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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Korea talks move to Hawaii

Kyodo News Service


TOKYO - Foreign affairs officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States will meet in Hawaii next week to discuss policy toward North Korea following last week's Korean summit, a senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.

The meeting had been scheduled for Seoul, but the parties decided to hold it in Hawaii to avoid "aggravating" North Korea, the official said.

The three sides will review policy in light of the joint declaration signed by South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on June 14.

The five-point declaration calls for national reconciliation and eventual reunification of the two Koreas.

School lunch price set at up to 1/3 of the cost

The governor has signed a bill that would set the price of school lunches by formula instead of by amount.

The measure would set the price of school lunches at up to one-third the actual cost of preparing the meals, rounded to the nearest 25 cents.

The maximum cost of a school lunch is currently set by law at $1. The actual cost of preparing lunch is now at $2.68 per student, so the formula in the new law would allow the department to set the price of lunch also up to $1. Students not on reduced or free lunch currently pay 75 cents for lunch.

The new law will not take effect until July 1, 2001. Any increase would require public hearings and approval by the Board of Education.

Tar balls cause Kauai's Anahola Bay to close

The Department of Health closed Anahola Bay on Kauai's east coast after tar balls began washing ashore yesterday.

The public is advised to stay away from beaches from Kahala Point to Kuaehu Point until warning signs are removed.

The Health Department and the Coast Guard are investigating where the tar balls originated and their impact on the shoreline.

Lions convention to slow UH-area traffic

Traffic will be slowed on University Avenue near the Manoa campus through Friday due to Lions International Convention events at Stan Sheriff Center.

There are 10,000 Lions in town.

The UH facility is being used for closed-circuit viewing of events since there is not enough seating at the Hawaii Convention Center for all participants. As many as 60 buses will be used to shuttle participants to and from UH from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Arson investigators win national award

The Hawaii chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators was named the organization's 1999 chapter of the year.

Barbara Maxwell, the Hawaii chapter president, and past president Robert Cravalho accepted the award at a banquet last month in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Hawaii chapter was cited for hosting seminars on vehicle fires and using InterFIRE-VR, which helps to determine origin and cause at a structure fire.

Police, Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Accident leads to arrest as driver breaks window

Police arrested a 37-year-old man for an apparent case of road rage following a traffic accident in Kalihi Kai.

The suspect was headed east on Auiki Street when the victim, a 36-year-old man, made an illegal right turn near Puuhale Road, colliding with the suspect's car at 2 p.m., police said. The suspect got out of his car and punched the victim's window, shattering the glass, police said.

Woman in police chase faces criminal counts

Elnora W. Hiers, of 66-290 Haleiwa Road, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and criminal property damage in connection with a police chase last week on the North Shore. She is being held on $75,000 bail.

Hiers, 44, who was scheduled to make her first court appearance this morning, was arrested yesterday after being discharged from Queen's Hospital.

A patrol sergeant fired several shots at Hiers' Toyota after she tried to run over him during a traffic stop, police said. Hiers fled, led police on a chase, and nearly ran over another officer before she was apprehended, police said.

She was treated at Queen's Hospital for a minor injury to her left shoulder, possibly a bullet graze wound, and underwent a psychiatric evaluation.

Police requesting help in condo burglary cases

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in a rash of burglaries downtown.

Four break-ins have been reported in the past two months at the condominiums at 1365 Nuuanu Ave. and 23 S. Vineyard Blvd. A fire extinguisher was used to break the windows to gain access to the condos, police said.

Some of the items taken include thousands of dollars worth of rare "antique, designer clothes" and various bottles of wine, said Detective Letha DeCaires.

The clothes include a "Cioni" full-length, double breasted trench coat worth $5,000.

Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Maui fire crews rescue 7 caught in flash flood

WAILUKU -- Fire department crews rescued seven hikers, including five teen-agers, after a flash flood swept down Waihee Valley in north Maui.

Fire Capt. Frank Tam said two teen-age girls were swept downstream. One was pulled to safety by another hiker and the other was swept onto a rock.

Five other persons were stranded on another rock upstream -- a 14-year-old boy, three girls of 13 to 15, and a 37-year-old woman.

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