Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Construction to close Likelike Highway lanes

Lane closures are scheduled on Likelike Highway tomorrow through Friday because of construction, the state Department of Transportation said.

One lane will be closed in the Honolulu-bound direction from the vicinity of Valley View Drive to the pedestrian overpass at Kula Kolea Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for construction of retaining walls.

Another lane will be closed in the Kaneohe-bound direction from the vicinity of Nalanieha Street to Valley View Drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for slope stabilization work.

One lane will also be closed in both the Honolulu-bound and Kaneohe-bound directions between the vicinity of Valley View Drive to Burmeister Overpass from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for median work.

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

Dolphin found Dec. 25 still in critical condition

The four-month-old female spotted dolphin being cared for at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay remains in critical condition with pneumonia.

Veterinarians and volunteers are on watch 24 hours a day at the Marine Mammal Research rehabilitation facility at the base.

The dolphin is being administered injectable antibiotics and oral vitamins. Her breathing is still stressed from pneumonia, but the animal continues to be bright and alert, the base said yesterday. Her appetite has decreased, but she continues to eat fish and take her formula every two hours.

The dolphin was found at Pokai Bay on Dec. 25.

Isle Puerto Rican group celebrates 3 Kings Day

The United Puerto Rican Association of Hawaii, Inc., will hold its annual "Three Kings Celebration" (the traditional Latin American Christmas) today at St. John the Baptist Church at 2324 Omilo Lane and the United Puerto Rican Association of Hawaii social hall at 1249 N. School St.

In many Spanish-speaking areas, Three Kings Day is a major event. In Puerto Rico, children wake up to find their shoes stuffed with and surrounded by presents. The tradition is inherited from the gifts brought to Baby Jesus by the wise men.

The celebration begins at noon with a Spanish Catholic mass at St. John the Baptist Church and continues with activities at the social hall.

A $5 donation is requested from adults; children are free.

For more information, call 847-2751 or 285-0072.


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3-car crash downs pole, shuts highway

Police closed down Kamehameha Highway yesterday afternoon due to a three-car accident a quarter mile north of Dole Plantation.

No one was seriously injured.

The highway was shut down from 4 p.m. between Kamananui Road and Weed Circle because of a downed pole due to the accident.

Traffic was diverted to Kaukonahua Road.


Brush fire closes Kalanianaole Highway

A brush fire at the Allen Davis Estate caused police to close Kalanianaole Highway between Sea Life Park and Kealahou Street about 7:38 p.m., police said.

Fire crews had difficulty containing the fire because of high winds. The highway needed to be closed while firefighters ran hoses across the road, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada.

The fire did not threaten any structures, but it burned for about 1,500 yards along the highway. Seven companies responded.

The fire was contained shortly after 9 p.m., but the road remained closed as crews mopped up hot spots, Tejada said.

Man allegedly abuses and assaults tourist

A 32-year-old woman visiting Hawaii was allegedly sexually assaulted and forced to buy items for a 31-year-old Waikiki man whom she met on a previous trip to Hawaii.

The woman had returned to Hawaii for the holidays and was staying with the suspect, police said.

He allegedly became abusive, sexually assaulted her and threatened to harm her if she didn't purchase items for him. Police arrested the man 9:40 p.m. Friday at his Waikiki apartment after a store clerk, to whom the woman told her situation, reported the matter to police.


Police looking into boy's suspected abuse

Police are investigating the alleged assault of a 2-year-old Pearl City boy Friday.

Police said the boy's parents brought him to Kaiser Medical Center to be treated for vomiting.

Surgery was required because doctors found blood clots in the boy's head, police said. The parents maintained the child had fallen.

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