Preliminary hearing set in deadly vacation rental fight

A 37-year-old Pittsburgh man made his initial court appearance Wednesday on a charge of manslaughter stemming from an altercation at a Kailua-Kona vacation rental that resulted in the death of his roommate.

Benjamin Fleming was arrested Monday after Hawaii Police Department officers were called to the Kona Mansions Condominiums for an unconscious man who was not breathing. Medics, who were already on the scene, determined that the victim identified as 30-year-old Abhishek Gupta, also of Pittsburgh, was already deceased.

An autopsy performed Tuesday afternoon found the cause of death to be strangulation and manner of death to be homicide.


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Kokua Line: Remote testimony urged for hearing on proposed vacation-rental rules

Question: Will the vacation rental hearing be open to the public? If not, how do we testify or submit testimony? Before COVID-19 this was in the news all the time, but you never hear about it anymore.

Answer: Yes, and the city encourages people to participate online or by telephone if possible, rather than appearing in person.

You are referring to a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday about draft rules to regulate short-term rentals of less than 30 days on Oahu. After reviewing the public input it receives, Honolulu County’s Department of Planning and Permitting says it

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Injunction against quarantine hotel policy denied, constitutional hearing to go ahead

TORONTO — A constitutional rights advocacy group has lost its bid for an injunction against the federal government’s quarantine hotel policy designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Canadian Constitution Foundation had asked for the injunction while waiting for the courts to rule on whether the policy for incoming international travellers is constitutional.

The foundation was acting on behalf of five individuals who had to leave Canada for compassionate purposes – three of them to attend to a dying parent.

“This was not the result we wanted today, but the court did recognize that the applicants in our challenge

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