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Mailbox trial revealing police chief family feud

Police Chief Louis Kealoha's mailbox Police Chief Louis Kealoha's mailbox

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal trial involving a stolen mailbox is giving a glimpse into the squabbles of the Honolulu police chief's family.

Trial against Gerard Puana started Thursday, with a prosecutor explaining to jurors that the defendant is the uncle of Chief Louis Kealoha's wife, Katherine Kealoha.

Puana is accused of taking the mailbox at the Kealoha home last year.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Tong says the case is about that theft, not about family emotions.

Public Defender Alexander Silvert says the case will reveal improper police procedures such as falsified reports and off-the-books surveillance.

Silvert says the Kealohas are framing Puana to discredit him in a civil lawsuit he and his 95-year-old mother filed claiming Katherine Kealoha stole their money. She denies the allegations.

The Kealohas are expected to testify Thursday.

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