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Nightclub owner pleads not guilty in assault on Pro Bowler

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 4:58 p.m. HST, Feb 4, 2013

Minority nightclub owner Michael Miske Jr. today denied assaulting Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams at a Waterfront Plaza nightclub early Jan. 25.

Miske, 38, was charged Jan. 28 with second-degree assault. He is out on $250,000 bail.

After entering a plea of not guilty, Miske’s trial was set for the week of April 8 before Circuit Judge Michael Wilson.

According to police, Miske struck Williams, who was in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, on the head with a dangerous instrument, reportedly a Champagne bottle, during a fight. The incident took place at Miske’s M Nightclub. Williams was unable to participate in the game due to his injuries.

Two other men — Michael Buntendah and John Stancil — also were charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with the fight. They will be arraigned in District Court at the end of the month.

After the fight, police seized the Waterfront Plaza’s surveillance digital video recorder under a search warrant. The Honolulu Liquor Commission also is investigating the nightclub.

Miske, who is also the owner and president of Kamaaina Termite and Pest Control, has an extensive criminal history that includes 10 convictions — six for felonies — dating back to 1993.

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