Lawsuit blames Big Isle police for man’s death
The family of a Hawaii island musician who was shot and killed in 2013 is suing the Hawaii County Police Department over claims that it allowed his identity as a confidential informant to be released.
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KAILUA-KONA >> The family of a Hawaii island musician who was shot and killed in 2013 is suing the Hawaii County Police Department over claims that it allowed his identity as a confidential informant to be released.
West Hawaii Today reported last week that the lawsuit filed by Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder’s family alleges he was killed by Martin Frank Booth because the department let Ryder’s identity be leaked.
Booth was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in Ryder’s death.
At the time, authorities reported that Booth said the crime was in retaliation for an assault he believed Ryder had committed.
However, the lawsuit states that Ryder was killed because Booth learned that he had been acting as an informant against him.
The county denies responsibility for Ryder’s death.
Maui recycling event is moved to early August
The Maui Department of Environmental Management has rescheduled to Aug. 4-6 a program for East Maui residents to properly recycle items such as appliances, scrap metal, auto batteries, tires and labeled propane tanks. It originally was scheduled for June.
The Hana Metals Recycling Collection Event will be held at the Hana Landfill, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
For additional information, call the Maui Office of Abandoned Vehicles and Metals at 270-8217 or go to mauicounty.gov/ metals.