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Police and Fire

For Sunday, December 5, 2010

By Star-Advertiser staff


Officers hunt for armed robber

Police searched yesterday for a man who robbed a Kapahulu gas station Friday.

The man approached a 26-year-old employee at the Aloha Island Mart and demanded money while brandishing a gun at about 12:15 p.m., police said.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of money.



Collision injures woman

A woman was injured in a head-on crash with a fuel tanker yesterday morning on the Big Island.

The woman, who was able to get out of her vehicle on her own, was taken to the Hilo Medical Center as a precaution, said Acting Battalion Chief Joseph Farias.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Highway 19 and Old Mamalahoa Highway about 3:20 a.m.

Police said the woman's sedan crossed the center line on Highway 19 and collided with the oncoming truck, which was heading north.

Farias said the car hit one of the truck's lower side tanks, causing diesel fuel, less than 20 gallons, to spill in the roadway.

Police said a contractor worked into the afternoon to clear Highway 19 and that traffic was diverted through Papaikou.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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