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August 22, 2014
The Associated Press

Ige withdraws from debate over a video

HONOLULU - Hawaii's Democratic candidate for governor has pulled out of the first debate of the general election because of a disagreement with the forum's organizers about video distribution.

State Sen. David Ige said in a letter released by his campaign Thursday that he objected to the host organization's intent to record the debate and "distribute as we see fit."

"I did not agree to that," Ige said.

Ige campaign spokeswoman Lynn Kenton said Ige called the other candidates Thursday to explain his decision ahead of today's forum organized by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

The group's president, Kelii Akina, said the group only planned to record the event and post the full, unedited debate on its website. He said the group's intention was to fulfill its promise of providing an unbiased forum for the candidates.

"That was our highest priority," said Akina, who said he spoke with Ige's campaign manager and worked out the concerns, but not before Ige made other plans.

Kenton said the group clarified its stance on the video, but not before Ige accepted another invitation that will take him off Oahu today.


Inmate not guilty of Oahu murder - jury

HONOLULU - A man who escaped from custody while awaiting trial for killing his friend in a windward Oahu state park has been found not guilty of murder.

A jury found Teddy Munet not guilty of second-degree murder Thursday in the 2012 shooting death of William Fallau.

Last year, Munet was in handcuffs and a belly chain when he bolted from a loading dock at the Honolulu Circuit Court building, where he was scheduled for a pretrial hearing. Police arrested him 12 hours later. His escape prompted lockdowns in the area and later led to the state Department of Public Safety making changes to the way officers are trained.

A judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison for the escape.


Soldier honored for saving life of girl, 9

HONOLULU - The Army has honored a 25th Infantry Division soldier who saved the life of a 9-year-old girl at Pokai Bay.

Sgt. Maj. Gerardo Gonzalez was awarded the Army Commendation Medal last week for rescuing Martina Eram.

Gonzalez on June 15 aided a man who was struggling to keep the girl above water.

The Army says Gonzalez performed lifesaving procedures as he moved the girl toward shore.

On the beach, he continued lifesaving procedures until she expelled water and breathed on her own.

Gonzales credits his training.

Martina Eram's sister, 11-year-old Gloria Eram, was found submerged in shallow water about a half-hour after Martina was pulled out. Gloria was rushed in critical condition to a hospital, where she died.


Sentence upheld in prostitute's murder

CAMP SMITH, Oahu - The commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific is upholding the life sentence and dishonorable discharge of a Marine convicted of murdering a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii.

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby was convicted in April of murder in the 2013 killing of Ivanice "Ivy" Harris in a Waikiki hotel room.

The Marine Corps said this week the case will be reviewed by an appellate office.

Cosby's lawyers argued he killed Harris in self-defense.

Harris was originally from Oregon, visiting Hawaii to celebrate her 29th birthday with her boyfriend, who was also her pimp.

Cosby was in Hawaii on a temporary assignment from Japan. He's confined at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. It's the Department of Defense's only maximum security correctional facility.



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