Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, May 25, 2001


Lisa Buquoi underwent the fire-hose dragging and
carrying test during the Honolulu Fire Department's
recruiting test Wednesday at Keehi Lagoon. Buquoi
said she felt "good" and passed the test.

Charity needs help
for Irish marathon

The Arthritis Foundation, Hawaii Branch, is looking for people to join its Joints in Motion Training Team to walk or run in the Dublin Marathon in Ireland Oct. 29.

Twenty-three people have joined so far.

Informational meetings will be held across the state through June by Susan Hughes, executive director and former participant; Donna Silverman, Joints in Motion coordinator, and Chet Blanton, local trainer.

Their schedule is as follows:

>> Tuesday, 5 p.m., Wailoa Center in Hilo; Wednesday, 5 p.m., King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.

>> On June 1, at 5 p.m., they will be at the Cameron Center in Maui.

>> They will be in Suite 1306, Pan Am Building, Honolulu, at 5 p.m. June 4 and at 11:30 a.m. June 9.

Participants collect $5,000 in pledges to benefit the Arthritis Foundation's mission to prevent and find a cure for arthritis.For more information, call 942-3636. Neighbor island residents may call toll free: 1-800-462-0743.

Fun Walk kicks
off Seniors Fair

About 600 Hawaii seniors are expected to participate in a two-mile Fun Walk starting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Participants will gather at McCoy Pavilion for a ceremony at 7:15 a.m. and warm-up exercises at 7:20 a.m.

HMSA's 5 A Day Friends (colorful giant fruits and vegetables) will greet the walkers, and Meadow Gold's Lani Moo Trolley will support the seniors.

The Fun Walk kicks off First Hawaiian Bank's PrimeTime Senior's Fair, held afterward at the Neal Blaisdell Center-Exhibition Hall.

Kuakini Health Systems will provide free screenings for glucose and cholesterol, blood pressure, stroke risk assessment and other screenings.

Also featured will be a seminar by Dr. Terry Shintani, cooking demonstrations and a presentation by Susan Van Gorder of the Alzheimer's Association.

The event is sponsored by Hawaii Medical Service Association's Akamai Living program, First Hawaiian Bank, city Department of Parks and Recreation and Kuakini Health Systems.

Airport work will
cost feds $12.3 million

More than $12.3 million in grants are earmarked for improvements at Honolulu Airport.

Funded by the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program, the grants include:

>> $6.6 million to create a new security checkpoint between the ticket lobby and sterile area to improve traffic flow to gate areas.

>> $1.8 million to rehabilitate Taxiway B, Runway 8L/26R and connecting taxiways.

>> $1.98 million to improve a wastewater containment system to meet storm drain discharge requirements and to provide additional protection against catastrophic fuel spills.

>> $1.95 million to upgrade public restrooms to meet light and ventilation standards and to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

"This work will improve the safety and efficiency of the Honolulu Airport," said U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D, Hawaii).

Molokini snorkel cruise gets people a bit too wet

WAILUKU >> Passengers aboard a snorkel cruise to Molokini Island off Maui were transferred to another vessel after water began flowing into their charter boat.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lawrence O'Donnell said the vessel Leilani issued a distress call at 8:50 a.m. yesterday.

He said 17 passengers and two crew members went aboard another charter vessel, Pride of Maui, and were returned to Maalaea.

A pump was used to keep the Leilani afloat, and the Coast Guard towed it back to Maalaea Harbor at 2:19 p.m., officials said. O'Donnell said the leak stemmed from an opening near the propeller shaft.

UPS firing of Maui driver prompts racial bias suit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit yesterday accusing United Parcel Service of racial discrimination for firing a driver on Maui.

The commission said Carlos Harris was fired for swearing on the job while other drivers who engaged in similar conduct were disciplined less harshly. Harris, who is black, worked at UPS's Kahului facility from March 1994 to September 1998.

Timothy Riera, Honolulu office director for the commission, said Harris was fired for swearing around co-workers, not customers, and had a clean job record before that. Riera said an investigation by the commission found a marked difference in the way black and nonblack employees were treated. Attempts to settle with UPS were unsuccessful, he said.

