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State roundup for August 21

Deputy accused of abusing son

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Maui police arrested a state sheriff’s deputy for allegedly choking his 15-year-old son during a domestic dispute.

Kevin Vaivai, 38, of Lahaina is charged with felony abuse by strangulation and child abuse.

Police say the incident was reported Sunday night after the boy’s mother took him to an emergency room.

Police say the teen’s injuries weren’t life threatening and that the child abuse charge was because the incident took place in front of a younger son.

Vaivai was released after posting $5,200 bail. His defense attorney, Ben Lowenthal, declined to comment Tuesday.

State Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says the department is conducting an internal investigation. Vaivai has been placed on leave.

Caldwell picks his chief of staff

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has appointed the president of a consulting firm to be his chief of staff.

Caldwell announced Ray Soon’s appointment on Tuesday. He will begin on Sept. 3.

Caldwell touts Soon’s experience and leadership in the public and private sectors.

Soon is currently president of consulting firm Solutions Pacific. He has previously served as director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and vice president of community relations at Kamehameha Schools.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of Hawaii and a master’s degree in city planning from Harvard University.

Not guilty plea in sex assault

HONOLULU (AP) — A former teacher at an Oahu Catholic girls’ school has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student.

William Plourde entered a plea Monday.

Plourde was fired from Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu over the allegations. The 53-year-old turned himself in to police and remains held on $200,000 bail at Oahu Community Correctional Center.

According to court documents, the victim told police her former homeroom teacher assaulted her in his car on June 6 in Mililani. The girl told authorities he touched her breast and genital area over and under her clothing.

Defense attorney Myles Breiner says Plourde never had any problems in his 28 years at the school.

19-year-old skateboarder injured in accident

HONOLULU (AP) — A skateboarder is in critical condition following a Tuesday morning accident.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports ( the 19-year-old unidentified man was injured when he fell while being towed by a vehicle in Kaneohe.

Emergency Medical Services took the man to the hospital following the accident, which happened just after 2:30 a.m..

Officials say it wasn’t immediately known if the man was wearing a helmet.


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