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Updated at 1:47 p.m., Thursday, July 25, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff and Wire Service

Hawai'i man believed to have drowned in California

LAKE SHASTA, Calif. — The search continued today for a 64-year-old Hawai'i man whom sheriff’s officials believe drowned in Lake Shasta last night.

The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of his wife on Maui, would be the fourth person to die in Lake Shasta this year, said Shasta County Sgt. Mark Jenkins.

The man and his daughter were boating on Elmore Bay south of Sugarloaf Marina when they decided to and cool off with a jump in the lake.

“She got out of the water OK and he didn’t,” Jenkins said.

Boating deputies and a seven-member dive team searched the 150-foot-deep water, but found nothing by early evening.

There are believed to be at least 22 bodies in the lake that have not been found, Jenkins said.

20-year-old dies in Maui car accident

A 20-year-old Lahaina man was killed early this morning when he lost control of the car he was driving as it rounded a turn near the scenic lookout on Honoapi'ilani Highway an accident that police believe may have involved racing.

Lt. Charles Hirata of the Maui Police Department traffic investigation division said the accident was reported at 2:34 a.m. and occurred near McGregor Point, close to the highway's milepost 9.

The car, a red 1998 Honda, was in the Wailuku-bound lane when it hit a guardrail and overturned. Hirata said paramedics declared the victim, Joey Salvador, dead at the scene.

Salvador, the only one of the five male occupants not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and was crushed before the car rolled back to an upright position.

Man charged in holdup of tourist

A 29-year-old man was charged with first-degree robbery and drug offenses in connection with the holdup of a 35-year-old tourist Monday night at a Waikiki ATM machine.

Chris-Sean Wong, who has no local address, is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Victim of possible racing accident ID'd

City medical examiners have identified the automobile passenger who was killed in a crash early Monday near the H-1 and H-2 freeway merge as Nanding Molina, 23, of Kahuku.

Molina died when he was ejected from the blue Honda when it struck a guardrail at 3:15 a.m. The car appeared to have been racing with a black Honda, which struck another guardrail.

Motorcycle accident victim named

The victim in a Sunday night fatal motorcycle accident on H-1 Freeway has been identified as 24-year-old Brian C. Romanowski of Hickam.

Romanowski, an Air Force staff sergeant, was killed before 8:30 p.m. when he lost control of the motorcycle in the eastbound lanes near Aloha Stadium

Police, fire and ambulance were called at about 8:30 p.m. after motorists reported seeing a man lying unconscious in the eastbound lanes near Aloha Stadium and a motorcycle on the ground about 100 yards away.

He was taken by ambulance to The Queen's Medical Center, where he was declared dead a short time later.

Authorities said he was wearing a helmet when he was found on the highway.