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Former Portlock madam convicted on federal drug charges

Malia Arciero

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – The former Porlock madam who said she ran an elite prostitution business for 10 years servicing celebrities, politicians and law enforcement, has been convicted on federal drug charges. A federal jury on Jan. 9 found Malia Elena Arciero guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Six weeks behind bars for seven lives? Pflueger released from prison months ahead of schedule

James Pflueger

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – James Pflueger’s Oct. 15 sentencing in Kauai’s 5th circuit court caused a great stir in the islands after he was given just seven months in prison on a reckless endangering charge. Pflueger, 89, had earlier pleaded "no contest" to recklessly causing the deaths of 7 people when his Ka Loko […]

November 29th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii doctor accused of fraud, elderly and child abuse, under investigation by RICO; He calls allegations against him a ‘litany of lies’

Daniel Susott, MD lives in Manoa where attached to his home is an exotic 6 story tree house, overlooking the Manoa stream

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – A well-known doctor who lost his medical license in California in Nov. 2013 for “unprofessional conduct, gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, making false statements on medical records and dishonest-corrupt acts,” related to issuing medical marijuana clearances, is under investigation by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Regulated […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,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 Pflueger Files,Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Exclusive: Portlock madam releases black book

Malia Arciero

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - A 33-year-old madam who operated her elite prostitution business from Portlock, one of Hawaii’s most prestigious neighborhoods, for about a decade, said her list of clientele included a former member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation, judges, a deputy prosecutor and celebrities. Malia Arciero, who is being held at the Honolulu […]

May 16th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Portlock Ex-Madam Makes Stunning Allegations in a Civil Lawsuit Against Hawaii ICE Agent

Malia Arciero

HONOLULU – A 33-year-old madam who said her elite escort business offered prostitution services to some of Hawaii’s most prominent judges, politicians and entertainers, has made stunning allegations in a civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. Malia Arciero, a Portlock […]

May 9th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation | Read More »

Pflueger's company pays $350,000 fine for 7 counts of manslaughter under controversial plea deal

James Pflueger

HONOLULU - Court documents released Wednesday by the state attorney general’s office show a company owned by retired auto dealer James Pflueger has paid $350,000 to the state of Hawaii. The money was part of a controversial plea deal that let’s Pflueger’s company, Pacific 808 Properties LP, and not Pflueger himself, take responsibility for 7 […]

April 17th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation | Read More »

Oahu Farm Fined $460,000 After U.S. Department of Labor Investigators Document "Deplorable" Conditions, Back Wages Owed

FAT LAW FARM: Hawaii's largest exporter of basil to the mainland United States and Canada.

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Fat Law Farm, which distributes herbs and vegetables to Safeway, D. Otani Produce and a number of other stores locally, and is exports 80 percent of Hawaiian-grown basil to the U.S. mainland and Canada, has been fined nearly a half a million dollars by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage […]

April 15th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii lawmaker renews fight to end or revise controversial sex ed program

Rep. Bob McDermott doesn’t want his children, who attend public school, exposed to the "Pono choices" program

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — State Rep. Bob McDermott, who enrolled his eight children in Hawaii’s public schools, doesn’t want his 11-year-old son exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program. That program is taught in 12 public schools across the state, and the Hawaii Department of Education is planning to expand the curriculum to […]

February 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation | Read More »

Marijuana export could pay off Hawaii’s unfunded liabilities, lawmaker said

Rep. Rida Cabanilla speaks to the press

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN- She promised she hasn’t inhaled, but House Majority Floor Leader Rida Cabanilla is looking to marijuana to solve some of Hawaii financial troubles. Cabanilla said she hopes to legalize cultivation, manufacturing and exporting of marijuana and marijuana food products in Hawaii to pay off the state’s billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities as well as make infrastructure […]

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation | Read More »

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