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Air Force Tech Sergeant Arrested in Pearl City Shooting

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The suspect in a Pearl City shooting Saturday is in police custody.

Thirty-three-year-old Air Force Tech Sgt. Claude Custard turned himself in to the Honolulu Police Department Saturday night, according to a police spokeswoman. He was being held Sunday morning at police headquarters on South Beretania Street.

Ewa Beach Woman Faces Charges of Investment Fraud

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Another ponzi scheme in Hawaii has brought federal charges. An Ewa Beach woman allegedly convinced more than a dozen Hawaii residents to invest with her. Their payments totaled more than $800,000 over a three-year period, ending last year.

FBI Seeks Victims of Mortgage Scam

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The Honolulu FBI is asking victims of a mortgage “rescue” scam to step forward. The long-running scam operated by a Missouri woman ended just this month when she was charged with mail and wire fraud in federal court.

FBI agent and spokesman Tom Simon says Marien Brown – also known as Marien White – exclusively targeted Hawaii residents in danger of losing their homes.

Maui Group Merges Art and Forest Preservation

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Maui residents and visitors have a unique chance to help the environment this week. It's part of an effort to preserve 100,000 acres of native forest.

For 20 years, the East Maui Watershed Partnership has been working to preserve the native forest it says is critical to providing clean water for the island.

Visitor Spending Strong This Summer but Arrivals Lag

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As we near the end of the summer tourism season, indicators show visitor spending is strong but that there’s a nagging dip in visitor arrivals. 

The figures aren't yet in for July, but the Hawaii Tourism Authority reports visitor spending was up 13 percent in June to a billion dollars. Overall visitor arrivals were down three percent.

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