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Attorney for Portlock madam said his client was set up by ICE agent

Malia Arciero

HONOLULU - The attorney for Malia Arciero, a madam who operated her business out of the elite Oahu neighborhood Portlock for about a decade, will go to court Thursday, Oct. 23, to attempt to get drug possession and drug dealing charges against her dismissed. Arciero, who said her elite escort business offered prostitution services to some […]

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Investigator prevented from pursing criminal cases against companies scamming Hawaii's elderly and visitors

Aquilino "Aku" Idao, Supervisory Investigator State of Hawaii-DCCA-OCP

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Some Hawaii companies are taking advantage of visitors and elderly residents, but state officials are thwarting attempts to investigate, a supervisor with the state Department of Commerce says. Aquilino “Aku” Idao, of the department’s Consumer Affairs’ office, has filed a complaint with two state Senate committee chairman. Idao, who has worked in law enforcement […]

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Matson to pay $1 million for Honolulu molasses spill under plea agreement

GOO: The molasses spill impacted sealife in Ke’ehi Lagoon, seen here, and Honolulu Harbor

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Matson Terminals Inc., the company responsible for spilling 220,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor in September 2013, has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor violations of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, court records show. The molasses spill killed 26,000 fish and much of the reef in Honolulu Harbor […]

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

No consequences for key politician in Kauai dam breach tragedy

MaryAnn Kusaka

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KILAUEA, KAUAI – Retired Auto Dealer Jimmy Pflueger was sentenced to 7 months in prison Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He pleaded “no contest” to a Reckless Endangering charge filed against him by the state attorney in Nov. 2008 after his dam breached on March 14, 2006, killing 7 people. The state […]

October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii worst for tax burdens, report says

money

HONOLULU — Hawaii ranks worst in three major categories in the seventh annual "Rich States, Poor States" report, which tracks states’ economic policies based on 15 policy areas. Hawaii has no sales tax; residents pay a general excise tax for goods and services, including food, medical services and medical prescriptions, and the taxes are imposed at every level. Hawaii […]

October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Pflueger sentenced in Kauai dam breach tragedy that killed 7 people

James Pflueger

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - LIHUE, KAUAI –  More than eight years after the Ka Loko Dam breached on Kauai’s North Shore killing 7 people and an unborn child, James Pflueger, the man the state said was responsible for causing the breach, was sentenced to 7 months in prison. Deputy attorney general Vince Kanemoto told Kauai’s […]

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Pflueger sends inflammatory letter to victim of Kauai dam breach

James Pflueger

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KILAUEA, KAUAI – Just hours before Jimmy Pflueger is sentenced on a “Reckless Endangering” felony charge brought against him by the state after his Ka Loko Dam breached on March 14, 2006, killing 7 people, Hawaii Reporter has obtained an inflammatory letter Pflueger wrote last month to one of the victims. […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii students get gift cards to participate in sex education program

NOT THE THREE R’S: McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state’s public schools. (file photo)

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies gives gift cards to middle school students who participate in a controversial sex education program. The gift cards, valued at between $10 and $20 each, are issued to 11, 12 and 13-year-olds who participate in Pono Choices. About $52,200 of a $5 million […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Pilot pleads guilty to unlawfully entering secure area of Honolulu Airport

US District Court - Hawaii

HONOLULU – Joshu Osmanski pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to unlawfully entering the secure area of Honolulu International Airport. The former Hawaii resident who now lives in Louisiana was a pilot with Cathay Pacific Airlines until July 2012.  He also was a military veteran and served in the Navy Reserves with honor and […]

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Roadside animal farm may be casualty of Hawaii government

CAREGIVERS: The Coltons rescued more than 100 animals at their farm in Waimanalo, but they are in jeopardy of losing that property because of a government dispute.

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — A 10-year battle in state court over a 120-acre commercial property in Waimanalo is coming to an end, but an animal farm that’s home to more than 100 abandoned animals and birds may fall as a result. The property, owned by the state Department of Hawaiian Homelands, has been leased […]

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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