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Woman, 25, killed in crash on H-1

A 25-year-old woman died in a single-car crash yesterday on the H-1 freeway near the Makakilo Drive overpass.

At 7:41 a.m., the woman was driving east in a gold-colored 2005 Isuzu. Police said the vehicle was in the center lane when it veered toward the right and hit a guardrail about a half-mile east of the overpass.

The woman was ejected on to the roadway. Police said the vehicle continued toward the left, striking the center concrete median twice before it came to a stop.

The woman, who was alone in the vehicle, was taken in critical condition with severe head injuries to Hawaii Medical Center West, where she was pronounced dead.

She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of crash, police said. There was no indication that any other vehicle was involved or contributed to the crash, police said.

The accident was the 41st traffic-related fatality on Oahu, the same number as at the same time last year.

Police were redirecting traffic on to Farrington Highway, reopening the lanes at 9:40 a.m.

3 charged in Manoa home burglary

Three people are being held at Oahu Community Correctional Center, arrested after a Manoa home was burglarized last week.

One man burglarized a home while two other people were posted as lookouts and drivers at about 2:50 p.m. Monday, police said. The homeowner returned home and called police, who stopped the getaway car as it was driving away.

Brian Urquhart, 41, of Makiki was charged Wednesday with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and various drug charges. He was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail. Being held in lieu of $11,000 bail each were Garrett Mark Quisano, 37, of no permanent address and Jalen K. Cruz, 30, of Makiki. Both were charged with first-degree hindering prosecution.

Man arrested in theft of purse

A Pearl City man was arrested Friday after a woman he befriended accused him of stealing her purse.

The woman, 22, said the suspect, 19, approached her in Waikiki at about 10 p.m. Thursday and befriended her, police said. About 1 a.m. Friday, the suspect took the purse she was holding in her hand and fled, police said.

The victim flagged down a patrol officer and filed a report. The suspect was located on Kuhio Avenue and arrested. He is being held on suspicion of second-degree theft.

2 accused in Kapolei armed robbery

Police arrested a woman and a man Thursday in connection with an armed robbery at a store in Kapolei.

Officers responded to a call about 10:55 a.m. Wednesday and found security officers had stopped a 34-year-old woman after seeing her allegedly shoplift.

While security detained the woman outside, a 34-year-old man drove up and pointed a gun at the security officers, police said. The man and woman drove away, but the security officers got the license plate number.

Officers arrested both suspects, who are homeless, at Oneula Beach Park on suspicion of first-degree robbery.


Indictment called mixup

Big Island businesswoman and philanthropist Cheryl Holdcroft says she feels shocked and betrayed after being indicted on theft and forgery charges.

Holdcroft told West Hawaii Today on Friday that there is "some huge misunderstanding."

Details of the charges contained in the indictment returned Tuesday were unavailable because of state and county furloughs.

Holdcroft was a consultant for the Kona Hospital Foundation for six years before leaving in 2008, when she was the organization’s chief development officer.

The foundation released a statement late Friday from trustee Gregory Chun that said it is cooperating with police and prosecutors.

Holdcroft and her family have donated nearly $200,000 to the foundation since 2002.

2 arrested in Big Isle theft

Two Kailua-Kona man were charged Friday after items were found in a stolen pickup truck.

On Wednesday morning, Kona patrol officers arrested two men on Makalawena Beach Road.

Luke K. Wong, 36, was charged with five counts of burglary, one count of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and one count of theft in the second degree. Bail was set at $175,000.

Kaulike F.M. Rice, 29, was charged with three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and one count of resisting arrest. Bail was set at $31,000.

Both were at the Kona police cellblock pending a court appearance tomorrow.


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