Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Evacuated Maui building turns up another fungus

WAILUKU >> The reopening of a Maui County building evacuated in February has been pushed back again.

Inspectors found mold that causes some people with allergies to suffer a runny nose and watery eyes.

County spokeswoman Karlynn Kawahara, who released the latest laboratory report yesterday, said the mold cladosporium was found on the first and second story of the Kalana Pukui Building during an April 20 cleanup.

She said the county will have a better idea of when the building can be reoccupied after it receives recommendations from consultants about cleaning the mold and possibly replacing or altering the air-conditioning system. About 80 employees had been working there.

Kawahara said planning employees have been occupying Civil Defense offices but will have to find other quarters by June, when hurricane season begins. The county last month announced a delay because a potentially harmful fungus was found on the ceiling.

8 tapped to review legislative representation

Eight members have been appointed to the 2001 Reapportionment Commission.

Deron Akiona, Rick Clifton, Jill Frierson, Kenny Lum, Lori Hoo, Lynn Kinney, Harold Masumoto and David Rae were named by the state Legislature.

Akiona is managing director of the Anesthesia Medical Group Inc. and former executive director of Haku Alliance. Clifton serves as legal counsel to the Hawaii GOP.

Frierson is a former director of the minority research office in the House and Senate. Lum is a businessman, community leader and restaurateur.

Hoo is with the Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. and a former interim executive director for the Hawaii Community Development Authority. Kinney is a director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Masumoto is executive director of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii. Rae is affiliated with Campbell Estate.

Corrections and clarifications

>> A list of Oahu neighborhood board election winners included incorrect results for Kaimuki, board No. 4. The winners are: Thomas M. Otake, John W. Cater, Jean K. Yamane, Edison K.W. Lum, Leonard K.H. Tam, Joseph Holtz, Megan H. York, David C. Tanabe, Vernon H.Q. Tam, Michael K. Abe and Daniel G. Carvalho.

>> Andrew Delos Reyes was a victim of the Kaukonahua Road car crash April 12. His last name was not complete following the first mention in a story yesterday on his funeral. Delos Reyes was OIA wrestling champion. He was one point shy of becoming overall state champion.

Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Newborn found dead in trash can

LIHUE >> Kauai detectives awaited autopsy results today that will tell them whether a newborn found dead Monday in a Koloa home was stillborn, died naturally after birth, or was killed.

The dead baby was found by police in a trash can behind the house, sources said. The body was wrapped in newspaper and inside a rice bag, they said.

If the infant died after birth, the mother could face criminal charges, police said. An autopsy was conducted yesterday.

Shortly after noon on Monday, paramedics received a call from a Koloa residence asking for medical assistance for a woman who was unconscious. The 19-year-old woman was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where doctors determined she had recently given birth. Kauai police were asked to search the house and found the baby's body. When police later arrived at the house they found the woman's father cleaning the floor with water. He refused to answer officers' questions, sources said.

Officers said the woman lives at the house with her parents. They did not release her name. She was in stable condition last night at Wilcox Memorial.

Local woman killed by trolley in Waikiki

An 85-year-old woman died yesterday after she was struck by a Trans Hawaiian Services trolley in Waikiki. Medical examiners identified the victim as Eloise Nishida of Honolulu.

About 9:20 a.m. yesterday, a female trolley driver was making a left turn from Seaside Avenue onto Aloha Drive when she struck the pedestrian.

The victim was taken to Queen's Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:03 a.m. Police said the trolley also struck a Ford Ranger operated by a woman in her 30s. She suffered a cut on her nose. The driver was traumatized after the accident, police said. She was taken to Straub Clinic & Hospital for observation.

The fatality is Oahu's 25th this year.

Police suspect teenagers in recent explosions

Honolulu police are investigating a series of explosions in Kapolei and Ewa Beach believed to have been started by teenagers.

The explosions were set off at different times between April 2 and 30, the latest incidents in two boys restrooms at Campbell High School.

Police said other targets include a trash can on Aawa street and Anaunau Street, the restroom at Kapolei Regional Park and the Ewa Beach Library book drop-off. Investigators said the devices used in these cases are all aerial pyrotechnic mortar balls.

Police suspect neighborhood teenagers in all cases. Two vehicles have been seen leaving the scene in two separate cases, one a light colored pickup and the other a dark colored, older model mini van.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on your cellular phone.

Service station cited for improper inspections

HILO >> Police said they have issued citations to a Hilo-area service station and its vehicle safety inspector for improper safety inspections.

Police are moving to revoke the license of the station and the inspector at Paukaa, just north of Hilo. Two drivers also are under investigation, police said. The service station was the subject of repeated complaints, police said.

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