Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Man dies in motorcycle crash

A man killed in a motorcycle crash was the latest victim in what has been one of the deadliest weeks on Oahu highways.

The 22-year-old Kailua man died yesterday after he lost control of his 1999 Honda CVR motorcycle on the Moanalua Freeway onramp from the H-3 Freeway.

Police said the man was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the motorcycle at a sharp bend in the road and slid into a guardrail at about 10:50 a.m.

The man was pronounced dead at the Queen's Medical Center. Police said he was wearing a helmet.

This was the 15th fatality this year, compared to nine at the same period last year. It's the ninth traffic fatality on Oahu since Tuesday.

Queen Street building is damaged by blaze

Honolulu firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at 742 Queen St. at about 9 last night.

A clerk at Diamond Head Video across the street from the blaze said a customer heard an explosion and saw 10-foot flames coming out of the roof of a building housing the East Asian Basket Co. and North Sails Hawaii near the corner of Queen and Cooke streets.

The fire was brought under control within minutes after fire companies arrived.

A damage estimate was not available last night and the cause was under investigation.

16-year-old arrested in alleged robbery

A 16-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the Wednesday robbery of a Salt Lake Boulevard jewelry story, police reported yesterday.

Store owners told police that four men entered the store Wednesday, brandished a semi-automatic pistol and took jewelry from a display counter. During the robbery one of the owners was assaulted, police said.

Witnesses took down the license plates of the get-away car, a dark green, four-door Honda.

The arrested juvenile was released pending further investigation.


Pizza delivery man allegedly hit in face

A 31-year-old Waianae man was arrested for allegedly punching a pizza delivery driver yesterday.

The driver told police he was delivering pizza on Maloa Street north of Farrington Highway when the suspect stood in the road, blocking his way, and told him he was going too fast.

The suspect then approached the driver and punched him two times in the face, the driver told police. The suspect was arrested and released pending investigation.


Maui driver killed by truck crossing lane

A 34-year-old Kula man died in a two-vehicle wreck on Maui Friday, police reported.

A 2000 Toyota Tacoma four-wheel-drive pickup was Kula-bound on Pulehu Road, when it crossed the center lane and collided with a 1999 Ford sedan Kahului-bound at 1:35 p.m., police said.

The driver of the Ford, Stefan S. Bournakel, of Kula, died at the scene, two miles east of the Central Maui Landfill.

The operator of the Toyota pickup, a 52-year-old Kula woman was treated at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, police said.

The accident is Maui County's second traffic fatality this year.

Driver dead at scene near Kohala lava field

A 30-year-old man died early yesterday after his sport utility vehicle overturned in a South Kohala lava field.

The vehicle was about 75 feet mauka of Highway 19 and the man had been thrown about 30 feet from the vehicle.

The man, who had an obvious head injury, was dead at the scene when the fire department arrived at about 4:11 a.m.


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