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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 21, 2003

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Police say burns were an accident

Police investigating second-degree facial burns suffered by a 14-month-old girl last week in Nanakuli have determined the injury was accidental, said Capt. Carlton Nishimura.

The girl’s aunt, 24, said the infant fell onto a makeshift stove while playing in a garage Thursday at a house on Haleakala Avenue.

Harris probe nets 17th arrest

Robert Y.H. Ko, a 72-year-old retired R.M. Towill Corp. employee, was arrested Friday on suspicion of making illegal contributions to Mayor Jeremy Harris’ political campaign.

Ko was booked for money laundering, illegal ownership of a business, monopolization and making false-name contributions at 8:30 a.m. before being released pending further investigation. Ko is the 17th person arrested since June 25 in connection with the city prosecutor’s probe into Harris’ campaign contributions.

Man charged in wood, auto theft

A 35-year-old Kapolei man was charged Friday with allegedly stealing 16 sheets of plywood from a construction site. In addition to second-degree theft, Bennett Chee was also charged with auto theft. His bail is $25,000.

A patrol officer allegedly saw Chee driving out of the construction site with the lumber on Friday just before 4 a.m. Chee was arrested at 4:10 a.m. after it was determined the lumber was stolen. During the investigation, police learned the vehicle was also stolen.