JK Sukion pleads not guilty to killing Sounter Soukin

JK Sukion pleads not guilty to killing Sounter Soukin

JK Sukion, one of the two men being charged in the death of the man beaten in Anigua, pleaded not guilty in court. Police identified the man who died as Sounter Soukin. Autopsy results determined the cause of death was due to blunt impact to the head with

Brandon Acosta enters not guilty plea to new rape charges

Brandon Acosta enters not guilty plea to new rape charges

Brandon Acosta appeared in the superior court this afternoon. He had already confessed to murdering 15-year-old Timicca Nauta last year, but today in Superior Court he pleaded not guilty to a new charge of rape. The teen's aunt, Gries Inger, along with he

School board narrows in on instructional time

School board narrows in on instructional time

Last night the Guam Education Board met to discuss several matters, one of which took up the bulk of the time. The board drafted and attempted to vote on Resolution 2019-10 relative to requesting the 35th Legislature to amend PL 34-105 and to clarify the

CHamorus protest Mauna Kea project, say issues mirror Guam

CHamorus protest Mauna Kea project, say issues mirror Guam

CHamorus from Guam are locking arms with Native Hawaiian, or Kanaka Maoli, protectors who are occupying the top of Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii. It's the construction site of a contested 30-meter telescope that they say would contaminate the aqui

Verona in the Guam EPA hot seat again

Verona in the Guam EPA hot seat again

An exclusive KUAM News report on possible environmental violations at the Verona hotel has caught the eye of the Guam Environmental Protection Agency. "Guam EPA's solid waste management program did do two site visits to the Verona shortly after the story

William Mantanona to take plea deal in jury tampering case

William Mantanona to take plea deal in jury tampering case

One of two people facing obstruction of justice charges in federal court has entered a plea agreement. William Topasna Mantanona was charged in federal court for obstruction of justice. The charges stem from the drug trial of Raymond Martinez and Juanita

Gov says securing Layon bond shows investors' confidence

Gov says securing Layon bond shows investors' confidence

GovGuam is taking on another $30 million in debt as it successfully floated a bond today to pay for the construction of a new cell at the Layon landfill. The governor said it shows that investors remain confident in the local economy, and it's why she con

Three survivors named as Liberation parade grand marshals

Three survivors named as Liberation parade grand marshals

Roman Quinata Sr., Francisca Franquez, and David Flores are the 75th Annual Liberation Day grand marshals. The honored guests each embody the values of resiliency and hope instilled in the CHamoru people after the atrocities of war, according to Adelup. "

GDOE graduates 'Rainbow Class of 2019'

GDOE graduates 'Rainbow Class of 2019'

The Guam Department of Education held its Rainbow Graduation today at John F. Kennedy High School. The commencement ceremony celebrated 135 Class of 2019 public high school seniors who completed credits they needed to get their diplomas over the summer. S

Saipan and Andersen firefighters team up for certification

Saipan and Andersen firefighters team up for certification

Last week, firefighters from Saipan Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting were on Guam for certification and training that is designed to assist all airports and firefighters to comply with all FAA requirements. Although the Francisco C. Ada airport on Saipan

Moylan bill would address GMH power issue with Healthy Futures Fund

Moylan bill would address GMH power issue with Healthy Futures Fund

What would happen if our hospital couldn't power its life support equipment? One senator has introduced a bill to try to prevent that from happening. Sen. Jim Moylan's Bill 179 proposes to appropriate $6 million to the Guam Memorial Hospital to fund its p

William Mantanona Enters Plea Agreement

William Mantanona Enters Plea Agreement

One of two people facing obstruction of justice charges in federal court has entered a plea agreement. The charges stem from the drug trial of Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser. After two mistrials on Guam the case was moved to California where they even

Mangilao shares details on parade float

Mangilao shares details on parade float

The island's mayors are hard at work in preparation for the 75th Liberation Day Parade. Mangilao Mayor Allan Ungacta and his staff are pulling their 40-foot float together, reflecting the pride of the community. "The theme is based on the legacy of peace

Customs concerned over CBD release order

Customs concerned over CBD release order

Guam's highest ranking customs officer has strong reservations about the administration's new order to let in all CBD products. Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, in consultation with the attorney general, had ordered the release of seized products saying CBD's are

New church sex abuse claim filed

New church sex abuse claim filed

Another individual comes forward alleging child sexual abuse by deceased Priest Andy Manetta. The victim identified as L.L.L., to protect his identity, alleges that when he was around the ages of 14-15 years old and a student attending confirmation classe

Local charges dropped against alleged child porn maker, federal charges moving forward

Local charges dropped against alleged child porn maker, federal charges moving forward

