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Posted on: Friday, December 14, 2001

Police Briefs

Motorcyclist killed in Maui crash ID'd

The 55-year-old motorcyclist involved in a fatal weather-related crash on Maui yesterday has been identified as Vincent Jim Salerno Jr. of Santa Rosa, Calif, according to police.

The crash occurred in the Wailuku direction of Honoapi'ilani Highway, just south of Ma'alaea Bay Place, at about 2:45 p.m. when a gust of wind caused Salerno to lose control of his new orange Harley Davidson motorcycle, police said. The motorcycle struck a guardrail and Salerno was thrown over the guardrail. landing below the highway.

Salerno died at the Maui Memorial Medical Center. It was unknown if Salerno wore a helmet. It was Maui's 26th traffic fatality this year compared with 24 fatalities at the same time last year.

Police hunt Kahala bank robber

Police are searching for a man who robbed the Kahala branch of Central Pacific Bank yesterday afternoon.

A man walked into the bank inside Times Super Market on 21st Avenue at 3:30 p.m. and handed the teller a paper bag with a handwritten note attached.

The note demanded money and said that the man had a weapon. After stealing the money, the man walked out.

Police described him as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 140 pounds, 35 to 45 years old with dark hair and a short dark beard. He wore a green baseball cap, a dark green sweater, light-colored shorts and sunglasses.

Baby boy's injuries called suspicious

A 2-month-old boy was in critical condition today at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children with what police called suspicious injuries.

According to police, the boy was having convulsions at 7:30 last night at his Alta Street home. His 24-year-old mother took the boy to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and the boy was later taken to Kapiolani.

Police said a doctor told them the boy had a fractured skull and brain damage. Police notified Child Protective Services and opened a first-degree assault case.

The mother is not a suspect at this time, police said.

Arson suspected in two horses' deaths

A fire that destroyed a stable and killed two horses on Nov. 27 in Maunawili was intentionally set, according to a fire official.

An arsonist used flammable fluids to set the blaze at the stable, said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada.

The blaze was reported just before 11 p.m. at 1015 Auloa Road. The fire was extinguished at 12:10 a.m. Losses were estimated at $60,000 for the stable and $45,000 for the horses and other contents.