Natalie Wood died 30 years ago in 1981 - but was her death an accident?
Natalie Wood died 30 years ago in 1981 - but was her death an accident?

LA Sheriffs: Natalie Wood Investigators to Examine Boat in Hawaii

A 30 year old mystery that rocked Hollywood and shook many Natalie Wood fans throughout the country, may be solved in Hawaii.

The Los Angeles Police Department said today that investigators will examine the boat that Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken were on the night the actress died in 1981. That boat, Splendour , is now in Hawaii.

In a written statement, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said: ‘Recently sheriff’s homicide investigators were contacted by persons who stated they had additional information about the Natalie Wood Wagner drowning. Due to the additional information, sheriff’s homicide bureau has decided to take another look at the case.”

The Hollywood Reporter said today: “The boat that carried the trio that night now resides in Hawaii, and Corina said investigators will examine it in connection with the inquiry. He declined to discuss if there was a suspicion of foul play in the incident. When asked whether investigators would interview Wagner or Walken, Corina said he wouldn’t comment on with whom investigators would speak. Corina also would not address statements by boat captain Dennis Davern, who made media rounds Friday saying he lied for Wagner during previous recounts of the evening when Wood died.”

The London Daily Mail also has an extensive report saying DNA could solve the mystery of Natalie Wood’s death.

Special Investigation: Laotians Using Visitor Visa to Work in Hawaii, But They are Being Abused in the Process

Hawaii Reporter has a special news report this week that we hope you won’t miss because it has taken months of investigation.

We have uncovered several stories about Laotian farmer workers who were convinced by recruiters in their country that they should move to Hawaii and work in farming.

But when they arrived here in this islands, they find out from they own Hawaii recruiters operating illegally here some times as much as $30,000.

Hawaii Reporter has already uncovered several shocking stories about what happens to these workers, including some who say they are being kept locked away on Oahu farms.

If you buy Hawaii produce, you may have bought something that these workers helped to grow. This is the first report in a series.

Busted: State Employee, Driving Instructor Charged Creating Fake Drivers for Illegal Aliens

Anyone who tries to obtain a drivers’ permit or licenses – especially for those under 18 years old – it is a challenging and bureaucratic process.

Now, federal law enforcement officials say Chan Park, 53, of Honolulu, and Paige Teruya, 47, of Waipahu, found a way around these rules and were using their knowledge of the process to produce fake drivers’ licenses.

On November 16, a Hawaii grand jury returned an indictment charging the pair with fraudulently producing identification documents, specifically State of Hawaii driver’s licenses.

A statement from the U.S. prosecutors said: “According to the indictment, Park, a driving instructor, conspired with Teruya, a State of Hawaii clerk at the Dillingham office of the Honolulu Driver’s License Department, to produce Hawaii driver’s licenses without lawful authority. The indictment also charges both defendants with having produced Hawaii driver’s licenses without lawful authority on three separate occasions.”

U.S. District Attorney for Hawaii, Florence Nakakuni, said Park allegedly provided Hawaii driver’s licenses to foreign citizens who were not in the United States legally for a fee. Teruya input the information into the state system and produced the driver’s licenses.

“Targeting schemes like this that enable individuals who are not in this country lawfully to obtain legitimate U.S. identity documents is a top enforcement priority for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI),” said Wayne Wills, special agent in charge for HSI in Hawaii. “This type of fraud poses a serious security vulnerability, one that often contributes to a host of other crimes – including identity theft and financial fraud. HSI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to detect, investigate and dismantle this type of activity.”

Park and Teruya could spend up to five years in prison for the conspiracy charge and up to 15 years on the other three charges. Fines up to $250,000 could be levied against them.

The pair will be in court on November 22 at 1:30 p.m. before Magistrate Judge Puglisi.

ICE HSI investigated the case with the assistance of the Secret Service and the Honolulu Police Department, a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Song will serve as the prosecutor.

 

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