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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Coast Guard Busts Illegal Fireworks Shipments at Honolulu Harbor
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 268 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Military

... 13,449 pounds of unpermitted fireworks with an estimated street value of 2.7 million dollars ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Aiona/Tupaʻi Calls for the Ige/Green Administration to Convene a Special Session
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:34 AM :: 271 Views :: Law Enforcement, Republican Party

... Special legislative sessions are reserved for specific issues such as court decisions like the Obrero case ....

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Locations Announced: Red Light Cameras Begin in October
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 635 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

... Once construction is completed, red-light runners at the Phase 1 intersections will begin to receive warning letters....

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Thursday, September 15, 2022
Gang Member and Accomplice Sentenced for Waianae Game Room Robbery
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 962 Views :: Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

“Ghost guns in particular present a threat to Hawaii and are increasingly showing up in our investigations...."

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Hawaii Homicides Double Over Last Decade
By Selected News Articles @ 11:13 AM :: 820 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... The 105.0% increase ranks as the fifth largest among the 44 states that reported an uptick ....

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Friday, August 12, 2022
Hawaii Cockfighters Continue Shipping Fighting Birds to Guam, Enabled by Territorial Department of Agriculture
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 1134 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement

... Guam’s Animal Import Standards Announced in April Prove Hollow ....

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Psychics and Recreational Drugs: SEC Charges Hawaii SemiSub with Fraud
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 967 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... defendants misappropriated a significant portion of the funds to pay for psychics and recreational drugs ....

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Monday, July 11, 2022
Three Former Hawaii Correctional Officers Convicted of Assaulting Inmate and Attempting Cover Up
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 795 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Over the course of two minutes, the defendants punched and kicked the inmate in the head and body while he was lying face-down in a pool of his own blood. The inmate suffered a broken nose, jaw and eye socket ....

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Saturday, July 9, 2022
Ige Signs HB2171 Establishing State Department of Law Enforcement
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 979 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Police

... “Hawaiʻi is the only state in the country that doesn’t have a centralized, independent state law enforcement agency. The new department will allow more efficient and effective emergency response, criminal law enforcement, investigations and homeland security operations” ....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Bodycam Video Rep Matt LoPresti DUI Arrest
By Video @ 12:02 PM :: 1334 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

... Bodycam video of Matt Lopresti getting arested for DUI (again) ....

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Thursday, June 23, 2022
Oahu Schoolteacher Detained on Charge of Sexually Exploiting Minor Student
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 940 Views :: Education K-12, Law Enforcement

... Individuals with information, or those who believe they are a victim, are urged to immediately contact the Honolulu FBI at (808) 673-2705 or BunagInvestigation@fbi.gov ....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
After a Kauai woman was brutally murdered in 2010, police say they may be getting closer to solving the crime.
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1015 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement

"... We believe this case is solvable ...."

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
News That Criminals Can Use: Girls Used to Commit Crimes will not be Jailed
By Selected News Articles @ 4:57 AM :: 1226 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...  Another world is possible.  A world where girls can get away with anything ....

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Friday, June 17, 2022
Bribery: Kaneshiro, Mitsunaga Arrested by FBI
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 3275 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Kaneshiro was on paid leave for two years ....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Hawaii #1 for Catalytic Converter Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 1:55 PM :: 981 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... Hawaii has averaged 68 catalytic converter thefts per 100,000 registered vehicles in just the first four months of 2022 ....

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Friday, June 10, 2022
Mayors Blangiardi, Roth, Victorino, and Kawakami urge Governor Ige to veto HB 1567
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 895 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

... urging Governor Ige to veto HB 1567 HD1 SD1 CD1, which eliminates the use of monetary bail and requires defendants to be released on their own recognizance for certain nonviolent offenses ....

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Audit: 50 Years of UPW Overtime Games at DPS
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:40 PM :: 884 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Labor, Law Enforcement

... Nearly 30 years ago, in our 1992 report, we had raised concerns about the quality of the data used by the department (and nothing has changed since) ....

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Hawaii Attorney General Joins Suit to Mandate Minimum Wage for Prisoners
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1163 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...$23.2 million in back pay for just one group of convicts.... 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Hilo Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Paycheck Protection and Disaster Loan Programs
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 852 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... $937,575 ....

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Sunday, May 15, 2022
More Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1031 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Taxes

... Here’s a list of some of the eyebrow-raising bills that have gone to the fifth floor ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
UH Survey: Gender Based Violence Hysteria Eases Slightly
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 745 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Law Enforcement

... Gender-based violence and harassment prevalence has decreased since the previous survey across all categories ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
Petition: Veto HB1567 Bail Reform
By News Release @ 6:01 AM :: 1000 Views :: Law Enforcement

... It will release offenders on their own recognizance, thereby allowing them to further victimize our neighborhoods and workplaces within hours of their arrest ....

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Monday, May 2, 2022
Money Laundering: Feds Begin Targeting Sister Isle Real Estate Purchases
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 1717 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

"... to provide valuable data on the purchase of residential real estate by persons possibly involved in various illicit enterprises ...."

