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Police and Fire

For Saturday, May 7, 2011

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Speed, wet roads believed cause of Pali onramp crash

A 31-year-old Honolulu man was speeding on a wet highway onramp when he lost control of his pickup truck and crashed Thursday night, police said.

The Medical Examiner's Office identified the driver as Michael K. Nakada.

Paramedics took Nakada to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition where he died early yesterday morning.

Police said the crash happened on the Pali Highway onramp 300 feet north off the Waianae-bound H-1 freeway at 11:57 p.m.

The driver lost control of his 2003 red Tacoma pickup truck, which hit a curb, went airborne and struck a rock retaining wall, traffic investigators said.

Police closed the onramp and Punchbowl Street between the freeway and Vineyard Boulevard during an investigation.

No other vehicles were involved. Police said the man was wearing a seat belt.

The fatality is the 24th this year on Oahu, compared with 19 at the same time last year.

‘Person of interest' nabbed in shooting of man in Aiea

Police arrested a 31-year-old man considered a "person of interest" in last week's early morning shooting of a man in the parking lot below Aiea Bowl.

On Tuesday, Honolulu CrimeStoppers asked for the public's help in finding Joseph R.M. Pasion in connection with the shooting. Police did not describe him as a suspect, but said they wanted to question him.

Police arrested Pasion on suspicion of attempted murder early yesterday morning at the Best Western Hotel on Nimitz Highway.

Police said a gunman got into an argument last Saturday at the Aiea Bowl and was asked to leave by security. Police said the suspect was apparently still upset about the confrontation, went to his car, took out a gun and shot a man in his 30s who was standing by his car at about 1:15 a.m.

The victim was hospitalized in good condition with a shoulder wound.

Victim found under bridge died accidentally, city rules

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the death of a man found under a Kaimuki bridge on Thursday was accidental.

Autopsy results show the man died of head injuries sustained in a fall from a height, the Medical Examiner's Office said. His name was being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

Police responded to a report of a man in Palolo Stream beneath St. Louis Drive at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said a makeshift home was found beneath the bridge, about 15 feet above a paved portion of the stream.

Police said the man might have lived beneath the bridge and slipped and fell.

Witnesses disarm gunman in Kalaeloa parking area

The younger man, 34, got into an argument with the 60-year-old at about 5:30 p.m. over some items missing from his home.

During the dispute, the older man threatened the other man with a baseball, but eventually left, police said.

Later, he approached the younger man with a revolver and pointed it at the man's head, police said.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Marketplace is burglarized

Kauai police are investigating three burglaries in which a total of about $20,000 was stolen from businesses at Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa.

The burglaries are believed to have occurred sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

At 5:09 a.m. Tuesday an alarm at Golden Nugget Jewelry was triggered when an intruder or intruders apparently pried open a padlock to gain entry. More than $10,000 was reported stolen.

Island Fever also reported $10,000 in stolen merchandise. Police said a padlock again was pried open.

A Crazy Shirts store was also targeted, but no items were taken.

Tutu's Soup Hale in the Kinipopo Shopping Village, down the highway from Coconut Marketplace, reported an attempted break-in that happened sometime between 5:30 p.m. Monday and 7:20 a.m Tuesday. Metal bars prevented anyone from getting in, but damage to the windows was estimated at $100.

Police ask that anyone with information on the burglaries call Detective James Miller at 241-1905, police dispatch at 241-1711 or CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.





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