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Kona man charged with meth trafficking 04-17-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentVice Section, Area IILieutenant Sherry BirdPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 226Report No. C14010189   Media Release A Kona man has been charged with meth trafficking and other offenses after being found with crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. On Wednesday, officers from the Area II Vice Section made contact with a man and a woman […]

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Missing teen: Shaniyah Das-Laro 04-17-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolSergeant Darryel TolentinoPhone: 961-2213Report No. C14009880   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Pepeʻekeo girl who was reported missing. Shaniyah Das-Laro was last seen in Pepeʻekeo on Saturday (April 12). She is described as 5-foot-1, 100 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Police ask anyone with […]

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Hilo man charged for February burglary 04-14-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C14005216   Media Release A Hilo man has been charged with burglary and theft for allegedly stealing items from a Hilo home in February. On February 25, a 27-year-old Hilo man reported that he had video surveillance of the suspect removing tools from his […]

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Missing teen: Brianna Freitas-Jones 04-17-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C14007782   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing. Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones was last seen in Hilo on March 21. She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 130 pounds with green eyes and brown […]

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Umauma road construction and traffic signals 04-16-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentNorth Hilo DistrictLieutenant Allan WatanabePhone: 962-2120   Media Release Road construction in Umauma is ongoing on Highway 19 at the 16-mile marker. Hawaiʻi Island police are reminding motorists to abide by all traffic control signs and devices in the construction area, specifically the traffic control lights at both ends of the bridge. To […]

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Woman arrested for financial crimes 04-16-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No. C14009976     Media Release A 23-year-old Waimea woman has been charged with eight felonies in connection with a stolen checkbook. The victim, a 58-year-old Hōlualoa woman, reported on April 7 that a new checkbook from her bank had been stolen. Police […]

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Still wanted: Keahi Calvin Sale 04-15-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Lieutenant Lucille Melemai Phone: 961-2214   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 25-year-old man wanted on no-bail warrants and for questioning in connection with unrelated investigations. Keahi Calvin Sale is described as 5-foot-7, 155 pounds with brown eyes and […]

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Police investigating death during Kona arrest (update No. 2) 04-15-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, ext. 266   Media Release (update No. 2) The final results of an autopsy conducted Wednesday (February 5) on the body of 39-year-old Randall Hatori of Kailua-Kona concluded that the cause of death was cardio-respiratory arrest due to the combined effects of high levels of […]

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DUI stats 04-14-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionSergeant Robert PauolePhone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of April 7, 2014, through April 13, 2014, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 35 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Eleven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two were under the age of 21. So far this […]

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Wanted: Dale Arruda 04-14-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 42-year-old Hilo man wanted for a parole violation. Dale Daniel Arruda is described as part Hawaiian, 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. He may have a […]

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Missing teen located: Reina Aldorasi 04-14-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Gilbert Gaspar Phone: 326-4646 Ext. 267 Report No. C13014042   Media Release   Hawaiʻi Island police have located 16-year-old Reina Aldorasi of Kona, who was reported missing last year. She was found in Kailua-Kona on Thursday (April 10).

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Public invited to “Run To Honor” 5K Run/2 Mile Walk/Keiki Fun Run May 17 04-14-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCommunity PolicingLieutenant Darren HorioPhone:  961-2350   Media Release In recognition of Police Week, the Hawaiʻi Police Department and Crime Stoppers Hawaiʻi will hold a “Run To Honor” 5K Run/2 Mile Walk and “Click It or Ticket” Keiki Fun Run on Saturday, May 17, at Liliʻuokalani Gardens in Hilo. The public is invited to […]

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National drug take-back initiative is April 26 04-17-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone 961-2244   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is encouraging the public to participate in a nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative being sponsored in Hawaiʻi by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the state Department of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety. On […]

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Kona community meeting changed to April 15 04-10-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKona PatrolCaptain Randal IshiiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 299   Media Release (update) The date of the Police Department’s Kona community meeting has been changed to Tuesday,  April 15. The meeting will take place from 12-2 p.m. at the Kona police station. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the […]

