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Schofield soldier gets 25 years for trying to help Islamic State

A federal judge sentenced Schofield Barracks soldier Ikaika Erik Kang to 25 years in prison Tuesday for trying to help the Islamic State group, or IS. Read More

Hawaii soldier who threatened to shoot up Waikiki sentenced to 25 years for trying to aid Islamic State

A federal judge sentenced Schofield Barracks soldier Ikaika Erik Kang to 25 years in prison today for trying to help the Islamic State group, or IS. Read More

Former missile range worker charged with stealing more than $300,000

A former clerk at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai is expected to plead guilty in federal court to a charge accusing her of stealing more than $300,000 from the federal government. Read More

Woman charged with attempted murder

Police say she stabbed a 25-year-old woman in Pearl City. Read More

State sued over services for autistic students

An organization authorized by federal law to advocate for people with disabilities is suing the state for failure to provide necessary services to public school students with autism. Read More

Consumers sue maker of ‘Hawaiian’ potato chips

A Hawaii man and California woman have filed a class-­action lawsuit against a company that sells “Hawaiian” potato chips because they say the chips are made in Washington state of ingredients not from Hawaii. Read More
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Former Kailua dentist Lilly Geyer found not guilty in child’s death

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A state jury this afternoon found former Kailua dentist Lilly Geyer not guilty on all charges in the death of 3-year-old Finley Boyle. Read More

Hauula victim was shot in heart with bang stick

It was a shot to the heart from a device used by fishermen and alligator hunters that killed a man in Hauula last week, Deputy Prosecutor Duane Kokesch told a state judge Wednesday. Read More

Ex-prison guard charged in three inmates’ assaults

A former state prison guard has been charged with sexually assaulting three women inmates. Read More

State invokes Kaulana’s Law in Mokuleia hit-and-run

City prosecutors are applying for the first time a new state law that allows judges to double the sentence of a driver convicted of first-degree negligent homicide for also fleeing. Read More

Trolley driver had high alcohol level at time of fatal collision, Honolulu police say

The driver of the trolley that struck and killed an elderly pedestrian in Kakaako on Thursday had a blood alcohol concentration of more than twice the legal threshold for drunken driving, according to Honolulu police reports. Read More

Jury weighs Kailua dentist’s manslaughter case

The state jurors in the manslaughter trial of former Kailua dentist Lilly Geyer deliberated for about 2-1/2 hours Monday without a verdict before going home for the day. Read More

Ex-dentist says she tried everything to save 3-year-old patient

Former Kailua dentist Lilly Geyer told a state jury Thursday that she did everything she could to save 3-year-old Finley Boyle. Read More

Missteps lead to dismissal of sex trafficking case

Former death row inmate Isaiah McCoy heaped praise on his own legal skills Tuesday after federal prosecutors dropped their sex trafficking case against him. Read More

Former death row inmate Isaiah McCoy goes free after sex trafficking charges dropped

Former death row inmate Isaiah McCoy is a free man after the government dropped its sex trafficking case against him. Read More

Class-action lawsuit filed over hotel strike lodgings

A North Carolina doctor and his wife have filed a class-action lawsuit against Marriott International and Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts for not telling them that the workers in their hotel were on strike before they came here on their honeymoon. Read More

Man told police he killed uncle with baseball bat at Pearl City home

When police found accused killer Thomas Arakaki, he was in the same bedroom as the body of his alleged victim, Deputy Prosecutor Ashley Tanaka told a state judge Wednesday. Read More

Kahaluu victim had been stabbed in chest

The 23-year-old man whose body was found in a shipping container in Kahaluu last week had been stabbed in the chest, a deputy prosecutor told a state judge on Wednesday. Read More

Assistant says dentist told her not to get help when girl stopped breathing

A dental assistant told a state jury Wednesday that when she asked her boss, former Kailua dentist Dr. Lilly Geyer, if she should get help during an emergency involving 3-year-old Finley Boyle, Geyer told her no. Read More

Man guilty of attempt to murder motorist

A state jury deliberated the equivalent of a full day before finding Brandon Reis guilty Monday of the attempted murder of a man who, in his haste to flee, got pinned under his own car and died. Read More

Prostitution charges against alleged ‘johns’ in Honolulu dropped

About a dozen alleged “johns” are having state prostitution charges against them dismissed because of a temporary defect in the law. Read More

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