A spokeswoman at UPS' Atlanta headquarters, Peggy Gardner, said she hadn't seen the suit and couldn't immediately comment. Lance Hirokawa, a human resources manager for UPS in Hawaii, said he didn't know about the suit and could not comment.

The lawsuit seeks back pay, reinstatement of Harris and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. It also seeks an injunction blocking the company from engaging in any discriminatory employment practices.

Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Jerry Barboza, mother of Troy Barboza, gave old friend
David Pagan a hug yesterday at Tamarind Park. The Troy
Barboza Torch runners had just finished the run, which
honors an undercover policeman slain in 1987 and
launches the Hawaii Special Olympics games.

Sailor faces murder trial in Pearl Harbor killing

The Navy has charged Pearl Harbor Seaman Hawan T. Campbell with premeditated murder for the shooting death of another Navy seaman earlier this month.

The offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole. An article 32 pretrial investigation hearing is scheduled for mid-July after which the hearing officer is expected to recommend to Rear Adm. Robert T. Conway Jr., Commander Navy Region Hawaii, that Campbell be court-martialed, navy officials said.

Campbell, 23, remains in custody in the Pearl Harbor Naval Station brig at Ford Island.

Gregory Ballard, 29, was found dead outside his enlisted personnel barracks at Gabrunas Hall about 4 a.m., May 4. He had multiple gunshot wounds to his head.

Man killed in auto crash identified by police

KAILUA-KONA >> Police have identified a man killed in a two-vehicle accident in the Kaloko industrial area near Kailua-Kona yesterday as David W. Adams, 48, of Kailua-Kona.

Ledward Lewi, 21, of Kalaoa, the driver of a pickup hit by Adams' sedan, as well as Lewi's passenger, Douglas Belt Jr., 18, of Waikoloa, were in guarded condition last night at Kona Community Hospital.

Police said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the 9:40 p.m. crash, and Adams was not wearing a seat belt.

Female sailor alleges sexual assault on Stennis

The Navy is investigating allegations by a female sailor assigned to the nuclear carrier USS Stennis that she was sexually assaulted Saturday.

Three sailors have been restricted to the carrier, which was to leave Pearl Harbor today, while the investigation is being conducted.

The Stennis arrived here last week just to be the floating platform for the premiere of the movie "Pearl Harbor." More than 2,000 people attended the event held on the flight deck of the carrier Monday night.

2 teenagers arrested on charges of robbery

Two boys from Olomana School, ages 15 and 16, were arrested Wednesday for a robbery that occurred at Pohakupu Park earlier this month. Police said an 18-year-old Kailua man was riding a motorized scooter at the park on May 14 when two boys hijacked the man and demanded money. The man did not hand over any money but the robbers took his cellular phone and then fled. The victim identified the suspects in a photographic lineup.

Federal bank robbery suspect arrested at park

Honolulu police and FBI agents arrested a 22-year-old man yesterday in the robbery of two financial institutions. Keoni Hylton was arrested without incident at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. Hylton was charged in a federal indictment with robbing the Hawaii State Federal Credit Union in the Westridge Shopping Center on May 15. The indictment also charges Hylton with robbing the Waipahu branch of American Savings Bank on May 21.

Hylton was to appear before a federal magistrate today.

Workers tied up, truck stolen in Waialua

Honolulu police are looking for two men who stole a pickup truck from the Pioneer Hi-Bred seed corn facility in Waialua last night at gunpoint.

Police said the suspects, both wearing black ski masks, entered an office at the facility and tied the hands of the victims, 19 and 25, behind their backs. One of the suspects had a handgun. The suspects took the 19-year-old man's keys and drove off in his pickup truck, a blue 2000 Chevrolet Silverado.

Arson investigators looking into school fires

Honolulu police arson investigators are looking into two fires that occurred at Waianae Elementary and Waianae High School Wednesday night.

The fire at the elementary school at 85-220 McArthur St. caused $1,500 damage to a wooden stairway. A neighbor put out the fire using his garden hose. The fire at the high school at 85-251 Farrington Hwy. disabled the electrical system to a portable building and caused $1,100 damage to two classrooms.

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