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05-04-16 Officer of the Month: Mike Thompson

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Officer of the Month: Mike Thompson   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Mike Thompson as “Officer of the Month” for May in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (May 4) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Thompson was honored for an […]

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05-03-16 IRS telephone scam

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about an IRS scam. Residents have reported that they receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS who threatens a government lawsuit because they owe a large sum of money to the […]

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05-03-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of April 25, 2016, through May 1, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Three of the drivers were under the […]

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05-02-16 Missing: Edmond Rodrigues

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Juergen Canda Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16011957   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 70-year-old man who was reported missing. Edmond Rodrigues was last seen in Hilo at noon Monday (May 2). His family is concerned about his well-being. He is described as 5-foot-9 with […]

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05-02-16 Cemetery vandalism

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16010896 Damaged Monument Damaged Vase   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying whoever was responsible for causing damage to numerous grave monuments and concrete vase holders at the Kapoho Zairyumin Kai Japanese Cemetery on Kapoho Lighthouse […]

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05-02-16 Hilo robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo District Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16011894   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery Monday morning (May 2) in Hilo. At 6:15 a.m., a 27-year-old Hilo man was assaulted near the corner of Keawe Street and Haili Street and his wallet and cell phone were […]

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05-02-16 Puna shoplifting

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Division, Area I Sergeant Shawn Tingle Phone: 965-2715 Report No. C16010043 Surveillance Image Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a shoplifting case last month. Just after midnight on April 21, an unidentified man was observed removing a pair of sunglasses, […]

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04-29-16 Wanted: Charita Lopez

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Gilbert Gaspar Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 230 Report No. C15030583 Charita Lopez   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Kailua-Kona woman wanted for abuse and contempt of court. Charita Lopez is described as 5-foot-3, 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police […]

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04-29-16 Post Office vandalism

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16011438   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying one or more persons involved in recent reports of criminal property damage at the Pāhoa Post Office. Between Tuesday and Wednesday (April 26 and April 27), locking mechanisms […]

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04-29-16 Kemas charged with murder

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. F48921 Peter Kema Sr. Jaylin Kema   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Pāhoa couple with murder in connection with the disappearance of their son 19 years ago. Forty-five-year-old Peter Kema Sr. and his 46-year-old wife, Jaylin Kema, were […]

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04-28-16 Officers of the Month: Daniel Kuwabara and Gregory Horton

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Aloha Exchange Club member Joey Estrella presents an “Officer of the Month” award to Officer Daniel Kuwabara. Aloha Exchange Club member John Stewart presents an “Officer of the Month” award to Officer Gregory Horton.   Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of […]

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04-27-16 Man charged with theft after found with county radio

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16011407   Winson Reiong   Media Release A Hilo man faces a theft charge after being found in possession of property belonging to Hawaiʻi County. On Wednesday morning (April 27), police arrested 26-year-old Winson Reiong of Hilo on a bench […]

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04-27-16 Stolen federal vehicles

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16011339 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of three U.S. government vehicles from Hilo. Early Tuesday morning (April 26), a gray 2011 Ford pickup truck, a white 2014 Ford flatbed truck and a black 2013 Ford Explorer […]

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04-27-16 Firearms stolen in Hilo burglary

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16010823   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of weapons during a burglary in Hilo. Sometime between April 15 and April 20, personal items, including numerous firearms, were removed from a house on the 800 block of […]

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04-27-16 Ocean View coroner’s inquest (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area II Operations Major Mitchell Kanehailua Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 270 Report No. C16011223   Media Release (update) An autopsy was conducted Wednesday (April 27) on the body of a man who died Monday (April 25) outside a house in the Hawaiian Ocean View subdivision after police responded to a report of a […]

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04-26-16 Ocean View coroner’s inquest

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area II Operations Major Mitchell Kanehailua Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 270 Report No. C16011223   Media Release A Kaʻū man died Monday (April 25) after police responded to a report of a shooting. He has been identified as 46-year-old Jonathan Watson of Ocean View. At 9:51 a.m. Monday, the Police Department received a […]

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04-25-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of April 18, 2016, through April 24, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 18 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Three of the drivers were under the […]

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04-25-16 Kona fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area II Sergeant Bradley P. Freitas Phone: 326-4646. Ext. 229 Report No. C16011197   Media Release A 54-year-old man died in a single-vehicle traffic crash Monday morning (April 25) in Kailua-Kona just south of the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and Kealakehe Parkway intersection. He has been identified as Christopher Allen […]

