Posted at 11:32 a.m., Thursday, May 20, 2004
Advertiser StaffSwimmer dies after rescue off Kaua'i
Kaua'i police are awaiting autopsy findings for an 80-year-old visitor who was pulled Monday from waters at Ke'e Beach in Ha'ena. Robert Burns of Vienna, Va., was found at 4:03 p.m. and taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Four people have drowned in Kaua'i waters this year.
Waikele man faces a forgery charge
Authorities yesterday charged a 41-year-old Waikele man with forging his name on a stolen check and trying to cash it.
Paul R. Stevens is charged with second-degree forgery and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
A police report filed in District Court said that on March 12, Stevens tried to cash a stolen check made payable for $500 to himself at the Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union on 'Aiea Heights Drive. A teller did not cash the check because it appeared to have been "washed," a forgery scheme in which the original writing is erased and written over, the court document said.
Police had been looking for Stevens for about a month. He was arrested on suspicion of promoting drugs in a Waikiki parking lot Sunday morning. Stevens was arrested on the forgery count on Tuesday outside District Court.
Building evacuated after Pawa'a fire
A fire that was deliberately set forced evacuation early today of a 14-story Pawa'a apartment building. No injuries were reported in the 2:47 a.m. blaze at the Holiday Manor, 1650 Kanunu St.
Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada said it appears a flammable liquid was used to start the fire in Unit 1307. The apartmentís resident used a standpipe hose to fight the fire from his balcony and prevented it from spreading to the 14th floor, Tejada said.
Holiday Manor manager Nick Kaloyanoff said security videotapes will be turned over to investigators.
Eight fire companies responded and had the fire under control at 3:06 a.m. Damage was estimated at $20,000 to the building and $1,000 to the apartmentís contents. An apartment below the burned unit received $4,000 worth of water damage.
Residents were allowed back into their apartments at 4 a.m.