State roundup for September 6
Ex-teacher freed in sexual assault
HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has ordered the release of a former teacher at a Honolulu Catholic girls’ school who is charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student.
A judge ruled Wednesday William Plourde can be released without bail.
Plourde was fired from Sacred Hearts Academy over the allegations. The 53-year-old turned himself in to police and has pleaded not guilty.
According to court documents, the victim told police her former homeroom teacher assaulted her in his car on June 6 in Mililani.
Trial is scheduled for October.
Inmate’s suicide is 5th this year
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say an inmate at the Oahu Community Correctional Center hanged himself over the weekend. It’s the fifth suicide this year at an Oahu prison.
The medical examiner’s office says Brian Kim died of asphyxia due to hanging and ruled the death a suicide.
Department of Public Safety officials say the 48-year-old homeless man was alone in his cell when he was found dead on Saturday.
He was awaiting trial in the July 12 fatal stabbing of another homeless man at a Kailua park.
Man acquitted in murder case
HONOLULU (AP) — A jury has acquitted a 28-year-old Pearl City man charged with murder in a shooting death four years ago in Chinatown.
The state jury Wednesday reached a not guilty verdict in the trial of 28-year-old Zorro Rye.
He was charged in the March 28, 2009, shooting death of Joseph Peneueta.
Rye’s cousin was a co-defendant. Iosefa Pasene, 25, was acquitted of terroristic threatening. He had been charged with pointing a gun at another person on the sidewalk moments before the shooting.
The jury could not reach a verdict on murder and firearm charges against Pasene and Circuit Judge Rom Trader declared a mistrial.
It’s the second mistrial for Pasene.
Defense attorney Thomas Otake says he will seek dismiss of the remaining charges.
Oahu woman killed when her own car rolls over her
KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — Honolulu police are investigating how a 57-year-old woman was killed after she was run over by her own car.
KITV reports paramedics responded to the scene in Kaneohe just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Investigators say the woman may have gotten out of her car to open a gate. The car was apparently still running and rolled over her.
The woman was hospitalized in critical condition and later died.
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