State briefs for September 10

Number of abandoned vehicles rising on Kauai

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — The number of abandoned vehicles on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is rising each year, a report said.

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The Kauai Police Department ordered the towing of 653 vehicles over the 2019 fiscal year.

There are more than 270 pending complaints. Each vehicle costs a few hundred dollars to remove, although the figure can climb as high as $2,000 depending upon a vehicle’s condition and location, officials said.

Police oversaw the removal of 404 abandoned and derelict vehicles in fiscal year 2017 and 498 in fiscal year 2018. Hawaii’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through the end of the following June.

Kauai taxpayers funded $411,000 in handling and disposal costs for abandoned and derelict vehicles in 2017 and about $423,000 in 2018. This year the county has already spent about $491,000, officials said.

Representative faces claim of misused campaign funds

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A former campaign official has filed a complaint saying a Guam delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives misused campaign funds.

The complaint against Del. Mike San Nicolas was filed with the Guam Election Commission Friday, The Pacific Daily News reported Saturday.

John Paul L. Manuel has asked the election commission to conduct a full investigation into San Nicolas’ use of campaign money.

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San Nicolas received campaign contributions above the $2,700 limit from a single donor and attached a $10,000 contribution from a Guam businessman, Manuel’s complaint said.

San Nicolas responded that the complaint is baseless and said that its timing was orchestrated “to cause maximum political damage.”

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