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December 19, 2010
The Associated Press

Inmate: Cellmate's death left him unfit

HONOLULU - An inmate accused of being a pimp claims he's mentally unfit for trial after he spent the night with a cellmate who hanged himself.

Charles Abraham Cocklin II's attorney, John Schum, says guards ignored Cocklin as he pounded on his Oahu Community Correctional Center cell doors while his cellmate hung for about 12 hours.

KITV-TV reports that Judge Richard Perkins appointed three mental health experts to examine Cocklin, two of whom concluded that he was faking mental illness. Perkins set Cocklin's trial for February.

Cocklin is accused of assaulting a prostitute and threatening another woman who refused to work for him.

His cellmate, former prison guard Danier Webster, hung himself with a sheet in May while awaiting trial for bank robbery.


Hannemann to head hotel association

HONOLULU - Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann has been named president of the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association.

Hannemann, who left office in July for an unsuccessful bid for governor, will take over the post on Jan. 1.

He will succeed Murray Towill, who retired in August.

Association Chairman Chris Tatum, a Marriott International official in Hawaii, said in a statement Friday that Hannemann's experience and credentials make him the ideal candidate to be an effective advocate for Hawaii's lodging industry.

The association endorsed Hannemann's campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, which was won by now-Gov. Neil Abercrombie.


Woman allegedly hits man with car

HONOLULU - Kauai police have arrested a 35-year-old Kapaa woman for attempted murder after she allegedly hit her boyfriend with her car.

Police say Kehaunani Kauo was driving a 1991 green Honda station wagon when she struck Robert Villaros as he was walking at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Villaros had minor injuries to his lower legs, arms and back. An ambulance took the 41-year-old to Wilcox hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police arrested Kauo at her home shortly afterward. She's being held on a charge of second-degree attempted murder. Bail has been set at $100,000.


Honolulu fires back at rail analysis

HONOLULU - The City and County of Honolulu is firing back at an analysis that raised concerns about its proposed commuter rail project.

Then-Gov. Linda Lingle commissioned the analysis earlier this year. Issued Dec. 2, it said Honolulu may be underestimating the amount of city subsidies the project will need and overestimating the number of riders it will attract.

City officials on Thursday released their response, which contends that the report's financial assertions were not adequately substantiated, more relevant data were not considered, and incorrect figures and assumptions led to unsupported conclusions.


Hawaii-based unit to go to Afghanistan

HONOLULU - The Army has announced the deployment of several major units to Afghanistan, including the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based at Schofield Barracks.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the 3rd Brigade will go in late March and April to Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces on the border with Pakistan.

About 3,500 soldiers are in the 3rd Brigade.

Other units that will deploy early next year are based in Washington state, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alaska, New York and Colorado.



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