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Bars involved in Waikiki death, Pro Bowler fracas investigated

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 12:57 p.m. HST, Feb 01, 2013

The Honolulu Liquor Commission is investigating whether the 22-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier, who was shot and killed while trying to evade police in Waikiki last month, was served alcohol after he was drunk.

Amy Pfc. Gregory Gordon's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit to drive when he evaded police early in the morning of Jan. 15 and smashed a truck into police cars moments before he was killed.

Liquor Commission investigators believe they know the bar on Kuhio Avenue where Gordon was drinking, a spokesman said, but declined to identify the establishment. Investigators have identified witnesses and plan to audit receipts from several establishments where Gordon was known to frequent.

Gordon used the Dodge Ram truck he was driving to ram, several times, police vehicles that had boxed him in on Ala Wai Boulevard. Three officers were hospitalized with minor injuries. 

Police said Gordon had a blood alcohol level of 0.196, nearly 2 1⁄2 times the legal limit for driving.

Gordon’s family believes his heavy drinking and other behavior resulted from post-traumatic stress disorder. Gordon was a fire support specialist with the 3rd Squadron assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, which deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 and returned in January 2012. He was awaiting a discharge.

The liquor commission also is investigating the fight that occurred Jan. 24 at the M Nightclub in Restaurant Row where Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams was hit on the head with a dangerous instrument, reportedly a Champagne bottle. Williams, who was here to play in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, needed stitches for his head injury and was forced to miss the game.

Three men, including M Nightclub part-owner Michael Miske, Jr., were arrested and charged with assault. Miske, 38, is free on $250,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in state court Monday for arraignment on his second-degree assault charge.

Michael Buntendah, 40, of Kaneohe, was arrested for misdemeanor third-degree assault early Jan. 25 at Waterfront Plaza, John Blane Kenui Stancil, 25, of Waimanalo was arrested Monday on two counts of misdemeanor assault. Police released Buntendah after he posted $150 bail and released Stancil after he posted $200 bail. Buntendah is scheduled to appear in Honolulu District Court on Feb. 21. Stancil's court appearance is Feb. 25.

Another owner of the club declined to say whether Buntendah and Stancil are nightclub employees.

Miske's lawyer said NFL players at the club were being unruly and rude Thursday night, and that there were reports of players smoking marijuana. An NFL spokesman declined to respond to Otake’s comment, referring all questions to Honolulu police.

Other than the last week’s incident involving Williams, the liquor commission has no other investigations into the operations of the M Nightclub, a spokesman said.

