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City Council Approves $550,000 Payment To Cop Who Claimed HPD Doctored Test Scores Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Approves $550,000 Payment To Cop Who Claimed HPD Doctored Test Scores

UPDATED: The payment will settle a lawsuit alleging Police Chief Susan Ballard, while commander of the police academy in 2008, took part in making it easier for recruits to pass.

Bill Focuses On Revolving Door Of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Focuses On Revolving Door Of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatments

The measure would form a task force to find ways to make emergency mental health admissions more efficient, and better protect the public.

Mother Alleges Police Negligence In Shooting Death Of Her Son Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mother Alleges Police Negligence In Shooting Death Of Her Son

Pekelo Sanchez was killed inside a stolen pickup in 2017. Eight lawsuits alleging wrongful deaths caused by HPD officers have been filed since 2010.

Lawmakers Propose Fixes For A Broken Psychiatric Care Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Propose Fixes For A Broken Psychiatric Care Law

Several proposals would make it easier for families and caregivers to get court orders authorizing long-term intensive treatment and medication for the severely mentally ill.

Judge Releases Potential Juror Who Was Jailed For Shouting ‘He Is Guilty!’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Releases Potential Juror Who Was Jailed For Shouting ‘He Is Guilty!’

Updated: First Circuit Court Judge Edward Kubo had dismissed 44 potential jurors and declared a mistrial in a Honolulu trial Wednesday, saying the outburst had “infected” the whole panel.

When Delusions Steal Your Daughter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

When Delusions Steal Your Daughter

Marti Claussen’s search for stable care and housing in Hawaii for her mentally ill daughter Christie has been a long journey of impossible choices and resilience.

Kealohas’ Hawaii Kai House Gets $1.3 Million Cash Offer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas’ Hawaii Kai House Gets $1.3 Million Cash Offer

With a buyer in hand, the lender wants a federal judge to approve the sale.

Honolulu Police Corruption: Drug Charges Filed Against Katherine Kealoha And Her Brother Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Corruption: Drug Charges Filed Against Katherine Kealoha And Her Brother

A new indictment links Kealoha to a drug distribution ring centered at her brother’s Big Island pain clinic.

Rushing To Save Kauai’s Ohia Trees From A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Disease Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rushing To Save Kauai’s Ohia Trees From A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Disease

Rapid ohia death, which has felled hundreds of thousands of the environmentally and culturally important trees on the Big Island, was first spotted on Kauai in May.

Proposal For New Dairy On Kauai Dropped After 5-Year Effort U.S. Department of Agriculture

Proposal For New Dairy On Kauai Dropped After 5-Year Effort

Hawaii Dairy Farms was thwarted by regulatory obstacles, lawsuits and community opposition.

Police Commission Opts For Public Hearings In Former Chief’s Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commission Opts For Public Hearings In Former Chief’s Case

Louis Kealoha says he needs taxpayer help to pay for his criminal defense lawyers.

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding

Kauai has tightened requirements for shoreline development, but they don’t take into account more alarming recent predictions of the impact of climate change and rising seas.