Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Kauai Island of Retaliation: Year in Jail After Putin Dupe Passes Along ‘Threat’ from Schizophrenic
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 1265 Views :: Kauai County, GMOs

Kauai Island of Retaliation: Six Months of County Council Drama and a Year in Jail After Putin Dupe Passes Along ‘Threat’ from Schizophrenic

KNN June 13, 2024: … Over a month after local artist Glen Gruenhagen was handed a year-long jail sentence for allegedly threatening Councilman Billy DeCosta through a handmade poster in January, a recently obtained record of a heated private meeting among county staff reveals the man had come to the Historic County Building in Lihuʻe begging for help, claiming DeCosta had been harassing him in Kōkeʻe for years.

(The entire Kauai County Council gets its chain yanked by a schizophrenic.  Keep reading.)

“He was frightened, and he was blown away that the person who terrified him for years, this is his story, had become an elected official,” said Councilwoman Felicia Cowden during the Jan. 18 executive session, the day before Gruenhagen’s arrest on Jan. 19. 

Cowden, who had spoken with Gruenhagen at length before leaving the document on DeCosta’s desk herself on Jan. 12, said she found Gruenhagen’s story credible because of her own negative experiences with the councilman.

“I believed Glen’s story right away because it felt so much like what I’ve endured myself,” she said in a recent interview.

(Birds of a feather.)

DeCosta declined to be interviewed about the case but adamantly denied the allegations during the executive session. …

DeCosta then shared the story of his encounter with Gruenhagen, which he had also written about in a similar statement submitted to the court.

DeCosta described meeting Gruenhagen “maybe 10 to 13 years ago” in a park in Kōke’e while on a teaching trip with his students.

Gruenhagen was with a “curious” dog and refused DeCosta’s request to put his pet on a leash. “He told me, ‘No, my dog was here first and can play in the park,’” DeCosta said.

DeCosta replied that Gruenhagen’s dog might bite a kid, and the “next thing you know, the dog bit a kid.” A parent then called the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to report the incident. 

The next day, DeCosta said he and his students returned to the park and found the dog had been “skinned out” into a pelt, with a note from Gruenhagen that implied DeCosta had made him kill his dog. …

 “That man is very much not stable if he can kill his own pet,” he said. “It would be more easy to deal with a regular person than to deal with someone like this who can kill and skin their pet,” he continued. …

During the meeting, Cowden claimed that her fear of DeCosta was a major factor in her decision to not notify DeCosta of the message. She alleged that DeCosta gives her hateful looks and has put her in very dangerous situations. 

“I am afraid to leave a message for Billy. I felt like Billy can just handle this because I know how Billy makes me feel,” she said. 

She continued, “I am afraid of you, Billy. I am afraid of you.” 

DeCosta then replied that Cowden had made the entire incident about herself.

“It is not about you,” he said, as Cowden repeated, “I am afraid of you.” …

As previously reported, Gruenhagen was arrested on first-degree terroristic threatening charges a week after bringing a document, described by police as a “threatening letter,” to the Historic County Building in Lihuʻe on Jan. 12.

Despite two out of three doctors reporting he was unfit to proceed, Gruenhagen continued with a plea deal under Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Watanabe on May 7 that sentenced him to a year in jail for the lesser charge of terroristic threatening in the second degree. …

read … Colleague alleges jailed artist’s letter for Kauaʻi councilman was a complaint, not a threat

  *   *   *   *   *

May 8, 2024: Concerns raised over Kaua’i artist sentenced to a year in jail for ‘threatening’ councilman in plea deal – “In court, Watanabe stated that two out of three psychological doctors who examined Gruenhagen found him unfit to proceed. Despite this, Calma confirmed that his client was prepared to stipulate being fit to proceed, a decision also influenced by a plea agreement. “The consideration for this is that there has been a plea agreement reached,” Watanabe said.  Gruenhagen noted being on abilify, an antipsychotic medication known to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. He stated that the medication keeps him “in the middle of the road” and affirmed that his mind was clear. 

News Release: Suspect arrested following threats made against county council member -- News release from Kauai PD,  January 19, 2024

CB: Kauai County Councilman Is Put On Leave From State Teaching Job

KITV: DOE officials couldn't confirm if there is a connection between the threat and his leave from the school.

2019: After Lying About it, Anti-GMO Kauai Councilmember Cowden Accepts Russia Junket from Putin

2019: Anti-GMO? Regressive Left Just as Russian as Trump

2022:  Feds Indict Russian Agent -- Organized Kauai Council Junket to Russia


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii


Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii


National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii


Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii