Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Sunday, July 8, 2001

4-H to hold Big Island workshop on livestock

Big Island youths are invited to participate in the annual Statewide Livestock Workshop held in Waimea next Sunday.

The Hawaii County 4-H Livestock Committee is inviting young people from 5 to 19 to take part. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii's Mealani Research Station.

The experience will develop and train children in all areas of livestock judging.

The workshop will provide information on animal types, breeds, observation, evaluation and comparisons. The program will also cover beef, dairy, swine and sheep nutrition and carcass evaluation.

The workshop is free. Participants are asked to bring a potluck dish and $5 to cover the cost of lunch.

For more information on the workshop or about the 4-H Youth Development Program's livestock projects, call Hawaii County 4-H Livestock Committee Chairwoman Daphne McKeehan at 775-8075.

1.5 million cans collected in school recycling drive

Students across the state collected 1.5 million aluminum cans in the Department of Health's 2001 School Recycling Challenge.

About 16,000 students from 45 schools collected the cans over a month, with help from parents, guardians and teachers. Top collectors on Oahu included Moanalua Elementary (133 cans/student), Pearl Ridge Elementary (291 cans/student) and Waikiki School (145 cans/student).

Top performers in Maui and Kauai counties included Wailuku Elementary (127 cans/student), Kilauea School (261 cans/student) and St. Theresa School (359 cans/student).

On the Big Island, Honaunau, Hookena and Waiakea schools were top performers with more than 63,000 cans.

To find out about School Recycling Challenge 2002, call 586-4240.

Leeward open markets now on every Sunday

The Royal Kunia People's Open Market and the Kapolei Open Market are now available every Sunday to the public.

The Royal Kunia market will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Royal Kunia Park and Ride Facility at Kupuna Loop and Kupuohi Street.

The Kapolei market at Kapolei Community Park, 91-1049 Kamaaha Loop, will open from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

For further information, call the Department of Customer Services at 523-4385.



Back on top: Eric Gill regained control of Hawaii hotel workers' union Local 5, beating out longtime rival Tony Rutledge by only 21 votes. The election puts Gill and his supporters firmly in control of the union's executive board.

<< Second chances: Twenty men and women graduated last week from the 1st Circuit Court's Drug Court Program, which aims to rehabilitate drug addicts and help them become productive citizens. "Life is so much better today," said graduate Elizabeth Brown.

Adopted sailor: Natalie Frazier, a 12-year-old Mililani girl who is battling leukemia, is an honorary crew member of the yacht Two Guys on the Edge, which is competing in the current TransPac Yacht Race. Frazier keeps in touch with the boat crew via satellite phone and tracks their progress.


>> Fallen councilman: City Councilman Andy Mirikitani faces the possibility of up to 65 years in prison after being convicted of six criminal counts related to kickback scheme involving two employees who had been given bonuses.

Fizzled fireworks: Two major July 4th fireworks displays were marred by mishaps. First, a misfire at the Ala Moana Beach Park show caused two delays, with many spectators on the way home when the final act began. The Kailua show, meanwhile, went off without a hitch, but a barge used as a staging area tipped over and spilled the spent shells, which washed up on Kailua Beach the next morning.

Tax man goeth: Honolulu tax preparer Richard Basuel was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $30,000 for filing false state tax returns for clients claiming Hawaii as a foreign country.


The Sunday Star-Bulletin
gets bigger and better

Starting today, the Sunday Star-Bulletin has more sections.

Equipment added to the presses that let us begin printing four sections daily also allows us to increase the number of sections on Sundays.

Hawaii, which starts on Page 3 during the week, now has its own section. This Sunday section will include "On Politics" by Richard Borreca, a new weekly column of analysis and insights.

Hawaii will follow the first section, which includes Nation and World.

Insight, consisting of six pages of opinions, editorials and features on Asia and the Pacific, also becomes a separate section on Sundays.

Business, too, is now on its own and includes a new sub-section -- SciTech -- devoted to science and consumer technology.

Sports, Travel and classified advertising also now have their own sections.

We are heartened by your response to our additional sections during the week and are pleased to be able to offer more on Sundays.

Corrections and clarifications

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Publisher and Editor in Chief John Flanagan at 529-4748 or email him at

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By Star-Bulletin staff

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Leeward Oahu

Fire in townhouse leaves family of 4 homeless

Fire gutted the upstairs master bedroom of a two-story townhouse in Ewa Beach yesterday, leaving a family of four without a home.

"Sad thing is the family just moved in last week," said Capt. Richard Soo, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman.

He said a 34-year-old woman lived in the home with her 70-year-old mother and two sons, 11 and 5.

The two women were not home at the time of the fire, and two teen-age cousins were watching the young boys, Soo said.

No one was hurt.

Firefighters responding to the 9:40 a.m. fire at unit U-5 of Ewa Apartments at Kulana reported seeing smoke and flames coming from the second story, Soo said. The fire was under control at 9:52 a.m., he said.

The fire began in the master bedroom of the unit at 91-613 Kuilioloa Place and caused an estimated $45,000 damage, Soo said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Neighbor Maria Villarin said she called 911 after her brother smelled smoke and ran down the stairs yelling, "Fire! Fire!" She said other neighbors tried dousing the fire with garden hoses. "Everybody was taking hoses (out) 'cause the houses are connected," she said.

A fire yesterday gutted the upstairs bedroom of an Ewa
Beach townhouse. Preston Fredette, left, was baby-sitting
his cousins Mark and Joh Ibon who lived in the burned unit.

The damaged bedroom window.

Suspect arrested in ATM robbery, kidnapping

Police charged a 20-year-old man yesterday with kidnapping and robbery for allegedly forcing a 35-year-old man to drive him to three ATMs to withdraw cash.

Lokahi Lee Lemmon was arrested on four counts of robbery and one count of kidnapping in connection with the June 27 incident, in which he allegedly threatened the victim with scissors after asking him for a ride to Kailua from Waikiki.

The victim fled on foot from his car when Lemmon stopped at a Pearl City address to buy drugs, police said.

Earlier yesterday, Lemmon was arrested in an unrelated incident for allegedly driving a stolen car and possessing drugs in Aiea, police said. A witness to that arrest also witnessed the robbery incident, police said. Lemmon was arrested in connection with the robbery and kidnapping after being identified by the victim.

Bail is set at $100,000.

Neighbor Islands

Mosquito-bitten kayakers found south of Hanalei

Rescuers plucked two missing women from the waterfalls area of Kalihiwai River south of Hanalei yesterday morning.

A man, a woman and her daughter had gone on a kayaking and hiking trip at about noon Friday. The trio was reported missing at about 6 p.m. when one of the woman's daughters told an off-duty firefighter the three had not returned.

Three firefighters initially searched on foot. In the meantime, the man had returned to the river's mouth Friday evening to get help, said battalion chief Charlie Hiramoto of the Kauai Fire Department.

The man told firefighters the women were about an hour's walk in from the first waterfall, where they had left their kayak.

The department's search and rescue team was called in just after nightfall at about 7:30 p.m. and searched until about 3:30 a.m., Hiramoto said.

The search resumed with a helicopter at 6:30 yesterday morning.

Both women were "safe and healthy except for a lot of mosquito bites," Hiramoto said.

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