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1-year probation for Honolulu sergeant .

HONOLULU — A Honolulu police sergeant says he was trying to help a childhood friend when he gave her information from a confidential database.

Sgt. Daniel Sellers was sentenced to a year of probation Monday for disclosing confidential information to Katherine Kealoha, a former deputy city prosecutor who is fighting corruption-related charges along with her husband, former police chief Louis Kealoha. They’re accused of framing Katherine Kealoha’s uncle for theft of their home mailbox.

Sellers says he regrets looking up information about the uncle’s vehicles and passing it along to Kealoha.

Sellers was indicted with the Kealohas in 2017. Sellers is cooperating with federal investigators and accepted a plea deal. In exchange for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disclosing confidential information, prosecutors agree to drop the other charges.


3rd rat lungworm case confirmed

KAILUA-KONA — State health officials say a resident on the Big Island’s east side has contracted rat lungworm disease.

West Hawaii Today reports the state Department of Health confirmed the case through laboratory testing earlier this month, but the person might have become infected as early as February.

Health officials say the person was hospitalized. Officials could not determine the exact location where the person contracted the disease.

The case marks the third that state health officials have confirmed this year.

The disease is caused by a parasitic roundworm. It can affect a person’s brain and spinal cord.

The disease spreads through larvae that’s accidentally ingested when people eat raw freshwater shrimp, land crabs and snails or raw produce that contains infected slugs or snails.


Dogs attack mother, child in Honolulu

HONOLULU — Two dogs attacked a mother and her 1 1/2-year-old daughter near the Children’s Discovery Center in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu.

KHON-TV reported Sunday that the attack happened Thursday as the family was waiting for the center to open.

The mother, Brandy Bennett, is recovering from her injuries, which include bruising, scratches and a bite mark on her legs.

Bennett says she and her daughter were walking around the park near the center when two medium-sized, caramel-colored poi dogs rushed toward them.

Bennett says she held her daughter as high as she could during the attack.

Bystanders managed to get the dogs away and called 911.

Bennett says the dogs ran off to a nearby tent.

Managers of the center have long been concerned about homeless encampments that have sprung up on streets surrounding their building.


Lawmakers OK ‘monster’ house bill

HONOLULU — A bill that makes it a misdemeanor to lie to a government investigator or inspector during a building inspection has won approval from both houses of the state Legislature.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Tyler Dos Santos-Tam of HI Good Neighbor, which was formed to combat large-scale, or “monster,” houses, hails House Bill 807 as another “key enforcement tool” against unscrupulous owners and contractors seeking to hide the intent of their structures.

A person convicted of the criminal misdemeanor could spend up to a year in jail and be hit with a fine of up to $2,000.

The bill is now awaiting a signature from Gov. David Ige.


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