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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, November 12, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Motorcyclist hurt in wreck

A 54-year-old Pearl Harbor man was critically injured yesterday morning when he dropped his Harley Davidson on the 'Ahua Street off-ramp.

Police said the man missed a right turn, fell with the bike and careened into the left curb. The man was not wearing a helmet and suffered massive head injuries, police said. An ambulance took him to The Queen's Medical Center, where a nursing supervisor said he remained in critical condition yesterday evening.

Meeting set for seniors

Experts on senior citizen issues will speak at a community forum from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Mililani.

The meeting will be held at Mililani Recreation Center 1, 95-400 Ikaloa St. Guest speakers will be Joseph DeMattos, associate director of government and media relations for American Association of Retired Persons-Hawai'i, and Travis Iseri of the state Executive Office on Aging.

Topics to be discussed include the high cost of prescription drugs and long-term care.

State Sen. Ron Menor, D-18th (Waipio Gentry, Wahiawa), and state Rep. Marilyn Lee, D-38th (Waipi'o, Mililani), are co-sponsoring the meeting. For more information, contact Menor's office at 586-6740.

Two more fires likely deliberately set

Two more brush fires appear to have been set yesterday in the Mililani area, where firefighters have been responding to a rash of such blazes for several weeks.

Three companies were responding to one blaze off Ka Uka Boulevard near H-2 Freeway at 1:17 p.m. yesterday when another brush fire was reported about a block away. The fires were contained within about an hour. Officials suspect arson.

Navy looks into firing of weapon

The Navy is investigating the accidental firing of a weapon from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

The bullet is believed to have traveled across heavily traveled Kamehameha Highway, but no one was injured, the Navy said.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Jane Campbell said the incident occurred late Monday morning while the Nimitz was docked near Pearl Harbor's Halawa landing, adjacent to the USS Arizona Memorial.

She would not say what type of weapon was fired or what the sailor was doing to cause the accident, but said the Navy believes only one round was discharged.

The Nimitz, which arrived at Pearl Harbor Nov. 3, has departed for its homeport in San Diego.


Two men held in stabbings

Police have arrested two men in connection with the stabbings of two other men in Kalihi early Saturday.

Officers at 4:45 a.m. responded to a fight at the corner of Kahanu Street and Pu'uhale Road, where one man was found stabbed. Police arrested another man in the vicinity on suspicion of attempted murder.

Officers then responded to a call at Kuhio Park Terrace housing project, where they discovered another man who had been stabbed in the previous attack. Police found a second suspect, a 30-year-old man, in the area. Both victims were treated at area hospitals and released.

Women's health meeting planned

Straub Foundation will present a free public meeting on women's health Saturday at the Renaissance 'Ilikai Waikiki Hotel.

"Eve in Paradise" will focus on the unique health needs of women and provide a practical update on a range of common but controversial issues. Emphasis will be on new developments in preventive care and screening tests, issues in reproduction health, cardiovascular risk factors and social and psychological aspects of women's health.

Expert speakers will present on subjects including breast, cervical and ovarian cancer; heart disease; menopause; diabetes; osteoporosis; and depression.

The free event is from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Seating is limited. To register or for more information, call Straub Foundation at 524-6755. The program is supported by HMSA Foundation, Kapi'olani Health, Queen's Medical Center and Strong Foundation.


Man survives 100-foot fall

A California man fell 100 feet from the top of Mt. Olomana yesterday, but survived with a possible broken ankle, firefighters said.

The 24-year-old man who was stationed here with the Navy, was not immediately identified. He was with another man on the third, final peak of Mt. Olomana in Kailua, when he lost his footing.

Firefighters were called at 3:01 p.m. after the victim used his cellular telephone to call for help.

Air One, the HFD helicopter, set up a staging area at Maunawili Park, then airlifted the man out. His companion was also airlifted off the mountain. The victim was taken to Queen's Medical Center.