A4 — Tuesday, August 24, 2010 — THE MAUI NEWS Honolulu to take stored garbage Suit filed in traffic fatality, transfer of business interest WAILUKU — Dennis “Tab” Slusser, who is scheduled to be tried next month for first-degree negligent homicide in a car wreck, has also been sued in 2nd Circuit Court. The civil suit alleges he caused the wrongful death of Patricia Leengrow in 2008 and, 11 days later, fraudulently transferred his interest in his business to escape claims from Leengrow’s family. The civil suit was filed by Leengrow’s husband, Aquinas Figirmap, and her parents and children. On Nov. 5, 2008, Patricia Leengrow was driving on Honoapiilani Highway, about 10 p.m., when a sport utility vehicle coming in the other direction allegedly crossed the centerline and hit her car. Miriam Momi Jacintho, 65 The driver of the SUV, Slusser, was taken to the hospital, treated and released. Leengrow was taken to the hospital, where she died four hours later from loss of blood, according to the complaint filed for her survivors by attorney Anthony Ranken. Besides wrongful death, the suit alleges “survival action” and claims damages for the pain and suffering she experienced during those four hours. The suit states that Slusser had been overserved alcohol at one or more taverns before the wreck; it does not identify them. It also claims that on Nov. 14, 2008, Slusser transferred his ownership of For Shear Hair Design and Beauty Supply in Lahaina to Sina Ahia-Talbot, “not for consideration or fair- OBITUARIES Miriam Momi Jacintho, 65, of Kula, Maui, passed away on August 13, 2010, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at St. Anthony Catholic Church; Mass will begin in 12:00 noon; Burial will follow Mass, at 1:30 p.m., at Holy Ghost Cemetery in Kula. Ballard Family Mortuary is assisting with the arrangements. Miriam was born on July 25, 1945, in Honolulu. She is predeceased by her Sons, Ronald Jacintho, Jr., Jaron Jacintho; Survived by her Husband, Ronald Jacintho; Son, Matthew Jacintho; Daughter, Mirissa Fernandez; Daughter-In-Law, Jamie Jacintho; Brother, Lou (Debbie) McKee; Grandchildren, Natasha Jacintho, Chance Jacintho, Healani Fernandez, Ronald Keahi Jacintho, Kapua Fernandez, Seth Fernandez, and Jayla Grace Fernandez. She was the Vice-President at Rojac Trucking. **************************** Ballard Family Mortuary 440 Ala Makani St., Kahului **************************** Margharita Sauceda, 63 Margharita Sauceda, 63, of Kahului, Maui, passed away on August 21, 2010, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 27, 2010, at Ballard Family Mortuary; Service 11:00 a.m.; Burial 12:30 p.m. at Valley Isle Memorial Park in Haiku. Ballard Family Mortuary is assisting with the arrangements. Margharita was born on September 26, 1946, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is survived by her Companion, Jose Sandoval; Sons, Leonard Sauceda, Jr., Steven Sauceda, Ruben Sauceda; Daughters, Diana Sauceda, Debra Sauceda, Salena Sauceda; Brothers, Ruben Gonzales, Robert Gonzales, Serfino Gonzales, Rudy Gonzales, Eugene Gonzales; Sisters, Alice Poncio, Janie Lawrence, Minnie Guerrera, Mary Lou Gonzales; 9 Grandchildren; and 3 Great Grandchildren. She was a retired Casino Hostess. **************************** Ballard Family Mortuary 440 Ala Makani St., Kahului **************************** ■ Obituaries are published by The Maui News as a paid ad. Obituaries must be submitted in writing, usually through a mortuary. Individuals may submit obituaries with proof of death. Fax 242-6389 or write to: Obituaries, The Maui News, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793. Include a contact name and daytime phone number. For more information, call 242-6333. HENRY P. ANTONIUS JR. Henry P. Antonius Jr. better known as Hank or “H.T.D.”, 67 of Boston, Thailand and Maui passed away on August 2, 2010 in Bangkok Hospital. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. in the Kalama Park Pavilion closest to the playground. Hank was born on April 2, 1943 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is survived by his mother Margo Watson, his beloved girlfriend Lamphueng Doenphimai, his ex wife and good friend Caroline Bradley, his daughter Lisa Antonius, Son Marus Antonius. He is also survived by his daughter in law Melissa Antonius, his grandchildren Brandon and Justin Antonius and Nikaela and Jordan El Kary and his extended Family of Fellowship. A memorial web site is set up at: http://maui_hank_antonius.forevermissed.com He was a retired Entrepreneur, Adventurer and World Traveler. Antonius Family 31 E. Waiko Road Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793 In Memoriam Notices are a way for families to write their own remembrances of their loved ones and to announce funeral services. For more information, call The Maui News Classified Advertising Department at 242-6333. market value.” Ahia-Talbot died in March and the business is now managed by her daughter. Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs records still list Dennis “Tab” Slusser as registrant for For Shear Hair Design, a 2007 entry; but an older, expired trade name registration, from 1995, lists AhiaTalbot as the original holder of the For Shear trade name. The suit alleges that the change in ownership violated the state fraudulent transfer statute because it was “only for the purpose” of avoiding claims from the plaintiffs at a time when the defendants — AhiaTalbot is named along with unnamed taverns as defendants — knew the plaintiffs were their creditors. Elections Continued from Page A1 ‘‘While professing unity, he’s practiced the politics of division, exploiting rather than healing differences of race, origin and economic status,’’ Case added, referring in part to a much-criticized flier that Hannemann’s campaign mailed recently and for which Hannemann apologized at the top of Friday’s debate. Case’s remarks generated a stern response from Hannemann spokeswoman Carolyn Tanaka. ‘‘This is negative campaigning at its worst,’’ she said. ‘‘Case’s hateful e-mail assassinates the character of Mufi Hannemann with accusations that are completely devoid of any facts.’’ Abercrombie, she added, ‘‘has consistently accused us of negative campaigning yet he accepts the endorsement and apparently condones the negative messages being sent out by Ed Case.’’ Asked for a response, Case said in a statement, ‘‘Hannemann’s character to lead is a central issue because we want leaders we can trust; that’s fair game in any campaign.’’ Abercrombie has lauded Case’s endorsement. On Monday, he dismissed Hannemann’s complaints, saying in a statement, ‘‘Ed Case is an independent person and free to speak his mind.’’ In a statewide survey of 425 likely Democratic primary voters that was released Sunday, Abercrombie was favored by 49 percent and Hannemann by 44 percent. The poll’s margin of error was 4.8 percentage points. It was conducted Aug. 10 through Aug. 17 by Ward Research for the Honolulu StarAdvertiser and Hawaii News Now. The winner of the Democratic primary will face the likely Republican nominee, Lt. Gov. James ‘‘Duke’’ Aiona. Other findings from the same poll found former state Democratic Party Chairman Brian Schatz favored by 27 percent of those questioned about the Democratic lieutenant governor contest. State Sen. Norman Sakamoto of Salt Lake was favored by 21 percent; former Sens. Robert Bunda and Gary Hooser had 11 percent and 10 percent, respectively; and state Reps. Lyla Berg, of Hahaione Valley, and John Riki Karamatsu, of Waipahu, were favored by 7 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Only a plurality is needed to win the Democratic primary. The winner will face the victor of the GOP primary between Rep. Lynn Finnegan of Mapunapuna and Honolulu lawyer Adrienne King. By HERBERT A. SAMPLE The Associated Press The Maui News / AMANDA COWAN photo Rachael Berta appears Monday in 2nd Circuit Court Trial dle, whom she later found out was the murder suspect, Berta. During cross-examination, Sloper asked Bonacorsi if Berta appeared confused when she was arrested. “At the time, she appeared a little upset and angry,” Bonacorsi said. During further questioning by Sloper, Bonacorsi agreed with Sloper that around 12 minutes after Berta was arrested, she became confused. Bonacorsi said she also thought that Berta was upset in the processing room at the Wailuku Police Station. During re-examination by Mendes, Bonacorsi said Berta cursed at arresting officers, using pejorative terms to refer to them. When asked by Mendes if Berta was passive and confused at the police station, Bonacorsi said, “(Berta) continued to ask how John was and what was going to happen to her.” Bonacorsi said she did not see any bizarre behavior by Berta and in her police report she did not check off boxes to say Berta was incoherent or was suffering from any pain or injury. Sloper asked Bonacorsi if she felt that being called names was loud and obnoxious, to which she replied “yes.” But he noted that Bonacorsi did not write in her report that Berta was loud and obnoxious. Sloper is being assisted by attorney Byron Fujieda. Mendes is being assisted by Deputy Prosecutor Emlyn Higa. The trial resumes at 10 a.m. today. Continued from Page A1 finger on the glass from the photo frame that held the photo of Shaniyo’s ex-girlfriend, Mendes said. “Rachael was angry at John for leaving her,” Mendes added. Mendes said Berta used her cellular phone and sent a text message to someone saying, “I am going to kill him.” Mendes said Berta thrust a kitchen knife into Shaniyo’s abdominal area and then pulled the knife out. After Berta stabbed Shaniyo, he lost blood rapidly but was strong enough to go to the kitchen floor, where he collapsed. Mendes added that Shaniyo crawled to a door and unlocked it but someone or something caused the door to be pushed down on him. Shaniyo had scratches on his left arm consistent with being pulled from the door. When police showed up, Shaniyo said the responsible person was his girlfriend, and spelled out her last name, “BE-R-T-A,” Mendes said. “This was not self-defense,” she said, adding it also wasn’t a case of mental disturbance. “The credible evidence will show this was murder.” The prosecution’s first witness, police officer Christina Bonacorsi of the Wailuku Patrol Division testified Monday that she arrested Berta at Kahului Union Church around an hour and a half after the officer initially responded to the stabbing at 107 West Kauai St. in Kahului. Bonacorsi, who was responding to a call from dispatch to go to the church, said she saw three women in the courtyard area of the church ■ Melissa Tanji and two women seemed to be can be reached consoling a woman in the mid- at [email protected] ON THE CAMPAIGN Kokua Carnival to benefit Elle Cochran WAIKAPU — Friends of Elle Cochran is holding a Kokua Carnival on Sept. 4 at the Maui Tropical Plantation. The event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will feature entertainment by Brother Noland and Tony C. (Conjugacion) and will include food