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Posted on: Tuesday, January 16, 2001

O'ahu briefs

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Repairman crushed, killed

An elderly repairman was crushed and killed yesterday working at the Serta Mattress Co. factory on Leowaena Street in Waipahu.

Fire Department crews responded to a 911 call at about 2:45 p.m. but were unable to save the man. The medical examiner was called to investigate.

According to a Fire Department spokesman, the man, who did not work for Serta, apparently was fixing a cutting machine when a heavy table fell on him. It may have been hours before he was discovered in the empty factory.

Moped driver hurt in crash

A 32-year-old man remained in critical condition yesterday after his moped hit a parked car in Ewa Beach on Sunday night.

Police said the Ewa Beach rider was heading north on Pailani Street when he lost control of his moped and struck a parked car shortly after 10 p.m. He was taken to St. Francis West Hospital and then transferred to the Queen’s Medical Center, where he was in critical condition yesterday.

Traffic investigators said alcohol appears to have been a factor in the crash.

Mililani school update planned

The state Department of Education will give a presentation on the status of Mililani Mauka Elementary School II at the Mililani Mauka/Launani Valley Neighborhood Board meeting at 7 tonight.

The planned school will alleviate crowding at the first Mililani Mauka Elementary, designed for 900 students but serving more than 1,000. The new school has been controversial, with the community divided over whether to run it on a multi-track schedule.

The meeting will be held in the Mililani Mauka Elementary School cafeteria, 95-1111 Maikaikai St.


Dozens pulled from high surf

North Shore lifeguards made at least 24 rescues yesterday as the surf rose from the 4-to-6-foot level in the morning to 10 to 15 feet by 2 p.m.

Waves are forecast to diminish to 3 to 6 feet by this afternoon, but the National Weather Service predicts surf as high as 20 feet tomorrow.

The first rescue was at Laniakea, where a surfer was caught in a current shortly after 10 a.m. He was brought to shore with a personal watercraft by Mark Dombroski and Abe Lerner, the lifeguards’ mobile rescue team.

The team went on to rescue 14 swimmers at Waimea Bay, for a total of 21 rescues there. Dombroski also helped a tow-in surfer at Puaena Point who became separated from a personal watercraft. Lifeguards rescued surfers at Log Cabins and Ehukai.

The high number of rescues at Waimea was the result of rapidly rising surf during a holiday, said lifeguard Lt. John Hoogsteden. The beach was crowded, and swimmers who went into the water found themselves being swept out by currents, he said.


Kahaluu field has first game

A playing field built by Seabees and Kahaluu community residents had its first game after a blessing at 8 a.m. Saturday at Kahaluu Elementary School.

The event featured music, food and dignitaries such as Adm. Chuck Kubic, Commander of the 3rd Naval Construction Brigade, whose troops had cleared the overgrown area.

The project was led by the Kahaluu Little League. Kahaluu and Little League children will use the field for T-ball, kickball and as a practice field for Pop Warner football.


Barbers Point topic of talk

Planning the redevelopment of the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station will be discussed at the weekly meeting of the Engineers and Architects of Hawaii at noon Friday at the Richards Street YMCA, Room 205.

Bill Bass, executive director of the Barbers Point Naval Air Station Redevelopment Commission, will give a presentation on how 2,150 acres of Navy surplus lands will be used after they are transferred to the state and other groups.

The cost for the lunch is $7.50 for members, $8.50 for others.

Call Sam Gillie at 543-4739 for more information.

Local stars join benefit

Sistah Robi and Jeff Rasmussen will entertain at a benefit chili dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday to help send the Ewa Unit of the Boys and Girls Club’s basketball team to a California tournament in March.

TV personality Bruddah Sam will act as master of ceremonies for the event, at the Campbell High School cafeteria.

Tickets are $8 and should be purchased in advance. Call Gary Ortiz at 689-4182.

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