Local sex crime charges against National Guard Sergeant Jerry Thomas Guerrero II were dismissed to allow federal charges to proceed. On July 2, Guerrero was indicted by the U.S. Attorney's office in district court on the same incident. He is facing charge

Port union rep says injured employee wasn't properly trained

Port union rep says injured employee wasn't properly trained

Robert Koss, the union rep for a Port Authority worker who was injured after thousands of pounds of rebar fell on his leg said a lack of training and workers being made to do jobs they weren't hired to do could be to blame for the injury. "The union's pri

Business community wants BPT rolled back

Business community wants BPT rolled back

Business leaders turned out in force today to support a bill by Sen. James Moylan to roll back the business privilege tax increase passed last year amid a massive drop in government revenue. The hotly debated tax increase was passed by the previous legisl

Guam inmate died in contracted federal facility

Guam inmate died in contracted federal facility

Inmate Joseph Mansapit died in a contracted federal facility. That's according to a U.S. Marshal when asked by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood in a sentencing hearing held yesterday for drug defendant Ricky Sanchez. This recent death was brought to

GPD testing new uniforms

GPD testing new uniforms

Under a uniform pilot program, Guam Police Department officers out of the central command are sporting new duds. They're wearing material that's more durable with a more comfortable fit for field operation. This is how Lt. James Cruz, commander of the Hag

Bags of trash not picked up, cleanup efforts a mess

Bags of trash not picked up, cleanup efforts a mess

One senator is down in the dumps after the Dededo Mayors Office came up short on its end of a basula bargain. It was hard work - cleaning a stretch of Okkodo Pipeline near the entrance of Fern Terrace, but Sen. Clynt Ridgell was able to do it with help fr

Hikers caught in Sigua flash flood rescued

Hikers caught in Sigua flash flood rescued

It was a scary moment for some hikers Monday evening. At 6:29 p.m., the Guam Fire Department's E-911 Center received a call from a group of four hikers at Sigua Falls. A flash flood had separated one of the female hikers from the group leaving her clingin

19th Annual Red Ball set for Sept. 21

19th Annual Red Ball set for Sept. 21

Gear up for the next Red Ball hosted by the American Red Cross in partnership with Atkins Kroll, BMW. The fundraiser comes at a time when natural disasters plague the region. Color Me Red - that's the theme of the 19th Annual Red Ball on September 21 at t

APL opens new corporate office in Tamuning

APL opens new corporate office in Tamuning

Shipping company American President Lines cut the ribbon for its new corporate office at the Landmark building in Tamuning today. "Today is really a momentous occasion for us, for APL, the family, the community, it really solidifies our commitment to the

New charges allege Brandon Acosta also raped teen

New charges allege Brandon Acosta also raped teen

Rape charges have been added against Brandon Acosta, the man who reportedly confessed to killing 15-year-old Timicca Nauta after a burglary gone wrong at her home in Dededo last year. A superseding indictment filed on Friday charges Acosta with first, sec

Navy also investigating PFAS contamination

Navy also investigating PFAS contamination

The concern for contamination isn't just a GovGuam issue. The military is working with the Guam Waterworks Authority to test and monitor all of the island's production water wells for PFAS chemical substances. In a joint release NAVFAC Engineering Command

Is Verona growing a junkyard, dumpsite in Tumon?

Is Verona growing a junkyard, dumpsite in Tumon?

A dumpsite and junkyard in our island's tourism capital? That's exactly what we found at the backside of the Verona Hotel. An overflowing dumpster full of rotting household trash, mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, microwaves, water heaters, toilets, batht

Residents terrified after Harmon apartment complex attack

Residents terrified after Harmon apartment complex attack

Vandalism, violence and death threats broke out at a Harmon apartment this weekend leaving one man injured and residents afraid for their lives. Romeo and Marivel Recon were going about their normal Saturday routine when the unexpected happened. As Romeo

Former Guam Homeland Security employee receives drug charge sentence

Former Guam Homeland Security employee receives drug charge sentence

Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood sentenced Ricky Sanchez to 30 months behind bars in District Court today. Sanchez, a former Guam Homeland Security employee pleaded guilty to drug charges after feds caught him for having a package of 27 grams of 100

Soup kitchen could be on the chopping block to pay for sex abuse claims

Soup kitchen could be on the chopping block to pay for sex abuse claims

The Archdiocese of Agana's only soup kitchen is at risk of being sold to pay for damage claims made by alleged sexual abuse victims. The costs are in the millions. It's on the short list of property being sold to pay for damage claims by over 200 alleged

