An Open Letter To Maui’s State Legislators Asking Them To Stop Exempting Bad Cops From The State Public Records Law

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Dear Senators Roz Baker, J. Kalani English and Gil Keith-Agaran and Representatives Mele Carroll, Kaniela Ing, Angus McKelvey, Joe Souki, Justin Woodson and Kyle Yamashita: Wow, Opening Day comes around fast. Seems like it was only yesterday that you adjourned for the summer. But here we are: on Jan. 15–just a few days from now–you guys go back into regular session. And while I know you’ve probably got all sorts of important issues (and … [Read more...]

EEOC Sues Maui County Over 45-year-old Who Couldn’t Become A Maui Cop

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So it looks like the County of Maui is back in court over actions of the Maui Police Department. And it's not just anyone filing the suit, either–it's the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and they're hopping mad because they say the Maui PD unfairly discriminated against a 45-year-old who wanted to join their ranks. Here's an excerpt from an EEOC press release I got yesterday (Dec. 18): "According to the EEOC's suit, … [Read more...]

Maui Police Officer Nelson Johnson Reportedly Arrested Again For Assault

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According to a tiny, byline-less blurb buried on page 4 of today's Maui News (it's where newspapers hide all their legitimate scoops) sourced to the vaguely sounding "police records," Maui PD Officer Nelson Johnson got arrested again–this time on Monday, Dec. 2. The charge? Guess: "Maui police officer Nelson Johnson has been charged with second-degree assault and two counts of physical abuse for allegedly slapping his daughter, police say," … [Read more...]

Maui Police Officer Nelson Johnson Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting His Teenage Daughter

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Shortly before noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Maui Police Officers arrested one of their own–Nelson Johnson–for allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter the night before, according to a Maui PD press release written by Maui PD Lt. Jayson Rego. Here's how Rego's press statement described Johnson's alleged actions: "On November 19, 2013, at 9:40 p.m., The mother of the victim reported that her 13-year old daughter of Wailuku was slapped by her … [Read more...]

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa Calls MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo A ‘Wuss’ In New CivilBeat Story

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So today Honolulu Civil Beat published a long profile of MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo as part of its "Making Waves" series. The story relies heavily on a lengthy interview reporter Nathan Eagle conducted with Russo last month over at Saigon Cafe in Wailuku, but also draws on chats with yours truly and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa–who provides the story's most colorful quotes. Like this one, which came during a discussion of the fallout over … [Read more...]

MauiTime Joins Other Hawaii News Organizations In Calling For Open Court Protections

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Even though the infamous Christopher Deedy trial occurred on Oahu, MauiTime has joined seven other Hawaii news organizations and three media associations in calling for the opening of closed session transcripts in that case. The original trial, in which Deedy–a federal agent–was charged with allegedly murdering Kollin Elderts at a Waikiki McDonald’s after an argument ensued between the men, ended in a mistrial and is currently awaiting … [Read more...]

MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo Sues County of Maui Over April 2011 Dog The Bounty Incident

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On April 8, MauiTime Publisher Thomas Russo filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the County of Maui, Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta and Maui Police Officer Nelson Johnson over an April 12, 2011 incident involving Russo, Johnson and members of Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman's security entourage. According to the 11-page complaint, "This is an action arising out of the events and circumstances leading up to and surrounding the … [Read more...]

New Maui-Based Small Business Accounting Software Cheqbook Launches

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It's difficult being a start-up company anywhere, let alone Maui. It's especially difficult when your start-up is in accounting, which is somewhat less sexy than online movie rentals or social media apps. But two years after starting its development, new small business accounting software Cheqbook is open for business. According to a Mar. 29 press release, Cheqbook is similar to Intuit's Quickbooks, but operates in the cloud, "meaning … [Read more...]

2012 MauiTime Year In Review

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So much for the world not ending last week. I know. What a bummer. Can you think of a better way to fix climate change, the rise of dangerous fungi and antibiotic resistant bacteria, soul-crushing poverty, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, the ruinous drug war, Michael Bay movies, government debt, ocean acidification, avian flu, school shootings, traffic fatalities, targeted drone assassinations, Katy Perry songs, corporate crime, garbage … [Read more...]

The US Supreme Court Says Photography Is Not A Crime Yet Maui Police Pfficer Rusty Lawson Still Arrested MauiTime Publisher Thomas Russo For Filming Operation Recon

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On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 20, two Maui police officers arrested Thomas Russo, MauiTime’s owner and publisher, while he was attempting to film them with his cellphone camera during “Operation Recon,” a massive traffic enforcement operation carried out by the Maui PD during rush hour in which officers handed out pre-printed tickets to vehicles on Haleakala Highway exhibiting illegal window tinting, oversized tires, etc. The officers charged … [Read more...]