Judge grants motion allowing Hansen Helicopter execs to communicate

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Guam – Hansen Helicopter executives remain under the close watch of U.S. Marshals to ensure there is no communication between witnesses or defendants in the chopper transport company’s fraud case. But it appears that communication restrictions have been lifted as long as it doesn’t include talking about the case.

Kenneth Crowe, Marvin Reed, Phillip Kapp, and John Walker–all executives of the company– ere placed on pre-trial release in the case involving the alleged Hansen Helicopter conspiracy and fraud. Of the three individuals, only Walker had been released with the ability to communicate with employees for business purposes, as long as the discussions did not include the case.

The motion was made to assure the safe and federally compliant operation of the company’s fleet of helicopters and to facilitate the continued employment of approximately 120 people.

The bar on the communication of the other three defendants has reportedly presented challenges for the company.

The motion states that the continued business operation of Hansen is substantially impaired if such communications continue to be prohibited. So the federal court issued a decision and order granting the defense’s motion to modify those restrictions to allow for communication between the defendants and others for business purposes.

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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.