Fisherman helps families reach Rota

Fisherman helps families reach Rota

After a year of regular flight service in to and out of Rota ended, it seems easier to get to far-flung places than it is to our closet neighbor. One has been a solution for families who can't get a flight up north. Guam resident Frank Mendiola is a fishe

Tenant frustrated over garbage piling behind apartment

Tenant frustrated over garbage piling behind apartment

Mark Moore has had enough. The Tamuning resident is calling out his neighbors and landlord for dumping trash behind the Summer Garden apartments owned by Core Tech. He showed us an illegal dumping ground behind his apartment. Never mind how it looks, the

Retired cop's lawyer wants judge removed

Retired cop's lawyer wants judge removed

In court today, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood said it's not often she gets motions of recusal. And it's not often an attorney makes motions to have a judge recused. But that's at issue in the case of a retired cop John "Boom" Mantanona accused of

Governor orders release of seized CBD products

Governor orders release of seized CBD products

Customs has cleared all cannabidiol or CBD products that were previously on hold this weekend. The move comes after the governor ordered the release following close consultation with the attorney general. Customs policy on CBD products going forward, Dire

Teen arrested for assault after argument about future plans

Teen arrested for assault after argument about future plans

An argument over plans for the future lands one man behind bars. On Friday, officers from the Guam Police Department responded to a complaint at a home in Talofofo. The victim had been arguing with 18-year old Joshua Aaron Lizama Gumataotao over his futur

Autopsy determines Anigua assault victim's identity

Autopsy determines Anigua assault victim's identity

The man who was assaulted in Anigua and later died has been identified as Sonter Soukin. According to Guam Police Department Spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao, an autopsy was performed on Friday. It was determined that the cause of death was due to blunt impac

Unexploded ordnance discovered in Piti

Unexploded ordnance discovered in Piti

At 7:15 on this morning Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense responded to a report of a unexploded ordnance at the construction site by the basketball court in Piti in Route 1, according to Public Information Officer Jenna Blas. Explosive Ordnance Dis

Part of Piti evacuated due to ordnance discovery

Part of Piti evacuated due to ordnance discovery

EOD, Guam Homeland, GPD, and GFD are responding to a gig ordnance found in Piti near the basketball court. Nearby residences are being evacuated and the roadway near the area where ordnance was found has been closed.

Friends and family continue to seek "Justice for Bert" four years after cop's death

Friends and family continue to seek "Justice for Bert" four years after cop's death

Four years ago on this day, Guam Police Department Sergeant Bert Piolo passed away. And the family is still asking where the justice is? In recognition of his four-year anniversary, a rally was held in Hagatna. The sign read "Justice for Bert", and years

Governor will make second trip to live fire training site

Governor will make second trip to live fire training site

The governor is back on island after traveling to Chuuk with some major updates. The Maga'haga says that CBD confiscated by the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency will be released. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero says that Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency wi

Group of four, all drunk, arrested for rioting in Tamuning

Group of four, all drunk, arrested for rioting in Tamuning

DK Joywell, Yos Yos, Mase Joywell and Ataf Yos all in their twenties, are charged with aggravated assault and rioting as a third-degree felony, among other charges. On July 11, Guam Police Department officers received an aggravated assault complaint near

Drugs found on Jeremy Cruz, 34

Drugs found on Jeremy Cruz, 34

Police officers stopped a car for "erratic driving" on June 10 and discovered a small baggie filled with drugs. 34- year-old Jeremy James Laitan Cruz faces a third-degree felony charge for possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. When the defenda

Six proposals submitted for representation in contamination case

Six proposals submitted for representation in contamination case

The Office of the Attorney General received six responses to a solicitation for proposals for legal representation in the contamination suit. Public Law 35-25 the Protehi I Hanom Act of 2019 authorizes the AG to acquire legal services to represent Guam in

$4.6 million in tax refunds coming next week

$4.6 million in tax refunds coming next week

On Monday, Rev & Tax and DOA will mail out 1,433 tax refund checks totaling approximately $4.6 million, including refunds garnished to repay government debts for error-free returns filed on or before February 8, 2019.

