The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on May 24, 1979 · 57
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The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii · 57

Honolulu, Hawaii
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Thursday, May 24, 1979
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Honolulu r Advertiser: . Thursday, May 24. 1979 A-3 . gaorga daacon in mi r V ' f 1 - 1 ri Almy TpLYING START: Speculation running high that if the United strike is ended this week, the airline will announce a $100 West CoastHonolulu fare to quickly rebuild traffic on the routes . . HB"w naiasauig moumsis HI Slop- J lights and tourists in Walkiki I n,flnl V t I - I k , f wasu i. ciiuuk", ncire ivnsnna types are now selling joss sticks (for a "contribution") at schools like Maemae Elementary in Nuuanu. Imagine, stooping to con kids out of their lunch money! . . . Con Con prexy William Paty sidelined at Queen's. He wrecked his knee when his horse Kiaka fell, pinning Bill underneath , . . And well-known Kailua chorus directoropera singer Camille Almy is recovering from a heart attack. Christ Church pastor Warren Studer hears she'll be released soon from Kaiser Hospital in Panorama City, Calif. KNOW & TELLs Aloha Spirit lives, judging by the outpouring of sympathy for Marine Dennis Emerson, recovering at Tripler from gunshot wounds. Cards, phone calls and flowers have flooded the hospital although Tripler denies our item that deliverymen slipped through security to deliver flowers direct to his "secret" room . . . Clint Lalng of Thayer Piano reports sighting a gold Cadillac parked on Kukui St. that has a license plate frame reading "Keep the 7th Day Holy" and a license plate that says: "4-GIVE" . . . Temperamental D-J Ron Jacobs was fired yesterday from KKUA. G.M. Dennis Brown says the final blowup "was over a programming dispute" and Captain Cooke takes over the slot as of this morning . . . And local boy Ron Wood is new momingman at KIKI . . . Using his driver, David Knight made a hole-in-one on the 266 yard par 4 14th hole at Olomana Golf Course Tuesday a very rare feat indeed. Luckily, David had witnesses in Juno Knight, (his brother), HFD Capt. Merlin Watson and Grandy Perry, who claims the current state record at 5 holes-ih-one . . . Dick Rodby praying for rain Wilson Lake at Kemoo Farms is down to the 50-ft. level. NOTES & QUOTES: "A Chorus Line" producer Herb Rogers already sold $25,000 worth of tickets from Sunday's mailorder ad . . . Hawaii Nudist Park's Larry Beck now known as "Rocky" after sparring with a man who insulted his wife at a Waikiki eatery ... "Spanky" Ducker ducking out as mgr. of New York Deli ... A magician named "Shimada" (he opens at Jack Clone's new Oriental Fantasy show at the Miramar May 30) arrived at Honolulu International Sunday with 10 trunks and 21 pieces of baggage. But he told local mag'cians greeting him that he was actually traveling light he'd have more bags if he were allowed to bring his doves in . . . Kaneohe's George Fernandes, chairman of the Livestock Show for this year's Farm Fair, discovered the other day that things were not very boring at Pan Am's airport facilities. Boars from Indiana & Illinois, shipped here for the fair, somehow got loose. It took harried Pan Am workers quite some time to get the loose boars temporarily corraled in the men's room! . . . "Hawaii turned out to be a sleeping giant in the art market," say Olga & John Marr, doing gangbusters with their new Honolulu office for the Sotheby Parke Barnet art auction & appraisal firm. COCONOTES: UH music student Jess Strauser & wife Sandy really couldn't afford it, but they just HAD to have the beat-up old piano being auctioned at the Junior League fund-raiser at Blaisdell Sat. They paid $500 for the thing, which included $60 in lessons, then took it home and found out what a bargain it was. While cleaning it, they scraped the crud off a nameplate showing the piano was a Stejnway made 102 years ago. The cherry wood was in perfect condition and the reason it didn't play was the pennies stuck under the ivory keys.; The piano is now being appraised and early indications are that it's worth THOUSANDS . . . Reed Witt announces that John Lloyd plans to play in this year's Island Holidays Pro Tennis Classic. Hopefully he'll bring his bride Chris Evert along to add some glamor to the event which this year is doing away with the celeb tourney . . . Waialae tennis pro John Somerville discussing the development & techniques for junior tennis in Hawaii with visiting expert Nick