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June 10, 2012
The Associated Press

Survey shows decline in Hawaii teen smoking rates

HONOLULU - A survey shows that cigarette smoking rates among Hawaii youth have declined.

The state Department of Health and the Department of Education on Monday released findings from a 2011 survey showing a 64 percent reduction in the number of high school students who had smoked in the past 30 days. That figure went from 24.5 percent in 2000 to 8.7 percent in 2011.

There was a more than 70 percent reduction in the amount who said they smoked on 20 or more of the past 30 days. In 2000, that amount was 10.3 percent. In 2011, it was 2.9 percent.


Redacted documents in murder case made public

HONOLULU - The federal agent accused of murdering a man in a Waikiki McDonald's restaurant claims he believed it was necessary to shoot in order to conduct his duties as a law enforcement officer.

That's the basis for a contentious motion to dismiss filed by his defense attorney last month. But the motion and supporting exhibits were removed from Christopher Deedy's court file after prosecutors asked to seal the motion, which includes surveillance footage.

A judge ruled that a redacted copy of the motion would be placed back into the court file but the original motion and attachments will remain temporarily sealed.


Bond denied in Big Island federal marijuana case

HONOLULU - The founder of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry will remain behind bars until his trial on federal marijuana charges.

A federal court judge in Honolulu on Tuesday denied a defense request that Roger Christie be released on bond.

Federal prosecutors allege that the Hilo resident led a major cannabis growing, processing and distribution ring.

Defense attorney Thomas Otake plans to appeal. He said Christie's nearly two years of incarceration means that's how long the ministry has been shut down and how long his client has been free of marijuana use.

He argues that makes his client not a danger.



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