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03-21-17 East Hawai’i Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Police Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: 961-2244   Pictured from left to right: Hawaii County Council Member Susan Lee Loy, ‘Firefighter of the Year’ EMS Captain Chris Honda, ‘East Hawai’i Officer of the Year’ Puna Patrol Officer Joshua Baumgarner, Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, and Senator Kaiali’i Kahele Media […]

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03-01-17 Officer of the Month: Chandler Nacino

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Officer of the Month: Chandler Nacino   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Kona Patrol Officer Chandler Nacino as “Officer of the Month” for March in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (March 1) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Nacino, who has been […]

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02-27-17 Wanted: Kilikina Beall

Hawaiʻi Police Department North Kohala District Officer Denise Smith-Erickson Phone: 889-6540 Kilikina Beall   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 31-year-old woman wanted on two bench warrants. Kilikina Beall is wanted for contempt of court and violating probation. She is also wanted for questioning in connection with an assault investigation. She is […]

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02-24-17 Attempted puppy theft

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Sergeant Edwin A. Buyten Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 253 Report No. C17005242 Surveillance Photo No. 1 Surveillance Photo No. 2   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted theft early Friday morning (February 24) at the Kona Humane Society. At approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday, a pair of individuals broke […]

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02-24-17 Captain promotions announced

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Police Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Gilbert Gaspar Gregory Esteban Kenneth Quiocho   Media Release Police Chief Paul Ferreira has announced three promotions to the rank of captain. Gilbert Gaspar will be the captain in charge of Kona patrol. He joined the Police Department in July 1982 and […]

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02-23-17 Reminder: Firearms must be registered within five days of purchase or importation into the state

Hawaiʻi Police Department Firearms Registration Section Phone: 961-2239 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department reminds firearms owners that after obtaining the proper permit to purchase a firearm (both pistol and long gun) and after the firearm has been purchased, it is the owner’s responsibility to register it within five days. Likewise, a firearm brought into […]

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02-23-17 Officer of the Month: Conrad Bidal

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Police Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Hilo Exchange Club board member Joey Estrella presents an ‘Officer of the Month’ award to Officer Conrad Bidal.   Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Puna Patrol Officer Conrad Bidal on Thursday (February 23) as the East Hawaiʻi […]

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02-16-17 Man charged for assault on visitors

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C17004207 Herbert Lee   Media Release (update) A Kamuela man has been charged in connection with a violent confrontation with two visitors from California near Hapuna Beach Park on Monday (February 13). At 8:20 a.m. Thursday (February 16), […]

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02-16-17 Police ID pair seen on surveillance camera

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C17003949   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have identified two persons whose images were captured on a surveillance camera in connection with a theft from a Hilo store on February 10. Police thank the public for their assistance.

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02-15-17 Man arrested for assault on visitors

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C17004207   Media Release A Kamuela man has been arrested in connection with a violent confrontation with two visitors from California. In response to a 4:48 p.m. call Monday (February 13) reporting an assault, South Kohala officers responded […]

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02-15-17 Please drive with caution

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert P. Pauole Phone:  961-2305   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are reminding motorists about the dangers of speeding, disregarding stop signs and disregarding red lights while in a school zone. During morning and afternoon hours, children and school crossing guards have encountered numerous “near misses” in crosswalks […]

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02-14-17 Pāhoa burglary (update No. 3)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17001575 Patrick Hanato   Media Release (update No. 3) Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 45-year-old man in connection with a burglary January 16 at a county office off Pāhoa Village Road. Patrick Iwanu Hanato of Pāhoa was arrested Tuesday […]

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02-13-17 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of February 6, 2017, through February 12, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 14 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. So far this year, there have been […]

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02-10-17 New episode of ‘Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted’ starts Friday

Hawaiʻi Police Department Administrative Services Division Major Samuel Thomas Phone: 961-2265 Keoni Kalanui-Manantan David Cordeiro Ryan Yuen   Media Release The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights one man wanted for assaulting a police officer, another man wanted for questioning in an abuse case and a third […]

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02-10-17 Pāhoa burglary

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17001575 Suspect No. 1 Suspect No. 2 (front) Suspect No. 2 (profile)   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in identifying two men who may be responsible for a reported […]

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02-10-17 Hilo bank robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17003724 Toby Amuimuia   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged the man who was arrested Wednesday (February 8) in connection with a bank robbery in Hilo. At 4:15 p.m. Thursday (February 9), detectives from the Area I Criminal […]

