Hawaii State News 07/30/2019

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Former Micronesian official gets prison for bribery scheme

A federal judge sentenced a former Federated States of Micronesia transportation official to 18 months in prison Monday for his involvement in a bribery scheme with a Honolulu engineering contractor.
Big Isle mayor opposes use of physical force at Mauna Kea

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said Monday he doesn’t want the job to mediate the standoff on Mauna Kea, but will keep working to settle the matter without using physical force.
Project has legal right to start, TMT official says

A top official with the Thirty Meter Telescope said Monday that state officials need to find a way to allow construction of the next-generation telescope on Mauna Kea — and soon.
HPD officer, suspect shot in Pokai Bay

A Honolulu police officer was shot Monday at a home near Pokai Bay while investigating an armed robbery.
Fired HPD sergeant gets fine in plea deal

A Honolulu police sergeant who was charged with driving drunk and lying about being the driver was instead fined $500 for reckless driving in a plea deal.
HPD continues crackdown on prostitution with massage parlor raid

Officers with the Honolulu Police Department’s narcotics/vice unit, Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office and federal Homeland Security Investigations smashed their way into a Ward Avenue massage parlor Monday morning as part of an ongoing crackdown on prostitution on Oahu.
Deadly trend continues with fatal house fire in Palolo

A fire Monday afternoon killed a man in his 60s in a single-family house in Palolo, the fourth fatal fire in Honolulu this month, according to Fire Capt. Scot Seguirant.
Lawyers agree to delay trials for Puana and Kealohas

Attorneys for the government and Louis and Katherine Kealoha and her brother have agreed to postpone upcoming criminal trials by several months and are asking a federal judge to approve the delays.
Column: Get the browser Brave to ensure your privacy

Ideally, your web browser is invisible — a free, transparent, unobtrusive window through which you experience the open web. But your choice of web browser is a consequential one, given who builds them and what they expect in return.
Centennial Park groundbreaking was 20 years in the making

Centennial Park, a public- private partnership between the city and the Rotary Club of Honolulu to build a long-awaited park in Waikiki, finally broke ground Monday.
Kokua Line: Get details about Equifax deal online, by phone or by mail

Q uestion : I didn’t get a notice about the Equifax settlement even though I was affected. Is there a number to call?
Gov. David Ige picks Rona Suzuki to lead Department of Taxation

Gov. David Ige has appointed Rona Suzuki as interim director of the state Department of Taxation. She replaces Linda Chu Takayama who will begin serving as the governor’s chief of staff on Aug. 1.
Pahoa vehicle fire spreads to 1-story home

A vehicle fire in a Pahoa carport spread to the home and two interior bedrooms and caused an estimated $27,200 in damage Sunday night.
2 seriously injured in 2-vehicle crash in Honokaa

Hawaii County firefighters recovered two people who were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Honokaa Monday morning.
Residents are urged to prepare as storms approach

As Hurricane Erick nears the Hawaiian Islands, the city is urging residents to prepare for the worst.
Blaisdell development partner is sought

The city Monday took the next steps to finding a partner for the planned $772 million redevelopment of the Neal S. Blaisdell Center campus, putting out a call for interested parties.
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