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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, October 13, 2000

Wife charged in husband's
Oregon shooting death

ENTERPRISE, Ore. -- A 38-year-old woman has been arraigned in the death of her husband, a Hawaiian Airlines pilot who was found shot to death.

Liysa Ann Northon is accused of shooting her husband, Christopher Northon, at the Shady Campground on the Lostine River in Wallowa County. No bail was set at Wednesday's arraignment. A plea hearing will be scheduled within 30 days.

Christopher Northon, 44, and his wife, a freelance photographer, owned homes in Bend and in Kailua, Hawaii, according to a statement from Wallowa County District Attorney Dan Ousley.

The Northons apparently were on a camping trip in Wallowa County. On the day of Northon's death, county sheriff's deputies checked the couple's Bend home after receiving a call about possible domestic violence the previous night.

Ousley would not answer questions about circumstances of the death or how the suspect was located.

Marine guilty of killing 18-month-old daughter

A 24-year-old Marine pleaded guilty yesterday to murdering his 18-month-old daughter in March and was sentenced to 35 years in confinement.

Cpl. James Bingham also was dishonorably discharged from the Marine Corps, dropped in rank to private and stripped of all pay and allowances.

Bingham is likely to be transferred from the Ford Island Correctional Facility to a mainland prison.

Unity House officials to appeal ouster

The attorney for four high-ranking union officials who were expelled from Unity House last week for allegedly conspiring to divide its assets said today his clients will appeal their ouster.

But he expressed little hope for the internal appeals process since they have already gone through it once before.

"What disappoints my clients is the judge has instructed us to appeal to the same board that expelled them," said Sean Kim, attorney for the plaintiffs.

Eric Gill, financial secretary of Local 5; Orlando Soriano, Local 5 president; Mel Kahele, Hawaii Teamsters and Allied Works president, Local 996; and Ronan Kozuma, Local 996 secretary-treasurer, had sought a preliminary injunction to stop their removal.

The Unity House board unanimously voted to expel the four on Oct. 3 for "conduct injurious to the corporation."

Judge Gary W.B. Chang yesterday denied the motion for a preliminary injunction but gave them the option of renewing their request.

Unity House attorney David Gierlach said, "It's obvious to us the judge didn't find any due process violations that the plaintiffs were complaining about. They got due process and more."

The plaintiffs have 30 days to appeal the board's decision.

Golden Scholars

By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
The first annual dinner to honor UH alumni who graduated 50 or
more years ago was held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village yesterday.
From left, Lani Chang Eaton ('46 in Sociology/ Psychology),
William K. Amona ('49 in Political Science) and Pearl
Richardson Nishimura ('43 in Business/Economics) were
among the 108 who attended the "Golden Scholar" celebration.
Amona bites his medallion to see if it is real gold.

Queen's considers deal to use genetic patents

The Queen's Medical Center is negotiating with the company that mapped the human genome for use of the patented sequences as part of a plan to increase the hospital's genetics research program.

Officials from Queen's are scheduled to meet today with Dr. Trevor Woodage of Celera Genomics, which along with the Human Genome Project worked to map the human genetic code. Celera holds some of the provisional patents on parts of that research.

Identifying DNA sequences associated with diseases such as cancer will make it easier for doctors to determine if an individual is likely to be stricken with an illness, Woodage said yesterday at the HITECHHAWAII2000 conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.


Some events of interest

Bullet 9 a.m., City Department of Human Resources conference room: Vision meeting. Contact: Lorrie Chee, 523-4433.



Bullet A map accompanying a story on Hilo's Liliuokalani Gardens yesterday incorrectly identified a golf course next to the park. The correct name is Naniloa Country Club Golf Course.

Bullet Wanda Toth, a Fairfield, Conn., accountant, said her firm advises some clients to go to New Hampshire if they want to save on state taxes because the Census Bureau says it has the lowest per capita state tax in the nation. She was not identified in an article Wednesday.

Police, Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Homeless man arrested in beating death at park

A 54-year-old man was arrested last night for allegedly beating another man to death with a baseball bat.

The two men, who police say are both homeless, were drinking at Keehi Lagoon Park when a fight broke out at about 8:45 p.m., police said.

The victim, 47, was in a parked car when the suspect attacked him, police said.

The victim was taken to Queen's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was arrested shortly afterward.

Fire destroys Ewa Beach home, routs family of 5

Fire investigators were at a three-bedroom Ewa Beach home today that was destroyed in a fire yesterday.

A 27-year-old man was home when the fire started at 12:34 p.m. at 91-702 Uneula Place, said Fire Capt. Richard Soo. He escaped unharmed.

The two-story home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived two minutes later. It was reported under control at 12:34 p.m.

The Red Cross is assisting the family of five who were renting the home.

Damage is estimated at $175,000 to the structure and $45,000 to the contents.

5-vehicle wreck in Kona injures 7, one seriously

KAILUA-KONA -- A 42-year-old man remains in serious condition at Kona Community Hospital following a five-vehicle accident on Mamalahoa Highway north of Kailua-Kona yesterday.

Six other patients were transported to the hospital in two ambulances, the Fire Department said. They were treated and released.

The crash was reported at 1:19 p.m.on the highway at the Makalea subdivision construction site, the Fire Department said.

The accident involved a tractor trailer and four passenger vehicles.

Suspect is arrested in senior center attack

A 40-year-old man was arrested yesterday for allegedly beating a 67-year-old man at a senior citizen center earlier this month.

The men were arguing at a Honolulu senior center on Oct. 2 when the suspect grabbed a walking cane and hit the victim in the head several times, police said. The suspect ran away, but was located yesterday.

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