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Posted on: Monday, January 15, 2001

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Prosecutors get crash case

The Honolulu Police Department has turned over evidence concerning two officers’ possible involvement with a fatal accident Aug. 27 near Maili Point to the city prosecutor’s office.

The prosecutor will decide if charges are warranted, a spokesman said.

On Aug. 27, a motorcycle that had been reported stolen was speeding west on Farrington Highway and slammed into a Nissan Sentra making a left turn from Maili Beach near Kaukama Road. The motorcyclist, George K. Uahinui, 28, and the driver of the Sentra, Rayson Labaya, 22, were killed.

A formal inquiry was initiated after a witness said officers were chasing a motorcycle on Farrington Highway shortly before the accident. The witness told investigators that police did not use their blue lights or sirens, which could have warned the driver who pulled out in front of the motorcycle and possibly prevented the accident.

Waianae officers said they were looking for the motorcyclist that morning but were not involved in a chase.

HPD’s pursuit policy requires officers to use lights and sirens during all chases and to be in communication with police dispatchers.

Since the accident, the two patrol officers have been on desk jobs.


Mormons plan more parking

The Mormon Church plans to add about 75 parking stalls to its Hauula Wards Chapel.

The stalls will be included in two lots, one at the west side of the chapel off Kamehameha Highway and the other to the south of Makao Road. Both additions will be connected to an existing lot. The project last week won the support of the Koolauloa Neighborhood Board.

Kahuku team to be honored

The Kahuku High School football team will be honored on Jan. 24 by the City Council for winning the state championship in December, announced Sunny Greer, an aide to Councilman Steve Holmes.

The Red Raiders defeated nationally ranked St. Louis 26-20, ending the Crusaders’ 14-year run as Hawaii’s best high school football team. Celebrations went on in Koolauloa for more than a week.


Business club plans luncheon

The Kaneohe Business Group will host a general membership luncheon Jan. 24 featuring guest speaker Mike McCartney, who will discuss "Building Better Communities."

The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Pohai Nani Good Samaritan Retirement Community.

Members may attend for free; guests pay $15. To attend, call 525-7654.

Events to urge use of library

In an effort to build community awareness and improve library use, the Friends of Waimanalo Library will sponsor Explore Waimanalo Library Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at the library.

The event will culminate a week-long drive to increase library use. As part of the observance, two videos may be rented at the library for $1.

The event will include story-telling, Hawaiian entertainment, games and story-reading.


Medical school grant renewed

The University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine has received a $450,000 renewal grant for the Center of Excellence in Geriatrics.

The grant will help expand a medical program in geriatrics, provide pilot money for research and medical education projects, develop the teaching skills of faculty, and prepare junior faculty and fellows for research. The Center for Excellence in Geriatrics is housed at the Kuakini Medical Center.

The grant comes from the John A. Hartford Foundation, a New York-based private philanthropy.

Suspect held in stabbing

A man remained hospitalized last night after he was stabbed in the chest during an early-morning fight in Waikiki.

Police arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder. Charges were pending.

Police said the victim, whom they did not identify, and his friends were involved in a fight with four other men on Dudoit Lane near a 7-Eleven Store shortly after 4 a.m. During the brawl, the man was stabbed.

The victim was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition. His condition was not available last night.

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