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State briefs for July 20

Police seek
gunman after shooting
along highway

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police were seeking a gunman after a victim was injured in what may have been a road rage attack along a highway, officials said.

The 20-year-old victim was in stable condition after being taken to a hospital following the Wednesday shooting, news organizations reported.

Police were searching for a 22-year-old man they said fired several shots and then fled near an on-ramp to Pali Highway.

The victim was shot in his middle and lower body, authorities said.

The shooting may have been the result of a road rage altercation, reports said.

The case has been classified as an attempted second-degree murder and was under investigation, police said.

Ethics chief: Panel blocked his Kealoha inquiry

HONOLULU (AP) — A former head of the Honolulu Ethics Commission has criticized the panel for ending his investigation into the city’s former police chief and deputy prosecutor, a report said.

Chuck Totto said the commission should not have stopped an inquiry he was conducting into Louis and Katherine Kealoha.

“The Ethics Commission did not carry out its duty to the public to properly investigate the Kealohas,” Totto said.

Louis Kealoha, the former police chief,
and his wife, Katherine, who served as a top prosecutor, were convicted last month of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

The case involved the alleged theft of the couple’s mailbox and the use of Honolulu police personnel to frame Katherine Kealoha’s uncle.

Totto resigned as the ethics commission’s executive director in 2016 after he was prevented from investigating the Kealoha case, he said.

No one directly forced him to resign, Totto said, explaining that his situation became “untenable.”
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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