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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, October 25, 2001

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Policeman sued over privacy issue

A Hawai'i Kai woman is suing a Honolulu police officer who pleaded no contest in August to a misdemeanor invasion of privacy charge for allegedly peeping at her through a bedroom window July 31.

The lawsuit accuses Lt. Craig Clissold, 59, of intentional infliction of emotional distress and seeks general, special and punitive damages.

Clissold was assigned to non-patrol duties pending completion of an internal affairs investigation. He received a 30-day jail sentence, but it was deferred for one year, meaning he won't have to serve any time behind bars if he stays out of trouble through September 2002.

Restaurateur guilty in tax case

Prominent Honolulu restaura-teur Kengo Nozaki has been found guilty in federal court of filing a false corporate tax return in 1992 for his now-defunct Kengo's Royal Buffet eatery on Kapiolani Boulevard and filling false individual tax returns for 1993 and 1994.

United States Attorney Elliot Enoki said evidence presented during a four-week trial before U.S. District Judge Alan Kay showed Nozaki skimmed approximately $112,000 during 1992, $166,000 during 1993 and $68,000 during the first half of 1994 while he was the general manager of Kengo's Royal Buffet on Kapiolani. The jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday.

Nozaki, 61, is the manager of Kengo's Seafood Buffet. He will face a maximum sentence of three years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the three counts of filing a false income tax return when he is sentenced by Kay on Feb. 11.

Police seek men in Makiki robbery

Police yesterday were searching for two men who robbed a group of men at gunpoint Tuesday in Makiki.

Police said two robbers approached a group of men at 12:35 a.m. at Mott-Smith Drive and Nehoa Street. One armed robber ordered the group to the ground and stole their belongings. Some tried to resist, but were struck by the armed robber. The robbers stole one man's car and fled the scene.

Ex-husband faces kidnapping charge

A 43-year-old man faces kidnapping and other charges after he allegedly hid inside the trunk of his ex-wife's car, surprised her and stole the car Tuesday in Waipahu.

Police said as the woman was driving last night, the man crawled from the trunk into the car. He forced her to drive around and they ended up in the Waipio area, where she escaped with the help of her son, who she had called from her cellular phone.

The ex-husband stole the car and fled the scene. Police were still searching for him yesterday.

Big Island police seek missing boy

Big Island police were looking for a 17-year-old boy who has been missing from his Hilo residence since Oct. 7, 2001.

The missing youth was identified as Kenny Thornhill.

Thornhill is described as Caucasian, 6 feet 1, 125 pounds and with short blond hair and blue eyes.

Call Officer Peter Kualii of the Juvenile aid Section at 961-2373 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311. Calls can also be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.