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State roundup for October 23

Cayetano sues carpenters group

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano is suing an organization that has run ads critical of his campaign.

The libel lawsuit filed in state Circuit Court Monday names Pacific Resource Partnership, its executive director John White and its trustees.

PRP’s political action committee and the Hawaii Carpenters Union, which jointly administers PRP together with contractors, are defendants. Also named is PRP’s public relations firm, Hoakea Communications.

The lawsuit alleges PRP and its associates are using push polls, ads and flyers to falsely accuse the former governor of accepting illegal campaign contributions, giving government contracts in exchange for contributions and keeping contributions for personal gain.

A PRP spokeswoman says its attorneys have yet to see the lawsuit.

PRP has endorsed Cayetano opponent Kirk Caldwell for mayor.

Violent crime down on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department has released new numbers that show violent crime is down on Oahu.

In the first four months of this year, there were 723 violent crimes from January to April.

That is down 12.5 percent from the 826 violent crimes during the same period in 2011.

The figures derived from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting program also show a drop in property crimes. There were 9,266 property crimes from January to April, down 6.9 percent from the same four months a year earlier.

Honolulu police say nationally violent crime was up 17 percent during the first four months of 2011 while property crime was up 11 percent.

Oahu swimmer taken to hospital

WAIKIKI, Oahu (AP) — A Waikiki swimmer was taken to a hospital after he was found to be distressed about 100 yards from shore.

Hawaii News Now says the man was taken to the hospital late Sunday afternoon.

Ocean Safety officials say they were called to a location outside the Hilton Hawaiian Village at approximately 4:41 p.m. and arrived within minutes. By the time they got there the man had already been brought to shore and CPR started. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.


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