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March 9, 2013
The Associated Press

Mayor Caldwell nominates attorney

HONOLULU - The chief legal officer for the Outrigger hotel chain has been nominated to be Honolulu's top civil attorney

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said Mayor Kirk Caldwell nominated Donna Leong for the job.

The nomination must be confirmed by the City Council.

Leong joined Outrigger Enterprises in May 2006. She previously was a partner in the law firm of Cades Schutte LLP.

Caldwell last month nominated David Arakawa for the job. Arakawa withdrew for personal reasons.

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Investigators: Outlet cause of fatal fire

HONOLULU - The fire that killed two people Tuesday in a Waipahu house is being blamed on a malfunctioning electrical wall outlet behind a kitchen refrigerator.

The fire killed 84-year-old Haruki Tokita and his daughter, 55-year-old Karen Tokita.

Fifty-one-year-old Randy Tokita, a son of the elder Tokita, was taken to a hospital for observation.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the department does not have the resources to analyze what went wrong with the outlet.

He said the electrical malfunction that started the fire was within the outlet and not the refrigerator.

A fire investigator found no smoke alarms in the house.

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Judge sets trial date in murder case

HILO - A 34-year-old Hilo man has been ordered to stand trial July 15 on charges of first- and second-degree murder and firearms violations.

Sean Ivan Matsumoto pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing 45-year-old Rhonda Lynn Alohalani Ahu, his girlfriend, and her mother, 74-year-old Elaine Ahu.

Police investigators say in court filings that Matsumoto on Feb. 11 called 911 and reported he had shot two people in his home. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that he was still on his cellphone when officers arrived. They recovered a loaded .12-gauge shotgun.

Police said two children in the home were not harmed.

Matsumoto is being held without bail at Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

 
 
 

 

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