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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Neighbor Island briefs

Advertiser Staff

Remains may be from 1974 crash

HILO, Hawai'i — Partial remains believed to be those of a Navy pilot who crashed his jet on the upper slopes of Mauna Kea in 1974 have been taken to the Army Central Identification Laboratory in Honolulu.

The remains are believed to be those of pilot Lt. John F.R. Wantz, 29, who was flying solo Dec. 15, 1974, when he crashed a Navy RF-8 reconnaissance jet at the 11,000-foot elevation on the mountain.

At the time, partial remains were recovered, but apparently additional remains have been found. Johnie E. Webb Jr. of the Army lab said testing will be done to ensure the remains are those of the pilot.

Big Island police assisted the military in the six-day joint recovery operation near the remote jet crash site in North Hilo.

Police find dead newborn in home

LIHU'E, Kaua'i — Police are investigating the death of a newborn in a Koloa home Monday.

An ambulance was called to the home about 12:40 p.m. for a 21-year-old woman requiring medical assistance.

Attendants called police after they determined the woman had recently given birth, but no baby present.

Police searched the home and found the body of a newborn child. An autopsy has been ordered.

The woman remained at Wilcox Hospital yesterday. Authorities did not release any other information about the case.

Woman injured in hit-and-run

LIHU'E, Kaua'i — A 32-year-old Kalaheo woman suffered serious injuries late Monday in a hit-and-run incident.

The victim was walking on Kaumuali'i Highway near the Hanap«p« Bridge just before midnight when she was hit by a car that fled the scene.

She was taken to Wilcox Hospital with an apparent broken leg and other injuries.

Police are asking that anyone with information on the case call the department at (808) 241-6711.

Maui land trust receives $10,000

WAILUKU, Maui — The Maui Coastal Land Trust has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Atherton Family Foundation.

The grant will help defray start-up costs for the new organization devoted to the preservation of coastal lands in Maui County.

Since forming in late December, the group's board of directors has developed a strategic plan, and a subcommittee is in the process of compiling a preliminary list of coastal lands the trust will consider for acquisition. Mayor James "Kimo'' Apana has proposed giving $1 million to the organization.

Nationally, land trusts have preserved more than 4.7 million acres of open space.

For more information about the Maui Coastal Land Trust, call (808) 244-LAND (5263).

Park ranger gets Moloka'i post

A 26-year National Park Service veteran has been chosen as the new superintendent of Kalaupapa National Historic Site on Moloka'i.

Tom Workman, chief ranger at Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona, will replace Dean Alexander, whose new assignment is as superintendent of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ohio.

Workman, who will take up his post in early June, has served the National Park Service in such locations as Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona.

He also served for three years as ranger in charge of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Saipan.

"The Kalaupapa experience is personally challenging and I look forward to meeting and working with all associated with it,'' Workman said.

Kaua'i singers to perform

LIHU'E, Kaua'i — The Garden Island Singers will present Faure's "Requiem," with solo performances by Carmen Dragon and Alan Van Zee, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Waimea Foreign Church and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Lihu'e United Church.

Tickets are $5. For more information, call (808) 245-8269.

The Garden Island Singers were formerly known as the KCC Chamber Singers.

Aquatic resources office opens

HONOKAHAU, Hawai'i — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has opened an Aquatic Resources office at the Honokahau Harbor fuel dock, north of Kailua-Kona, to issue fishing licenses and provide information.

The office, staffed by four workers, will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Its phone number is (808) 327-8226.