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National Distracted Driver Enforcement Campaign 04-09-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionSergeant Robert P. PauolePhone: 961-2305   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police will increase enforcement of distracted driving as part of a national campaign called “U Drive U Text U Pay” which runs April 10 through April 15. Distracted driving is a problem of national concern. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration […]

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Merrie Monarch one-way traffic pattern 04-09-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services Sergeant Robert PauolePhone: 961-2305   Media Release In conjunction with the 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, a temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect on Kalanikoa Street in Hilo. Traffic will be allowed to flow in the makai, or northerly direction on Kalanikoa Street between Piʻilani Street and Kuawa Street […]

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Missing teen located: Shellsea Gouveia-Asuncion 04-09-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IILieutenant Gilbert GasparPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 230Report No. C14005051   Media Release Hawaiʻi island police have located 16-year-old Shellsea Gouveia-Asuncion of Kona, who was reported missing. She was found April 3.

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Click It or Ticket 14 & Under Championships 04-08-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHawaiʻi Police Activities League (HI-PAL)Lieutenant Darren HorioPhone: 961-8121FAX: 961-8845     Media Release Seventy-eight youths from 10 teams participated in the HI-PAL Click It or Ticket 14 and Under Hoops Championships this past weekend, April 4-6, at the Waiākea-Uka gym. In the finals, Austin Ewing scored 13 points and Steven Texeira added 12 […]

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Hilo man charged with meth trafficking 04-08-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentVice Section, Area ILieutenant Mark FariasPhone: 961-2253Report No. C14009339   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Hilo man with meth trafficking and other offenses stemming from the execution of a search warrant on Monday (April 7). At 6:55 p.m. Monday, officers from the Area I Vice Section served the search warrant […]

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DUI stats 04-08-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionSergeant Robert PauolePhone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of March 31, 2014, through April 6, 2014, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two were under the age of 21. So far this […]

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Missing teen: Isaiah Fourshey 04-08-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolSergeant Lorenzo ArtiendaPhone: 961-2213Report No. C14008117   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo boy who was reported missing. Isaiah Fourshey was last seen in Hilo on March 25. He is described as 5-foot-10, 170 pounds with brown eyes and dark brown hair. Police ask anyone with […]

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Missing teen: Tiffany McCandless 04-08-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolSergeant Lorenzo ArtiendaPhone: 961-2213Report No. C14008121     Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing. Tiffany Faris-Saffery McCandless was last seen in Hilo on March 25. She is described as 5-foot-2, 185 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Police ask anyone […]

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Missing teen: Addie Cragg 04-08-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IILieutenant Gilbert GasparPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 230Report No. C14000693   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Kailua-Kona girl who was reported missing. Addie Cragg was last seen in Kona on January 8. She is described as 5-foot-5, 140 pounds with blue eyes and long, straight strawberry […]

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Hilo man charged with felonies for unlicensed contractor fraud 04-08-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C13012426   Media Release A Hilo man has been charged with three felonies after allegedly posing as a licensed contractor. At 4:34 p.m. Friday (April 4) 37-year-old Ricky Mesa was charged with first-degree theft and two felony counts of unlicensed contractor fraud. His bail […]

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Darren Ornellas charged following burglary 04-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C14008913   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged an 18-year-old Hilo man with offenses stemming from a burglary last week. On Saturday, (April 5), acting on a tip, police located and arrested Darren K. Ornellas without incident in the North Kohala District. […]

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Three men arrested for burglary 04-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol DistrictSergeant James CorreaPhone: 961-2213Report No. C14008897     Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested three men suspected of committing a residential burglary in Hilo. On Thursday (April 3), South Hilo Patrol officers, along with investigators from the Special Enforcement Unit and the Area I Juvenile Aid Section, responded to […]

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Man charged after firing numerous shots in Kona 04-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No. C14009104   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 39-year-old Kailua-Kona man with nine offenses in connection with an incident involving numerous shots being fired in his Kona apartment and at a resort parking lot. At 11 a.m. Monday (April […]