Bolleti-eri, one of the top coaches in the country . . . Ray Milici says he'll have no trouble packing for his upcoming trip to China. The Hawaii group has been told to take only sport shirts, cotton pants & ;tennis shoes since it's likely to be 98 degrees there 'in June. THE FINISH LINES: Organist John McCrea-ry's young son Kendall was visiting relatives back East when he saw a freeway sign that read "Washington, D.C." "I know what the D.C. stands ,for," bubbled Kendall, "Da Capital" . . . Com-tmon Cause Hawaii chairperson Gen Hoffman, back from a workshop in Washington, notes it was a lot easier watching the House of Representatives floor session on. Rep. Dan Akaka's office TV than being there in person ; . . Jim Pawell has picked up the Hawaii franchise for "Brownie Ipoints" the cutsie name given to a gift box of brownies foe people who do good deeds . . . Wally J Amos has a knack for promotion but he got some unexpected publicity for his cookie store opening in Australia. Checking into the Melbourne Hilton, he discovered UN Ambassador Andrew Young was having a press conference next door. So Wally crashed it, handed Young a bag of cookies, the press ate it up and "Amos 'n' Andy" made the front page the next morning ... Zoulu wants to place a "help wanted" ad on Three Mile Island: "A man to assemble nuclear fissionable isotopes, molecular re-activity counters and 3-phase cyclotronic uranium polysynthesizers no experience nece'rory," Evert Ui lited pact OK seen her& By CHARLES TURNER and DARYL HUFF Advertiser Staff Writer Hawaii's striking machinists cast their ballots yesterday at the DAV Memorial Hall at Keehi Lagoon, amid indications that they were favoring proposed provisions for a new three-year contract with United Airlines". A reliable source told The Advertiser late yesterday afternoon that the vote was "about 3 to 1 in favor of the contract." The union leadership, however, said the results would not be disclosed until tomorrow at the earliest and not until all of the union's members throughout the nation could complete balloting. United Press International reported that an 1,100-member local in Denver yesterday ratified the contract by an undisclosed margin. United said that if the contract is ratified by the 18,-600 members nationwide, the carrier would be able to resume limited flights Monday Memorial Day. An airline spokesman said the strike, which began March 31, will have cost United about $85 million in actual expenses. Charles Ng business representative for the 407-member Hawaii unit, whjch went on strike March 30 and was the first unit to walk out in United's system said yesterday's turnout was "excellent." Some 390 of the members had voted with 15 minutes still to go before the ballot box was closed. All votes were by secret ballot, with members indicating whether they approved or disapproved of the proposed contract. Larry Ige Jr., a cabin service worker, said after he cast his vote: "I'm happy to go back to work." Asked whether he thought he could pay all of the bills that accumulated during the strike, he said: "I'll survive." Another union member, who declined to, give his name, was asked whether he thought he got a good contract. He replied, "I imagine it's okay." But he said the union's explanation of the health plan improvements, particularly dental, were not satisfactory. He refused to say how he voted, remarking: "That's why we have a secret ballot." Another worker who declined to give his name said he was happy with the pay raise, which would be retroactive to Nov. 1, 1978, and would amount to a 30 percent increase, not including a cost-of-living adjustment. But he complained about the proposed benefits, saying "they're the same as in the old contract." There were no complaints about the retirement plan, which includes a provision that all $30 million of the members' contributions would be returned to them within 45 days after the contract is signed. Jack Wilson, a ground mechanic for 23 years with the airline, said he thought ratification would give the union, "as of today, the best contract in the industry." But he noted that other airlines are negotiating contracts with the same union and that, "come January, it may be the worst in the industry." Wilson said he "lived it up" during the strike and still has two weeks of vacation coming before he returns to work. , -."J'-' Wilson said he didn't think the strike was necessary, because the airline knew what it would offer to the v v. '4 i 9 t T ft '4 l-f - ' 7 A 7- "" y- ( : ' A j 'i w y - a. v f ' K ' Advertise' eno'a. t '1 