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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Kona man charged after police chase

A 25-year-old Kona man has been charged with abuse of a household member, terroristic threatening and other charges.

Police were called to a home in the Kamani Trees subdivision in Kona Saturday on an abuse complaint. Police said that when they arrived, a man in the home, identified as Rihari Monte Ohia, fled in an El Camino and sideswiped an officer's vehicle.

Police said they caught up with the El Camino on Ali'i Drive after the driver crashed into another car. Ohia got out of his car and fled, but he was captured after a brief chase, police said.

Ohia was charged Monday with terroristic threatening, abuse of a family member, attempted assault, criminal property damage, criminal contempt of court, and driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was being held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $8,425 bail.

Attorney fined for false tax returns

A Honolulu attorney has been fined and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service after pleading no contest to filing false state income tax returns for 1996 and 1997.

Eric T. Maehara admitted making false claims on tax forms related to his law corporation. Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto ordered Maehara to repay the state $20,000 in tax refunds he fraudulently received, pay a $10,000 fine, as well as perform the community service.

Sakamoto also allowed deferred acceptance of Maehara's no contest plea, which means no criminal record would result from his conviction if he stays out of trouble for a prescribed amount of time.

Crash traced to heart attack

KEALAKEHE, Hawai'i — A 67-year-old man involved in a one-car accident Friday in Keauhou died of a heart attack, an autopsy confirmed Monday.

William H. Myers was driving a 1995 Ford sedan west on Kamehameha III Road when he stopped and slumped in his seat. When a passenger got out to help, the car rolled and struck a stone wall, said acting Sgt. Christopher Gali.

Myers' death originally was classified as a traffic fatality.

Teens find body at Ala Moana Park

Police are investigating the unattended death of a man whose body was found Monday a few yards from jogging paths on the east end of Ala Moana Park. They do not suspect foul play.

A groundskeeper first spotted the man, described as a transient in his 60s, lying on the ground at about 3 p.m.

A group of teenagers passing the body at 5:15 p.m. realized he was dead and alerted authorities.

Waikiki man faces bank robbery probe

A 38-year-old Waikiki man was arrested Monday in connection with three bank robberies this month.

The man is a suspect in Friday's robbery of the American Savings Bank Wahiawa branch, the April 15 heist at the bank's Kalihi branch, and the April 8 holdup at the Bank of Hawaii at 210 Ward Ave., police said.

Homeless man reports assault

A 41-year-old homeless man called police Monday after he was assaulted and robbed at Magic Island.

The victim told police that another man he had befriended assaulted him in the men's restroom at about 2:30 p.m., taking his bike and backpack.

The victim was treated at The Queen's Medical Center.