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Puna fatality victim identified 04-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit, Area ISergeant Christopher D. GaliPhone: 961-2332Report No. C14009162   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who died Sunday (April 6) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision on the Keaʻau-Pāhoa Road (Route 130) between the 3- and 4-mile markers in Keaʻau. He was identified as […]

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Man arrested after firing shots in Kona 04-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKona PatrolLieutenant William SoutherPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 253Report No. C14009104   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 39-year-old Kailua-Kona man on suspicion of reckless endangering Saturday afternoon (April 5) in Kailua-Kona. Raymond Robinson was arrested at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at a resort in Kailua-Kona. At 12:03 p.m. Saturday, Kona Patrol officers […]

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Kona stabbing (update) 04-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No. C14008955     Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Kona man with several offenses in connection with a stabbing incident last week in Kailua-Kona. On Saturday evening (April 5), detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section charged 43-year-old Michael […]

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Missing woman found: Karissa Hirahara 04-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C14008115 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 24-year-old Karissa Hirahara of a Keaʻau, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed in Pāhoa on Saturday (April 5).

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Puna fatality 04-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit, Area ISergeant Christopher D. GaliPhone: 961-2332Report No. C14009162   Media Release  A 26-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (April 6) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision on the Keaʻau-Pāhoa Road (Route 130) between the 3- and 4-mile markers in Keaʻau. Responding to a 4:31 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers […]

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Officer of the Month: Sheldon Nakamoto 04-02-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Harry S. KubojiriPhone: 961-2244   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Sheldon Nakamoto as “Officer of the Month” for April in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (April 2) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Nakamoto was honored for an investigation that led to felony charges in a stolen […]

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Hilo murder investigation (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations DivisionCaptain Robert WagnerPhone: 961-2251Report No. C14008169   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police have released two people who were arrested Wednesday (March 26) on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 59-year-old Hilo man. Results of an autopsy conducted Friday afternoon (March 28) on the […]

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Kona shooting 03-28-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Division, Area IICaptain Chad BasquePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 263Report No. C14008288   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a shooting Friday morning (March 28) in Hōlualoa. At 7:47 a.m., Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a gunshot victim on Waiono Meadows Road. They found a 26-year-old Hōlualoa man with […]

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Hilo murder (update) 03-28-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations DivisionCaptain Robert WagnerPhone: 961-2251Report No. C14008169   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the victim in a murder investigation as 59-year-old Robert A Evanson of Hilo. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday afternoon (March 28) to determine the cause of death. At 7:32 p.m. Wednesday (March 26), police responded […]

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Missing teen: Ululihi Watson-Hamilton 03-27-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolSergeant Lorenzo ArtiendaPhone: 961-2213Report No. C14001336   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old girl who was reported missing. Ululihi Watson-Hamilton was last seen at her Hilo home on January 14. She is described as 5-foot-2, 150 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Police ask anyone with […]

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Hilo murder 03-27-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations DivisionCaptain Robert WagnerPhone: 961-2251Report No. C14008169   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a murder Wednesday (March 26) at a Hilo apartment complex. At 7:32 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a reported disturbance at an apartment complex on the 100 block of Ululani Street. Upon arrival, police discovered the lifeless […]

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Police seek suspects in Hilo assault 03-25-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area ILieutenant Lucille MelemaiPhone: 961-2254Report No. C14007940   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an assault on Monday (March 24) in Hilo and are looking for a suspect who was captured on video surveillance. At about 1:30 a.m. Monday, police responded to an area near the intersection of Kilauea […]

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DUI stats 03-25-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of March 17, 2014, through March 23, 2014, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 32 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Eleven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. So far this year, there have been […]

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Missing teen: Rillian Woods 03-24-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna DistrictSergeant Robert HattonPhone: 965-2716Report No. C14003634   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Mountain View boy who was reported missing. Rillian H. Woods was last seen in Nanawale Estates on February 28.  He is described as 5-foot-8, 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone […]

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Missing woman found: Cherie Ward 03-24-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C13005154   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police located 26-year-old Cherie Crystal Grace Ward, who was reported missing in March 2013. She was found in Volcano in March 2013.

