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Who is at ‘The Top of the Food Chain?'

HNN: … described in the indictment: an audio recording which Honolulu police officer Jared Spiker made in 2015, when he was trying to arrest Miske on a warrant.

“This is the link that connects Michael Miske to the current administration in the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office,” says attorney Megan Kau, who represented Officer Spiker’s sergeant in a traffic case.

In the audio recording, a voice alleged to be Miske can be heard talking to the officer.

“Listen, I gon’ go to the top of the food chain,” the voice can be heard saying.

Not long after that statement, Katherine Kealoha ― then a high-ranking deputy prosecutor ― called Officer Spiker and ordered him to stand down.

But in a court filing last year, Kealoha ― who has since been convicted of federal crimes ― had her attorney respond to the allegations.

“Katherine Kealoha does not know, has never met, and has never had any contact with Michael Miske,” a portion of the court document reads. “Katherine Kealoha was asked by her superior, Roger Lau, to notify Officer Spiker to ‘stand down,’ which she did.”

Roger Lau is the Special Assistant to the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney, Keith Kaneshiro, who has been on leave for more than a year after receiving a target letter from the Department of Justice in connection with the Kealoha investigation.

“This is a huge problem, because Roger Lau is still in that office,” said Kau.

Hawaii News Now cameras have caught Roger Lau, on multiple occasions, going in and out of the federal building in Honolulu to testify before a grand jury that is now hearing evidence against Kaneshiro.

Brooks Baehr, a spokesman for Kaneshiro’s office, says Lau categorically denies ordering Spiker to stand down on Miske ― and says Lau has not received a subject or target letter from the Department of Justice….

KHON: Kau says the second person to call was a retired HPD officer, who was hired as a special assistant to the prosecuting attorney.

read … New claims of connections between alleged crime boss and local law enforcement officials

Weighing the apparent evidence against the Miske Enterprise

ILind: … The evidence against MISKE and the Enterprise is powerful and abundant and includes: (i) forensic extractions of multiple cellular telephones in which direct communications were uncovered between MISKE and other Enterprise members as well as with victim Johnathan Fraser; (ii) the grand jury testimony of dozens of witnesses including numerous cooperating defendants, several of whom have either already pled guilty or have agreed to do so in the future; (iii) the results of search warrants on email, cloud and social media accounts including those of MISKE; (iv) audio recordings of controlled purchases of drug transactions which transpired at KTPC; (v) court-authorized Title III wiretap interceptions of wire and electronic communications on Enterprise members’ cellphones; (vi) the results of search warrants executed at physical locations and on vehicles which resulted in the seizure of drugs, firearms, handcuffs, zip ties, police issued body armor, ski masks, a gun scope, ammunition, duct tape and chloropicrin, the chemical used in the nightclub attacks; and (vi) hours of physical and electronic surveillance conducted by law enforcement on MISKE and Enterprise members. These items corroborated, in many ways, the grand jury testimony of victims, civilian witnesses and cooperating defendants, many of whom the United States expects will testify at any trial against MISKE and the Enterprise….

See: MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO DETAIN DEFENDANT MICHAEL J. MISKE, JR.

read … Weighing the apparent evidence against the Miske Enterprise

State: At least 182 people have been arrested for violating quarantine order

HNN: … The state said at least 182 people have been arrested so far in the islands for violating the 14-day mandatory quarantine for all incoming travelers.

The figure does not include the total number arrested by the Honolulu Police Department….

Officials said a team of 80 workers from several agencies are following up with quarantined visitors and residents. More than 7,000 people are still actively being tracked as of Friday.

The team makes phone calls, sends emails and also does home or hotel visits….

KHON: COVID study: Hawaii is one of the least prepared states for hospital capacity

read … State: At least 182 people have been arrested for violating quarantine order

Soft on Crime Crowd Finds New Hope for First COVID Case in Arizona Prison

CB: … State officials say no Hawaii prisoners have tested positive but 80 Hawaii inmates have been put in quarantine….

WHT: DPS: No confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Hawaii inmate population in Arizona

SA: 80 Hawaii inmates quarantined for COVID-19 in private Arizona prison

read … Arizona Prison That Houses Hawaii Inmates Reports COVID-19 Cases

‘Essential’ Maui Lab Keeping People Doped up

MN: … New products come amid pandemic, uptick in medical cannabis registrations statewide ….

read … Medical cannabis company works to stay ahead of curve

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