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Hawaii Island News, 04 September 2009


Deputy Corporation Cousel Brooks Bancroft tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that a car accident caused by former Mayor Harry Kim will cost taxpayers almost one hundred thousand dollars.  Californial resident  Debbie Balise originally wanted $250, for injuries suffered in the September 27, 2006 accident.  Bancroft told the Hawaii County Council that Balise was willing to settle for $99,500.

Tyler Webster and her husband Shorty Wilson have posted a sign above their partially rennovated building at Keawe and Mamo Streets in Hilo reading “Who needs a tsunami…we have the building department.”  The couple told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” they posted the sign after months of trying to get the Department of Public Works Building Division to give them permission on the rennovation of the former Keawe Diner Building.  The series of delays dat back to the later half of 2007.

Police are investigating the death of 49-year old Victor Bajor, whose body was found in a Hawaiian Paradise Park home.  Captain Randall Medeiros of the criminal investigation division told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that an autopsy is scheduled for this morning.   Medeiros said police have not ruled out a possible homicide.

The Hawaii County Council has asked the state Board of Education to elevate the status of a proposed cafeteria at Keaukaha School.  Councilman Dennis Onishi told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that plans to renovate the lunch room were cancelled in 1997 because the Hilo school was set to get a new cafeteria.  That upgrade never happened, leaving a crowded, run down room with obsolete equipment in its place.

South Kona Council member Brenda Ford tells “West Hawaii Today” that Oceanside 1250 has paid its bond premium and intends to make its annual payment before the September 13 due date.  Ford says the bond payments are meant to keep secure funding for the completion of the Mamalahoa Bypass road which cuts through the Oceanside Hokulia development.  Just a reminder to those using the Mamalahoa bypass–the bypass will be closed on Monday, Labor Day.

Hawaii Island police say 47-year old Jeff Jones of Kealakekua was injured seriously Tuesday afternoon following a moped crash into a stone wall near the intersection of Alapa and Kaiwi streets in the old Kona Industrial Area. Police tell “West Hawaii Today” it is yet to be determined if another vehicle contributed to the accident.