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Nick Grube

Nick Grube

Nick Grube is an investigative reporter who covers everything from politics to police accountability. He also writes about Honolulu’s controversial commuter rail project.

Nick joined Civil Beat in May 2012. Prior to moving to Honolulu, he worked as a reporter in Oregon, California and Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in journalism and environmental studies.

News tips are welcome and appreciated. You can send them directly to nick@civilbeat.org or anonymously using this Tipbox link, which uses automatic encryption. (NOTE: If you send a tip through Tipbox I cannot respond unless there’s contact information in the body of the message.)

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Still Chilly To Police Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Still Chilly To Police Reform

Despite ongoing problems in county police agencies, legislators are rejecting more accountability.

Did Honolulu Cops Issue Fake Tickets Or Did The Honolulu Prosecutor Make Up The Story? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Did Honolulu Cops Issue Fake Tickets Or Did The Honolulu Prosecutor Make Up The Story?

The mysterious case of “ghost” traffic tickets is getting more curious as several defense attorneys push the Honolulu prosecutor’s office to turn over the evidence.

Does The Justice Department Really Have A Case Against The Kealohas? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Does The Justice Department Really Have A Case Against The Kealohas?

It’s not unheard of for overzealous federal prosecutors to overreach in public corruption cases.

To Be A Honolulu Police Commissioner, First Be A Political Insider Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

To Be A Honolulu Police Commissioner, First Be A Political Insider

Two recent appointees have judicial experience, but they are the exceptions on a board charged with civilian oversight of a scandal-ridden police department.

Ex-Cop Hired By Hawaii DLNR Found Guilty Of Rape

Ex-Cop Hired By Hawaii DLNR Found Guilty Of Rape

Ethan Ferguson’s case highlighted flaws in Hawaii’s ability to keep tabs on problem police officers.

Police Chief Orders Full Review Of Toddler Assault Case Courtesy of Chelsea Valiente

Police Chief Orders Full Review Of Toddler Assault Case

A criminal case may be reopened in the assault of Peyton Valiente at an Ewa Beach day care operated by a police officer’s wife.

‘Rare’ Request Seeks To Hide Criminal Case From Honolulu Prosecutor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Rare’ Request Seeks To Hide Criminal Case From Honolulu Prosecutor

Attorney William Harrison wants the state or an independent prosecutor to take over a high-profile drug case involving a client who fears for her life.

HPD Chief Got His $250K Payout But No One Will Say Who Gave It To Him Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Got His $250K Payout But No One Will Say Who Gave It To Him

Police officials complained earlier this week they didn’t have the cash for departing chief Kealoha. But it turns out he’d already been paid.

Senator: Police Union Wrong On Domestic Violence Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senator: Police Union Wrong On Domestic Violence Bill

Sen. Laura Thielen took issue with a SHOPO attorney who testified the union contract takes precedence over state law.

New Report Shows Serious Misconduct Persists At HPD Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Report Shows Serious Misconduct Persists At HPD

The Honolulu Police Department report comes as lawmakers are debating whether to require that more information on disciplinary actions be made public.

HPD: We Don’t Have $250,000 To Give The Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD: We Don’t Have $250,000 To Give The Chief

Police officials say they likely will need to take money from other public safety programs to satisfy the settlement.

 

Lawsuit: Police Commission Broke The Law With Secret Meetings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: Police Commission Broke The Law With Secret Meetings

Hawaii’s Sunshine Law requires the public’s business — including the decision to pay the outgoing police chief $250,000 — must be done openly, a legal challenge contends.