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The Associated Press

Ige appoints former prosecutor to be new attorney general

HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige is appointing Honolulu attorney and former federal prosecutor Clare Connors to be his new attorney general.

Ige said Thursday that Connors’ extensive experience brings new insight and terrific understanding of the law to his administration.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

The governor says Connors will primarily address legal issues in Hawaii. But he also expects she will take on the Trump administration when it takes positions that “aren’t consistent” with state values.

Former Ige attorney general Doug Chin led Hawaii in challenging Trump’s travel ban on citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.

Connors served as a federal prosecutor in Honolulu. Since 2011, she has worked at the Honolulu law firm Davis Levin Livingston.

She graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School.

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Honolulu police sergeant to plead guilty in Kealoha case

HONOLULU — A Honolulu police sergeant charged in a corruption-related investigation targeting the department’s former chief and his former prosecutor wife is pleading guilty.

Court records show Sgt. Daniel Sellers is scheduled to change his plea next week. He previously pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to a federal grand jury and the FBI. It’s not clear what charges he’s pleading guilty to. Defense attorney Richard Sing declined to comment.

Sellers is one of several current and former officers charged in a federal investigation that accuses retired Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine Kealoha of orchestrating the framing of her uncle for the theft of the couple’s home mailbox.

U.S. prosecutors say the Kealohas wanted to discredit the uncle in a family financial dispute.

The Kealohas have pleaded not guilty.

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Police arrest 7 in sweep of Big Island neighborhood

HILO, Hawaii — Police have arrested seven people following a sweep targeting squatters occupying residences in a Big Island neighborhood hit by lava flows during the Kilauea volcano eruption.

Police Capt. Kenneth Quiocho tells the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that the seven were arrested for trespassing last week in Leilani Estates, but officers found several had active warrants, including one person who was wanted for robbery.

He says police checked houses in the neighborhood after residents reported people possibly squatting. Squatters have been a problem in the area after residents were forced to evacuate in May. Residents were allowed to return in September.