State dismisses Bynum case

LIHU‘E — The misdemeanor case against Kaua‘i County Council member Tim Bynum, stemming from alleged zoning violations, was dismissed with prejudice Thursday.

Special Deputy Attorney General Richard Minatoya signed the dismissal order on Wednesday and forwarded to 5th Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Watanabe, who accepted and approved the dismissal on Thursday.

Because the case was dismissed with prejudice, the charges against Bynum cannot be brought up again.

Bynum was being charged with four counts of zoning violations, which were brought up after someone allegedly trespassed onto his property and saw a rice cooker in his adjacent dwelling unit. Bynum said the counts involved having a rice cooker, using the rice cooker, having a sink and a refrigerator. Look for extended coverage of the issue in an upcoming edition.

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