Wednesday, January 24, 2001
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Posted on: Wednesday, January 24, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Fugitive sought after car crash

Police were on the Waianae Coast last night searching for prison escapee Kerbert Silva.

Police believe that Silva may have been involved in a car crash earlier in the evening. A car driven by a man police said was harboring Silva crashed near the Kahe power plant. Police believe Silva may have been in the car and fled after the crash.

The other man was arrested.

Silva escaped from the Oahu Community Correctional Center on Jan. 17, his 37th birthday, by climbing a 16-foot-high fence topped with razor wire. He was spotted Saturday in Nanakuli, but got away.

Silva should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Child blamed in Nanakuli fire

A child playing with a lighter is being blamed for starting a fire that damaged a Nanakuli home last night.

The fire at 89-1020 Nanakuli Ave. was reported at 6:21 p.m. Firefighters had it under control in minutes, but not before it burned a bedroom and hallway.

Damage was estimated at $40,000. No one was injured, but the Red Cross was called to assist the family of six last night.

Meeting set on Ko Olina

Developer Jeff Stone, co-manager of Ko Olina Partners LLC, will discuss the future of Ko Olina at a Kapolei Rotary Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Kapolei High School faculty/staff lounge.

Plans at Ko Olina include a phase two of its private marina and luxury housing adjacent to the golf course.

The meeting costs $7 and includes a buffet breakfast. For more information, call Keola Lloyd at 674-3167.


State hospital inmate caught

A 55-year-old man who escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital on Sunday was arrested by North Shore police yesterday morning in Wahiawa.

Thomas Kapoi was arrested at 7:55 a.m. on suspicion of second-degree escape, police said.

Kapoi has 18 prior convictions, including a felony drug offense in 1969 and a misdemeanor weapons offense in 1965, according to the Criminal Justice Data Center.

Tourists badly hurt at lookout

Two South Korean tourists were injured at about 10:15 a.m. yesterday in an accident involving a tour bus and a limousine at the Makapuu lookout.

According to police, a 37-year-old woman and a child were standing near a concrete barrier when a tour bus hit a limousine. The limo was pushed into the barrier, pinning the victims to the wall.

They were taken to the Queen’s Medical Center. Last night the woman was in fair condition and the child in guarded condition.


Iolani wins Science Bowl

Iolani High School students took first place at Saturday’s Hawaii Science Bowl.

One hundred science and math students from 24 high schools participated in the event. Roosevelt placed second, followed by Moanalua, Kamehameha, Punahou, Hilo, Kalani, Kalaheo, Waiakea, Pearl City, St. Joseph and Damien.

Sportsmanship awards were given to the top four teams demonstrating the best behavior and attitude during the competition. Those awards went to King Kekaulike, Baldwin, Leilehua and Punahou.

Iolani will represent Hawaii at the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., in May. The members of the winning team: David Yoshida, Ricky Nguyen, Christopher Tuthill, Yoshie Goto and Jennifer Lee. Their adviser and coach is Pamela Fujinaka.

Officers search Kalihi home

Authorities raided a Kalihi home this week after receiving information that residents were operating a possible crystal methamphetamine laboratory.

Officials from the FBI and the Honolulu Police recovered chemicals from the house and were testing them to determine their composition. No arrests were made.


Library group to sell books

The Friends of Kahuku Library will hold a three-day book sale to raise money for the library.

The sale will be in the library conference room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The library is on the campus of Kahuku High and Intermediate.

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