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Posted on: Tuesday, January 2, 2001

Hawai'i Briefs

Advertiser Staff

Waipahu man shot to death

A 40-year-old Waipahu man was arrested yesterday morning in connection with the shooting death of another Waipahu man in what police are calling the state’s first homicide of 2001.

Police say the victim, in his 40s, was shot in the stomach with a rifle at about 3:40 a.m. during an argument on Pupukahi Street. He was pronounced dead at 6:40 a.m. at St. Francis West Medical Center.

Neighbors said the two men had been drinking and arguing before the shooting.

The suspect was still in police custody yesterday afternoon, but had not been charged, police said.

Medical examiners would not reveal the victim’s name pending notification of family.

Body found inside car

A body was found at about 2:20 p.m. yesterday in an overturned car near a major Waipahu intersection, police said.

The car was in a gully near the junction of Fort Weaver Road and Farrington Highway. Paramedics pronounced the car’s occupant dead on the scene.

Police closed Farrington Highway for a brief period to investigate the scene.

Waianae board cancels meeting

The Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board will not meet this month as published in the Neighborhood Commission’s monthly meetings calendar.

The board will hold its regular monthly meeting Feb. 6.

January committee meetings will be held at the Waianae Neighborhood Community Center as usual, including:

Legislative, 7 p.m. Thursday; Education, 7 p.m. Jan. 8; Parks and Recreation, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 7 p.m. Jan. 18; Planning and Zoning, 6 p.m. Jan. 11; Transportation, 7 p.m. Jan. 23.

Traffic safety rallies planned

Sign wavers will urge drivers to slow down along the Waianae Coast from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday as part of the Honolulu Police Department’s 15th annual "Live and Let Live" traffic safety campaign.

Residents and police officers will station themselves at Nanakuli Beach Park, Maili Point and the Waianae Boat Harbor near displays of cars that have been wrecked in traffic accidents as an example of the possible results of speeding.

Last year, 14 people died in traffic accidents in HPD District 8 (Waianae-Kapolei), including 12 along the Waianae Coast. Police say speed was a contributing factor in most of those fatalities.

Team plans fund-raiser

A benefit chili dinner being held Jan. 19 will help send the Ewa unit of the Boys & Girls Club basketball team to a California tournament this spring.

The event will be held at the Ilima Intermediate School cafeteria. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Hawaiian entertainment will begin at about 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8. Call 689-4182.

Neighborhood Board seats open

The deadline for filing as a candidate for a neighborhood board is Jan. 16. Board elections are held every two years and no fee or petition is required.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and live in their board district. There are 32 neighborhood boards on Oahu that meet monthly in their own communities, and all 456 board seats are up for election.

The board system was created in 1972 to increase community participation in local government. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters this spring.

Candidates can file papers at the Neighborhood Commission Office, 530 S. King St., Room 400, or call 527-5749 for more information.

Group seeks tax preparers

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii is seeking volunteer tax preparers to help low-income people who speak English as a second language fill out their tax forms.

The Low-Income Taxpayer Project offers free, confidential tax preparation services throughout the tax season. Its goal is to help low-income people take advantage of substantial tax credits.

Volunteers will be trained.

To volunteer on Oahu, call 527-8058. To take advantage of the service on Oahu, call 528-3482.

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