booths, a beer garden, pony rides, bouncy castles, children’s entertainment, a crafts fair, educational booths and a farmer’s market. Admission is free. Proceeds from food and amusement sales will benefit Cochran’s campaign for the Maui County Council’s West Maui seat. For information, visit www.electelle.com or contact TRAIL Maui Tropical Plantation at 244-7643. *** ■ On the Campaign Trail is a public service for candidates to publicize fundraisers, public appearances and other campaign-related events. Announcements must be submitted at least one week in advance of the event and should include a contact name and number. Announcements may be dropped off at The Maui News building in Wailuku, mailed to “Campaign Trail,” Editorial Department, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, faxed to 242-9087, or e-mailed to [email protected] For more information, call 242-6343. Fish regulations meeting Wednesday KAHULUI — A meeting to discuss possible regulations for certain marine species including parrotfish, goatfish and jacks will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Maui Waena Intermediate School cafeteria. Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources staff will present the department’s regulated species rule proposals for Maui and Lanai. The staff will discuss the scientific justifica- tions for the proposals and will explain the rule-making process and how residents can get involved. Last year, two rounds of meetings were held on proposed fishing regulations. Based on those public comments, the state has developed a set of draft rules aimed at conserving natural resources while balancing the needs of recreational, subsistence and commercial fishers, said Laura Thielen, the DLNR chairwoman. A summary of the proposed rules is posted on the division’s website at hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/ announcements.html#pubmeetings. For more information, contact the Division of Aquatic Resources Maui office at 2435294. Lanai residents are encouraged to call the office for more information or to provide feedback. HONOLULU — Honolulu on Monday agreed to dispose of 20,000 tons of gigantic piles of shrink-wrapped garbage that have been moldering in the heat of a Hawaii industrial park where the trash had been waiting for more than five months for possible shipment to Washington state. Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the on-again, off-again trash-shipping plan to a dump near a Washington state Indian reservation no longer appeared viable. Instead, Hawaiian Waste Systems agreed that the municipal solid waste will mostly be burned in Honolulu’s ‘‘H-Power’’ electricity generating station. What can’t be burned will be taken to the city’s only dump, the 21-year-old Waimanalo Gulch landfill, which is slated to close in 2012. ‘‘We’ve agreed on a reasonable solution that will resolve this issue and remove the opala,’’ Caldwell said in a statement, using the Hawaiian word for trash. The lingering trash piles offered a glimpse into the garbage woes that Honolulu faces as the state’s largest city struggles to find a home for all its waste. With Waimanalo Gulch filling up fast, officials proposed to ship the blue-plastic-wrapped garbage bales to a landfill near the Columbia River in Washington’s Klickitat County. But the Yakama Indian Nation vehemently objected and won a court ruling last week that put the plan on hold indefinitely. The baled garbage now sitting at Hawaiian Waste System’s facility in a Kapolei industrial park will be fed into the H-Power furnaces beginning next month, Caldwell said. It will take about 20 weeks to completely dispose of the rubbish. ‘‘The city bent over backwards to try to make this shipping effort work, but it is clear that shipping is not a viable option at this time,’’ he said. Honolulu makes up 80 percent of Hawaii’s population and generates nearly 1.6 million tons of garbage a year. More than a third of the trash is incinerated to generate electricity, and the destination for the remaining garbage is landfills. MPD reports disciplining of 4 officers WAILUKU — A Maui Police Department officer was suspended for one day and three others were reprimanded after internal investigations that concluded in June and July, police reported. The suspension was for inappropriate conduct toward the public and failure to wear safety equipment in an incident last October. Another officer received a written reprimand for failing to wear proper safety equipment in the same incident. Two officers received oral reprimands for motor vehicle accidents — one for hitting a gate in February and another for reversing into a vehicle in March. No action was taken for two other motor vehicle accidents in October and May because the officer is no longer employed by MPD. An allegation that an officer inappropriately searched and retained a suspect’s possessions in December was determined to be unfounded, and the officer was exonerated. Allegations against officers weren’t sustained for being untruthful and falsifying a report in an employee selection process in August 2009 and for threatening a party in a temporary restraining order case in May. The names of the officers were not made public. People who wish to comment on the Maui Police Department or the actions of its employees may contact the employee’s commander or write to Chief Gary Yabuta in care of the Maui Police Department, 55 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.
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