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Posted on: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

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Puna crackdown targets motorists

KEAAU, Hawaii — Police announced a crackdown in Puna against speeding motorists and those who play their car stereos too loud.

Officer Michael Leite said police are responding to numerous complaints in the subdivisions of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Ainaloa and Hawaiian Beaches.

He said the county code forbids excessive noise than can be heard from a distance of more than 50 feet. Violators are subject to a range of fines, from $100 for a first offense to $1,000 for a third violation. Repeat offenders also could be forced to forfeit their sound equipment.

For more information, call (808) 966-5835.

Kurtistown man charged in fraud

HILO, Hawaii — Police have charged an 18-year-old man with a variety of offenses ranging from computer fraud to sexual assault.

Claude Krause of Kurtistown was charged Friday and released on $26,300 bail.

He is charged with first-degree sexual assault, theft, computer fraud, unauthorized control of a motor vehicle and two counts each of first-degree burglary and attempted theft.

Detectives said the charge of computer fraud stems from an alleged attempt to fraudulently obtain money from an automated teller machine. Details on the other charges were not available.

Kona doctor wins court judgment

KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii — A Kona physician and her business colleague have won a $326,000 judgment in 3rd Circuit Court in a contractual dispute with Maryl Group, one of the island’s largest developers and contractors.

The dispute began in 1996 and led to a lawsuit filed in July 1999 against Maryl and its subsidiaries alleging misrepresentation of lease terms at the Crossroads Center in Kailua-Kona.

A trial was a held in November, and earlier this month Judge Ronald Ibarra issued a judgment that awarded Dr. Joy A. McElroy and Loi Chang-Stroman $125,000 and ordered $200,000 in punitive damages.

McElroy, a dermatologist, accused Maryl of charging monthly maintenance fees for her office that were three times the amount represented in lease terms.

Arts endowment awards grants

A number of Hawaii organizations have received creativity and leadership fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Hawaii grants, worth $75,000, are the first major underwritings of this fiscal year. Nationwide, the endowment is budgeted to award $105 million this year.

A $22,000 award in creativity in theater went to the Honolulu Theatre for Youth to support development and production of "Beyond the Falls," a dance-theater piece by Gary Pak.

The University of Hawaii received $20,000 in the field of creativity in literature to support "Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing."

The Maui Community Arts and Cultural Center received $8,000 for creativity in presenting for the artists series "Global Rhythms."

Bamboo Ridge Press received $5,000 for creativity in literature for the publication of the journal Bamboo Ridge. Also, Rinehardt Z. Linmark was awarded $20,000 in a literature fellowship.

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