High-ranking HPD officials go before federal grand jury
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three high-ranking Honolulu Police Department officials were at federal court Thursday to testify in the federal grand jury probe into HPD Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a deputy city prosecutor.
In a significant twist in the case, sources tell Hawaii News Now that the three -- Deputy Chief Cary Okimoto, Assistant Chief Jerry Inouye, and Major Lisa Mann -- met with Katherine Kealoha weeks ago regarding traffic tickets.
Among the issues the federal grand jury is investigating: An excessive speed ticket that Kealoha got dismissed for an electrician who was doing work for her.
The federal grand jury has been hearing testimony for about 11 months and will decide if the Kealohas should face charges of public corruption and civil rights violations.
But Katherine Kealoha's boss, city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro, says his deputy did nothing wrong with regard to that particular ticket.
Other allegations against the Kealohas involve a family dispute over money.
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