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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Feds Bust Two Restaurants for Failure to Pay Overtime
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 2450 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 :: 2639 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 :: 2694 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 :: 2062 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 :: 3487 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 :: 2414 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 :: 6570 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 :: 12442 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Law Enforcement

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

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Rethinking prosecution: How San Francisco's Failure can be Imported to Honolulu
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1718 Views :: Law Enforcement

... the University of Hawaiʻi Better (Worse) Tomorrow Speaker Series will host a live, online conversation featuring San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm and federal public defender Minda Yamaga ....

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Foster Care Insurance Policy Written to Keep CWS Secrets
By Andrew Walden @ 4:04 PM :: 3662 Views :: Family, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... the policy specifically excludes any liability coverage for sexual or physical abuse, leaving the taxpayers on the hook for damages ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
State Wins $1.5M Judgment in Mortgage Rescue Fraud Case
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 1964 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Guinn had tricked the couple into signing over the deed to their property ....

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Foster Children in Hawaii and Their Right to Counsel
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 4068 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... Hawaii is the only state in the nation that has a judicial procedure in place to ensure the legal rights of our most vulnerable population are protected; a little-known 2014 Family Court Tort Protocol mandated by Judge Mark Browning ....

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
10-year-old girl arrested at Honowai Elem School--ACLU Demands $500K
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 4741 Views :: Education K-12, Law Enforcement

... a parent complained to school officials about a sketch N.B. and other students had drawn in response to another student bullying N.B. The parent unreasonably insisted that school officials call the police ....

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
Six Sovereignty Scammers Could Get 10 years Prison
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 3945 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... all connected to Keanu Sai collaborator Rose Dradi .... 

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
The Island of Abandoned Cars
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 AM :: 2537 Views :: Environment, Law Enforcement

... For example, in November 2020, they had to move almost 400 cars and 700 tires from Makuu, in Puna District ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Big Win for Mafia: Biden Appoints AG Connors US Attorney
By News Release @ 4:09 PM :: 4584 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Law Enforcement

... As AG, Connors did zero for the manifold corruption and mafia cases rocking Hawaii’s political establishment.  That's why Schatz and Hirono recommended her .... 

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Saturday, September 25, 2021
More Sovereignty Scammers Busted: Two Individuals Charged in Hawaii Tax Conspiracy
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 4447 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... Another sovereignty scammer busted ....

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Friday, September 24, 2021
Supreme Court Allows Investigation of Anti-Telescope Group
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 3071 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Law Enforcement

... In a unanimous 5-0 decision, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled that the Hawai‘i Attorney General was fully authorized to issue a subpoena to obtain the bank records of the non-profit organization KAHEA ....

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021
PSD: 12% More Criminals Vaccinated
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 2283 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... Total statewide percentage of fully vaccinated inmates on September 14 = 66% ....

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Hirono Pushes DoJ to Enforce 'COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act'
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 2685 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... Four Months After COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act Became Law, Hirono and Meng Ask DOJ for Updates on Implementation ....

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Child Molester: State Gives Probation, Feds Give 11 Yrs
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 2086 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Registered sex offender sentenced to 11 years in prison for attempted sexual enticement of 13 year-old and possession of child pornography ....

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Monday, September 20, 2021
Life Sentence? State Releases Criminal to his Mommy -- then Feds Take Over
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 3023 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

... In 2020 Wilson was already out on the street after his 2019 sentencing to '10 years' in the State case ....

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Tourist Busted after Lifting Turtle out of Sea and not Eating it
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 3540 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... tourist fails to uphold traditional Hawaiian cultural practices ....

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Sunday, August 8, 2021
A Policy Statement About Fines
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3277 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Law Enforcement

... Bill 17 would allow the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting to record liens against property and then to foreclose on the liens....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
Eviction Ban Extension Only Applies to People who Apply for Aid
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2687 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, COVID-19

... The CDC’s Eviction Order only applies to “covered persons.” To be eligible, tenants/renters must attest that they have used best efforts to obtain all available governmental assistance for housing ....

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Monday, August 2, 2021
Ethics: DOCARE Officers Fix Personal Vehicle During Work Hours
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 2627 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... the repairs took several hours and occurred during state business hours and on state property ....

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Sunday, August 1, 2021
Property Forfeitures and What Our AG is Doing About Them
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2580 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... property may be forfeited without a court hearing, without compensation, and at times, without even a criminal charge filed against the property owner. ...

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Victorino signs agreements with Expedia and Airbnb to curb illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 3302 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

... Both platforms will now require host-provided tax map key numbers to appear on online listings ....

