Civil Beat Staff

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.)

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission City and County of Honolulu

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission

Dick Grimm, who worked at three local stations, would be the mayor’s sixth appointment to the seven-member board.

New HPD Chief Shares Her Goals For A Department In Turmoil Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New HPD Chief Shares Her Goals For A Department In Turmoil

Susan Ballard outlined what she wants to accomplish in the coming years in her first regular meeting with the Honolulu Police Commission.

Kealohas Get New Defense Attorneys In Federal Conspiracy Case Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kealohas Get New Defense Attorneys In Federal Conspiracy Case

The couple could no longer afford to pay their long-time lawyers to defend them in one of the largest public corruption cases in Hawaii history.

Judge: Kealohas Are Too Broke To Pay For Their Own Defense Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: Kealohas Are Too Broke To Pay For Their Own Defense

UPDATED: A federal judge will assign new, publicly funded counsel to represent the former Honolulu police chief and his prosecutor wife.

Judge To Kealohas: Show Me Your Finances Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge To Kealohas: Show Me Your Finances

A federal judge says he won’t consider taxpayer-funded attorneys for the former Honolulu chief and his prosecutor wife until he verifies their financial situation.

Kealoha Attorneys Want Out Of Corruption Case Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kealoha Attorneys Want Out Of Corruption Case

The three defense attorneys say the Kealohas can’t afford to pay them.

Honolulu Police Officers Begin Testing Body Cameras Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Officers Begin Testing Body Cameras

HPD has outfitted dozens of officers with the technology as part of a 30-day pilot program.

Officer Charged In Corruption Case Challenges Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Officer Charged In Corruption Case Challenges Police Commission

Minh-Hung “Bobby” Nguyen says the city should be paying for his legal defense against a related lawsuit.

Explosive Motion Calls For Ouster Of Kealoha Attorneys Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Explosive Motion Calls For Ouster Of Kealoha Attorneys

The Justice Department claims conflicts of interest should disqualify defense attorneys Myles Breiner and Kevin Sumida.

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Secret Meetings About Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Secret Meetings About Police Chief

The Police Commission didn’t have to go behind closed doors to talk about Louis Kealoha’s future, but it had the right, the judge ruled.

Three Officers Plead Not Guilty In Honolulu Police Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Three Officers Plead Not Guilty In Honolulu Police Corruption Case

The charges relate to the alleged framing of a man at the behest of the former police chief and his prosecutor wife.

Former HPD Police Chief Gets New Criminal Defense Attorney Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former HPD Police Chief Gets New Criminal Defense Attorney

Las Vegas attorney Gary Modafferi, who was once convicted of drug charges and disbarred, will represent Louis Kealoha in an ongoing criminal conspiracy case.