Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Inspection won't affect Aloha, official says

Yesterday's Federal Aviation Administration order calling for the inspection of Boeing 737s flying worldwide for potential defective flight control modules will not affect any Aloha Airlines aircraft.

"That FAA order applies to a range of serial numbers," said Aloha Airlines spokesman Stu Glauberman. "None of our aircraft are affected."

The emergency order gave airlines 10 days to complete the review.

A defective flight control module could make a plane difficult to control.

Fong finds financing to pay off land loan

Former U.S. Sen. Hiram Fong said Friday that he has found new financing to pay off a Bank of Hawaii loan.

The bank filed a foreclosure lawsuit Thursday against Senator Fong's Plantation and Gardens Inc., saying it was owed $749,214, including interest and late charges, on a $1 million loan.

Fong and his wife, Ellyn, obtained the loan in 1987 to purchase the land beneath the 725-acre nature garden in Kahaluu on Oahu.

The Fongs transferred the popular tourist attraction's property the following year to the corporation. It assumed the mortgage, which was to be paid off by last November.

Fong said that with the new financing, the nature garden will avoid foreclosure and remain in operation.

The attraction has seen a downturn in business because of the decline in the number of Japanese tourists coming to Hawaii.

UH regents OK fund-raising partnership

LANAI CITY >> The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved a five-year fund-raising campaign to bring in between $200 million and $250 million.

The board on Friday authorized the UH administration to enter into an agreement with the University of Hawaii Foundation to plan, implement and support the campaign. The agreement will also enable the foundation to plan and implement alumni relations and athletics services for the benefit of the university.

Elizabeth Sloane was named foundation president in February. She was UH President Evan Dobelle's chief fund-raiser during his administration at Trinity College and is credited with increasing corporate and foundation giving by more than 500 percent when she was at Trinity.

Freemasons re-enact the Boston Tea Party

The Freemasons are hosting a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party at the Aloha Tower Market Place at 10 a.m. today.

Freemasons dressed as Samuel Adams and John Hancock will join the Boy Scouts of America and march down the wharf to board the three-masted ship "Falls of Clyde." Participants dressed as patriots will throw boxes of tea into the harbor crying, "No taxation without representation."

The event includes speeches from Gen. George Washington, Thomas Paine, and John and Abigail Adams. The finale features a discussion on the Constitution with Benjamin Franklin and the Bill of Rights with Patrick Henry.


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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Suspect arrested in Honolulu man's death

A 32-year-old suspect was arrested for murder yesterday following a fistfight that claimed the life of a Honolulu man.

The fight, which broke out about 6:30 a.m. in a parking garage near the intersection of Alapai and Lusitana streets, was witnessed by the girlfriend of the 40-year-old victim, homicide Lt. Bill Kato said.

Following the fight, the victim and his girlfriend went up to their eighth-floor apartment, where the man collapsed, police said.

The man was taken to Queen's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of head injuries, Kato said.

Meanwhile, the suspect used a pay phone to call 911, saying he had been hurt in a fight. He was arrested at Queen's, where he was treated for a bleeding ear.


Big Isle firefighters battle 30-acre blaze

Multiple units of Big Island firefighters were still battling a 30-acre brush fire in North Kona yesterday evening. The fire, which was reported at 1:38 p.m., wasn't threatening any structures, a department spokesman said.


Woman dies, 2 injured in 2-car collision

A woman died as a result of injuries from a two-car, head-on collision in Maili yesterday, Emergency Medical Service and Waianae Comprehensive Health Center reported.

Firefighters responded to a two-car collision near the intersection of Mailiili and Paakea roads yesterday and extracted one person from a vehicle, a department spokesman said.

At least two others were injured in the accident, which was reported at 6:26 p.m.

One victim was reported at Waianae hospital in stable condition, a hospital spokesman said.


Sweep seizes 9,430 pot plants on Oahu

Law enforcement officials seized 9,430 marijuana plants on Oahu public lands in a week-long "Green Harvest" operation.

The haul was "better than average," said Detective Emilio Laganse of the Honolulu police narcotics detail.

The five-day operation ended Friday. Laganse would not reveal the specific locations of the raids, but he said most of the marijuana was seized on state land in mountainous areas.

"These are remote areas usually accessible only to hikers and hunters," he said.

The plants ranged from seedlings to 8-foot-tall plants, he said.

Police officers from Maui and the Big Island participated along with personnel from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii National Guard and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Similar operations netted 12,418 marijuana plants on the Big Island in August and 4,868 plants on Kauai in May.

The Green Harvest operations are conducted not only to eradicate the drug, but for public safety reasons.

"There have been instances where hikers and hunters have been threatened or scared off by growers," Laganse said.

Operation Green Harvest is a state, county and federal program launched in the 1980s to eradicate marijuana grown in Hawaii.

Visitor stable after skydiving accident

A 24-year-old woman from the Netherlands who was injured yesterday morning in skydiving incident was reported in stable condition at Wahiawa General Hospital yesterday evening.

Emergency personnel were called to Dillingham Airfield at 10:24 a.m. yesterday to respond to a skydiver who appeared unconscious after making a "hard landing," Honolulu Fire Capt. Richard Soo said.

When firefighters arrived, the woman was conscious but complaining of low back pain, Soo said.


Mililani man hurt in North Shore crash

A 27-year-old Mililani man was injured while motocross riding in the North Shore area known as Kahuku Motocross Track yesterday, Fire Capt. Richard Soo said.

The man reportedly was injured when his motorcycle hit a tree, Soo said. He was taken by private vehicle to the Sunset Beach Fire Station at 10:51 a.m., where he was stabilized before being airlifted to Queen's Medical Center, Soo said.

He was in fair condition yesterday evening.

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