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The Associated Press

Ex-Honolulu managing director target in US probe

HONOLULU — A legislative aide to a Honolulu city councilman is on paid administrative leave after receiving a letter from federal authorities informing him he’s a target in an investigation.

Roy Amemiya was managing director under former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. He’s now a legislative aide working on special projects in the office of Councilman Calvin Say, who is chairman of the budget committee.

Lyle Hosoda, an attorney who represents Amemiya, said he received the letter on his client’s behalf last week. He declined further comment.

Amemiya is on paid administrative leave, Erika Engle, spokeswoman for the council, said Monday.

It’s not clear what Amemiya is being investigated for. Other city officials have received target letters in connection with a wide-ranging corruption investigation that sent now-retired police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine Kealoha, a former deputy prosecutor, to prison for a scheme to frame a relative to hide fraud that funded the couple’s lavish lifestyle.


Fire chief responds to fatal shooting on his Hilo street

HILO — A shooting last week where Hawaii police say they killed a man who fired at officers was close to home for the Big Island’s new fire chief.

Newly appointed Hawaii Fire Department Chief Kazuo Todd told Hawaii-Tribune Herald about responding to a June 13 shooting on the Hilo street where he lives.

“I was coming out of the shower and heard the gunshots going off — and realized that was not the normal illegal fireworks being shot off, considering the pattern,” Todd said. “I had my wife and daughter hide in the closet and put on my uniform, grabbed my medical stuff, turned on my radio, and got in touch with my dispatch to let them know.”

Emergency responders arrived shortly afterwards.

Officers had responded to a Hilo home where there was a report of domestic abuse when a man came out of the house and started shooting at the officers, police said.

An officer fired back, killing the man identified as Ryan Santos, 34.

In a separate Hilo incident Friday, police shot and killed a man they said attacked an officer with a knife.


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