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.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.