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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, July 17, 2000

Man, 65, drowns near
Kaneohe Bay sandbar

A 65-year-old man drowned in a boating accident near the sand bar of Kaneohe Bay yesterday afternoon.

Two male divers in their mid-50s said they had been diving, and when they resurfaced they could not locate their boat, with the victim on board. They swam to Kipapa Island and used a camper's cellular phone to call the fire department.

Rescue personnel used Air 1 to conduct the search and located the boat on the sandbar.

A boatman who had been trying to return the boat to Heeia Kea Pier said he had found it beached on a reef.

The man was found floating in the water 300 yards off Kipapa Island.

Attempts to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful.


Maui looks to acquire former
Navy land for county fair site

WAILUKU -- Maui Mayor James Apana's administration is planning to obtain about 230 acres of land at the former Naval Air Station at Puunene to use for a number of purposes, including a future site for the Maui County Fair.

The fair has been held within the War Memorial park complex in Wailuku for several years.

The request now goes to Gov. Ben Cayetano for his signature after the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the transfer at a meeting Friday on Maui. Apana's executive assistant Brian Miskae said Cayetano has indicated he will support the transfer of the land.

Miskae said one planned use of the land is for a facility for Maui Economic Opportunity buses and a military museum.

On another matter, the land board members authorized the Lanai Co. to manage the Kaumalapau Harbor on the island until the repairs to the breakwater are completed.

The land board earlier approved the acquisition of 2.9 acres of harbor land from the Lanai Co. for $1, enabling some $13.5 million in government funds to be used for the improvements.


Capitol rally celebrates Disabilities Act

A rally in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act will take place in the State Capitol courtyard tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono will be among the scheduled speakers celebrating the act's 10-year anniversary July 26. The ADA guarantees equal opportunity in employment, public facilities, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications for an estimated 54 million Americans with disabilities.

A march at 11 a.m. will circle the block.

Supporters include the ARC in Hawaii, the Assistive Technology Resource Center, the Disability and Communication Access Board, Easter Seals Hawaii, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Hawaii Disability Rights Center, and the Hawaii Centers for Independent Living.

A petition of support will be circulated.

Like catfishing? Time to sign up

Applications for catfishing at the Nuuanu Reservoir will be available beginning today for the season opening Aug. 19.

The deadline is Aug. 4.

Freshwater-fishing licenses and entry fishing cards are necessary. They may be obtained at the state Department of Land and Natural Resources visitor center at 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 131, or from licensing agents around the state.

Licenses may also be obtained online at the Web site

Kokee reopens for trout fishing

Portions of Kokee, Kauai, closed because of fire hazards, will be reopened for public access and trout fishing.

But the fire danger period declared in March at Kokee remains in effect. All open fires are prohibited in the parks, public hunting areas and natural area reserves.

On Saturday, the Department of Land and Natural Resources will reopen portions of the Waimea Canyon State Park, the Puu Ka Pele Forest Reserve, Hunting Units A and J and all ridge roads to the Contour Road.

Roads extending beyond the Contour Road will be opened on weekends only.

Also, Kauai's annual rainbow trout fishing season in the Kokee public fishing area will reopen Aug. 5.

Anglers with a valid Hawaii freshwater fishing license may fish between 5:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. for 16 consecutive days from Aug. 5 through 20.

From Aug. 21 to Sept. 24, fishing will be permitted on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays only.

Asbestos forces 600 troops out of quarters

More than 600 soldiers have vacated one of Schofield Barracks' living quarters after remnants of asbestos were found under floor tiles during routine maintenance Wednesday.

Capt. Cynthia Teramae, 25th Division spokeswoman, said F Quad -- which housed soldiers from the 3rd Brigade -- is vacant while the Army looks for a contractor to clean and rehabilitate the 69-year-old building.

The asbestos was in the insulation used with the air conditioning system, Teramae said. The Army believes only F Quad is affected, she said. Occupational health specialists from Tripler Army Medical Center were to meet with F Quad soldiers today.

However, Teramae said the Army believes the risk to the soldiers is minimal since "the exposure was very low."



Bullet A photograph Saturday of Halau O Kekuhi dancers was incorrectly attributed. It was taken by Sig Zane and Sean Naleimaile.

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Hauula woman, 22, dies when her truck overturns

A 22-year-old Hauula woman was killed yesterday when the pickup truck she was driving hit a wooden utility pole and flipped onto its roof at about 2:45 a.m. She died at the scene.

The medical examiner's office identified her as Sarah Bridges.

The truck was traveling south on Kamehameha Highway mile north of Punaluu Valley Road in Hauula. The male passenger, also 22 and from Hauula, is in guarded condition at Queen's Hospital.

They were not wearing seat belts.

Girl, 8, thrown out of car when driver loses control

An argument caused a driver to lose control of his car on the H-1 freeway yesterday, sending an 8-year-old girl flying over a guardrail near the Waikele offramp.

The girl, who fell 27 feet, is in guarded condition at Queen's Hospital.

The accident occurred about 9:46 a.m. after an argument between the 32-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman passenger. Three other children were in the back seat.

The woman and two children were treated for injuries at Queen's and Pali Momi, respectively, and released.

The driver refused treatment.

Eastbound lanes on the H-1 were closed for four hours.

Football player arrested after Waikiki incident

Darnell Arceneaux of Hawaii Kai, a quarterback at the University of Utah, was arrested on an outstanding court warrant and in the abuse of a household member following a nightclub incident yesterday morning in Waikiki.

Arceneaux, 22, was released at 3:50 a.m. after posting $1,000 bail for each count. He is scheduled to appear at District Court next Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Arceneaux was arrested after police responded to a 1:50 a.m. disturbance call at the Hawaiian Regent's Eurasia nightclub at 2552 Kalakaua Ave.

Man charged with abuse in girlfriend-assault case

Police have charged Suiaunoa A. Suaava, 19, with first- and second-degree terroristic threatening and three counts of abuse of a family member.

Suaava is accused of assaulting his girlfriend on Wednesday and Friday. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Mosquito coil causes fire, $25,000 damage

Family members were asleep yesterday when a mosquito coil ignited combustibles on the back porch, causing the house to go up in flames.

No one was injured. Fire crews had the fire under control within 10 minutes of arrival at 4:51 a.m. The fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to the wooden house at 66-160D Kamehameha Highway and its contents.

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