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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 30, 2002

Police Beat

Kona's Ali'i Drive back in business

Honolulu police recovered a treasure trove of stolen goods during a recent drug bust in 'Aiea. Police confiscated more than 500 items, including these cameras on display at HPD. Call police if you've filed a burglary report and would like to see if an item might be yours.

Jeff Widener • The Honolulu Advertiser

KAILUA, Hawai'i — Police reopened Ali'i Drive about 7:30 last night, after the main business center of West Hawai'i was closed for about 23 hours while crews repaired damaged caused by a fallen utility pole.

Police diverted traffic while telephone and electrical crews replaced damaged poles and re-installed service lines.

About 950 customers were affected by the loss of service between Hualalai Road and Wailua Road.

All but four residential complexes had electrical service restored within the first two hours, and all customers had power restored by 2:09 p.m. yesterday, said Jay Ignacio, spokesman for Hawai'i Electric Light Co.

HFD puts out Punalu'u fire

Six fire companies and the fire department helicopter doused a brush fire in Punalu'u yesterday. The fire was reported just after 11 a.m. and was under control by 1 p.m., fire department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo said.

The fire occurred a quarter of a mile from Kamehameha Highway along Puhuli road, and did not threaten homes, Soo said. The fire was extinguished by 3:15 p.m.

Witnesses sought in Kalihi stabbing

Police are seeking witnesses to identify three male suspects involved in a stabbing that occurred about 3 a.m. Friday near the intersection of King and Liliha streets.

The victim, a 28-year-old Liliha resident, was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition but was upgraded to guarded, police said.

The victim is of Micronesian ancestry, and a language barrier clouded some of the details in the initial investigation, said police Detective Darryl Kon.

The victim told police he was walking on North King Street near Burger King when the three men asked him for money.

He said he gave them about $1, and they then allegedly threatened him.

The nature of the threats is unclear, Kon said, but the victim fled to the Vineyard Boulevard intersection with Liliha, where the suspects allegedly punched him and stabbed him.

The robber with the knife is described as about 18 or 19 years old, 5 feet 4, about 150 pounds, wearing a red T-shirt, black pants and white shoes. He had a tattoo of a face on his left thumb. Descriptions of the other suspects were unavailable.

Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers, 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.