Striking machinists cast their ballots on the proposed contract workers well before the strike occurred. He didn't explain why he thought so,' but said he felt United delayed settling the strike "purposely, for their own reasons." Asked if he thought the strike was worthwhile, Wilson said it didn't make much difference to him personally. "But the younger ones coming up the line they're the ones who will benefit," he said.' , The new contract increases the mechanics' base pay! including the cost-of-living adjustment, by $1,618 more than wages in the old contract, according to the union's' president for the West Coast and Hawaii district, Louii R. Schroeder. The base rate for mechanics is $13 an hour under th new contract, not including three cost-of-living im creases during the next three years. A United spokesman said the airline probably lost about $1.5 million in actual expenses each day the air.' line was shut down. In addition, the airline lost an esti? mated $10 million daily in potential revenues. ' Before the strike, United handled about 125,000 passengers a day. ... Charges upheld in Marines' shoo tin By KEN KOBAYASHI Adverti$er Staff Writer A state judge yesterday upheld murder and attempted murder charges against a 23-year-old Kailua man accused of shooting two Kaneohe-based Marines last week. District Judge Philip Chun ruled that there was sufficient evidence to hold Alfred David Costa on the charges and sent the case to the Oahu grand jury for possible indictment. Chun's ruling came after Detective Gerald Lee testified that Costa admitted he shot at the two Marines in the early moming hours of May 17 at a park near the Pali Golf Course. Costa, who is being held on $40,000 bail, is charged with murdering Lance Cpl. Amos L. Blythers, 19, who was shot in the chest, and attempting to murder Lance Cpl. Dennis Emerson, 19, who suffered a gunshot wound in the buttocks. According to L testimony, Costa said two others w'1" m at the shooting were his older bro!. -!- Tommy. 25, and Brian Sylva, 19. Sylva earlier this year was convicted of robbing three other hitchhiking Kaneohe-based Marines. The shooting occurred only several hours before! he was due to report to Oahu prison to start a four-year prison term. Lee testified he was told by the defendant that he and Sylva met Tommy at a Kailua bar, where they remained until the 2 a.m. closing. Afterward, Costa said the three picked up two Marines hitchhiking on Oneawa Street, Lee testified. Alfred Costa, the driver, said he and his friends as well as the Marines started smoking marijuana, Lee testified. Alfred Costa said because of all the drinking earlier, his mind at times went blank, but he drove toward the park for a "pot party," according to Lee. When they got there, the defendant said the two Marines got out of the car to "relieve themselves," Lee testified. Alfred Costa said he saw one of the Marines with a "shiny object, either a ,25-caliber pistol or a knife," Lee testified. Lee said Costa referred to both Marines as "grunts," but that the defendant was referring to Blythers when talking about the Marine with a shiny object. Iv T A in court The defendant said he got out a revolver and loaded it with four rounds, according to Lee. Alfred Costa then said "his mind went blank," but he noticed that the Marine raised the shiny object, Lee testified. Costa said he fired and the Marine "blew backwards," while the other ran away, Lee testified. Costa said he fired twice at the Marine laying on the ground, but he didn't know if he hit him both times, according to Lee's testimony. Lee said he also interviewed Emerson, who was bedridden in the hospital yesterday unable to attend the hearing. Lee said he did not ask Emerson whether Blythers had a weapon on him. After the hearing, Lee said no weapon was recovered at the scene. Lee testified that he was told by Emerson that he and Blythers had gotten out of the car to relieve themselves when the driver of the car "all of a sudden" opened fire. ' ' Emerson said he ran, fell and "played dead," lying face down while someone came up and kicked him several times. Lee said. According to Emerson, the person was apparently checking to see if he was dead, Lee said. Emerson said he couldn't hide his breathing, and he heard the click of a pistol several times, then a shot, Lee testified. Emerson said he felt the impact of the bullet hitting close to his face, and the person left for the car, according to Lee. Emerson realized he .was wounded, then went to get help after the car left, Lee said. According to Lee, Alfred Costa