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Kauai Woman Pleads Guilty To Multiple Wire Fraud Schemes And Aggravated Identity Theft
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 3108 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Federal prosecutors say she stole from Kamehameha Schools students needing financial aid and from Gates Millennium Scholars. The government also accuses her of stealing information from a non-profit mobile health unit for Native Hawaiians on Kauai ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Asset Forfeiture Audit: After 30 years Program Finally Gets Administrative Rules
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:20 PM :: 2454 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... the program was unable to accurately account for forfeited property ....

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Monday, July 19, 2021
Ha'ena 'Adaptive Tourism' Plan Starts with Lots of Expensive Parking Tickets
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 2841 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... The HSP Master Plan caps daily visitation at Hāʻena to 900 people ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Miske News: Union Boss Gets Greedy -- Almost Pays Price in Blood
By Andrew Walden @ 7:44 PM :: 7536 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... Akau said the problem involved hiring for jobs on the docks, and that removing Victim 12 “would help the flow of jobs onto the docks.”…

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Hawaii: Harshest penalties for underage drivers with DUI
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2397 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... The cost to insure underage and 30-year-old drivers increases by 214% on average after just one violation ....

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Monday, July 12, 2021
Groundbreaking for New Women's Jail
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 2048 Views :: Law Enforcement

“...This is the first major correctional facility construction project since the Halawa Medium Security Facility was completed in 1998....”

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Hawaii AG Announces sexual assault evidence collection kit tracking system
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 1818 Views :: Law Enforcement

... The tracking system is designed to allow survivors of sexual assault to obtain up-to-date information on the status of their sexual assault evidence collection kits, from collection through testing, and to do so in an anonymous way ....

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
Embezzlement, Bribery: Hawaii Non-Profit Executive Sentenced to 46 Months of Imprisonment
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 5495 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Ethics, Law Enforcement, OHA, COVID-19

... Hawaii Non-Profit Executive Sentenced to 46 Months of Imprisonment for Embezzling Over $500,000 from AmeriCorps and for Agreeing to Receive a Bribe for Approving $845,000 in CARES Act Grants ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Pimp Foolishly Leaves Hawaii--Ends up in Federal Prison
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 2768 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Convicted in Milwaukee, Hawaii pimp faces a maximum life term of imprisonment and a mandatory minimum of 15 years ....

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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Cockfighting Arrests on Molokai - The investigation and arrests were long in coming
By Video @ 11:13 PM :: 3287 Views :: Maui County, Gambling, Law Enforcement

... Police reported seizing more than $160,000 in cash, along with gambling ledgers and paraphernalia, from an illegal cockfighting derby attended by 300 to 400 people last month on Molokai ....

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021
DOJ: Chinese Money Laundering Buys Big Island Properties
By News Release @ 12:50 PM :: 4257 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Law Enforcement

... routed the proceeds of these schemes through at least six pieces of real estate on the Island of Hawaii ....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
Another Hawaii Couple Indicted in Sovereignty-Related Tax Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 4690 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... The Hawvers and the Chocks were plaintiffs alongside Rose Dradi, a Keanu Sai-Dexter Kiama collaborator, in a now-dismissed Sept 7, 2018 lawsuit claiming the IRS had no legal authority to collect taxes from them ....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
Public Hearing for Red Light Cam Rules
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 1787 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 9-11 a.m. ....

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Friday, June 4, 2021
Don't criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 2535 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results .... 

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Fixing Hawaii's COVID-19 citation nightmare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 AM :: 2545 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... A look at SB540 ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
Kenji Price Joins DC Law Firm
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 2259 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Former Honolulu Federal Prosecutor Kenji Price Will Help Clients Minimize Risk and Tackle Increased Enforcement Activity ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Facial Imaging Now Operational at Five Hawaii Airports
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 3244 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

... Airports Division announces the operation of Phase III of the thermal temperature screening and facial imaging project at Hawaii’s five major airports that accept trans-Pacific flights ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Arrested at Airport: Nigerian Prince Allegedly Defrauded Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 4100 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... the arrestee is a senior aide to the Governor of the Nigerian State of Ogun, just outside Lagos ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
VIDEO: Molotov Cocktails at Hawaii Supreme Court, Attorney General Office
By Video @ 2:09 AM :: 4587 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... Eric Stroeve, arrested for alleged arson of Supreme Court, had been arrested multiple times on Oahu--including for assault on HPD officers in Feb 2020--but not jailed because of COVID sanctions ordered by the very same Supreme Court he allegedly firebombed ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Steven B. Merrill Named Special Agent in Charge of the Honolulu Field Office
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 5648 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Mr. Merrill most recently served as a financial crimes section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Biometric Controls for International Arrivals at Honolulu Airport
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 3051 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

... fulfills a Congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens ....

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Monday, May 3, 2021
Special Agents Check 3,200 Hotel Rooms for Quarantine Violators
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 2627 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... As part of last Friday’s operation, special agents visited 10 hotels ....

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