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State briefs for December 15

Deputy Honolulu prosecutor takes leave after federal letter

HONOLULU — Honolulu’s second-highest-ranking prosecutor is taking a leave of absence after receiving a subject letter linked to an ongoing federal corruption investigation.

The grand jury investigation has already resulted in corruption-related charges against a retired Honolulu police chief and his wife, a former deputy prosecutor. Current and former police officers are also charged.

First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chasid Sapolu released a statement through his lawyer Thursday saying he is not a target of the investigation and has done nothing wrong.

He says he intends to cooperate with the investigation and looks forward to returning when it’s resolved.

Ken Lawson, who teaches criminal law at University of Hawaii’s law school, says a subject letter informs you that U.S. authorities believe you have information regarding criminal activity under investigation.

Police: Honolulu woman arrested after running over 2 people

HONOLULU — Police say a Honolulu woman used her pickup truck to run over her wife and the wife’s new partner.

Police arrested the 34-year-old woman Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder.

Police say the woman, who they have not named, hit the two people, ages 30 and 27, in Kalihi Wednesday night.

The suspect then fled the scene, but police located her about an hour later at her home in the Aliamanu area.

Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene near the intersection of Kalihi and Akahi streets and transported the victims to the hospital.

Police say the victims were in stable condition while EMS officials say they were in serious condition.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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