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Officer and Firefighter of the Year 03-21-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Harry S. KubojiriPhone: 961-2244   Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Sergeant James Correa as “Officer of the Year” and Captain Darwin Okinaka as “Firefighter of the Year” in a dinner ceremony Thursday evening (March 20). Sergeant Correa, who joined the Police Department in March […]

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Man arrested for Kona and Hilo burglaries 03-21-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C14007201   Media Release (update)   Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 53-year-old former Hilo man with various offenses stemming from crimes that allegedly occurred on both sides of the island. At 12:33 a.m. Thursday (March 19), Kona patrol officers responded to a nuisance […]

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Missing man and infant located 03-21-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Lieutenant Lucille Melemai Phone: 961-2254 Report No. C14001824   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located a 34-year-old man and his infant daughter, who were reported missing in January. Eli Jonathan Evans and his daughter, Jasmine, were found in Hilo in good health on February 25.

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Hilo woman arrested for meth trafficking 03-19-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentVice Section, Area ILieutenant Mark FariasPhone: 961-2253Report No. C140007278   Media Release A 26-year-old Hilo woman is facing meth trafficking and other charges following a search warrant on her residence. At 12:05 p.m. Monday (March 17), Vice Section officers served a narcotics search warrant at a house on the 300 block of Hilinai Street […]

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Missing teen: Delvionte Cooper 03-19-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolSergeant Paul FukudaPhone: 961-2213Report No. C14007078   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Hilo boy who was reported missing. Delvionte Cooper, also known as “Devy,” was last seen in Hilo on the morning of March 14. He is described as African-American, 5-foot-7, 114 pounds with brown eyes […]

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Police release surveillance images after burglary is reported 03-17-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C14007201   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a residential burglary on Sunday (March 16) in Hilo and are looking for a suspect who was captured on video surveillance. At about 8:06 p.m. Sunday, police responded to the upper portion of Kukuau Street […]

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DUI stats 03-17-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of March 10, 2014, through March 16, 2014, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 26 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.Two of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was under the age of 21. So […]

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Missing: Danielle Caron 03-17-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna DistrictCaptain Samuel JelsmaPhone: 965-2716Report No. C14007086     Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 48-year-old woman who was reported missing. Danielle Caron was last seen at her Pāhoa home on March 6. She is described as Caucasian, 4-foot-11 with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She may be in […]

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Attempted murder and suicide (update) 03-17-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No. C14006817   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who shot himself during an attempted murder and suicide in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision last week. He was identified as 48-year-old Clyde Hawse Criswell, also known as Cris […]

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Reported boat assault leads to arrest 03-14-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKona PatrolLieutenant Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 296Report No. C14006666   Media Release A Kona man has been charged with assault in connection with a confrontation on a commercial dive boat. In response to a 12:04 p.m. call Tuesday (March 11), officers learned that an unknown man had reportedly boarded a boat in waters […]

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Brian Willis located 03-14-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna DistrictOfficer Luke WatkinsPhone: 965-2716Report No. C14006987   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 42-year-old Brian Willis of Keaʻau, who was reported missing. He was found unharmed Friday in Hilo.

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Missing: Brian Willis 03-14-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna DistrictOfficer Luke WatkinsPhone: 965-2716Report No. C14006987   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 42-year-old man who was reported missing. Brian Willis of a Keaʻau address was last seen in Hilo on March 10. He is described as Caucasian, 6-feet tall, 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He […]

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Missing teen: Shellsea Gouveia-Asuncion 03-13-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IILieutenant Gilbert GasparPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 230Report No. C14005051     Media Release Hawaiʻi island police are searching for a 16-year-old Kona girl who was reported missing. Shellsea Gouveia-Asuncion was last seen in Kealakekua on February 24. She is described as 5-foot-5, 100 pounds with brown eyes and short black […]