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02-09-17 Shannon Navor charged with another offense

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17000526 Shannon Navor   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged 33-year-old Shannon K. Navor of Kurtistown with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in connection with the theft of a 2014 BMW sports-utility vehicle. The SUV was removed from a […]

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02-09-17 Parking lot shooting (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Invstigations Section Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No.C17003610 Desmond Kepano   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged the 29-year-old man who was arrested early Tuesday (February 7) for a shooting incident Monday night (February 6) in the parking lot of a shopping center on Kanoelehua Avenue in Hilo. […]

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02-08-17 Hilo bank robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17003724   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a reported robbery at a financial institution in Hilo. At about 9:53 a.m. Wednesday (February 8), South Hilo patrol officers and detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Division responded to […]

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02-08-17 Wanted man located: Shannon Navor

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Bryan Tina Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C17003707 Shannon Navor   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 33-year-old Shannon K. Navor of Kurtistown, who was wanted on three no-bail warrants. Navor turned himself in at the Puna police station in Pāhoa on Wednesday morning (February 8) and was charged […]

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02-08-17 Police seek witnesses to vehicle-pedestrian crash

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C17003672   Media Release A 9-year-old Pepeʻekeo boy was critically injured in a vehicle-pedestrian crash Tuesday (February 7) at the intersection of Highway 19 and Kaʻakepa Street in Pepeʻekeo. In response to a 2:56 p.m. call, police determined that a gray 1995 […]

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02-07-17 Wanted woman located: Leilani Torres

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Leilani Torres   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 27-year-old Leilani Torres of Pāhoa, who was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant. Torres was arrested Monday evening (February 6) in Hilo and charged with violating terms of a deferred plea. […]

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02-07-17 Parking lot shooting (correction)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Invstigations Division Captain Randall Medeiros Phone: 961-2251 Report No.C17003610   Media Release (corrects street name in first paragraph) Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a shooting incident reported Monday night (February 6) in the parking lot of a shopping center on the 2100 block of Kanoelehua Avenue [corrected street name] in Hilo. […]

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02-07-17 Parking lot shooting

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Invstigations Division Captain Randall Medeiros Phone:  961-2251 Report No.C17003610   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a shooting incident reported Monday night (February 6) in the parking lot of a shopping center on the 2100 block of Puainakō Street in Hilo. Responding to a 10 p.m. report of multiple gunshots […]

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02-06-17 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of January 30, 2017, through February 5, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 19 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. So far this year, there have been […]

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02-06-17 Police seek information about 1997 murder

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. F-27882 Sean Burgado   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about an unsolved murder from 1997. On May 21, 1997, the body of 27-year-old Sean Burgado was discovered in his home on Malaʻai Road in […]

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02-06-17 Police issue warning about bogus checks

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning businesses and the public about individuals using forged or worthless checks to purchase items or services. Police advise anyone receiving a check as payment to be cautious, to confirm identification and to take note of any […]

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02-03-17 Man charged with felonies after golf cart stolen

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone:  961-2252 Report No. C17003152 Kekanaka Perez-Poai   Media Release A Hilo man has been charged with three felonies in connection with a stolen golf cart in Hilo. Sometime between Tuesday (January 31) and Wednesday (February 1) a gas-powered golf cart and other items, including two […]

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02-03-17 Still wanted: Shannon Navor

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17000540 Shannon Navor   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for help in locating a 33-year-old Pāhoa man who is wanted on outstanding warrants. Shannon Kaleo Navor is described as 5-foot-6, about 205 pounds with brown […]

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02-03-17 Kaupulehu fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Bradley Freitas Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No. C17003226   Media Release A 59-year-old Kailua-Kona man died from a truck and motorized cycle crash Thursday afternoon (February 2) in Kaupulehu, North Kona, near the 27-mile marker of Māmālahoa Highway (Route 190). He has been identified as Robert Abeyta. […]

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02-02-17 Woman dies from Jan. 23 crash

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area II Sergeant Bradley P. Freitas Phone: 326-4646 Ext. 229 Report No. C17003182   Media Release A 42-year-old Hilo woman has died from a single-vehicle crash the evening of January 23 on Haku Nui Road in Captain Cook. She has been identified as Chantel Kaaumoana. Responding to a 9:24 […]

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02-01-17 Police investigate threat against Honokaʻa School

