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Posted at 11:14 a.m., Friday, November 15, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Man, 81, accused of sexual assault

Police yesterday charged an 81-year-old Makakilo man with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and six counts of third-degree sexual assault. He is accused of assaulting two neighborhood children, ages 10 and 9.

Francis M. Burke is also charged with fourth-degree sexual assault. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Charges filed after Tuesday standoff

A 44-year-old McCully man was charged Wednesday with threatening four police officers with a samurai sword Tuesday morning at 1753 Nanea St.

Bail for the misdemeanor threatening charges against Kurt Loar totalled $8,000. Loar was arrested after a two-hour standoff with police.

Crash victims remain critical

A 1-year-old girl and 29-year-old man, injured in separate auto crashes this week in La'ie and Ka'a'awa, respectively, remained in critical condition today at The Queen's Medical Center.

The girl was in a Mazda MPV that veered off the Kamehameha Highway shortly before noon Sunday near Lanihuli Place and landed on its side. The crash killed her 2-month-old brother, who was ejected from the vehicle, which was being driven by her father, 29. The man and his wife, 30, and two other children, ages 6 and 5, are recovering from injuries.

The man involved in the Ka'a'awa crash at 9:11 p.m. Wednesday was driving a sports utility vehicle which struck a utility pole after exiting the Swanzy Beach Park, police said.

Man accused of threatening pair

Police yesterday charged 55-year-old Robert Prattella, who has no permanent local address, with threatening a 22-year-old woman and man, 23, with a hatchet in the parking lot of a Ke'eaumoku Street restaurant.

He is being held on $30,000 bail.

Plea deal made in Big Island slayings

HILO, Hawai'i One of two men charged in a double slaying on the Big Island has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

Kyle Hill said Wednesday in Circuit Court that he and co-defendant John McGovern fatally shot Wesley Matheson and Cassidy Toole in Puna on May 6.

Hill, 19, and McGovern, 20, had pleaded innocent to a charge of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory term of life in prison with no possibility of parole. Second-degree murder is punishable by life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Hill agreed to testify against McGovern, who was set to stand trial May 19.

Matheson, 19, and Toole, 20, were shot at their home south of Hilo.