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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Men guilty in labor law case

The co-owners of a construction company have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of paying carpenters $20 an hour to work on a Schofield Barracks construction project instead of the nearly $40 hourly wage they were required to pay them under federal labor laws and the terms of a Corps of Engineers contract.

James "Kimo" Ryan pleaded guilty Monday to a violation of the Davis-Bacon federal labor law while Donald "Domenic" Murl Adkins pleaded guilty to a related charge Nov. 25.

The two are co-owners of RAL Construction Services, which served as a subcontractor on a Schofield Barracks remodeling project in 1998 and 1999. Each of the men faces a maximum of five years' imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.


Field command center unveiled

Honolulu police and the city unveiled its new emergency command vehicle last week.

The $900,000 vehicle will serve as a mobile command center during large events, natural disasters and security incidents, said police Assistant Chief Boisse Correa. The vehicle has satellite communications capability, and can handle island-wide communications for HPD if the department's permanent communications system goes down.

Palolo board to mark holidays

The Palolo Neighborhood Board is bringing together state and city officials with residents to celebrate the holidays at 7 tonight in the Jarrett Middle School cafeteria.

The event will be part of the regular monthly board meeting but include food and entertainment.

Aloha Petroleum will give a presentation on its request to sell beer at its gas stations, and the board will try to fill two vacancies on the board.

Bishop to speak about tribe

Bishop Mark MacDonald of the Episcopal Church of Alaska will speak on the plight of the Gwich'in people and their spiritual relationship to the Arctic Wildlife Refuge today at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Crossroads in Weaver Hall.

The Gwich'in Nation is composed of 7,000 people, living in 17 tribal villages in Alaska and Canada north of the Arctic Circle.

For more information, contact Chuck Burrows at 595-3922 or ahahui@hawaii.rr.com.


Entrepreneurs to get advice

Residents can learn more about starting a business at a Waimanalo Chamber of Commerce meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at the Olomana Golf Links meeting room.

Information will be offered by government officials and people involved with tourism activities that focus on agriculture, culture, education and health and wellness.

For more information, call program chairwoman Shannon Wood at 263-6001.