Court turns down motions filed by Hansen Helicopters

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The District Court of Guam is not persuaded by the arguments put forth by Hansen Helicopters in their attempt to have the court rule in their favor on several motions before the court.

District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood has shot down several motions filed by Hansen Helicopters. The court first established jurisdiction over the case, further denying several motions to dismiss a number of counts for multiplicity.

The court has, however, taken under advisement arguments to dismiss 25 counts which were also cited as being duplicate charges. At this time, all the counts stand against Hansen Helicopters and moving forward towards trial the Chief Judge has denied a motion to suppress search warrants and the request for an evidentiary hearing.

“The Court finds unpersuasive defendant’s attempt to show that ‘the magistrate or judge issuing a warrant was misled by information in an affidavit that the affiant knew was false or would have known was false except for his reckless disregard of the truth.’ The Court is also unpersuaded by defendant’s argument that the warrants at issue were “so facially deficient–i.e., in failing to particularize the place to be searched or the things to be seized–that the executing officers cannot reasonably presume it to be valid,” stated the order.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.