Police / Fire


POSTED: Friday, January 02, 2009

Motorcycle crash kills rider

A motorcyclist died yesterday after crashing in the Village Park neighborhood near Waipahu, police said.

The accident occurred in front of 94-243 Kupuna Loop at about 8 p.m. Initial callers reported the man was pinned under a car, police said. The man died shortly after 9 p.m. Further information was not available.


Suspects sought in boy's stabbing

Police are looking for two suspects involved in the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy yesterday in Kalihi Valley.

At about 12:40 a.m., two men in a white Nissan Altima drove up to the teen, who was standing along Kalihi Street, police said. The passenger challenged the boy to a fight, and the driver stabbed the boy in the abdomen, police said. The attackers fled.

The teen was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Police said the driver is about 5 feet 9 inches and about 150 pounds, and the passenger is 5 feet 10 inches and about 185 pounds. Both have short hair.



Man charged after car chase

Police yesterday charged a 19-year-old homeless man who crashed an allegedly stolen car into a telephone pole Wednesday in Manoa while trying to evade police.

Keola Acasia was charged with second-degree robbery, two counts of driving a stolen vehicle, two counts of driving recklessly, driving without a license, and warrants. He was being held on $25,000 bail.

Passenger Michael Desales Spiker, 53, of Winam Avenue in Kaimuki, was also charged with two counts of entering a stolen vehicle and for outstanding warrants. He was being held in lieu of $2,150 bail.

At about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, an officer saw the vehicle, which was reported stolen Monday, and chased it, but it sped off. Acasia allegedly lost control of the car and hit a telephone pole on Manoa Road.

Acasia was convicted of second-degree burglary on Oct. 1, according to Hawaii's criminal data Web site. He was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 3 for sentencing, but didn't show up. He was also found guilty last year of promoting a detrimental drug, violating his probation, and third-degree assault.


Arson case opened in blaze at house

Police have opened a first-degree arson case after a suspicious fire caused $45,000 damage to a house in Papakolea on New Year's Eve.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 554 Kauhane St. at about 11:30 p.m. and brought it under control within 15 minutes, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig.

Fire investigators are still looking for a cause, but they do not suspect fireworks, Seelig said. Police said the fire, which damaged the first floor of the home, appeared intentionally set. They said several family members were home at the time. All escaped unharmed.



Visitor finds body on Princeville trail

Kauai police are looking into the death of a man whose body was found Wednesday beneath a 10-foot waterfall in Princeville, county officials said.

Police do not suspect foul play and withheld the man's name until family members could confirm his identity.

The man's body was found at about 9:30 a.m. by a visitor hiking down a trail at the end of Wyllie Road near Anini Stream. Firefighters determined the man was dead.