Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Court bars Chun from practicing law

The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued an order restraining Honolulu attorney Jerrold Y. Chun from practicing law, effective Monday.

Chun, 56, a partner in his law firm Chun & Nagatani, is currently undergoing formal disciplinary proceedings by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to determine appropriate penalties for professional misconduct.

He had pleaded guilty last August to three counts of first-degree theft, unlawful ownership or operation of a business and 10 counts of money laundering for stealing $7.9 million from insurance companies in liquidation after Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai in 1992.

He was accused of diverting the money to himself on three occasions in 2003 from two insurance companies. Chun was sentenced Dec. 14 to 10 years in prison and taken into custody.

Student awarded $10,000 scholarship

Troy Hashimoto, a senior at King Kekaulike High School and member of the Board of Education, has won a $10,000 AXA Achievement Scholarship, one of 52 students chosen nationwide for the award.

"It's a big award, so I'm very, very happy about it," said Hashimoto, who will enroll at the University of Denver this fall. The AXA Foundation chooses college-bound students who have shown ambition and determination to set and reach goals.

Hashimoto was recognized for leading the effort to create the online headquarters for "Freedom's Answer," a nonpartisan group that worked to get out the vote for the 2004 election.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Man, 35, is arrested in 2003 assault case

Police arrested a 35-year-old Nanakuli man Monday who allegedly sexually assaulted a juvenile girl more than two years ago.

The sex assaults allegedly occurred in the Waianae area between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. April 3-4, 2003. Police said the suspect sexually assaulted the victim while she was asleep.

Police arrested the suspect at his Mokiawe Street home for investigation of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault, and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. He was later released pending an investigation.


Seat-belt stop ends with firearm arrest

A motorist stopped for not wearing a seat belt was arrested for an alleged firearm violation.

Police said about 7 a.m. Saturday, a patrol officer stopped the 23-year-old suspect in Waikiki for the seat-belt offense. When the suspect got out of his pickup truck, the officer spotted the butt of a rifle behind the driver's seat. The suspect was arrested for investigation of firearm offenses.


'Click It or Ticket' begins on Big Isle

Big Island police have begun their annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign to enforce state seat belt and child passenger restraint laws. The campaign will include seat-belt enforcement checkpoints and patrols.

Officers will issue tickets for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and if children under 4 years old are not properly restrained in a child safety seat.

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