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June 5, 2013
The Associated Press

Woman gets probation for pot

HILO - An Ainaloa woman arrested on marijuana charges last year has been sentenced to five years of probation.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that 57-year-old Phyllis Morby on Monday pleaded guilty to promotion of a detrimental drug.

Prosecutors dropped 21 other charges.

Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura sentenced Morby to a year in jail but gave her credit for time served. He took the rest of the term under advisement.

Police arrested Morby on Oct. 18 along with 59-year-old Gilbert Espiritu.

Officers seized 98.8 pounds of dried marijuana, 321 marijuana plants and other drugs.

Espiritu has pleaded guilty to commercial promotion of marijuana and promotion of a harmful drug. His sentencing is scheduled for June 21.


Delegations discuss native issues

HONOLULU - A discussion in Washington, D.C., on native issues is continuing an alliance between congressional delegations of Alaska and Hawaii forged by a longtime friendship between two senators.

The delegations said Tuesday's round table continues the special relationship established by Hawaii's late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and Alaska's late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

The discussion included Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native business leaders, community organizations and policy advocates. It was hosted by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and the Alaska Federation of Natives. Topics included improving education and stimulating native-owned businesses.

The round table is expected to become an annual event, with future discussions to be held alternately in Hawaii and Alaska.


Police investigating human remains

PAHOA, Hawaii - Big Island police were investigating the discovery of human skeletal remains in Pahoa.

Police said Tuesday that the remains were found last month in a forested area near the 14-mile marker of Route 130. Police also found a weapon nearby.

The medical examiner wasn't able to determine a cause of death because of the condition of the remains.

Police found identification with the remains but will rely on DNA for positive identification.



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