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua District Captain Andrew Burian Phone: 775-7533 Report No. C17003082   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a first-degree terroristic threatening case in connection with a threat to Honokaʻa High and Intermediate School on Wednesday morning. No students were injured. In response to a 10:48 a.m. call, Hāmākua officers learned that […]

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02-01-17 Officer of the Month: Jeremiah Hull

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Officer of the Month: Jeremiah Hull   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Kona Patrol Officer Jeremiah Hull as “Officer of the Month” for February in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (February 1) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Hull was honored for […]

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02-01-17 Man arrested with motorcycle stolen in 2015

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C15037766 Royden Wilbur   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Hilo man for the theft of a motorcycle in 2015. On December 31, 2015, it was reported that the Suzuki motorcycle had been removed from a home on […]

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02-01-17 Waipio Valley murder investigation sent to prosecutors

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008935   Media Release (update No. 3) Hawaiʻi Island police detectives have completed their murder investigation in connection with a body discovered in Waipio Valley last year. The case has been routed to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for […]

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01-31-17 Police ID pair seen on surveillance camera

South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C17002327   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have identified two persons whose images were captured on a surveillance camera in connection with the removal of a wallet from a Hilo store on January 24. Police thank the public for their assistance.

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01-30-17 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of January 23, 2017, through January 29, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. So far this year, there have been […]

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01-30-17 Second suspect arrested in connection with stolen car that crashed

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17002533 Arnold Fernandez   Media Release A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a stolen Nissan 370Z that was involved in a one-car crash last week in Ainaloa. Twenty-one-year-old Arnold B. J. Fernandez of Volcano was arrested at […]

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01-30-17 Missing man found: Mark Cocucci

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Sergeant Grad Elarionoff Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 291 Report No. C17002111   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 43-year-old Mark Cocucci of Kona, who was reported missing. He was found Sunday (January 29) at Hoʻokena Beach.

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01-27-17 Kahekili Krause charged

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17001828 Kahekili Krause   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged 18-year-old Kahekili Krause of Mountain View with four felonies. At 4 p.m. Friday (January 27), he was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree attempted burglary, first-degree theft […]

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01-27-17 Puna firearms incident (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Area I Captain Randall Medeiros Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C17002523   Media Release (update) East Hawaiʻi detectives arrested a 50-year-old Hakalau man late Thursday afternoon (January 26) as part of their investigation into a firearms incident earlier in the day in Puna. John Rodrigues Jr. was arrested on suspicion […]

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01-27-17 Police offer tips at deterring auto thefts (correction)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252   Media Release (corrects last bullet point) Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a rash of auto thefts in East and West Hawaiʻi and are cautioning the public to take precautions to deter would-be thieves. “One significant factor in preventing your vehicle from […]

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01-27-17 Missing: Mark Cocucci

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Sergeant Grad Elarionoff Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 291   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 43-year-old Kona man who was reported missing. Mark Cocucci was last seen at Hoʻokena Beach on January 20. He is described as Caucasian, 6-feet-tall, 130-140 pounds with dark brown shoulder-length hair worn in […]

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01-26-16 Officer of the Month: Paul Mangus

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Aloha Exchange board member Joey Estrella presents an ‘Officer of the Month’ award to Officer Paul Mangus.   Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Community Policing Officer Paul Mangus on Thursday (January 26) as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of […]

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01-26-17 Police investigating report of shots fired

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Area I Captain Randall Medeiros Phone:  961-2251 Report No. C17002523   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a firearms incident initially reported as “gunshots fired” in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in lower Puna. Responding officers contacted a group of individuals near the area where the shots were […]

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01-26-17 Kahekili Krause located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17001828 Kahekili Krause   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 18-year-old Kahekili Krause of Mountain View, who was wanted for questioning in connection with auto thefts in East and West Hawaiʻi. Krause was seen Wednesday (January 25) in […]

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01-26-17 Police offer tips at deterring auto thefts

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a rash of auto thefts in East and West Hawaiʻi and are cautioning the public to take precautions to deter would-be thieves. “One significant factor in preventing your vehicle from being stolen is simply to […]

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01-26-17 Sweepstakes scam

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about scams involving phone calls to Hawaiʻi residents with a claim that they have won a large sum of money, usually more than a million dollars. The callers claim to represent “Publishers’ Clearing House” […]

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01-25-17 Kahee Manuwai located and arrested

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17000931 Kahee Manuwai   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located a 26-year-old Hilo man who was wanted for questioning in an auto theft investigation. Thanks to tips from the public, Kahee Ioane Manuwai was arrested Saturday (January 21) in […]

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01-24-17 Missing teen found: Jacob Mead

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Officer Oliver Agustin Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 302 Report No. C16032378 Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 15-year-old Jacob Mead of Kamuela, who was reported missing. He was found Tuesday morning (January 24) in Honokaʻa.