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Human remains identified (update No. 2) 03-13-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No. C14006656   Media Release (update No. 2) The human remains found in South Kohala on Monday have been identified through dental records as 37-year-old Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder of Kailua-Kona, who had been reported missing. Ryder’s family reported on January 17 that […]

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Attempted murder and suicide 03-13-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No. C14006817   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted murder and suicide in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision in Kaʻū. Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 12), Kaʻū patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at a […]

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Human remains found (update) 03-13-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No. C14006656   Media Release (update) An autopsy was conducted Wednesday (March 12) on human remains found in South Kohala on Monday. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was […]

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Man charged after car break-in 03-11-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C14006552   Media Release A Honokaʻa man is in police custody in connection with a theft from a tourist’s rental car. Just after 1 p.m. Monday (March 10), a 58-year-old visitor from Henryville, Indiana, reported that as he was returning to his unlocked rental […]

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Missing teen: Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones 03-11-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant James Gusman Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C14006656   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing. Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones was last seen in Hilo on February 26. She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 130 pounds with green eyes and long […]

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Community meeting to be held March 18 in Kaʻū 03-10-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kaʻū District Captain Burt Shimabukuro Phone: 939-2520 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting at noon on Tuesday, March 18, at the Nāʻālehu Community Center. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the […]

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Human remains found 03-11-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No. C14006656   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with human remains found in South Kohala. At approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday (March 10) detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section located human remains on vacant […]

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Click It or Ticket Elementary and Intermediate School Championships 03-11-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHawaiʻi Police Activities League (HI-PAL)Lieutenant Darren HorioPhone: 961-8121   Media Release The HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Elementary and Intermediate School Championships were held this past weekend, March 8-9, at Carvalho Park in Hilo.  The Waiākea Titans finished the tournament with a 4-0 record to claim the Elementary Division championship for 4th through […]

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DUI stats 03-10-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of March 3, 2014, through March 9, 2014, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 30 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was under the age of 21. […]

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Boater arrested for DUI 03-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKona PatrolLieutenant Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: 326-4646, Ext.296Report No. C14006096   Media Release A Kona man was arrested early Thursday for boating under the influence. At 10:13 p.m. Wednesday (March 5), the U.S. Coast Guard notified police that a commercial dive boat and its operator had been reported missing. Another tour company picked up the […]

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Stolen truck 03-07-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHāmākua DistrictSergeant Tyson MatsumuraPhone: 775-7533Report No. C130343888   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen pickup truck. Sometime between December 28 and December 29, a lowered primer-black 1986 Toyota 2-wheel-drive pickup truck was taken from Honokaʻa town. The truck’s license plate is HJV 353. It […]

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Man charged with stealing county cars 03-06-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C14005724   Media Release A Hilo man has been arrested after allegedly stealing two vehicles belonging to the County of Hawaiʻi. On Monday (March 3), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report that a 2007 Ford Explorer had been stolen from a Hawaiʻi […]

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Man still wanted for attempted bank robbery 03-06-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C14000886   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted for the attempted robbery of a bank in Hilo in January. Just before 6 p.m.  on January 10, police responded […]

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Halloween attempted robbery (update) 03-06-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C13029246   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about an attempted robbery that occurred in Hilo on October 31, 2013. At about 8 p.m. on that date, police responded to the Waiākea Villas after […]

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Man arrested after burglary in Kealakekua 03-06-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Gerald WikePhone: 326-4646, Ext. 266   Media Release A 20-year-old man faces an assortment of criminal charges following a burglary early Tuesday (March 4) in Kealakekua. At 4:36 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at an apartment complex on Kiloa Road. A […]

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D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year: Denise Smith-Erickson 03-06-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Harry S. KubojiriPhone: 961-2244   Media Release Officer Denise Smith-Erickson has earned the statewide distinction of State of Hawaiʻi D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year for 2013. Smith-Erickson, a 14-year veteran of the Hawaiʻi Police Department, is a Community Policing officer in the South Kohala District. Among her responsibilities is […]

