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Woman files complaint alleging sexual assault by Kealoha's lawyer

SA: … A Waikiki couple has filed a civil complaint in Circuit Court against a Honolulu lawyer alleging he sexually assaulted the wife in August and September 2019 after he was retained as the wife’s divorce lawyer.

Flashback: Singh court appointed lawyer for Katherine Kealoha July, 2019

Miyoko Shitara filed a police report Feb. 7, 2020, alleging sexual assault, including rape, but had not heard back from police or the prosecutor’s office until the Honolulu Star-Advertiser inquired about the case.  

The 57-year-old woman and her husband, Kazuhiko Shitara, are suing Gary G. Singh, aka G. Gary Singh, a criminal defense, immigration and family law attorney, for actions allegedly committed two years ago….

The Shitaras’ lawyer, Andrew Stewart, said Miyoko Shitara did not immediately file a police report because “she was intimidated and scared to report it to anybody.”

Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Aug. 18 that the case is still ongoing with HPD.

When asked how long it normally takes for such an investigation since the report was made 1-1/2 years ago, she said, “It can take a while. The circumstances for each case vary widely.”

That same day, an HPD detective emailed Stewart regarding his client’s sexual assault report....

Singh speaks Japanese and represents a lot of Japanese women filing for divorce, Stewart said. “I hope it’s an isolated incident,” he said. “If there are other victims, they should come forward.”

PDF: Complaint 1CCV-21-0000961

read … Woman files complaint alleging sexual assault by Honolulu divorce lawyer

Spying on You: Vaccine passport program coming to Honolulu Monday

KITV: … Mayor Rick Blangiardi plans to announce a new program Monday imposing a weekly COVID19 testing mandate on employees of restaurants, bars, gyms and other indoor facilities….


KHON: Honolulu mayor opts for vaccine passport over lockdown as COVID cases surge

CB: Blangiardi Seeks To Avoid ‘Lockdown’ As Hawaii Logs Record Number Of Covid Cases


read … Vaccine passport program coming to Honolulu

AlohaSafe Alert app sees spike in numbers of activation

KITV: … The AlohaSafe Alert app reached 1.12 million activations, which means 120,000 more people have enabled the app since the end of July….

When a person tests positive for COVID-19, they will receive a secure code from the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), when the user uploads that code to the app, the system will send an anonymous message to any close contacts, for example- individuals within six feet for at least 15 minutes over the last 14 days of the individual who tested positive for the virus….

All of the participants have opted to share their diagnoses anonymously to help protect others in our community.

The number of codes redeemed this month is more than the previous seven months combined.

  • --January - July 2021 – 600 people who tested positive for COVID redeemed their codes
  • --August 2021 – 800 people who tested positive for COVID redeemed their codes
  • --2021 Total so far – 1,400 codes redeemed

DO THE MATH: 800 COVID positive redemptions from app in August / 16,867 cases Aug 1-27 = 4.7% of COVID patients using the spy app

read … AlohaSafe Alert app sees spike in numbers of activation

Hawaii sees its darkest day of the pandemic as space at Oahu’s morgue runs short

HNN: … Officials confirmed the trailer is now in use, adding it has nothing to do with the office’s upcoming renovations. They will still have access to 90% of the morgue’s storage during construction.

“The trailer was brought in regardless of that,” said Charlotte Carter, acting supervising medical legal investigator. “It was just due to space constraints.”

She said as of Friday morning the morgue was operating nearly 40% over capacity.

Carter confirmed the facility can hold up to 60 people.

She say 51 were being stored inside the morgue, while 17 had been placed in the mortuary trailer outside. Another 14 people are being kept at a back-up facility that is also short of space.

“The outside storage facility that we’ve used in the past also takes care of some of the hospitals. They’ve asked if you guys have other resources we’d appreciate if you use them,” Carter said.

She says she anticipates there will be an even greater strain on capacity at the morgue once funerals start getting delayed because of new gathering restrictions ….

read … Hawaii sees its darkest day of the pandemic as space at Oahu’s morgue runs short

Oahu ohana sees COVID impact family members from the oldest to the youngest

KHON: … An Oahu family can barely begin to explain what these past few weeks have been like.

“Still in shock, the uncertainty and anxiety that goes into all of this,” said Jesand, whose family is affected by the COVID-19 surge.

COVID-19 has turned this family upside down. First, with the tragic loss of their cousin just a few days ago.

“Unfortunately, he got the symptoms and the virus, and it ultimately took his life.”

The Oahu man was unvaccinated and in his late 30s. He leaves behind two children. It’s a tragedy they thought would never hit so close to home.

“I wish I could say something positive about that, but that’s where it’s at right now. That’s what his family and his kids are feeling right now. He’s gone, because of this virus.”

COVID is now affecting one of the youngest members of the family in their 4-year-old nephew.

“His symptoms just worsened and worsened, I guess over the weekend, and it reached to a point where his fever got over 102 degrees.”

The young child is now recovering at home and if there’s one thing the ohana has learned, this COVID surge is affecting.

Their grandpa suffered a heart attack three weeks ago, but with hospitals at their limits.

“Even though they obviously took him in and did their best to care for him. He actually did have to wait at Queen’s West for about a week from the time he had his heart attack to being able to transport to Queens.” ….

read … Oahu ohana sees COVID impact family members from the oldest to the youngest

No Body Cam Video: HPD respond to Kakaako barricade incident where 33-year-old shot and killed after struggle with police

KHON: … Chief Vanic reported at approximately 4:45 p.m., police deployed a less-lethal round at the man to try to control the situation, but it was ineffective. A struggle took place between the man and police when the man allegedly pointed the handgun toward an officer. As a result, another officer fatally shot the man.

“A struggle ensued between the male and several SWAT officers during the struggle,” Vanic said. “The male pointed the handgun at one of the officers at time the another officer shot the male fatality sticking him.”

The man who was barricaded in the apartment is deceased, according to Chief Vanic.

Chief Vanic said the officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave, and an administrative investigation was opened.

SWAT officers do not wear body cameras, Vanic said there is no footage of the incident….  

SA: Drugs possibly involved in HPD’s fatal shooting in Kakaako

read … HPD respond to Kakaako barricade incident where 33-year-old shot and killed after struggle with police

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