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2 internment sites ID’d as part of research

WAILUKU | The National Park Service has identified two sites in Maui as former Japanese internment camps.

Park officials say the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku and the Horizons Academy of Maui in Haiku lie on areas that held Japanese-Americans during World War II. The two sites are among 13 statewide to be part of a resource study.

A Park Service spokeswoman said in Maui that there is little left from the camps. But officials are holding a series of meetings across Maui County to seek the community’s input on how to preserve their history.

Congress recently instructed the National Park Service to carry out the study. Internment camp sites have been found on all six Hawaiian islands.


Bus-crash driver has manslaughter conviction

NEW YORK | The driver at the wheel of a gambler’s tour bus that crashed and killed 15 people over the weekend has a criminal history that includes manslaughter and theft convictions.

The New York State Department of Correctional Services said Ophadell Williams was convicted of manslaughter for his role in a 1990 stabbing and served just over two years. He initially had been charged with second-degree murder in the case.

He also served about three years for grand larceny for removing an $83,905 check from a Police Athletic League fund in October 1997. Williams used aliases in both those cases.

He was also arrested for driving without a license and having three police scanners in 2003.

Williams has not been charged in the bus crash. Investigators are looking at his role.

On Monday, a 70-year-old man became the 15th fatality from the crash, while federal traffic safety experts and state police studied a black-box-type recorder and looked into the drivers’ actions before the deadly trip.

The New York City medical examiner’s office said Sunday that the other fatalities were caused by blunt force trauma. The bus scraped along a guard rail, toppled and slid into a sign pole that sheared it end to end in a horrific scene of blood, jumbled bodies and shattered glass. Some of the dead were tangled up with the living.

The bus, returning from the Mohegan Sun casino, was one of scores that travel daily between Chinatown and the casinos in southeastern Connecticut.

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