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Officer of the Month: Mario Ochoa 03-05-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Mario Ochoa as “Officer of the Month” for March in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (March 5) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Ochoa was honored for his investigation of an automobile theft in […]

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Eviction scam 03-05-04

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentAdministrative Services DivisionMajor Samuel ThomasPhone: 961-2265   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about an email scam from someone posing as a real estate agent. A Puna man received an email claiming that his home would be seized by police because of suspected illegal activities. It states that the recipient […]

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Police warn about several scams 03-04-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentAdministrative Services SectionMajor Samuel ThomasPhone: 961-2265   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about several scams that have been reported by island residents. A Keaʻau couple reported being the target of three telephone scams within two weeks. The first was a telephone call to their cell phone claiming they had […]

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DUI stats 03-03-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of February 24, 2014, through March 2, 2014, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 29 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Eight of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two were under the age of 21. […]

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Overdue electric bill scam 03-03-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolSergeant Darryel TolentinoPhone: 961-2213Report No. M14011804   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about a telephone utility scam. A Hilo woman received a phone call from someone posing as a representative of Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company. The caller claimed the recipient’s electric bill was overdue and threatened to […]

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Man and his mother arrested for meth distribution 02-28-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentVice Section, Area IILieutenant Sherry BirdPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 226Report No. C14004674   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Hāwī man and his mother and charged them with meth distribution and other offenses. On Thursday morning (February 27), officers from the Area II Vice Section, North Kohala Patrol and Community Policing served […]

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Temporary one-way traffic pattern on Banyan Drive on March 15 02-28-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release To accommodate mass walkers at the 17th Annual Hilo Heart & Stroke Walk & Health Fair, a temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect on Banyan Drive. Traffic will be allowed to flow in the makai, or northeasterly, direction on […]

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Officers of the Month: Balberde, Wakita and Haskell 02-27-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Harry S. KubojiriPhone: 961-2244   Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer John Balberde as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for January and Officers Charisse Wakita and Earl Haskell as “Officers of the Month” for February. Balberde was recognized for apprehending a repeat […]

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Hilo robbery 02-27-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolLieutenant James GusmanPhone: 961-2213Report No. C14003950   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery at a public beach earlier in the month. At 11:33 a.m. on February 14, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery two hours earlier in the parking lot of Carlsmith Beach […]

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Missing: Carol Westbrook 02-27-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolLieutenant James GusmanPhone: 961-2213Report No. C14003950   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 72-year-old woman who was reported missing. Carol Westbrook, who has no permanent address, was last heard from by her family during the first week of February. She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-3, 120 pounds with […]

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Man arrested after victim hit twice by SUV 02-27-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C14003089   Media Release A Hilo man has been charged with nine offenses after he allegedly banged into another man twice with a sports-utility vehicle. At 7:17 p.m. on February 2, police responded to Hilo Medical Center, where it was reported that a 49-year-old […]

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Stolen bags of coffee parchment 02-26-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKaʻū DistrictCaptain Burt ShimabukuroPhone: 939-2520Report No. C14003894   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in a theft in Nāʻālehu. On February 11, at about 4:06 p.m., police received a call from a 53-year-old homeowner reporting that unknown suspects had removed 10 80-pound brown burlap […]

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Wanted: Moala Kaupu (update) 02-25-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section Detective Renee Morinaka Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 301 Report C13028699   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about the whereabouts of 21-year-old Moala Kuahuia Kaupu of Kailua-Kona, who is wanted for abuse of a family/household member. He is described as 5-foot-11, 185 pounds with brown […]

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Missing woman: Maffriette Silk 02-21-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKaʻū DistrictSergeant Zachary FernandoPhone: 939-2520Report No. C14004772   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 65-year-old Nāʻālehu woman who was reported missing. Maffriette Silk was last seen in Kona on February 5 wearing a white leather jacket and a beige dress. She has a medical condition that requires medication. Silk is described […]

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Police investigating injuries to infant 02-20-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IILieutenant Gilbert GasparPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 230   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the hospitalization of a 2-month-old Hōlualoa boy. On Wednesday (February 19), the Area II Juvenile Aid Section was notified by Child Welfare Services in Honolulu that the infant had been taken by […]