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01-23-17 Wanted: Shannon Navor

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17000540 Shannon Navor   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s  help in locating a 33-year-old Pāhoa man who is wanted on outstanding warrants. Shannon Kaleo Navor is described as 5-foot-6, about 205 pounds with brown eyes […]

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01-23-17 Kona home robbery (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Area II Captain Chad Basque Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 263 Report No. C17001823 Joshua Koenig   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 32-year-old Kailua-Kona man in connection with a robbery in an apartment early Thursday morning (January 19) on Kahakai Road. At 4:25 p.m. Friday […]

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01-23-17 Kehena drowning

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Bryan Tina Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C17002153   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation into the death of a North Kohala man who was swimming in rough water at Kehena Beach in Pāhoa, Sunday afternoon (January 22). Police and Fire Department personnel responded to […]

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01-23-17 Honokaʻa drowning

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua District Captain Andrew Burian Phone: 775-7533 Report No. C17002150 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation into the death of a Honokaʻa woman who was swept away by rushing rain water Saturday night (January 21). She has been identified as 47-year-old Beth R. Radl. Police and Fire […]

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01-23-17 Police seek ID in image captured on surveillance camera

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Norbert Serrao Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16032362 Surveillance Image   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying someone whose image was captured on a surveillance camera in connection with a theft last month in Hilo. At approximately 3:30 p.m. on December 9, […]

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01-23-17 Kona fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Bradley Freitas Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No. C17002081 Media Release A 42-year-old Kona man died in a vehicle-bicycle crash Saturday afternoon (January 21) in Kona near the 98-mile marker of Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway. He has been identified as Richard Topenio of Kailua-Kona. Responding to a 1:53 p.m. […]

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01-22-17 Officer-involved shooting

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Operations Assistant Chief Henry Tavares Phone: 961-2342 Report No. C17002119   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday (January 22) in Papaʻikou. While conducting checks for a late-model Toyota Tacoma and an early-model Nissan Altima that were reported stolen from a […]

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01-20-17 Police seek information about 1996 murder (update with photo)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. F-03588 Glenn Guerrero at age 18   Media Release (update with photo) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information or leads related to an unsolved murder investigation from 1996. On August 12, 1996, the body of an 18-year-old […]

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01-20-17 Pāhoa burglary (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17001575 Suspect No. 1 Suspect No. 2 (front) Suspect No. 2 (profile)   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who may be responsible for a reported burglary Monday afternoon (January […]

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01-20-17 Wanted: David Cordeiro

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Officer Sheldon Nakamoto Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 303 David Cordeiro   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 34-year-old Mountain View man wanted for questioning in connection with an abuse case. David Cordeiro is described as 5-foot-10, 210 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Police […]

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01-20-17 Police seek information about 1996 murder

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. F-03588   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information or leads related to an unsolved murder investigation from 1996. On August 12, 1996, the body of an 18-year-old man was discovered off a dirt road above […]

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01-19-17 Wanted: Kahee Ioane Manuwai

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17000931 Kahee Manuwai   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 26-year-old Hilo man wanted for questioning in an auto theft investigation. Kahee Ioane Manuwai is described as Part-Hawaiian, 5-foot-8, 170 pounds with […]

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01-19-17 Wanted: Kahekili John Krause

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17001828 Kahekili Krause   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating  a 18-year-old Mountain View man wanted for questioning about an incident Thursday morning (January 19) in Puna. Kahekili John Krause is described as […]

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01-19-17 Kona home robbery (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C17001823   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 32-year-old Kailua-Kona man in connection with a reported robbery in an apartment early Thursday (January 19) on Kahakai Road. Joshua Ryan Koenig was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion […]

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10-19-17 Gambling arrests

Hawaiʻi Police Department Vice Section, Area I Lieutenant Reed Mahuna Phone: 961-2253 Report No. C17001823   Media Release Two men and a woman were arrested Wednesday (January 18) in connection with suspected gambling activity at a Hilo business. Acting on numerous complaints from the public, police served a search warrant at a gaming establishment on […]

