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Posted on: Sunday, February 4, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Work to close parts of H-1

State transportation officials are advising Oahu motorists that a lighting project will result in lane closures on the H-1 Freeway from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning tomorrow and lasting until Feb. 18.

The right lane of the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction will be closed from the Waialae overpass to Koko Head overpass from Monday to Thursday.

The right lane of the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction will be closed from the Koko Head overpass to the Waialae overpass from Wednesday to Friday, then from Feb. 14 to 16.

The H-1 Waialae off-ramp in the eastbound direction will be closed from Feb. 12 to 14.

Crews will be working to fill slots on the existing rock wall on the H-1 Freeway caused by the removal of existing light poles.

Motorists are advised to allow for extra travel time.

Man guilty in tourist attack

A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty last week to 12 charges including first-degree burglary, second-degree sexual assault and kidnapping stemming from an attack on two female Japanese tourists in Waikiki last April.

Chris Linville will be sentenced to 15 years in prison on April 6 as part of the plea agreement, prosecutors said. He could have faced hundreds of years for extended and consecutive terms. Honolulu deputy prosecutor Renee Sonobe-Hong called it a fair agreement.

"I don’t think any of us could imagine being a visitor in a foreign country where you know absolutely no one, you don’t speak the language, and someone breaks into your hotel room, robs you, kidnaps you and sexually assaults you," she said. "It (the agreement) spares the victims from having to come back and re-live the trauma (of a trial)."

Linville and Joshua Fields, 21, forced their way into the victims’ hotel room last April 7. After assaulting the two tourists, they fled with about $300 in cash, police said. Fields previously pleaded guilty to multiple charges in the case and will be sentenced April 27.

Michael Green, Linville’s attorney, said the two men wanted money for drugs. "These are awful crimes, and when he (Linville) actually steps back without the influence of narcotics, he appreciates how awful this was," Green said. "He’s taking his punishment."

North Shore
Schools plan fund-raisers

The Parent Teacher Student Organization of Kahuku High and Intermediate will hold a silent auction and bake sale from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria.

The organization’s auctions are supported by local businesses and usually include donated items such as clothes, T-shirts and surfboards. Proceeds from the auction will go toward improving classroom conditions at the school.

To mark the opening of Outback Steakhouse in Waipio Gentry, the Leilehua High School Educational Foundation and America’s Promise Hawaii will hold a fund-raiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 at the restaurant. Donations are $25 and the celebration includes food and drinks.

Proceeds will go toward supporting Leilehua’s vocational academies, which include culinary arts, textiles, graphic arts and cinema technology. To make reservations, call 843-8473.

People skills talk planned

Hawaii Pacific University communications instructor Fran Lowell will discuss how people skills can help grow your business at the next Kapolei Rotary Club meeting, 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Kapolei High School faculty/staff lounge.

Lowell says having good people skills can increase sales, build customer referrals and improve team moral and productivity.

The meeting costs $7 and includes a buffet breakfast.

For more information, call Keola Lloyd at 674-3167.

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