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Thursday, April 21, 2022
Victims' rights events set for Oahu, Maui
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 3175 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Law Enforcement

... commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week ....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Audit: DHS Skipping Criminal Background Checks on Foster Parents
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:59 AM :: 1360 Views :: Ethics, Family, Law Enforcement

... auditors found 20% of case files where the state, FBI, and/or child abuse and neglect clearances were missing ....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
State Let Double Rapist and Child Molester out of Prison--Then the Feds Got Involved
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 1415 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Gabris, a tattoo-validated member of the "La Familia" prison gang and registered sex offender, was on parole (of course!) with the State of Hawaii on October 8, 2019, when law enforcement found a Glock .40 S&W firearm and 70 rounds of ammunition hidden in his car ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Detainee Pleads Guilty to Injuring Officers in Assault at Detention Center
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 700 Views :: Law Enforcement

... David Akui-Cabanilla, III, 36, pleaded guilty today in federal court to two counts of assaulting a federal officer ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
House Committees Refuse to Hear SB2422 -- Bill Would Have Ended Foster Care Abuse Coverups
By Andrew Walden @ 7:47 AM :: 3475 Views :: Family, Judiciary, Labor, Law Enforcement

... In the House, Speaker Saiki gave SB2422 SD2 a triple referral to kill it off ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
Feds Sentence Ohio Scamsters for Ripping off Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 6:01 AM :: 1131 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... Leader of Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Benefits Scheme Sentenced to Prison and Ordered to Pay More Than $350k in Restitution ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Feds Indict Russian Agent -- Organized Kauai Council Junket to Russia
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 3116 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, GMOs

... FBI agents interviewed Kauai Councilmember Felicia Cowden in September, 2020 ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
OSHA Raids: Hawaii 4th Most Likely Target
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 1491 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... nine out of the top 10 states are State Plan states ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
DHS Touts Effort to Keep Children With Families
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 1005 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... goal of preventing children from entering foster care by providing family strengthening services to keep families safely together ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Conspiracy to Defraud Honolulu Homeless Program Nets Federal Prison Sentences
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1780 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

... Defendants Sentenced for Scheme to Defraud Local Housing Programs of Over $100,000 ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Chief Investigator: State Attorney General Refusing to Indict Government Corruption Cases
By Andrew Walden @ 1:06 PM :: 3994 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

"The CLFCU unit was to spearhead the criminal prosecution of White Collar and government corruption crimes. So far, completed cases that were sent to the unit have not been forwarded for indictments and are held in abeyance for no reason." -- Chief Investigator Daniel Hanagami

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Saturday, February 12, 2022
Feds Doing the Job the State Won't Do: Waianae Man Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Prison for Robbery and Attempted Carjacking
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 1441 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

... This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts ....

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Naming Names: Who Will Cullen and English Rat Out?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:21 AM :: 5643 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... In the federal system the little fish eats the big fish.  We've got a menu .... 

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
​Hawaii Bill Would End Civil Asset Forfeiture, Opt State Out of Federal Program
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:40 PM :: 3162 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement, Police

... The legislation would restrict asset forfeiture to felony cases and would require a criminal conviction before prosecutors could proceed with the process in most cases ....

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Red Light Cameras to be Activated by May
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 2687 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

... engineering studies to select the ten intersections for the pilot began in January and are expected to be completed in March ....

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022
How Many Legislators Were Partying With Sharon Har During COVID Shutdown?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:29 PM :: 6215 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... Alm’s subpoena of credit card records and video from the AnyPlace Lounge in Rep Sharon Har’s recently-dismissed DUI case ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
Hawaii offers $25 to inmates who get COVID booster
By Selected News Articles @ 8:14 PM :: 870 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... The incentive is in addition to the $50 inmates can receive if they are fully vaccinated ....

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
Hawaii Ranks 12th for Property Crime
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 1121 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... There were a total of 33,928 property crimes reported in Hawaii in 2020 ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
Appeals court affirms federal authority to ban cockfighting in US territories
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 1185 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement

“The challenges originating in Guam and Puerto Rico to the federal law banning all animal fighting have been turned back by four federal courts and also denied by the U.S. Supreme Court”

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Feds Bust Two Restaurants for Failure to Pay Overtime
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 1504 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... The division’s investigation led to the recovery of $40,000 in back wages plus another $40,000 in liquidated damages for five workers ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
How the Murder Rate in Hawaii Compares to the Rest of the Country
By Selected News Articles @ 9:20 PM :: 1396 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... There were a total of 41 murders in Hawaii in 2020, or 2.9 for every 100,000 people -- the seventh lowest murder rate among states ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Hawaii Proud Boys Founder Sued over January 6 Attack on Congress
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 1574 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement, Republican Party

... DC’s Civil Lawsuit is the First Filed by a Government Entity Against Proud Boys and Oath Keepers; Seeks Damages Caused by Violent & Deadly Attack ....

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Ige Appoints Holly T.M. Shikada Attorney General
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 1300 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... Valerie M. Kato has been selected as the new First Deputy Attorney General ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Kauai Wipes out 1,450 illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 2274 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

“...With a combined effort of increased enforcement, as well as partnerships with third-party platforms such as Expedia, the Kaua‘i Planning Department estimates that illegal vacation rentals on Kaua‘i have gone from roughly 1,500 in 2017 down to less than 50 today....”

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
Tax Workers’ “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1597 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... In more recent years, the Hawaii Supreme Court has been giving the tax office even more help and protection ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Extreme Stinginess? A look at Accused Waimanalo Child Killers’ Bankruptcy Case
By Andrew Walden @ 12:49 AM :: 4732 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... the Kalua’s bankruptcy submissions reveal $111K annual income -- but they are alleged to have duct-taped their adopted children's mouths shut to keep them from sneaking food ....

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Friday, November 12, 2021
Police Allege Isabella Kalua Duct-Taped and Locked in Dog Cage Before Death
By Andrew Walden @ 11:03 PM :: 3675 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Law Enforcement

... criminal complaint reveals many previously unreported allegations regarding the death of Isabella Kalua ....

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