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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, August 14, 2000

Water-main break
diverts Waikiki traffic

A section of Kapahulu Avenue near the Honolulu Zoo was closed to traffic for nearly six hours today, following an early-morning water-main break.

A Board of Water Supply spokesman said the break in an 8-inch water main occurred at about 3:30 a.m. and affected service only to Jefferson School, which had no classes today.

The break forced the closure of the roadway between Kuhio and Kalakaua avenues to traffic until about 10 a.m.

Mauka-bound traffic was diverted to Monsarrat Avenue and makai-bound traffic to Ala Wai Boulevard during the closure, police said.

Shipping, releasing alien frogs is illegal

Shipping Caribbean frogs around the state is illegal, warns the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The department has reminded all commercial plant nurseries of rule changes made in May 1998, to stop the spread of these alien frogs. During the past several years, Hawaii has been invaded by two species of Caribbean frogs, whose loud calls and dense populations are a nuisance to residents.

The tiny frogs -- which found their way to Hawaii in potted nursery materials -- also pose a threat to native forests and the export nursery industry.

The rule changes make it illegal to release these frogs into the wild, as well as transport them around or export them from the state.

Wild populations of frogs have been established on the Big Island and Maui. The state is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to control their spread. For more information, call 587-0164.


Some events of interest


Bullet 6:30 p.m., Puohale Community and Senior Center: Kaneohe/Kahaluu town vision meeting. Call Jimmy Remedios at 523-4500 for information.

Bullet 7-9 p.m., Kalama Beach Park/Boettcher Estate, 248 N. Kalaheo Ave.: Health department urges public to attend an "informational meeting" to discuss Ameron Hawaii's application for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for Kapaa Quarry. Contact: 586-4377.

Bullet 7:15 p.m., Booth District Park: Nuuanu/Punchbowl neighborhood board meeting, 2331 Kanealii Ave.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Man injured after jumping
on car to stop robbers

A 23-year-old man struck by a car fleeing the scene of an early-morning robbery yesterday near the Hawaii Convention Center is in critical condition at The Queen's Medical Center.

The man reportedly tried to stop the suspect vehicle on Kalauokalani Way at about 3:30 a.m.

The driver drove at least one-tenth of a mile with the man on the hood of his car, swerving to try to shake him off, police said. The man was thrown off the vehicle on Kapiolani Boulevard when the driver slammed his brakes, police said.

Investigators reported that a 15-year-old boy was earlier confronted by a group of four or five youths, who demanded money. A doorman from a nightclub chased and caught one of the suspects but later released him.

The doorman provided the name and address of the suspect, 17, to police. The youth was reportedly in the car that struck the man, who is not the doorman.

The case is being investigated as an attempted murder.

Man dies after falling from Makahiku Falls

KIPAHULU, Maui -- A 23-year-old man died yesterday after apparently falling from 160-foot Makahiku Falls just past Hana near the Seven Sacred Pools.

A hiker spotted his body floating on the surface of the pond at 11:31 a.m., the fire department said.

A diver retrieved the body at 1:45 p.m. yesterday at the bottom of the 15-foot deep pond.

Nanakuli man killed on Farrington highway

A 68-year-old Nanakuli man was killed early yesterday while crossing Farrington Highway near Tracks surfing beach between Kahe Power Plant and Nanakuli.

A 45-year-old Waianae man was driving town-bound when he hit the pedestrian who was crossing the highway toward the ocean at about 4:17 a.m. "It's a bad place to cross at night; there's no crosswalk there," said Sgt. Ted Goo of the Waianae Police Station. "It was pitch black out there." There are no street lights and the man was wearing dark clothing.

Body of woman, 60, found off Kihei shore

KIHEI, Maui -- The body of a 60-year-old woman was found 15-feet offshore near the Menehune Shores condominium in Kihei at 6:18 a.m. yesterday.

A windsurfer reported seeing a body at 7:55 p.m. Saturday.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

Fire destroys Big Island Ace Hardware store

KAILUA-KONA -- Fire destroyed the Ace Hardware store in the Kailua-Kona industrial area early today, police said.

Responding to a 12:50 a.m. alarm, fire fighters found the building fully engulfed in flames, police said. The value of the loss was unknown.

Fire inspectors were at the scene before daybreak, but the cause was not immediately determined.

Two arrested following theft of fanny pack

Police arrested two males in connection with a fanny pack theft Saturday afternoon.

A man had been watching television at his girlfriend's house in Mililani when he saw someone he knew enter and take his bag from a table, police said.

The victim grabbed a machete and chased the suspect and found one of the suspect's friends. The victim threatened the friend with his knife, then took his cell phone, saying he would return it when he got his bag back, police said.

Police arrest man trying to steal from market

A 30-year-old man was arrested for robbery and traffic warrants at a Kahala market at about 2 p.m. yesterday when he tried to steal products from the store's meat counter, police said.

The manager confronted the suspect and asked him to pay for the items concealed in his backpack.

The suspect fled, then punched the manager in the face when he caught up to him outside.

Four employees jumped in to help the manager and three ended up with bite marks on their hands, according to the police report.

5 men, 5 women arrested in Hilo 'ice' house bust

HILO -- Police raided an alleged "ice" house on Keonaona Street, arresting five men and five women and seizing drugs Saturday, they said.

Police seized 7 grams of crystal methamphetamine, known as "ice," and 3.4 grams of dried, packaged marijuana.

They also confiscated a 1989 Toyota pickup truck and $560 in cash.

Police served eight bench warrants on six of those arrested, who remain in custody.The other four were released pending investigation.

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