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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, December 16, 2000

Police ask public's help
identifying victim of fall

Art The Honolulu police missing persons detail is seeking help in identifying a man who died in a fall from the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking structure Dec. 6.

Police released a sketch of the man, who may have been a Japanese national. They also released copies of photographs found in his shirt pocket which depict a woman and two children.

The man was in his late 40s or early 50s. He was slim, with graying hair, and had a scar on his chin. He was wearing tan slacks and a long-sleeved blue shirt when he fell 10 stories to his death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the missing persons detail, 529-3394; CrimeStoppers hot line, 955-8300; or the city medical examiner's office, 527-6777.

Salvation Army distribution
times, locations corrected

An announcement of Salvation Army distribution times and locations in Thursday's paper had some incorrect dates. These are the correct distribution dates:

Bullet Sunday: 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. at Pier 21, Warehouse 6 on Nimitz Avenue

Bullet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 6-8 p.m. at 45-175 Waikalua Road, Kaneohe

Bullet Tuesday: 9-11 a.m. at 1106 Kilani Avenue, Wahiawa

Bullet Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the corner of Koapaka and Paiea Streets

Bullet Friday: 9 a.m. to noon, 1-4 p.m. at Pier 21, Warehouse 6 on Nimitz Avenue

For more information, call Daniel de Castro at 440-1830.

198 firecracker permits sell on first day

Fewer than 200 firecracker permits were sold by the city as of 4 p.m. yesterday, the first day they were made available for the coming New Year's celebration.

Under a new law enacted by the state Legislature, firecracker buyers now are required to have a $25 permit for every 5,000 firecrackers they buy. The law allows those 18 and over to purchase as many of the $25 permits as they want.

The city expects to sell as many as 40,000 permits before the New Year's Eve deadline. The new law applies to firecrackers only -- not sparklers, spinning wheels, cones or other types of fireworks.

Permits are available at each of the island's nine satellite city halls. Carol Costa, director of the Department of Customer Services, said 44 permits were issued at the Ala Moana site; 38 at Kalihi; 31 at Pearlridge; 26 at Kailua; 17 at Waipahu; 15 at Fort Street Mall; 13 at Windward Mall, eight at Wahiawa; and six at Waianae.

Merchants are allowed to begin selling fireworks of all types beginning Dec. 26.

Amemiya leaves post as city budget director

Roy Amemiya, the city's budget and fiscal services director, is leaving his post to return to the private sector.

Amemiya, 45, first joined the administration of Mayor Jeremy Harris in 1997 as finance director. In 1999, Amemiya became head of the Budget and Fiscal Services Department.

He is the second key member of the administration to quit since Harris was re-elected.

Sandra Ebesu McFarlane, the city's human resources director, announced she would be leaving this month to be the state Department of Education's personnel director.

Woman gets 21 months for false tax return

A Honolulu businesswoman was sentenced to 21 months in prison for filing a false federal income tax return.

Ann Ju Tamura, president of Y-BRON Hawaii, Inc. under-reported about $780,000 of corporate income in 1991 and 1992, said U.S. Attorney Steven S. Alm. She also under-reported her personal income.

Tamura's false tax returns were based on American Express charge card receipts that should have been reported as corporate and personal income.

Looking Ahead

Some events of interest

Bullet 5 p.m. Monday, Mayor's Conference Room, Honolulu Hale, third floor: Vision meeting. For information, call 523-4385.

Bullet 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aikahi Wastewater Treatment Plant, 95 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Administration Building, 2nd-floor Training Room: Vision meeting. For information, call 523-4385.



Bullet The state cigarette tax is 5 cents per cigarette, not per pack, as reported in a story yesterday.
Bullet Washington attorney Theodore B. Olson's last name was misspelled in a story Thursday.
Bullet Cash payments will be accepted for firework permits at all Oahu satellite city halls. A story Thursday incorrectly stated that only checks and money orders would be accepted.
Bullet A story in Thursday's Star-Bulletin incorrectly stated the city plans to open a new pistol range near the Koko Head Shooting Center. In fact, the city plans to open a new archery range.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Suspect in vehicular homicide is arrested

Police arrested a Honolulu man who was sought since Monday when he allegedly killed his girlfriend by running her down with their sports utility vehicle.

A tip led officers to search for the 49-year-old suspect. He was driving the red 1983 Chevrolet Blazer when he was spotted yesterday by a beat patrol officer in Waimanalo.

He was arrested without incident, according to a Kailua police spokesman.

Linda K. Asuncion, 60, died in Queen's Medical Center on Tuesday night of injuries she received in the 10 p.m. Monday incident at Ala Moana Park.

Witnesses told police that she and the suspect were arguing over ownership of the vehicle, which was registered in both names. They said she was trying to stop him from leaving when she was run over.

Police seek suspect in robbery at office

Police are still looking for a man in his late 20s who entered the Teletec office at 544 Ohohia St. and allegedly demanded money at gunpoint from a man at the office.

The suspect fired one shot into the ceiling. The victim had cuts and bruises to his face, legs and arms from struggling with the man, who overpowered him and took his money.

The suspect is described as being 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 140 to 150 pounds, with black shoulder-length hair and dark eyes.

Pipe bomb explodes at McKinley High field

Police are looking for whoever set off a pipe bomb at the McKinley High School baseball field yesterday.

No one was hurt in the explosion, reported at 11:39 a.m. Police Capt. Doug Miller said a second bomb, which failed to explode, was also found by the police bomb detail. "The one that went off wasn't high-powered," said Miller, and it appeared that firecrackers were used, he said.

Man caught in robbery of 7-Eleven in Kalihi

A man was arrested last night after robbing a Kalihi convenience store, police said.

The suspect entered the 7-Eleven Store at 1900 Dillingham Blvd. at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday while the store clerk was helping other customers. When the store emptied, the suspect brandished a weapon and demanded money from the clerk.

The suspect fled but was captured after a search of the area.

Fireworks blaze burns Hawaii Kai carport roof

Fireworks being stored in a carport ignited, resulting in $21,000 damage to a Hawaii Kai home.

The fire damaged the roof of a carport at 7119 Niumalu Loop at about 6 p.m. last night.

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