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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, June 24, 2000

Consumer office
names new chief

Gregg Kinkley has been appointed executive director of the state Office of Consumer Advocacy. He fills the vacancy left by Michael Wilson, who was appointed as a Circuit Court judge.

Kinkley assumes the position on July 6.

A partner in the law firm of Kinkley and Cox, he practices in the area of civil rights and employment discrimination litigation and corporate and securities law.

He received his law degree from Indiana University.


Two aviators, 5-man copter crew rescued

Two Navy aviators were rescued in good condition yesterday after their fighter jet crashed into the Pacific 1,400 miles southwest of Hawaii, a Navy spokesman said.

The pilot and naval flight officer ejected safely from the F-14 Tomcat and were picked up by an HH-60 helicopter about half an hour after the crash, Cmdr. Chuck McWhorter of the U.S. Third Fleet said.

The crash occurred in clear weather during a training exercise from the carrier USS John C. Stennis, McWhorter said. The plane was part of the VF-211 squadron based at Oceana Naval Air Station, Va. The nuclear-powered Stennis was on its way to Hawaii following deployment to the Persian Gulf. It is based at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, Calif.

The names of the aviators were not released, and the cause of the crash was under investigation.

Later yesterday, all five members of a Canadian navy helicopter crew were rescued when their aircraft went down in waters 150 miles southeast of Honolulu during Rim of the Pacific multinational military exercises.

The Sea King anti-submarine helicopter made a controlled landing on the ocean surface after its high-heat alerts went off, McWhorter said.

The helicopter operates from the Canadian replenishment ship HMCS Protecteur.

The HMAS Adelaide, an Australian frigate, safely recovered all five helicopter crew members and their life raft within 25 minutes of the mishap, McWhorter said.

Water-main break hits Salt Lake customers

A water-main break near the intersection of Ala Puumalu and Ala Napunani in Salt Lake affected service yesterday to about 20 customers.

Board of Water Supply crews isolated the break in an 8-inch main at about 12:45 p.m. and began making repairs.

Tea rite to honor U.S., Japanese war dead

A traditional Japanese tea ceremony aboard the USS Missouri will honor American and Japanese war dead at 10:30 a.m. Monday, and flower wreaths will be cast into Pearl Harbor.

Performing the kencha (ceremonial tea) will be the Grand Tea Master, Sen Sosa, head of the Omote School of Tea, and the 14th lineal descendant from Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591), founder of the tea ceremony in Japan. Ceremony participants will pray for world peace and continued friendship between the two countries.

The first such ceremony outside Japan was in 1963 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Monday's USS Missouri ceremony will be only the second such ceremony outside Japan.

Water line, lighting work to affect H-1

Two makai-bound University Avenue lanes were to be closed today near the Ewa-bound H-1 freeway on-ramp until 8 p.m.

Tomorrow, one mauka and one makai-bound lane will be closed near the intersection of the Ewa-bound H-1 freeway on-ramp from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

These closures are needed to provide enough space for excavation equipment to work on the Wilder Avenue water line installation.

On Wednesday, the Kapiolani offramp from H-1 freeway in the Honolulu direction will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for work on highway lighting.

Motorists are advised to take an alternate route and allow for extra travel time.

Maui cruise terminal contract awarded

A $918,143 state contract went to Ching Construction for work on Maui at Kahului Harbor's Pier 1-A Shed Passenger Cruise Terminal.

It includes demolition of the existing office structure inside, building a two-story replacement office structure outside and constructing a passenger terminal and related facilities. Work is set to begin in July, the Department of Transportation said.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Boy suspected of making 3 bomb threats to school

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy yesterday in connection with the bomb threats received at Iolani Schools on Tuesday.

He is allegedly responsible for the three bomb threats called into the school from 10:25 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

A police report did not disclose if he is a student at Iolani.

Man badly hurt in crash; impact splits car in two

A man was critically injured just after midnight this morning when his car slammed into a utility pole in Kailua.

The man's car was headed south on Kailua Road when it slammed into the pole at 12:12 a.m., police said. The 1984 Datsun 4-door sedan was going so fast that the impact split it into two pieces.

He was taken to Castle Hospital and then transferred to Queen's Hospital where he remained in critical condition this morning.

18-year-old man accused of raping, robbing woman

Police charged an 18-year-old man yesterday for an alleged sexual assault on a woman.

James Ajifu, of Uakea Place in Ahuimanu, was charged with first- and third-degree sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary, police said. He is being held on $75,000 bail.

He is accused of entering a Honolulu home on Wednesday and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman who was asleep and stealing money from her.

Robbery suspect: A camera caught this view
of the man who robbed Kailua's Central
Pacific Bank branch Thursday.

CPB bank robber hits again, this time Kaneohe

A Kaneohe branch of Central Pacific Bank was robbed yesterday by a man who is the suspect in Thursday's robbery of CPB's Kailua branch.

Yesterday's robbery at 45-1151 Kamehameha Highway was reported at 12:20 p.m. The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

After entering the Kaneohe bank yesterday, he demanded money from tellers and threatened to use a weapon.

The suspect was described in his late 40s or early 50s, about 5 feet 6-8, weighing 160-180 pounds and slender.

He had a leathery complexion and black, salt and pepper hair. He wore thick prescription glasses and a blue, collared, flannel shirt, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or the FBI at 566-4300.

Yesterday's holdup was the state's 19th bank robbery this year.

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