Critically injured driver in earlier hit-and-run

Police say a Nanakuli man critically injured in a crash on the H-1 freeway at about 7 a.m. today was involved in a hit-and-run accident earlier this morning in Kahala.

The man's 1988 Chevrolet truck veered off the H-1 freeway near the Makakilo exit, went up an embankment and hit a pole, police said. He was airlifted to Queen's Hospital in critical condition with head and neck injuries.

Investigators said alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash.

Police say the man, 21, fled from the scene of an accident in Kahala at 5:40 a.m.

Man, 36, under arrest in Wahiawa clubbing

A 36-year-old man was arrested yesterday for reportedly striking another man with a club in Wahiawa.

The suspect went to his former girlfriend's Kiekie Place home at 1:20 a.m., kicked open the door and discovered the man, 36, in the bedroom, police said. He allegedly hit the man with a club and chased him to his car.

The victim drove to the Wahiawa Police Station and flagged down an officer, while the suspect followed. The suspect was arrested for second-degree assault.

Woman, 39, allegedly held up man with lighter

Police arrested a 39-year-old woman yesterday for allegedly holding up a man with a cigarette lighter, across the street from the Waianae Police Station.

The man, 58, was hanging a banner at 2:45 p.m. when he was approached by the woman, who placed what appeared to be handgun to his back, police said. He was able to disarm the woman and discovered that her weapon was a cigarette lighter designed to look like a handgun, police said.


The Courts

Hawaiian Isles president enters plea in tax case

Michael H. Boulware, president of Hawaiian Isles Enterprises Inc., has been charged with failing to report or pay taxes on income totaling $9.8 million.

Boulware pleaded not guilty yesterday before federal Magistrate Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi to 19 counts, which also include conspiracy and making false statements to GECC Financial Corp. in leasing agreements.

Hawaiian Isles Enterprises does business as Hawaiian Isles Distributors, Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee and Hawaiian Isles Vending.

U.S. Attorney Steven S. Alm said the indictments handed down by a federal grand jury charge that the island executive diverted and concealed unreported income through bank accounts in Hong Kong and Tonga.

Alm said in a release that Boulware is charged with diverting money from Hawaiian Isles Enterprises to himself through use of a wholly owned corporation named Automated Equipment Inc.

The tax evasion allegedly occurred from 1989 to 1997, according to the release.

The magistrate set an Oct. 17 trial date.

Boulware could not be reached for comment.

Doctor pleads not guilty to failing to file returns

Honolulu cardiologist Dr. Joana H. Magno has pleaded not guilty to charges that she failed to file general excise tax returns for three years.

Circuit Judge Richard K. Perkins set May 30 as the trial date on the misdemeanor counts covering 1996, 1997 and 1998 tax returns, according to a state Taxation Department announcement.

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