New hotline cracks down on environmental crimes

New hotline cracks down on environmental crimes

A new hotline has been set up to crack down on environmental crimes. Center for Island Sustainability director Dr. Austin Shelton, and Department of Agriculture director Chelsa Muna-Brecht announced that UOG's Seagrant lab and the Division of Aquatics and

Memorial in Mangilao honors war survivors

Memorial in Mangilao honors war survivors

Earlier this morning, war survivors, community members, and island's leaders unveiled another memorial as the island sees its 75th year of liberation. A plaque was unveiled in Mangilao in front of the mayor's office in commemoration of war survivors, the

Island realtors celebrated at Adelup

Island realtors celebrated at Adelup

Get excited, because July is officially Realtor's Month! Flanked by some of Guam's realtors at a proclamation signing today, Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio proclaimed this month as a time to celebrate our realtors. Guam Association of Realtors president

UCLA students on Guam, studying social movements

UCLA students on Guam, studying social movements

Students from UCLA under the guidance of Professor Keith Camacho are on island for a month-long study abroad program. The aim of the program is to study social movements, international politics, and engage in community-based research. UCLA undergraduate s

Young scientists showcase their innovations

Young scientists showcase their innovations

The island's future scientists and engineers are hard at work. At the Guam Community College's Sustainable Technologies and Environmental Education (STEEP) program, the island's youth showcased their major projects. The month-long program's main goal is t

Eager islanders camp-out to secure spots for Liberation Day Parade

Eager islanders camp-out to secure spots for Liberation Day Parade

Camping out - for a chance to get a spot to camp out to watch the 75th Liberation Day Parade. That was the scene at Parks & Rec this morning. Over 100 people packed outside Paseo Stadium, some waiting since Thursday afternoon for a chance to grab one of 1

Mayors Council asking for $13.8M budget

Mayors Council asking for $13.8M budget

The Mayors are seeking a $1.2 million increase in their fiscal year 2020 budget. A hearing was held on the $13.8 million spending request today. About $9 million is to cover employee salaries and benefits. The Mayors Council of Guam is also asking for $24

Margaret Hattori-Uchima awarded GNA Nurse of the Year

Margaret Hattori-Uchima awarded GNA Nurse of the Year

Margaret Hattori-Uchima, dean of the University of Guam School of Nursing & Health Sciences, was awarded the 2019 GNA Nurse of the Year Award at the 68th Annual Guam Nurses Association Anniversary, Recognition, and Awards Banquet. Hattori-Uchima has been

Governor to visit live-fire training range with acting SHPO

Governor to visit live-fire training range with acting SHPO

The maga'haga will be making her second trip to the live-fire training range next week - and this time she'll be with acting State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick Lujan. Lujan told KUAM News the governor has expressed concern about ancestral sites a

Central middle school expected to accommodate 800 students

Central middle school expected to accommodate 800 students

The second community meeting was held to discuss converting an elementary school in Tamuning into a central middle school. "We are not asking for a K through 8, we are asking for a middle school and as a board member I will honor that request," Guam Depar

David Talley allegedly returned to crime scene after breaking into man's home

David Talley allegedly returned to crime scene after breaking into man's home

A man allegedly returned to the scene of the crime after police were called to a report of a home invasion. On July 10, the victim said David Talley and two others knocked on his door and punched him, court documents state. Talley then kicked in the door

Japanese company sentenced for dumping in Apra Harbor

Japanese company sentenced for dumping in Apra Harbor

Fukuichi Gyogyo Kabushiki Kaishi was sentenced in District Court today for two violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from ships and one count of obstruction of an agency proceeding Under a plea deal, the company will be banned from U.S. waters and po

Port hires Joe McDonald as staff attorney

Port hires Joe McDonald as staff attorney

The Port Authority of Guam has filled its newly created staff attorney position. Port General Manager Rory Respicio confirmed former Office of the Attorney General Chief Prosecutor Joe McDonald has been picked up by the agency. Prior to moving back to Gua

July declared Parks and Recreation Month

July declared Parks and Recreation Month

A proclamation signing declaring July Parks and Recreation month Acting governor josh tenorion and acting Lt. Gov. Tina Muna Barnes was on hand to congratulate the department's employees and management. Barnes reminisced about the old DPR softball leagues

New memorial remembers Camp Asinan

New memorial remembers Camp Asinan

The island continues to pay homage to its war survivors in our 75th year of liberation. Another gathering was held at Yona/Chalan Pago. Continuing this week's moving tributes to remember the lives of the fallen and respect Guam's War survivors, a ceremony

Juan Flores now superintendent of Catholic Education

Juan Flores now superintendent of Catholic Education

Guam's Catholic Education has a new superintendent. Dr. Juan Flores succeeds Richard Alvia who left in May to pursue a doctoral degree. Flores has a bachelors degree in Biology from Colgate University in New York. A Masters in Education from the Universit

Local charges dropped against alleged child porn maker, federal charges moving forward

Bags of trash not picked up, cleanup efforts a mess

GPD testing new uniforms

Residents terrified after Harmon apartment complex attack

Is Verona growing a junkyard, dumpsite in Tumon?

William Mantanona Enters Plea Agreement