fjave police a signed stenographic statement about 10 p.m. May 17, then later showed police a gun which was hidden under his residence at 523 Oneawa St.. Detective Andrew Glushenko said police found a .44-caliber revolver and two boxes of bullets buried in the sand. Police criminalist Milton Chang testified that a spent bullet from the shooting scene came from the .44-caliber revolver recovered by police. Chun ruled at the end of the preliminary hearing that there was "probable cause" that the crimes were committed and Alfred Costa was the defendant. If indicted, Alfred Costa will have to stand trial on the charges. Ewa Beach center put back on limits By WALTER WRIGHT Advertiter Staff Writer The Navy put the Ewa Beach Shopping Center back on limits yesterday, an armed forces inquiry into the Ewa Beach situation was dropped, the mayor offered buses to get servicemen home at night, and the Marines invited police to talk to the troops today. In those rapid developments, military and civilian leaders continued to respond to town-base tensions heightened by recent acts of violence against servicemen. Rear Admiral R.S. Wentworth Jr. lifted the night-time off-limits restriction on the shopping center after meeting with mer: chants and police Tuesday evening. He said his concern about security of Navy personnel and dependents were met by the stationing of shopping center security officers since last Friday. Col. Richard Mosco, chairman of the Armed Forces Disciplinary "Control Board, which Monday launched an inquiry into the Ewa Beach situation at Navy request, said last night tho r" ' ; has been dropped. Col. Mosco said he anticipates the Navy will keep the board informed of the situation at the shopping center, and of any other problems, in the future. Mayor Frank Fasi released the text of a letter to commanders of all major Oahu commands, offering free use of city bus equipment daily after 8 p.m. if the military will provide drivers and fuel. Wentworth said he was pleased to learn of the mayor's offer and would be happy to discuss it with city officials. An Army spokesman responded similarly. A spokesman at Hickam, noting that there had reported assaults on Air Force personnel in the last year, said the Air Force nevertheless appreciated Fasi's expression of Concern and shared a common interest in keeping Hawaii a pleasant and safe place to live and work. The Marine Corps, which already runs and plans to extend its own "liberty bus" in Kailua and Kaneohe, has attempted for years to get city bus service extended the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Sta- tion itself. TheBus now stops at Aikahi Park, outside the station and some distance from Marine living quarters. City Transportation Director Robert Way said last night the Marines contacted him again yesterday about that request. "We've had any number of repeated requests for various levels of additional service, and it was out of that that the mayor's idea to offer the equipment for use by the military emerged," Way said. "The request for service into the Marine Corps Air Station is for an 'off-line route' where the patronage has not justified providing service in the past, and we are in fact trying to go the other way. reduce the low-patronage miles and increase the efficiency and speed of the rest of the service," Way said, "but we will be happy to sit down and discuss this. "It may be that they can use our equipment for their 'liberty bus' runs, and use their equipment for a more frequent shuttle between the Air Station and the Aikahi Park stop," Way said. The Marines today will be briefed by police officers on crime prevention and community relations, in the first of a series of meetings intended to reach all Marine personnel. The Ewa Beach Shopping Center was placed off limits May 12 from 6 p.m. to 6 a m. daily for Navy personnel. Admiral Wentworth took the extraordinary step after a series of what the Navy called acts of violence against Navy personnel in the shopping center area, and also apparently out of concern for safety of dependent personnel at Ewa Beach schools. Only two places are off-limits to all military personnel on Oahu today a parking area where transvestites allegedly gather, and a traffic ticket service. The Marine Corps decided against taking the "last resort" step of placing premises off limits on the Windward side for the time being, despite increasing assaults on Marine personnel including 46 incident last week in which one Marine was killed and another wounded. t

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