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Tractor fatality 02-19-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit, Area ISergeant Christopher D. GaliPhone: 961-2332Report No. C14004585   Media Release A Puna man died Wednesday (February 19) after a tractor he was operating fell off a cliff and into a stream. He has been identified as 25-year-old Jose Luiz Hernandez-Miranda of Keaʻau. Shortly after 11:26 a.m., police responded to […]

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Puna man arrested after gun threat 02-19-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C14004353   Media Release A Puna man has been charged with five offenses in connection with a gun incident early Monday morning in Puna. In response to a 2:24 a.m. call Monday (February 17), Puna patrol officers responded to 28th Avenue in the Hawaiian […]

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DUI stats 02-18-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of February 10, 2014, through February 16, 2014, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 20 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two were under the age of 21. […]

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Puna man arrested after assault sends neighbor to hospital 02-18-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area ILieutenant Gregory EstebanPhone: 961-2252Report No. C14004354   Media Release A Puna man has been charged with assault after his neighbor went to the hospital with substantial injuries to his face and body. at 2:49 a.m. Monday (February 17), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to Hilo Medical Center, where a […]

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Nathan AhLoo located 02-18-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid SectionLieutenant Gilbert GasparPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 230Report No. C14000695   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 34-year-old Nathan AhLoo, who was wanted for abuse and contempt of court. AhLoo was arrested Friday (February 14) and charged with contempt of court and three counts of abuse of a family/household member. His […]

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Missing teen found: Desiree Tolentino-Awai 02-18-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Lieutenant Lucille Melemai Phone: 961-2254 Report No. C13025400   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 16-year-old Desiree Tolentino-Awai of Hilo, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed Friday afternoon (February 14) in Hilo.

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81st Recruit Class recognition ceremony 02-14-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s 81st Recruit Class was recognized Friday (February 14) during ceremonies held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. The police recruits, who just completed six months of intensive training, will undergo four months of on-the-job field training with […]

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Wanted: Nathan AhLoo 02-13-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictLieutenant Juergen CandaPhone: 887-3080Report No. C14000695   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for 34-year-old Nathan AhLoo, who is wanted for four abuse cases. He is also wanted on a $2,000 bench warrant for contempt of court. He is described as Hawaiian, 5-foot-11, 200 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, […]

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Missing child found: Satyavati Dasi-Lazar 02-12-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Lieutenant Lucille MelemaiPhone: 961-2254Report No. C14003964   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 10-year-old  Satyavati Dasi-Lazar of Pāhoa, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed and uninjured in Pāhoa Town on Wednesday afternoon (February 12), after a Good Samaritan found her in Opihikāō and […]

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Missing child: Satyavati Dasi-Lazar 02-1-14

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna DistrictCaptain Samuel JelsmaPhone: 965-2716Report No. C14003964   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 10-year-old girl who was reported missing from Opihikāō. Satyavati Dasi-Lazar is described as 4-foot-6 to 4-foot-7 with blue eyes, blond shoulder-length hair and stitches on her right knee. She was last seen around 10:30 a.m.  Wednesday […]

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90-year-old man crushed by shed 02-12-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Lieutenant Daniel Mlakar Phone: 326-4646 Ext. 253 Report No. C14003889   Media Release A 90-year-old man died Tuesday (February 11) from injuries he sustained when a storage shed on his property collapsed on him. He was identified as Walter K. Sugi of a Hōnaunau address. Police determined that Sugi had […]

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Man arrested and charged after convenience store robbery 02-11-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C14003586   Media Release A 33-year-old man has been charged with four offenses stemming from the robbery of a convenience store over the weekend. At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday (February 8), two men entered a convenience store at the corner […]

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Fatal fall 02-10-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-22213 Report No. C14003685   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a public accident that caused the death of an Oahu man on Sunday (February 9). At 11:28 a.m. Sunday, South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report that a man had fallen from […]

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