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allie wrote:
Yes, there is a lot to investigate. Too much shibai going on in the night life scene
on February 1,2013 | 09:55AM
turbolink wrote:
You claim to be a 20 year old coed, which many of us doubt. But let's say you are. You seem to have a lot of first hand knowledge of the local club scene, and especially "cheap bottles of overpriced champaign." What's a minor doing in clubs? Quoting a fellow poster, the truth shall set you free.
on February 1,2013 | 04:24PM
honopic wrote:
I second that, turbolink. And since when did "allie" from ND start using "shibai" in her/his? posts?
on February 1,2013 | 05:53PM
kainalu wrote:
How's about investigating themselves? While only a minority owner, it appears that the commish gave a liquor license to an establsihment in which at least one of it's owners was a convicted felon. Something seriously wrong with that picture.
on February 1,2013 | 09:56AM
Bdpapa wrote:
It was stated that he could be part omner at less than25% ownership. He has 20%. Personally, I think there are other establishments with the same situation.
on February 1,2013 | 11:01AM
Wazdat wrote:
AGREE, CORRUPTION runs amock in da islands
on February 1,2013 | 12:55PM
Oahuan wrote:
Big black dude being rude, smoking weed. Hit over head with champagne bottle. Perfect logic.
on February 1,2013 | 11:02AM
jm3 wrote:
racist much?
on February 1,2013 | 11:04AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Perfect logic would be to call the police. They're trained to deal with big dudes, black or green.
on February 1,2013 | 11:16AM
allie wrote:
the well known racism against blacks in this town are all well known. It is a stain on Hawaii's past and a threat to its future. It should not be allowed
on February 1,2013 | 12:50PM
Imagen wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on February 1,2013 | 12:57PM
hilopango wrote:
Thank you, Imagen...my sentiments exactly.
on February 1,2013 | 01:18PM
allie wrote:
I am speaking the truth and you know it
on February 1,2013 | 02:26PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ALL-LIE - the TRUTH is such a foreign concept to you that should you ever speak it you would suffer a massive stroke and die on the spot. http://girlinthenorthcountry.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/race-and-racism-in-north-dakota/
on February 1,2013 | 02:35PM
fishwrider wrote:
you're a guy pretending to be a UH coed. How honest can you be?
on February 1,2013 | 03:42PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ALL-LIE - racism would be something you are well acquainted with as you are normally the first to foment racial hatred. Given where you claim to be from it's not surprising http://girlinthenorthcountry.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/race-and-racism-in-north-dakota/
on February 1,2013 | 02:26PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
on February 1,2013 | 02:27PM
honopic wrote:
"the well known racism .... are all well known." Huh? Just when I thought you couldn't make a more ignorant comment, you prove me wrong, whoever the "allie" you are. How many more years do you think you can masquerade as a UH student?
on February 1,2013 | 05:59PM
lowtone123 wrote:
What are the odds that Pfc Gregory Gordon being at the M Nightclub on the evening of Jan 14th into the morning of Jan 15th?
on February 1,2013 | 11:36AM
Sunny wrote:
None, there looking at a bar on Kuhio Ave. in Waikiki.
on February 1,2013 | 12:25PM
cojef wrote:
Old news that has been hashed over. Once the Liquor Commision gets involved?????? Dunno!
on February 1,2013 | 12:02PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Oh the Liquor Commission. In the good ole days, the liquor commissioners used to drink in the back booths at hostess bars with the money they collected from making their rounds.
on February 1,2013 | 12:37PM
maximus wrote:
Soooooo, True......All the Bar Girls still drink, make money from drinks, and dont pay taxes on those $20.00 drinks.....
on February 1,2013 | 01:48PM
allie wrote:
on February 1,2013 | 02:27PM
turbolink wrote:
You seem to know a lot about this Allie. What's a 20 year old doing in bars?
on February 1,2013 | 04:29PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
allie has to go somewhere to quench his thirst during long nights strolling Kuhio Ave.
on February 1,2013 | 04:54PM
LadyNinja wrote:
OMG, thank you HPD for investigating. Too much people say that HPD didn't have to shoot, perhaps, but all the facts not out on the \table yet. Shame on everyone who make negative comments without ALL OF THE FACTS. Condolences to the family.
on February 1,2013 | 02:04PM
MichaelDaly1 wrote:
Gotta love the military occupation of Hawaii - We love big Uncle Sam type events like PRO Bowl that indoctrinate the population and destroy 'aina culture - where under-the-surface time bombs lurk in young USA security personnel like a will for suicide and death in the house of once-aloha - When is Christopher Deedy's case coming up ? - the secret service agent who shot dead the local Kollins in McDonald's restaurant during the other big event - APEC 2011.
on February 1,2013 | 03:58PM
sjean wrote:
I believe it was the alii of the Kingdom of Hawaii which sold its' polytheistic soul to non-American Christian missionaries well before 1893.
on February 1,2013 | 04:44PM
turbolink wrote:
...and all this time Allie has been claiming to sell pizza in Waikiki...
on February 1,2013 | 05:08PM
nitpikker wrote:
i don't see what difference it would make. if he wanted to drink more he would just go to a store to get more liquor!
on February 1,2013 | 04:37PM
Dawg wrote:
Shut the places down if they are not incompliance time after time.
on February 1,2013 | 04:42PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
and heavy heavy fine to the specific person that served them the drink
on February 3,2013 | 06:45AM
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