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04-25-16 Stolen buckets of cash

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16011088   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying anyone involved in a break-in at a county facility on the 600 block of Lanikaula Street. The break-in occurred between late evening Friday (April 22) and early afternoon […]

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04-22-16 Missing: Curtis Spencer

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Juergen Canda Phone: 961-2350 Report No. C16005857 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 56-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing. Curtis Spencer was last seen in Hilo on February 24. He has a medical condition that requires medication. He is described as 5-foot-7, 290 pounds […]

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04-22-16 Missing: Robert Klepps

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16010794 Robert Klepps Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 52-year-old Keaʻau man who was reported missing. Robert Klepps was last seen in Hilo on February 25. He is described as Caucasian, bald, 5-foot-5, 185 pounds with blue eyes and possibly […]

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04-22-16 Missing man: Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol (update with photo)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Charisse Wakita Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16010641 Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol Media Release (update with photo) Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an 18-year-old Mountain View man who was reported missing. Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol was last seen at 4 a.m. Monday (April 19) in the Fern Acres subdivision. He may be in […]

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01-26-16 Puna robbery (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16002728   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a robbery on January 26 in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna. Sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m., a 30-year-old woman was checking […]

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04-20-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of April 11, 2016, through April 17, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Eight of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two of the drivers were under the […]

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04-20-16 Wanted: Alexander Lancaster

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C16006106 Alexander Lancaster   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 27-year-old man wanted on a warrant for criminal contempt of court. Alexander Kaleookalani Lancaster is also wanted for questioning in connection with an unrelated theft investigation. He […]

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04-19-16 Missing man: Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Charisse Wakita Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16010641   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an 18-year-old Mountain View man who was reported missing. Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol was last seen at 4 a.m. Monday (April 19) in the Fern Acres subdivision. He may be in Hawaiian Acres. He is […]

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04-18-16 Rubbish truck collision update

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher Gali Phone:  961-2332 Report No. C16010032   Media Release (update) A 29-year-old Puna man has died from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Kīlauea Avenue and Kawailani Street in Hilo on April 12. He has been identified as Ryan W. […]

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04-18-16 Two arrested with stolen SUV

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16009356 Paul Alisa Jessie Campbell   Media Release Two men were arrested at a state park Friday (April 15) after exiting a stolen vehicle. The sports-utility vehicle was removed from a home on Malolo Street in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision […]

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04-18-16 North Kona fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area II Sergeant Bradley P. Freitas Phone: 326-4646. Ext. 229 Report No. C16010517   Media Release A 22-year-old Kona man died in a single-motorcycle traffic crash Sunday morning (April 17) in North Kona near the 22-mile marker of Māmālahoa Highway (Route 190). He has been identified as Jonathan Salinas […]

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04-14-16 Police seek information about stolen generator

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua District Sergeant Tyson Matsumura Phone: 775-5533 Report No. C16002817   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in providing information about the theft of a generator in January. Sometime between January 26 and January 27, an older-model Hitachi 6000 generator on wheels was removed from a base […]

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04-14-16 Wanted: Jantzen-James Mata

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C15020336 Invalid Displayed Gallery   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 30-year-old man wanted for questioning in connection with a stolen pickup truck. Jantzen-James K. Mata is described as 5-foot-7, 152 pounds with brown eyes and black […]

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04-14-16 Man charged in Volcano break-in

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16009920 Nicholas Soares   Media Release A Puna man has been charged with two felonies in connection with a break-in in Volcano on Sunday (April 10). In response to a 4:12 p.m. call Sunday, police determined that an unknown man […]

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04-13-16 Man arrested after entering building illegally

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C15027117 Kawehi Linkee   Media Release A 33-year-old man was arrested after residents thwarted his efforts to force his way into a house on Ohai Street in Hilo around 4:30 a.m. Saturday (April 9). Kawehi Linkee of Pāhoa was arrested […]

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04-13-16 Stolen autographed boxing gloves located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16001846   Stolen boxing gloves   Media Release (update No. 2) Thanks to tips from the public, Hawaiʻi Island police located a pair of Everlast boxing gloves that had been removed from a home in Hawaiian Beaches during a burglary […]

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04-13-16 Suspicious brushfires

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16009903   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated arson investigations in connection with three out of four suspicious brushfires over the weekend in West Hawaiʻi. All four fires were reported between 9:45 a.m. and 4:36 p.m. Sunday […]

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04-13-16 Police seek witnesses to Hilo traffic collision

