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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, October 18, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff


Dead couple identified

Police have identified the husband and wife involved in the apparent murder-suicide Monday night in Kaka'ako.

The man is John Williams Winter, 41, and his wife, Lee Ann Winter, 43, police said.

The attack occurred at 11:30 p.m. on the 20th-floor of Kauhale Kaka'ako, subsidized low-income rental apartments at 860 Halekauwila St.

The building is 'ewa of the Sports Authority on Ward Avenue.

A 43-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds over her body died at the scene, police said.

Her husband, 41, was discovered with a slashed throat that police believe was self-inflicted. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where he died.


Driver who hit bus in hospital

A man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition yesterday after he fell asleep while driving and hit a city bus parked on Fort Weaver Road in Leeward O'ahu, police and fire officials said.

The crash happened just before 10:30 a.m. when the man's two-door Honda Civic hatchback crossed four lanes of traffic and struck the bus.


Inmate dies of heart attack

A 51-year-old Halawa prison inmate died of a heart attack yesterday morning while he exercised inside the prison's gym, officials said.

Guards found William Kuhia unresponsive inside the gym at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday, according to state public safety director Ted Sakai. He was pronounced dead at the Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi.

Kuhia arrived at Halawa in 1999 for a maximum 10-year sentence for second-degree promotion of dangerous drugs and two counts of terroristic threatening, Sakai said.

Kuhia's death was the second at Halawa in two days, following the death of Thomas Rodrigues Jr. who hanged himself with a sheet on Monday. Rodrigues was convicted of three sex assault counts and sentenced to a maximum 20 years in prison, Sakai said.


Concert to benefit coach

The Lanikai community will hold a Concert Under the Stars to benefit a member of the neighborhood who has given countless hours of service to children and the community.

Fred Vogelgesang has been diagnosed with cancer and has undergone major surgery.

The concert, from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Lanikai Elementary School, will help cover medical costs of more than $25,000.

Known as Coach Fred to the school's soccer and baseball players, Vogelgesang has chaired all of the previous Concerts Under the Stars to raise money for school computers and the annual Haunted House for Lanikai Elementary.

"His friendly, caring spirit has touched people throughout the state," said Paul Cunney, a member of the Friends of Coach Fred V.

Vogelgesang, 52, is president and owner of Hawaiian Island Promotions. He is married with two children.

Performers will include Henry Kapono, Cyril Pahinui, Puamana, Elua Kane and The Park Ratz.

Food, donated by Lucy's Bar & Grill, Dixie Grill and Paradise Catering, will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.


Hawai'i Kai plans reviewed

The Hawai'i Kai Neighborhood Board has narrowed a list of projects it wants to recommend to the city for the area's $1 million capital improvements for the 2002-03 budget.

Heading the list is a state-of-the-art community center on the grounds of, or attached to, the proposed $5 million East Honolulu police station, which will be built on the Park and Ride grounds on Keahole Street.

Other ideas that will be presented to the full board at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Haha'ione Elementary School library are:

• Extending Hawai'i Kai Drive on the west side of Kamilonui Valley so that farmers won't be landlocked by development proposed for the area.

• Renovating Koko Head District Park facilities.

• Landscaping intersections and median strips around the community.

The City Council ultimately must approve the budget.