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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, January 2, 2001

Traffic accidents leave two
dead, one critically hurt

Two early-morning traffic accidents today on the Windward side left two people dead and one critically injured.

A head-on collision in front of Olomana Golf Course in Waimanalo at 5:25 a.m. killed one woman and seriously injured a man.

Police said the 19-year-old male, from Waimanalo, was driving a 1988 Chrysler on Kalanianaole Highway toward Waimanalo when he crossed the center line. His car struck a silver 1988 Honda Civic driven by a 32-year-old woman, also from Waimanalo, who died at the scene.

The man was taken to Castle Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. Neither victim was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, police said.

Police also said alcohol is believed to be a factor.

At 5:58 a.m., an elderly pedestrian died when he was struck by a van near Star Market, at 46-023 Kamehameha Highway.

Police said the man, in his 80s, ran across the street outside of a crosswalk on the road and was hit by a Chevy van. He reportedly was walking 3 to 5 feet out of the crosswalk when hit, police said.

Dennis Espina, bakery manager at Star, said he heard a screech from behind the store. He called 911 and administered CPR on the victim before police arrived.

The victim was taken to Castle Medical Center, then transferred to Queen's Medical Center, where he died.

Portions of H-1 to close for nighttime repairs

The state Department of Transportation advises motorists that portions of the H-1 freeway will be closed at night until Thursday for construction work.

The night work will be from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will include lane, shoulder and pedestrian overpass closures at Captain Cook and Magellan avenues, joint replacement work at the Kapiolani interchange, and upgrade work at the Wilder westbound off-ramp.

Daytime work on the freeway this week will affect areas between the Pali overpass and the Kapiolani interchange.

Motorists are asked to allow for extra travel time and to use caution while driving through the work areas.

Isle council of chiefs to welcome Samoa PM

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, will be welcomed to Hawaii at a ceremony Thursday at the Kapiolani Park bandstand.

The Hawaii Council of Chiefs, or Atoa Alii, and the local Samoan community will continue this centuries old custom.

A high-level kava ceremony or sua, rarely done in Hawaii, will be performed.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.

Hilo weather office gets national award

The National Weather Service Data Collection Office in Hilo has received the Isaac Cline Award for achieving a top 10 ranking in the past year out of 92 upper air stations in the United States.

The Hilo staff was recognized for its performance in releasing weather balloons into the atmosphere to obtain temperature, humidity and wind date used to forecast weather.

Hilo is one of two upper air stations in Hawaii and one of 900 in the world.

Richard K. Mitsutani heads the office, and the staff includes Wilfred J. LaPlante, Robert E. Coleman, Lawrence Pendleton and Stephen T. Butler.

Kauai drama theater given $9,490 grant

The Kauai International Theatre has received a $9,490 Community Facility Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.

The funds will be used to renovate the theater, at Kauai Village in Kapaa.

The grant was announced by Congresswoman Patsy Mink, who noted that the theater "is important to the cultural life of Kauai."


Some events of interest


Bullet 6 p.m., Maui Beach Hotel, Maui Room: Public meeting on a draft environmental impact statement regarding the protection of sea turtles.

Bullet 7 p.m., Kaimuki Recreation Center: Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Meeting.

Bullet 7 p.m., Noelani Elementary School Cafeterium: Manoa Neighborhood Board Meeting.



Bullet Under a new contract reached with Hawaiian Airlines, senior long-haul pilots will initially make $130.99 an hour, rising to $163.25 an hour by January 2004. An article Friday in Hawaii Inc. had incorrect information.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Suspect is arrested in stabbing at party

A 48-year-old man was arrested last night on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a man in Palolo at 10 p.m. during a New Year's party.

A confrontation between the two escalated at a party on Ahe Street, and a 35-year-old man was stabbed in the upper chest with a penknife.

A passing patrol officer was flagged down as the suspect fled. Police apprehended the suspect several blocks from the party.

The victim was taken to Queen's Medical Center and is listed in critical but stable condition.

No charges have been filed.

Shooting death linked to animal cage theft

An alleged dispute between two Waipahu men over a stolen animal cage led to a fatal shooting early New Year's Day in a Pupukahi Street parking lot.

Pio Ioane, 40, of 94-120 Pupukahi St., was pronounced dead at St. Francis Medical Center-West at 6:37 a.m., nearly three hours after the shooting was reported.

Police arrested the alleged shooter, a 64-year-old man who also lived on Pupukahi Street, at the scene. Charges are pending.

One shot from a rifle recovered at the scene reportedly was fired in the air before the suspect allegedly fired at the victim, police said.

Driver dies in crash off Old Farrington Highway

A 41-year-old man was killed when his 1994 Toyota 4Runner veered off Old Farrington Highway, went up an embankment and crashed into a river bed below on the property of Kahi Mohala in Waipahu.

The crash, which occurred 883 feet east of Fort Weaver Road, was discovered at 2:24 p.m. yesterday.

Fire Capt. Robert Ledwick said the driver was dead when firefighters arrived.

The vehicle's engine was cold so the crash may have occurred much earlier, Ledwick said.

Police vehicular homicide investigators have not determined if speed and alcohol contributed to the crash.

Part of rocket that caused fire recovered

Fire Department and police investigators have recovered fragments of a large aerial fireworks rocket that started a rooftop fire Sunday night and caused an estimated $60,000 damage to an Aiea Heights home at 98-971 Iliee St.

No injuries were reported from the fire.

The case is being investigated as first-degree criminal property damage.

Meanwhile, investigators said a fire yesterday that damaged the porch and front wall of a portable unit at 1002 N. School St. used by police was deliberately set.

The fire was reported at 1:20 a.m. Damage was estimated at $9,000.

Lahaina motorcyclist critical after crash

WAILUKU -- A 25-year-old Lahaina man was critically injured yesterday when he failed to negotiate a curve on Kahekili Highway and crashed his 1992 Honda CBR motorcycle into a guardrail.

Maui police said Leroy Miranda, who was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, suffered critical head injuries.

Miranda was not wearing a helmet, police said.

The incident, which took place near Puuohala Road, was reported at 3:05 a.m.

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