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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Seismic retrofitting will close
H-1 lanes, ramps

The state Department of Transportation has announced the H-1 freeway will have seismic retrofit work through tomorrow that will result in lane and offramp closures.

Today the Kinau offramp and the right lane of the eastbound H-1 freeway will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. tomorrow

Tomorrow the right lane of the westbound H-1 freeway near the Vineyard offramp will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday

Motorists are advised of University Avenue ramp closures through tomorrow.

The University Avenue offramp from the eastbound H-1 freeway will be closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight and tomorrow for paving work.

Tomorrow the mauka-bound University Avenue on ramp to the westbound H-1 freeway and the right lane of the westbound H-1 freeway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paving work.

Kauai meeting to discuss
proposed fishing plans

Halalalu and akule fishermen on Kauai are invited to attend an information meeting to discuss a proposed statewide management plan from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria in Lihue.

The state Division of Aquatic Resources, under the Department of Land and Natural Resources, has specific recommendations for Port Allen and Nawiliwili harbors and Hanamaulu Bay.

The division developed the proposed plan after more than two years of meeting with commercial and recreational fishermen.

In the future the division will schedule additional information meetings on other islands to discuss the plan before a final plan is developed.

For more information, call Alton Miyasaka at (808) 587-0092 in Honolulu, or Wade Ishikawa at the Kauai Division of Aquatic Resources office at (808) 274-3344.

IRS warns African Americans to
be wary of slavery-reparations scams

The Internal Revenue Service is cautioning African Americans not to be misled by anyone offering to help them file for tax credits or refunds related to reparations for slavery.

There is no such provision in the tax law.

"It is despicable that some are stealing from innocent people by charging fees to prepare what they know to be baseless claims," said IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti.

Two such schemes have come to light.

In one, someone claims a credit for "black investment taxes" or "reparations for African Americans."

In the other, someone attaches a form listing thousands of dollars in tax withholding that never occurred.

Taxpayers who repeatedly file claims for such credits, after receiving a denial notice, may be subject to a $500 penalty, the IRS said.

For information on this or any other tax matter, call the IRS toll-free help line: 1-800-829-1040.

Man on trial in rapes says he's not the guy

A former prison guard denied he is the so-called "Mililani rapist" who preyed on teen-age girls walking alone.

James Allen Thompson, 39, accused of abducting four teen-age girls and forcing three of them to perform sex acts, said yesterday he didn't do it.

Thompson is on trial for the third time after two previous efforts to prosecute him ended in mistrial.

He is charged with 22 counts of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree attempted sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree assault and kidnapping.

The victims, including a fifth girl who escaped and took down the license number of Thompson's car, all identified him as the culprit, Deputy Prosecutor Rom Trader said during the trial.

But Thompson said he was with a high-school friend at Zippy's restaurant and Wal-mart during one of the attacks.

Defendant stands trial again in wife's slaying

Two years after a deadlocked jury, a new jury will decide whether a man is guilty of second-degree murder in the 1996 shooting death of his wife.

Danny Haili, whose first trial in 1988 ended with one juror holding out against a guilty verdict, killed his wife because she wanted to leave him, Deputy Prosecutor Lynne McGivern said.

Haili refused to agree to a divorce and threatened his wife, Philimena, on different occasions, McGivern said.

He also assaulted the man he believed to be her lover and threatened to kill him and his wife, she added.

After a series of threats over several months, he gunned down his wife of 30 years in the carport of the couple's Kailua home, McGivern said.

Defense attorney Samuel King Jr. said Haili was under extreme mental and emotional disturbance when he shot and killed his wife.

He said his client should be convicted of a lesser charge of manslaughter.

His wife's comments that "you no kind of man" and that her lover was better in bed caused him to snap and shoot her, King said.

Owner of care-home indicted in tax case

Anita G. Gabriel, a care home owner, has been indicted on charges of failing to file state general excise tax returns for 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.

State Tax Director Marie Okamura said the indictment was returned last week and that convictions may result in fines.

Okamura urged taxpayers to voluntarily file tax returns. The Tax Department generally will not initiate a criminal investigation when taxpayers voluntarily come forward to report their failure to file or other omissions, she said.

McCully-Moiliili library to reopen Monday

The McCully-Moiliili Public Library, closed for renovation since Sept. 5, is scheduled to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday.

A new air handler for the central air-conditioning system was installed.


Some events of interest


Bullet 6:30 p.m., Pearl City Library: Pearl City No. 21 Neighborhood Board meeting, 1138 Waimano Home Road.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Greek boat sends in body of fisherman killed at sea

The body of a 26-year-old man who died at sea Oct. 17 was brought by boat taxi to Honolulu last night.

The man, a deck hand on the Greek fishing boat M.V. Cabanos, had fallen and injured his leg and face, police said.

Pedestrian struck, killed on Farrington identified

The 90-year-old man who died after being struck by a car as he crossed Farrington Highway on Sunday morning has been identified as Alfonzo Sebastian, of Kaukai Road in Nanakuli.

He was running makai across Farrington when he was struck at 7:14 a.m. by an eastbound car, police said.

Arson suspected; school fire traced to classroom

Arson is suspected in Saturday's fire at Lunalilo Elementary School in McCully.

The blaze started in a first-floor special-education classroom in Building A at 8:15 p.m., said fire Capt. Richard Soo.

A television set, VCR, bookcase and computer were damaged.

Damage was estimated at $30,000 to the structure and $5,000 to contents, Soo said. No suspects have been arrested.

CPR fails to revive father after dive near Blowhole

A 56-year-old man died after he got into trouble while diving in waters off the Blowhole at 2:30 p.m. yesterday, police said.

He was diving with his son, who unsuccessfully tried to revive him with CPR. He died at Kuakini Medical Center at 7:40 p.m.

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