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Fourth official charged in wastewater bribery scheme

A fourth public official has been charged by federal prosecutors with corrupt solicitation and acceptance of bribes for allegedly taking money from a Honolulu wastewater executive in exchange for awarding sole-source contracts to his company. Read more

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                                Patrick Tuputala
Suspect in fatal Ewa Beach shooting surrenders

State sheriff’s deputies helped negotiate the surrender of Ewa Beach murder suspect Patrick Tuputala through a confidential source shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. Read more

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Judge weighs arguments in short-term rental lawsuit

A federal court judge heard arguments Friday regarding a motion through which five community groups are seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance asking for an order to stop the city from enforcing a new law that increases the minimum allowable stay to 90 days from 30 days. Read more

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Man, 23, facing federal charges in meth sales

A 23-year-old man under federal investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for his alleged role in a drug trafficking organization made his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday Read more

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                                Police Chief Arthur “Joe” Logan speaks at a news conference held at the Honolulu Police Department’s Alapai headquarters.
Rules for concealed-carry weapon license are finalized

Honolulu police will process applications and likely issue a first batch of concealed-carry weapon licenses before the City Council votes on legislation that outlines where guns can and cannot be carried on Oahu, police Chief Arthur “Joe” Logan confirmed Tuesday. Read more

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Officer in Makaha crash case granted city lawyer

A Honolulu police officer accused of leading two colleagues on a high-speed chase that allegedly caused a car crash that severely injured the driver and five passengers was granted taxpayer-funded legal counsel by the Honolulu Police Commission. Read more

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                                Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and United States Courthouse, U.S. District Court, 300 Ala Moana Blvd.
Waikiki man indicted for unregistered firearm

A Waikiki man who led police on a car chase that ended with officials confiscating a loaded unregistered assault rifle stashed in the vehicle’s trunk pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court. Read more

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                                 The Visitor Industry Public Safety Coalition held a Visitor Public Safety Conference at the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Thursday. A panel on substance abuse and mental health was moderated by Rick Egged, president, Waikiki Improvement Association, left, with Melanie Boehm, divisional social services director, Salvation Army; Jennifer Hickman, director of operations, Institute for Human Services; and Jill Wright, director of philanthropy and community relations, Institute for Human Services.
Crime down in Waikiki, police tell safety summit

Crime in Waikiki is down in every category but theft so far this year as hotels, businesses, police, social service providers and government partner to ensure a mix of enforcement and programs help to ensure public safety. Read more

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Meth runner for ex-Kauai Council member gets 3-year term

A 41-year-old Kauai man who agreed to run drugs and collect money for a drug trafficking organization headed by a former Kauai County Council member and supplied by Samoan gang members, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in federal prison. Read more


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