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Police and Fire

For Sunday, July 3, 2011

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services


Federal firefighters douse base blaze

Federal and city firefighters extinguished a blaze Saturday at an apartment complex at Schofield Barracks.

The fire started about 2:40 p.m. in unit 202 at 139 Mohala Place, said Federal Fire Battalion Chief Victor Flint.

He said the occupants of the unit called firefighters and were able to get out without injuries.

Federal firefighters found the unit engulfed in flames and brought the fire under control at 2:59 p.m. The blaze was extinguished at 3:03 p.m.

Flint was investigating the cause of the fire and the damage to the four-unit apartment building.

Police checkpoints will vet drivers

Honolulu police are setting up checkpoints this summer to crack down on impaired drivers.

The checkpoints are to be set up at unannounced times and locations through the end of August.

Police say July and August are popular months for family reunions and high school graduation parties.

As of Wednesday, 25 people have been killed in 23 traffic accidents on Oahu this year.

Speed, alcohol and drugs were factors in 12 of those crashes. The public is reminded that promoting liquor to those under 21 is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.


Flames damage restaurant on Kauai

A fire Friday at a restaurant at the Hanalei Bay Resort caused an estimated $3 million in damage, a Kauai County spokeswoman said.

A Kauai County news release said Saturday the fire was reported at 5:21 p.m. and was contained to the restaurant, which was closed for renovations.

Firefighters found the structure engulfed in flames.

Eighteen firefighters brought the blaze under control by 7:15 p.m. No one was injured.

Investigators were searching for the cause of the fire.

Suspect sought in shooting

Hawaii island detectives are looking for a 25-year-old Kona man who allegedly shot another man during a foot chase Friday night in Kona.

The shooting happened about 6:10 p.m. in a parking lot on Kuakini Highway after the alleged shooter met with a 54-year-old man, an acquaintance.

The younger man allegedly grabbed the other man's wallet, but couldn't take it and fled on foot with the older man in pursuit. During the chase, the younger man turned and fired a dark pistol at the older man, hitting him in the shoulder, police said. The shooter fled in a light-colored SUV.

Police said the older man was treated and released from Kona Community Hospital.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Detective Myra Iwamoto at 326-4646 ext. 281.

Anonymous tips can also be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Motorcycle accident kills Kauai girl

A 17-year-old girl died in a single-motorcycle crash Friday night in Kilauea, Kauai County police said.

Police identified the girl as Vivian Arnett of Kilauea.

Arnett was the passenger on a Suzuki motorcycle that hit a mailbox in the 2800 block of Kauapea Road about 9:45 p.m., police said.

Arnett and a 23-year-old man who was driving the motorcycle were taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where Arnett was pronounced dead.

The driver's condition was not known, police said.

Police closed Kauapea Road for 2 1⁄2 hours to investigate and were trying to determine the cause of the crash.

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