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April 12, 2014
The Associated Press

Escapee captured in Wahiawa - police

HONOLULU - Honolulu police have captured a theft suspect who escaped from custody in Wahiawa.

The handcuffed man ran off after slipping out of custody Thursday afternoon.

Police say the man ran from Wahiawa General Hospital and was on the loose for about 20 minutes.

Police say officers canvassed the area and found the man several blocks from the hospital.


Woman indicted in Oahu vandalism case

HONOLULU - A 21-year-old woman has been indicted for vandalism at Iolani Palace.

The state attorney general's office said Thursday that an Oahu grand jury indicted Drew Paahau with criminal property damage and burglary.

Surveillance footage showed a woman kicking and smashing glass panes of a palace door in February.

Attorney General David Louie says that he intends to prosecute the case to the fullest extent of the law because of the damage to a priceless and historic piece of Hawaii's history.

The palace served as a home to the Hawaiian monarchy.

A judge issued a bench warrant for her arrest. It's not clear if she has an attorney.


Woman in murder case seeks to relocate

HONOLULU - The attorney representing a woman who testified against her husband in his Hawaii capital-murder trial says she should be sentenced immediately, now that she's satisfied terms of her plea deal.

But the judge says Delilah Williams' sentencing has to wait until the trial against her husband is over.

Former Hawaii-based soldier Naeem Williams is charged with beating his 5-year-old daughter to death in 2005.

Delilah Williams testified that she inflicted months of abuse on her stepdaughter, Talia.

Assistant Federal Defender Alexander Silvert said in court documents Thursday that his client spent nine years at Honolulu's Federal Detention Center and wants to serve her sentence at a Mainland facility. She wants a facility that offers "education, work and mental health treatment."

Her deal calls for a 20-year sentence.



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