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Mayor backs up commission over mailbox allegations

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HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is backing up the police commission's decision not to investigate allegations of misconduct raised in a case over the chief's stolen mailbox.

Police Commission Chair Ron Taketa says the commission will wait until a possible FBI investigation concludes before looking into the allegations. The FBI says it received a referral to investigate but it's not known if the agency will launch a probe.

Caldwell tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he believes the commission is properly reviewing the situation.

The allegations arose in a federal trial of a man accused of stealing Chief Louis Kealoha's home mailbox. Kealoha's testimony led to a mistrial in the case because he made comments about the defendant Gerard Puana, who is the uncle of his wife. Charges were dismissed last week.

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