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State roundup for April 19

No charges in police shooting

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Prosecutors on Kauai have ruled that police were justified in shooting a 21-year-old in his car in Nawiliwili in August.

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney says it declined to file criminal charges against the officers involved.

Prosecutors say the officers were defending themselves or other officers.

Police approached Mason Saio in a car in August during a check for criminal activity in the area. Authorities say he was holding two guns.

Prosecutors say Saio disobeyed several commands to drop his guns and leave the car, then pointed a loaded shotgun at the officers.

Bail denied for alleged killer

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge in Hawaii has denied bail for a Southern California man accused of killing a man whose dismembered body was found in an Oahu ravine.

Bryan Suitt, 46, was ordered Thursday to remain in custody pending his trial, which was set to begin next month. His trial is now set for January.

Prosecutors wanted Suitt’s bail to be increased or denied, saying he is a flight risk and comes from a wealthy family. His bail had been set at $5 million.

Authorities believe Suitt killed Alex Gonzales, 34, whose dismembered remains were found last September on both sides of Mililani Memorial Park Road.

Suitt was arrested in December at his family’s home on Coronado Island in San Diego. He unsuccessfully fought extradition to Hawaii.

HTA names music manager

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority has selected a company to manage a new series of monthly Hawaiian music concerts it is sponsoring to highlight the state’s musical heritage and boost tourism.

The agency is awarding The Kalaimoku Group a yearlong contract to manage the series and a May Day event. It has the option to extend the contract for four more years.

The state tourism agency said Thursday the goal of the Hawaiian Music Festival Concert Series is in part to boost tourism.

Resort agrees to protect land

HONOLULU (AP) — Turtle Bay Resort is agreeing to protect more than 660 acres of land on Oahu’s North Shore in a deal reached with the state, county and a nonprofit organization.

The resort will continue to own and use the land. But it and future owners will be bound by conservation easement restrictions.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the state will put up $40 million toward the deal. The city will provide $5 million. The Trust for Public Land will supply $3.5 million.

Turtle Bay Resort retains rights to develop two new hotel sites near the existing hotel and one resort residential site.

The resort says the agreement covers nearly 80 percent of the open space it owns on the ocean side of Kamehameha Highway.


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