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01-19-17 Kona home robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C17001823 Surveillance Image No. 1 Surveillance Image No. 2 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a reported robbery in an apartment early Thursday in Kailua-Kona. In response to a 1:40 a.m. call, Kona Patrol officers were dispatched […]

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01-17-17 Pāhoa burglary

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17001575   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a reported burglary in Pāhoa over the weekend. At 2:14 p.m. Monday (January 16), Puna patrol officers responded to an active burglary at a county office off Pāhoa Village Road. A […]

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01-17-17 Waikoloa man charged with drug and firearms offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department Vice Section, Area II Lieutenant Sherry Bird Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 226 Report No. C17001088 Derek Conway   Media Release A Waikoloa man faces numerous felony charges following his arrest for drug and firearms offenses. On Thursday (January 12) Area II Vice officers conducting a narcotics investigation contacted 40-year-old Derek Conway, who was […]

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01-17-17 Police seek witnesses to start of Pāhoa fire

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17001526   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses to the start of a fire Monday (January 16) in Pāhoa. The fire started just after midnight Monday at a vacant business at 15-2948 Pāhoa Government Road next to Luquin’s […]

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01-17-17 IDs sought in theft investigation

Surveillance Image No. 1 Surveillance Image No. 2 Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C17001403   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman wanted for questioning for a theft committed Saturday evening (January 14) from a department store […]

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01-13-17 Possible drowning

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Captain Randal Ishii Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 299 Report No. C17001081   Media Release A coroner’s inquest investigation has been initiated in connection with a possible drowning in Kona on Thursday (January 12). At 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of an unresponsive man in waters off […]

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01-13-17 Still missing: Eddie Seenarine

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant William Derr Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C15037272 Eddie Seenarine   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 51-year-old Volcano man who was reported missing in 2015. Eddie Seenarine was last seen in the Volcano area on September 30, 2015. He is described […]

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01-12-17 Missing teen: Jacob Mead

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Officer Oliver Agustin Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 302 Report No. C16032378 Missing: Jacob Mead   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Kamuela boy who was reported missing. Jacob Mead was last seen December 9 in Waimea. He is described as 5-foot-8, 160 pounds with […]

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01-11-17 Missing: Samantha McVay

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo District Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C17000821 Missing: Samantha McVay   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 27-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing. Samantha McVay, was last seen around 1 p.m. Sunday, (January 8) in the Wainaku area of Hilo, but she may be […]

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01-10-17 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of January 1, 2017, through January 8, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. Two of the drivers were under the […]

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01-09-17 Police renew request for information about critical assault

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16019961   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about an incident that sent a Puna man to the hospital last year in critical condition. On July 25, 2016, police received a 10 p.m. report […]

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01-09-17 New chief, deputy sworn in publicly

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Mayor Harry Kim administers a reaffirmation oath to Police Chief Paul Ferreira and Deputy Chief Kenneth Bugado.   Media Release Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim issued a reaffirmation oath to Police Chief Paul Ferreira and Deputy Chief Kenneth Bugado at a public ceremony […]

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01-09-17 Puna fatality (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Clarence Davies Phone: 961-2332 Report No. C1700352   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who died from injuries sustained in a two- vehicle crash Thursday night (January 5) on Highway 130, between Leilani Avenue and Malama Street in Pāhoa. He was identified through fingerprints […]

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01-09-17 Kona fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Bradley P. Freitas Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No. C17000454   Media Release A 34-year-old Ocean View woman died following a two-vehicle crash Friday night (January 6) on Highway 11 just north of the 96-mile marker. She was identified as Mona Yoshitaro. Responding to a 7:18 p.m. call […]

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01-06-17 2016 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release For the year 2016, there were 1,111 DUI arrests compared with 1,064 in 2015, an increase of 4.4 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: District For the Year 2016 Hāmākua 15 North Hilo 5 South Hilo 284 Puna 288 […]

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01-06-17 Robert Wagner promoted to major

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Major Robert Wagner   Media Release Robert Wagner was promoted from captain to major, effective January 1. He is assigned to Area II Operations in West Hawaiʻi. Wagner, who joined the Hawaiʻi Police Department in 1986, has held assignments in Hilo, Kaʻū, Puna […]

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01-06-17 Suspect charged in Kealakekua bank robbery investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C17000168 Russell Monlux   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a man who was arrested in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday (January 3) in West Hawaiʻi. At 12:45 p.m. Friday (January 6) detectives from the Area […]

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01-06-17 Missing man found: Kalanihuia Forbes

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C17000293 Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 36-year-old Kalanihuia Forbes of Hilo, who was reported missing. He was found unharmed Thursday evening (January 5) in Hilo.

