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‘I Did Not Jump Off The Train’ Contributed by the Salazar family

‘I Did Not Jump Off The Train’

Recovering Amtrak passenger Aaron Salazar, who was found critically injured in a remote part of California, disputes Amtrak’s initial finding that he may have attempted suicide.

Gun Crimes Are Rising In Hawaii, But Still Below Historic Levels Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Gun Crimes Are Rising In Hawaii, But Still Below Historic Levels

Violent crimes involving firearms have risen 24 percent in the last four years. Many of the guns, prosecutors say, were stolen.

 

HPD Hopes Body Cameras Will Reduce Confrontations — And Lawsuits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Hopes Body Cameras Will Reduce Confrontations — And Lawsuits

At a cost of $3.5 million, Honolulu will equip all its officers with body cameras during the next year — following a step taken by many large urban departments.

Why The Number of Criminal Defendants Sent To The State Hospital Is Soaring Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why The Number of Criminal Defendants Sent To The State Hospital Is Soaring

Experts cite Hawaii's large number of homeless mentally ill, who are often charged with minor crimes, and the lack of preventive services.
One Senator’s Prescription For Making The State Hospital Safer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

One Senator’s Prescription For Making The State Hospital Safer

Officials say they’re already taking steps to make the facility more escape-proof by adding fences and suspending patient privileges.

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves AP

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves

Some lawmakers want tighter security at the psychiatric hospital, where seven patients have escaped since 2014, until new facilities are built.

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital

The AG’s office issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of Randall Saito, calling him a “dangerous individual” who needs to be off the street.

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws Steven Depolo/Flickr.com

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws

A bill decriminalizing the possession or sale of pipes, bongs and other drug paraphernalia is cruising through the Legislature, despite strong opposition from prosecutors.

Man Takes Plea Deal In Kaena Point Albatross Killings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Man Takes Plea Deal In Kaena Point Albatross Killings

Christian Gutierrez pleaded no contest Thursday to five criminal counts, but 14 others were dropped.

Civil Beat Joins National Effort To Document Hate Incidents ProPublica

Civil Beat Joins National Effort To Document Hate Incidents

Current databases are inadequate, so ProPublica is organizing a coalition of media outlets to keep better track of these cases.

Denby Fawcett: Why Are Kaena Point Albatross Killers Still Free? Courtesy: Pacific Rim Conservation

Denby Fawcett: Why Are Kaena Point Albatross Killers Still Free?

The suspects have long been known to the Honolulu prosecutor’s office, but no arrests have been made more than 10 months after the slaughter.

Untested Rape Kits: Hawaii Isn’t The Only State Struggling With A Backlog Flickr.com/Tex Texin

Untested Rape Kits: Hawaii Isn’t The Only State Struggling With A Backlog

Hawaii has contributed more than 30,000 offender profiles to a federal DNA database.
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