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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 7, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Plea agreement in airport gun case

A former Maui resident charged with bringing a gun through airport security on Jan. 19 has reached a plea agreement with the state, in which he was fined $2,500.

Rodger Sears, 23, pleaded guilty last week to possession of an automatic firearm, said his attorney, Guy Matsunaga.

A similar charge lodged against his wife, Althea Sears, was dropped.

Matsunaga said the court was convinced by Sears' story that the gun had been borrowed three years ago from a relative, during a trip to Arkansas. It had been put in a bike pack in case of snakes.

When the couple moved to Maui, the forgotten gun remained in the bike pack, Matsunaga said, and when Sears was packing for their recent move to South Carolina, he put the bike pack into the couple's carry-on luggage.

Freeway victim was Beverly Llacuna

The city medical examiner's office has identified the woman killed early Saturday when she walked into a lane of traffic on the H-1 Freeway as Beverly Llacuna, 65. Llacuna, who had no known local address, was walking on H-1 near the airport viaduct at about 4:30 a.m., police said.

A 64-year-old Kapolei man driving diamondhead struck her. Police said he was not intoxicated.

Police arrest three in Kailua drug raid

Police yesterday raided a suspected drug house in Kailua, arrested three men and seized drugs and cash.

Armed with a search warrant, police swept through the house at 345C Ulupaina Street at 10:40 a.m. after an undercover officer brought drugs from one of the people in the house, said Honolulu police Sgt. John Shaw.

Police recovered a little more than an ounce of crystal methamphetamine, three to four grams of black tar heroin, needles, scales, marijuana and $1,800, Shaw said. Police also found chemicals that could be used to make crystal methamphetamine, Shaw said.