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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 3:16 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2006

Liquor Commission, Aloha Stadium officials indicted

 •  PDF: Statement from newly-appointed Liquor Commission Administrator Dewey H. Kim Jr. on the indictment

By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Courts Writer

A supervisor with the Honolulu Liquor Commission and the head of security at Aloha Stadium have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of extorting two O'ahu nightclubs.

James Rodenhurst, a night-shift supervisor with the commission, and Herbert Naone, the Aloha Stadium security head, are accused of getting $500 a week from the nightclubs' owner in exchange for not enforcing liquor laws and warning the clubs about liquor commission inspections.

The two men are accused of extorting Volcanoes Nightclub on Nimitz Highway and Sin City, also known as Club Pearlridge, from May 2004 through January 2005.

If convicted, the two face up to 20 years in prison.

The two were named in one of five indictments returned by the federal grand jury on Thursday, but kept secret until today pending the arrests of the individuals. Rodenhurst and Naone both surrendered today, authorities said.

The other indictments deal with drug offenses.

The indictments are the result of the massive FBI investigation that resulted in indictments against 23 individuals last week, including a former FBI secretary, four Honolulu police officers and a former police officer.

The investigation included wiretaps and dozens of searches based on warrants, authorities said.