Quantcast

Tuesday, July 29, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 1 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Owner of ordnance disposal firm pleads not guilty on blast charges

By Nelson Daranciang

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 12:04 p.m. HST, Oct 04, 2012

  Dennis oda / april 9, 2011 Five men died as a result of the fireworks explosion inside the Donaldson Enterprises storage bunker at Waikele Business Center.

The boss of the five men killed in the fireworks explosion at a Waikele storage facility last year pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court this morning to charges that he had his employees dismantling fireworks without a permit.

Donaldson Enterprises owner Charles Donaldson pleaded not guilty to one conspiracy charge and 20 counts of having his employees treat hazardous waste without a permit.

Company project manager Carlton Finley pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

Donaldson’s lawyer, Thomas Otake, pleaded not guilty on behalf of the fireworks and explosives disposal company.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi scheduled trial for December.

He said Donaldson and Finley could each remain free on $100,000 unsecured, signature bond and could travel to Guam and communicate with each other for work.

Otake told Puglisi that Donaldson Enterprises has a contract with the Navy for a job on Guam on which Donaldson and Finley will be working.

Bryan Cabalce, Robert Kevin Freeman, Justin Joseph Kelii, Robert Leahey and Neil Benjamin Sprankle died Apr. 8 last year in a fireworks explosion at the company’s rented storage bunker in Waikele. 






 Print   Email   Comment | View 1 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(1)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Ignorance. 5 men killed? Owner not around. Permits expired. Flash powder is the most volatile of all explosive. Someone needs to be Guilty.
on October 4,2012 | 05:02PM
IN OTHER NEWS
Breaking News