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Drug-related deaths in Honolulu hit a 5-year high in 2020

May. 17, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities in Hawaii have reported about 200 drug-related deaths last year in Honolulu, a five-year high fueled by methamphetamine overdoses. The Honolulu medical examiner's office said there were 197 deaths in 2020 compared to 191 in 2019 and 157 in...

Endangered monk seal mom with new pup needs space in Waikiki

May. 13, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Wildlife officials want people on a Waikiki beach to give an endangered newborn seal and its nursing mother lots of space. Kaiwi, a Hawaiian monk seal mom and her pup, PO2, are nursing and bonding at Kaimana Beach, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported...

Ex-Honolulu lieutenant asks to remain free during appeal

May. 13, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Honolulu police lieutenant who is scheduled to begin serving a three-and-a-half year prison sentence next month in Hawaii's biggest ever corruption case is asking a judge to let him remain free while he appeals his conviction. Derek Wayne...

Police shooting review panel picks ex-Maui chief as chairman

May. 12, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Maui police chief will lead the Hawaii board that reviews police shootings, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. Gary Yabuta, director of the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Hawaii, was unanimously selected Tuesday...

Former congresswoman named to board of Honolulu rail line

May. 12, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor on Tuesday said he would appoint former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to the board of the city’s rail line as the long-delayed and massively over-budget project faces a funding shortfall that could prevent construction from continuing to its original...

Analysis of police misconduct record laws in all 50 states

May. 12, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

CARBONDALE, Illinois (AP) — Below is an analysis of public record laws in all 50 states. It is based on an analysis of statutes and court opinions as well as interviews with experts. To stay up to date with the rapidly changing laws, visit Legislative Responses for Policing-State Bill...

Famed Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan dead at age 37

May. 11, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Colt Brennan, a star quarterback at the University of Hawaii who finished third in the 2007 Heisman Trophy balloting, died early Tuesday, his father said. He was 37. Brennan, who had public struggles with alcohol, died at a hospital in California, his...

Remains ID'd of 2 Indiana brothers killed at Pearl Harbor

May. 11, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

La PORTE, Ind. (AP) — The remains of two Indiana brothers who were killed in the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified by U.S. military scientists. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Monday it had identified the remains of Navy Fire...

Ex-Honolulu chief to visit family before heading to prison

May. 10, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge is allowing a former Honolulu police chief convicted in a corruption case to meet with family and friends in Washington state before he begins serving a seven-year prison sentence in Oregon. U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright on...

Hawaii scientists introduce endangered damselflies on Oahu

May. 10, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists in Hawaii have started to introduce native damselflies into the wild on Oahu's North Shore to help repopulate the insect and potentially save the species from extinction. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has been releasing...