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Feds release Katherine Kealoha’s secret texts

Former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha sent secret messages of support to a defendant in a drug-dealing case Kealoha was prosecuting, according to documents released Wednesday by federal prosecutors. Read More

Katherine Kealoha, brother released after pleading not guilty in drug case

The two are charged in a case of distributing prescription opioids and other drugs, and conspiracy to cover up the alleged crime. Read More

Katherine Kealoha charged with drug conspiracy cover-up

A federal grand jury charged Kealoha and her brother, Dr. Rudolph Puana, who is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor, of conspiring with others to distribute prescription pain medication oxycodone and fentanyl and the anti-­anxiety drug alprazolam. Read More

New federal indictment accuses Katherine Kealoha of drug distribution conspiracy

The indictment, which a grand jury returned Thursday, accuses Kealoha of conspiring with her physician brother and others to improperly distribute prescription pain and anti-anxiety drugs. Read More

Suspect is ID’d and charged in Wahiawa hit-and-run

A convicted felon, who already was awaiting trial in state court in another case for attempted murder, is facing additional charges for a fatal hit-and-run crash in Whitmore Village. Read More

Former broadcaster John Noland caused own death, defendant says

The homeless man accused of recklessly killing John Noland told a state jury the longtime Hawaii sports broadcaster fell backward while trying to take his backpack. Read More

Searchers find some wreckage from copter crash off Molokai

Searchers have recovered some of the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared off Molokai, says the lawyer for the parents of one of two men who were aboard the flight training aircraft. Read More

Truck hit pedestrians at 51 mph at Kakaako traffic island, police say

In his haste to flee from a pursuing police officer, Alins Sumang drove around and passed a Honolulu Fire Department rescue unit responding to a call, the police officer testified Monday in Sumang’s preliminary hearing on three counts of manslaughter. Read More

Truck hit pedestrians at 51 mph at Kakaako traffic island, police say

After more than three hours of testimony, Honolulu District Judge Melanie May found probable cause to sustain three counts of manslaughter against Alins Sumang and to send the case on for trial. Read More

Jilted fiance wins appeal over ring

A state appeals court says a judge in Kona should not have found in favor of a woman whose jilted fiance sued to get back the engagement ring he gave her. Read More

Prosecutor moves to dismiss charges in failed OHA takeover

The city prosecutor has filed papers in Honolulu District court to dismiss misdemeanor charges against five men who were arrested in a failed attempt to seize the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, paving the way for the state to pursue more serious charges. Read More

Government discloses Kealoha co-defendant’s statement

The statement Kealoha co-defendant Gordon Shiraishi made to the Honolulu Ethics Commission and wants thrown out is the same lie he later told the FBI and a federal grand jury, the government says in its response to Shiraishi’s request. Read More

Honolulu police officers volunteered to testify in Kealoha case

Lower-ranking police officers asked to be subpoenaed for the Honolulu Ethics Commission’s investigation into then- Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his then- deputy prosecutor wife, Katherine Kealoha, according to documents the Kealohas recently disclosed in their upcoming federal conspiracy and obstruction trial. Read More

Hawaii Judiciary responds to Trevor Ozawa’s conflict of interest allegation

If Honolulu City Council candidate Trevor Ozawa thought Hawaii Supreme Court justices had conflicts of interest with his opponent Tommy Waters, he could have objected before they participated in deciding on Waters’ election challenge, the state Judiciary said. Read More

Prosecutor moves to dismiss charges in failed OHA takeover

The city prosecutor has filed papers in Honolulu District court to dismiss misdemeanor charges against five men who were arrested in a failed attempt to seize the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, paving the way for the state to pursue more serious charges. Read More

Man charged in fatal crash had prior DUIs

A 25-year-old man accused of killing one of his passengers in a drunken driving crash near Keaau Beach Park had two prior DUI cases against him dismissed because the prosecutor wasn’t ready when the cases came up for trial, according to state court records. Read More

Honolulu contractor admits to bribery

Honolulu Zoning Board of Appeals member Frank James Lyon admitted Tuesday in U.S. District Court that he paid cash bribes to a state agency official to secure a $2.5 million state contract for his company. Read More

Emergency food available Tuesday to federal workers

Volunteers expect to hand out emergency bags of food Tuesday to 150-300 federal workers on Oahu affected by the partial federal government shutdown. Read More

Maui man dies in 1-car crash

A 35-year-old Pukalani man died Saturday in a one-car crash in Kihei. Read More

Honolulu executive charged with paying $240,000 bribe to state official to gain big contract

The owner of a local civil engineering company who is also a member of the Honolulu Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to admit in U.S. District Court next week that he bribed government officials of the Federated States of Micronesia and a state of Hawaii agency to secure contracts worth millions for his company. Read More

Man charged with stealing mail from post office boxes

A second person has been arrested and charged with stealing mail from post office boxes at the Downtown Honolulu post office on Merchant Street. Read More

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