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Hilo remembers federal firefighter

A procession of county, state and federal first responder vehicles paraded through the front streets of Hilo on Sunday in memory of National Park Service fire Capt. Brian Hughes. Read More

Police open investigation into cause of Kailua fire

Honolulu police have opened an investigation into a fire at the Kailua home of the owner of the company that recently took over the Waikiki Beach concessions, although the Honolulu Fire Department is unable to determine the cause. Read More

Keauhou Ranch fire 51 percent contained

The National Park Service says the Keauhou Ranch fire continues to burn within the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park but has not spread thanks to favorable weather and the efforts of firefighters. Read More

Man dies in 1-vehicle crash on H-1

An unidentified male motorist died early today in a one-vehicle crash on the H-1 Freeway near Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Read More

Ewa Beach man admits to witness tampering

A 30-year-old Ewa Beach man admitted that he tried to discourage a witness from testifying in the upcoming federal sex trafficking trial of former Delaware death row inmate Isaiah McCoy. Read More

Captain guilty of assault for stabbing crew member

The captain of an oil tanker pleaded guilty to assault in state court Monday for fatally stabbing one of his crew members aboard the ship while it was docked in Honolulu Harbor. Read More

Hawaii to appeal opinion on open-carry firearms

The state appears to be getting ready to appeal last month’s 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion striking down the portion of Hawaii’s firearm licensing law that effectively prohibits carrying a firearm in public. Read More

Accused fatal hit-and-run driver at Hauula Shopping Center bus stop pleads no contest

The accused driver of a sport utility vehicle that crashed into a bus stop fronting Hauula Shopping Center in December pleaded no contest in state court Thursday to negligent homicide, negligent injury and two charges of fleeing the scene. Read More

Smuggled money belongs to founder of Philippine-based megachurch

The hundreds of thousands of dollars a Hawaii representative of a Philippine-based megachurch is accused of trying to smuggle to the Philippines aboard a private jet belongs to the church founder and longtime friend of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, according to an indictment a federal grand jury returned Thursday. Read More

Kroc Center preschool director fired over report

The Salvation Army says the former director of its Kroc Keiki Learning Center preschool near Kapolei received a report that a teacher may have been mistreating students as early as March 2017 but never told supervisors or police. Read More

Former Schofield soldier gets 15 years for ‘sextorting’ 12-year-old girl

A 14-year-old girl who had traveled with her mother from England sat in a Honolulu courtroom Monday clutching a white and gray teddy bear as a federal judge considered sentencing recommendations for the man who had blackmailed her into sending him sexually explicit photographs of herself. Read More

Accused Big Island kidnapper claims entrapment

A 42-year-old Big Island man accused of kidnapping his daughter from the girl’s mother in Nicaragua and using another daughter’s passport to smuggle the girl into the United States wants to tell a federal jury that the government tricked him into breaking the law. Read More

Weekend rule does apply to tax appeals

If the deadline to file an appeal to Honolulu property tax assessment falls on the weekend or a holiday, the appeals may be filed on the next business day, the Hawaii Supreme Court said in an opinion handed down Friday. Read More

Kaiser parent pleads no contest to assault on football coach

The parent whose profanity-laced confrontation with the head football coach cut short last year’s Kaiser High School football season is no longer fighting the charges against him. Read More

Attempted murder defendant pleads guilty to assault

A man who plowed his car into a group of teenagers at a house party in Ewa Beach in 2016 pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree assault and attempted assault in a plea deal with the state. Read More

Federal appeals court strikes down state’s firearm law

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the Hawaii legal requirement for getting a license to carry a firearm in public violates the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms for self-defense. Read More

3 charged as accomplices to accused Big Isle cop killer

Three people who were in the sport utility vehicle involved in Friday’s shooting that left accused cop killer Justin Waiki dead and a police officer injured are charged with being accomplices to the attempted murder of the officer. Read More