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01-06-17 Puna fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Clarence Davies Phone: 961-2332 Report No. C17000352   Media Release An unidentified man died following a two-vehicle crash Thursday night (January 5) in Pāhoa. His name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family. Responding to a 6:54 p.m. call, police determined that a 2004 […]

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01-05-17 Public invited to oath ceremony for new chief, deputy

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Chief Paul Ferreira Deputy Chief Kenneth Bugado   Media Release The public is invited to a reaffirmation of oath ceremony for the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s new police chief and deputy chief. Mayor Harry Kim officially swore in Chief Paul Ferreira and Deputy Chief […]

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01-05-17 Wanted persons located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Lieutenant Allan Watanabe Phone: 965-2716 Tariel Cobb Sherilynn Toledo   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located two persons who were wanted on warrants. Tariel Cobb, 26, of Mountain View was arrested November 28 and charged with violating terms of bail. Sherilynn Toledo, 32, of Pāhoa was arrested December 13 […]

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01-05-17 Police continue to seek witnesses to reported gun incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17000151   Media Release A man arrested Tuesday (January 3) in connection with reported gun incident in Hilo has been released from police custody pending further investigation. After conferring with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, detectives released 35-year-old John […]

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01-05-17 Suspect arrested in Kealakekua bank robbery investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C17000168   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday (January 3) in West Hawaiʻi. Working with the assistance of the FBI field office in West Hawaiʻi, detectives from […]

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01-05-17 Missing: Kalanihuia Forbes

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant BJ Duarte Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C17000293 Kalanihuia Forbes   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 36-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing. Kalanihuia Forbes was last heard from around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday (January 4). He is described as 6-feet tall, 230 pounds with brown […]

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01-04-17 Officer of the Month: Erich Jackson

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Officer of the Month: Erich Jackson   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Kona Patrol Officer Erich Jackson as “Officer of the Month” for January in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (January 4) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Jackson, who was promoted […]

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01-04-16 Police seek witnesses to reported gun incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C17000151   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are looking for witnesses to a reported gun incident midday Tuesday (January 3) in Hilo. At 11:55 a.m., police received a report that a man in a White 2011 GMC pickup truck pointed […]

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01-04-17 Man wanted in bank robbery investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C17000168 Russell Monlux   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 30-year-old man wanted in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday (January 3) in West Hawaiʻi. At 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, police received a report of a […]

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01-04-17 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of December 26, 2016, through December 31, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. Two of the drivers were under the […]

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01-03-17 State law requires new firearm registration fee

Hawaiʻi Police Department Records and Identification Section Lieutenant John Briski Phone: 961-2232   Media Release Because of a new state law, a new one-time fee is required for anyone who registers a firearm. Effective January 1, 2017, all firearms permit applicants (including prior firearms applicants, out-of-state firearms applicants, and law enforcement officers with personal firearms), […]

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12-29-16 New episode of ‘Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted’ starts Friday

Hawaiʻi Police Department Administrative Services Division Major Samuel Thomas Phone: 961-2265 Michael Varize Leilani Torres   Media Release The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights two people wanted on bench warrants and for questioning in other investigations. The new episode begins airing Friday (December 30). In it, […]

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12-29-16 Police warn of sweepstakes scam with new twist

Hawaiʻi Police Department Sergeant Shawn Tingle Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16034129   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about a new twist on a sweepstakes scam. A 70-year-old Keaʻau woman received a phone call from someone at an 876 area code. The caller claimed the recipient had won a sweepstakes prize. The […]

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12-28-16 Hilo attempted murder (correction to update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16033660 Helani Kenui   Media Release (correction to update No. 2)[corrects bail amount in 2nd paragraph] Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 35-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with a weapons incident in Hilo on Saturday morning (December 24). At 5:04 […]

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12-27-16 Hilo attempted murder (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16033660 Helani Kenui   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 35-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with a weapons incident in Hilo on Saturday morning (December 24). At 5:04 p.m. Tuesday (December 27), detectives charged Helani […]

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12-27-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of December 19, 2016, through December 25, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 23 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. Two of the drivers were under the […]

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