Last Thursday, a Molokai woman was sentenced to three months in jail for her involvement in growing marijuana plants found on Molokai Ranch land in 2008.
23-year-old Chantell Stevens was told by Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza to use that time to come up with a plan for her life. She was placed on five years’ probation as part of her sentence. Stevens had pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of second-degree commercial promotion of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia.
She and her cousin Jason Stevens, 22, were arrested when police discovered 47 plants weighing two pounds at Dixie Maru Beach on the west end. According to court records, the two were living in tents at Dixie Beach.
Jason Stevens was placed on probation and given credit for 81 days he spent in jail when he was sentenced last year.
Meeting tonight to learn about Akaka Bill and its impact on Molokai
An important meeting tonight at the Lanikeha Center for all Molokai residents to gain information regarding the Akaka Bill. Amendments were made to the bill and it is now up for another hearing and a floor vote in the legislature.
To learn more about how this bill will attempt to give greater autonomy to native Hawaiians, attend the meeting tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lanikeha Center in Hoolehua.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ returns to Hawaii, just not Molokai
Locals may remember the time about four years ago when Hollywood came to Molokai. Crews descended upon Paniolo Hale on the island’s west end to film the third installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.
Last week, Governor Linda Lingle announced that the franchise is returning to Hawaii for the fourth movie, titled “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” The governor estimates that this will generate an estimated $85 million in direct and indirect spending in Hawaii. Unfortunately for Molokai, the filming will not take place here and will be shot on Kauai and Oahu. Filming will take place this summer for a release in the summer of 2011.