Case Renames Campaign, Velez Sentenced in Murder Trial, Robbers Sought in Violent Attempted Jewelry Heist

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Case Campaign Gets A New Name

Newly announced U.S. Senate candidate has re-branded his congressional campaign organization, now calling it “Case For Hawaii,” according to paperwork filed with the

Ed Case

Federal Election Commission.

Case, a former Hawaii Congressman, ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2006 against incumbent Sen. Daniel Akaka.

Last weekend, he officially announced another run for the same office, which will be vacant when Akaka retires next year.

Case is the first announced candidate in a race that is expected to attract national attention.

In an amendment filed Monday with the FEC, the Case campaign said it was changing its name from Case For Congress.

As of December 31, 2010, Case reported only about $4,000 in his campaign coffers. The campaign also owes $20,000 on a personal loan from the candidate, according to FEC files.

Velez Case Trial Held at Wheeler Army Airfield

General court-martial proceedings concluded in the case of U.S. v. SPC Beyshee Velez. Trial was April 12th and 13th with the sentencing phase beginning on April 13th. The trial was held at the Wheeler Army Airfield Court Room.

Specialist Beyshee Velez, of Cleveland, Ohio was charged in September of 2009 with fleeing apprehension, reckless homicide, and aggravated assault of three men.

Pursuant to his pleas, Specialist Velez was found guilty for the murder of Lucas T. Vinson on September 13, 2009, at Contingency Operating Base (COB) Speicher, Iraq, by recklessly pointing his loaded M4 carbine at Mr. Vinson who died when the weapon discharged. Mr. Vinson was a Kellogg Brown and Root contractor working at the base in Iraq at the time. Mr. Vinson’s father and uncle were also employed by KBR at COB Speicher.

Specialist Velez was also found guilty of assaulting three other contractors by pointing a loaded weapon at them, and of fleeing apprehension by authorities.

The presiding military judge, LTC Kwasi L. Hawks, sentenced Specialist Velez to 26 years, reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, total forfeitures and a dishonorable discharge.

Specialist Velez is currently confined at the Naval Brig Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, but will be remanded to the United States Army Corrections Command.

The General Court Martial Convening Authority is Major General Bernard S. Champoux, Commander, 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks. He referred the charges to a general court-martial after a thorough and complete investigation was conducted in accordance with Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

– Submitted by 25th Infantry Division

Criminals Sought in Violent Attempted Robbery Case

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two males wanted for attempting to rob the Zales at Waikele Premium Outlets.

On April 9, 2011, at approximately 8:40 p.m., two masked men armed with a  hammer and a shotgun, entered Zales and attempted to remove jewelry from the glass displays.  The males fled after failing to break the cases.  Witnesses obtained a license number to a vehicle that had been reported stolen.  The vehicle, a silver Honda Civic, was located engulfed in flames on Lelepua Street and Leomana Place.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your cellular phone.  Free cellular calls are provided by AT&T, Nextel Hawaii, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless Hawaii, Mobi PCS, and Hawaiian Tel. The public may now send anonymous text and web tips. Text “CS808” plus your message to 274637or CRIMES

Suspect 1: Unknown male 

Age: 20s

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 140 lbs.

Clothing: Black mask, black long sleeved shirt, white pants, white athletic shoes.


Suspect 1: Unknown male 

Age: 20s

Height: 5’6”

Weight: 140 lbs.

Clothing: Black mask, grey long sleeved shirt, dark pants, black athletic shoes with white stripe.



CrimeStoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect.  Do not approach any suspect.  All suspects and wanted fugitives should be considered armed and dangerous.  All calls are confidential and anonymous. CrimeStoppers rewards are not paid to persons who participate in a crime, or are victims of a crime, or in missing person cases.   Be a CrimeStopper and call the hot line at 955-8300 or *Crime on your cellular telephone.  Access the CrimeStoppers website at https://www.crimestoppers-honolulu.org016/11

– Submitted by Crimestoppers –