Ex-HPD major seeks separate trial in corruption case

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A retired Honolulu police major wants to be tried separately in a corruption case involving the department’s former chief.

Gordon Shiraishi is included in an indictment against former Chief Louis Kealoha; his deputy prosecutor wife, Katherine Kealoha; and other police officers.

The indictment accuses the former and current police officers of helping the Kealohas frame a man. Katherine Kealoha is also accused of bilking money from relatives, banks and two children whose trust she controlled.

Shiraishi’s motion says he’s charged with only one count of obstruction for allegedly lying to a grand jury about the reported theft of the Kealohas’ home mailbox.

Defense attorney Lars Isaacson said Tuesday his client shouldn’t have been lumped into the indictment against the Kealohas.

The defendants in the case have pleaded not guilty.

2 arrested in shoplifting incidents

Two shoplifting suspects with prior convictions were arrested Monday night in separate incidents near one another and were being investigated for “habitual property crime,” police said.

In the first case a 55-year-old man with prior convictions allegedly shoplifted from a Keeaumoku business at 5:20 p.m. Because of his prior convictions, police were investigating him for habitual crime. Police said he also had outstanding warrants.

Eight minutes later a 33-year-old man allegedly took property from a nearby Ala Moana-area business and left without paying for it at 5:28 p.m., police said.

Police found drugs on the suspect and arrested him for third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug as well as for allegedly committing a habitual property crime.

Firefighters rescue hurt shipworker

Firefighters on Tuesday rescued a 55-year-old shipworker who was seriously injured inside the hold of a ship in Campbell Industrial Park.

The man was operating a loader in the hold of a ship at 99-650 Malakole St. when it overturned. He was thrown about 10 to 15 feet and received injuries, the Fire Department said.

Fire hazardous materials personnel monitored the air and determined enough oxygen was available for the responders to breathe inside the hold.

Emergency Medical Services received the call at 9:30 a.m. EMS and fire personnel used a fixed ladder and got to the patient at 10:10 a.m., assessed his injuries and stabilized him. Fire personnel brought the man up 80 feet to the deck of the ship from the hold.

EMS took him by ambulance at 10:56 a.m. in serious condition to an area hospital.

Source: 911 in the 808