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President's Message (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Council Acts on Bishop Settlement
Maria Ching Settles with City
Hawaii Women's Coalition Meeting
Education Committee Report
General Membership Meeting
Rebuilding Citizen Confidence in Government
Advisory on Candidates - Charity Fundraising Functions
Holiday Food Drive

Maria Ching Settles with City

Remember Maria Ching who spoke to us at the October 1993 membership meeting on violence?

The family of Lynn Kotis (daughter of Maria Ching) recently settled a lawsuit against the City and County of Honolulu and the Security Equipment Corp., for the sale of a shotgun used in the murder of Lynn Kotis. The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) issued the firearms permit used by her alleged murderer, William James Kotis, to purchase the shotgun used to murder Lynn Kotis. HPD issued the firearms permit to Mr. Kotis despite his history of domestic violence. Mr. Kotis was convicted of domestic abuse in 1988 and at the time of the murder Lynn Kotis had obtained a domestic abuse restraining order against him which precluded him from contacting, threatening or abusing her.

As part of the settlement, Maria Ching will work with HPD and the city corporation council attorney to improve police practice in the issuance of firearms permits and the enforcement of domestic abuse restraining orders.

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