Maui firefighter gets 10 years
WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — A former Maui firefighter has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling methamphetamine at the Kahului Fire Station.
Juanito Dudoit was sentenced Tuesday. He had been a firefighter for more than 20 years before resigning after he was arrested last year at the fire station.
According to prosecutors, the 49-year-old was selling meth to fellow firefighters at the station to support his own drug habit.
Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones says police found 2.5 grams of methamphetamine during searches of his sleeping quarters and locker. His girlfriend was in his sleeping module and told police they had been smoking meth together.
Jones says Dudoit told police he ingested meth before reporting to work.
Cayetano raises $893K in funds
HONOLULU (AP) — The former Hawaii governor running for Honolulu mayor as an anti-rail candidate has raised nearly $900,000.
Former Gov. Ben Cayetano’s campaign says $893,000 has been raised in first six months of the year.
By comparison, incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle has raised $198,000 in the same period and for the election cycle that began last year, he raised $560,000. He has about $78,000 left over from his 2010 campaign.
The third candidate, former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell, plans to release his report today.
Rail to trim public relations
HONOLULU (AP) — After facing criticism for the amount of money being spent on public relations for Honolulu rail, the agency overseeing the project will make budget and staff cuts.
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation says it will scale back its public relations efforts by reducing staff and contractors to nine full-time positions, which will shave $2.8 million from its multi-million dollar budget. The Honolulu City Council’s budget committee had called for the city auditor to look into whether all of the employees are needed and whether the spending is justified.
Most of the cuts will take effect in August.
The cuts include eliminating a pro-rail blogger’s $351,000 contract.