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher Gali Phone: 961-2332 Report No. C16010032   Media Release A 29-year-old Pāhoa man was critically injured in a two-vehicle traffic collision on Tuesday (April 12) at the intersection of Kīlauea Avenue and Kawailani Street. Responding to a 4:51 a.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined […]

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04-12-16 National Distracted Driver Enforcement Campaign

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert P. Pauole Phone:  961-2305     Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police will increase enforcement of distracted driving in the month of April as part of a national campaign called “U Drive U Text U Pay”. Distracted driving is a problem of national concern. The National Highway Transportation […]

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04-12-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of April 4, 2016, through April 10, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested twelve motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Four of the drivers were involved in traffic crash. So far this year, there have been […]

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04-11-16 Media Release Update

Hawaii Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher Gali Phone: 961-2332 Report No. C16009870 April 10, 2016 Media Release (update)   Police have identified the 22-year-old Pahoa woman who was killed Saturday (April 9) from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Nanawale Boulevard. The victim was identified as Shyla N. Medeiros-Dutton, […]

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04-11-16 Puna fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher Gali Phone:  961-2332 Report No. C16009870     Media Release A 22-year-old Pāhoa woman died Saturday (April 9) from injuries she sustained in a one vehicle crash on Nānāwale Boulevard just west of Donneybrook Lane. Responding to a 8:22 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined […]

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04-07-16 Bruno Facchini located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua District Captain Andrew Burian Phone: 775-7533 Report No. C15033654       Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 32-year-old Bruno A. Facchini of Paʻauilo who was wanted for assault. He turned himself in to Hāmākua police on Wednesday (April 7) at 10 a.m., was arrested, and released pending further investigation.

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04-06-16 Officer of the Month: Brian Beckwith

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Officer of the Month: Brian Beckwith   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Brian Beckwith as “Officer of the Month” for April in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (April 6) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Beckwith was honored for his […]

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04-05-16 Pair charged in Puna burglary

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16009244     Jarrett Moke Hanato Kimberly Anne Edwards   Media Release Big Island detectives have charged a 47 year-old man and a 32 year-old woman for a variety of offenses stemming from a burglary that occurred last Saturday (April […]

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04-05-16 Suspect sought in Kailua-Kona theft investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Division Officer Andrew Walters Phone: 326-4646 Report No. C16009228     Theft suspect   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying an adult male wanted in connection with the theft of an iPhone 6 Plus. At about 5:49 p.m. Saturday (April 2), an unknown male […]

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04-04-16 Man charged in tractor-trailer incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C1600896     Solomon Kepano   Media Release Update Hawai’i Island Police have charged a 30 year-old Hilo man with several offenses in connection with a theft of a tractor and trailer from a local business on Maka’ala Street last […]

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04-04-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of March 28, 2016, through April 3, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested fourteen motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One of the drivers was under the […]

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04-01-16 Kona shooting (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16009018 James Mansker Media Release (update) A Kona man who was arrested after a fatal shooting in Kona on Thursday (March 31) has been released from police custody. At 2:15 p.m. Friday (April 1), detectives released 70-year-old James […]

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04-01-16 Wanted: Sky Lewis

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Gilbert Gaspar Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 230 Report No. C156035934 Sky Lewis   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 36-year-old Kona man who is wanted for abuse and violating parole. Sky Lewis of Kailua-Kona is also wanted for questioning in connection with a theft […]

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04-01-16 Wanted: Nicholas Volpa

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16008834 Nicholas Volpa   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 26-year-old Kona man wanted for probation violation. Nicholas Volpa of Kailua-Kona is also wanted for questioning in connection with financial crimes stemming from a burglary. […]

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04-01-16 Stolen autographed boxing gloves (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16001846   Stolen boxing gloves   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in locating a pair of Everlast boxing gloves that have the signatures of numerous boxers and referees who participated in […]

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03-31-16 Mauna Kea property damage incident (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008805 James Coleman   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Kona man with seven offenses in connection with a property damage incident at one of the astronomy facilities near the summit of Mauna Kea on Tuesday morning […]

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03-31-16 Kona murder

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16009018   Media Release A Kona man is in police custody in connection with a fatal shooting Thursday morning (March 31) in Kona. In response to a report of a woman with a gunshot wound at a home […]

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03-31-16 Wanted: Bruno Facchini

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua District Captain Andrew Burian Phone: 775-7533 Report No. C15033654 Bruno Facchini   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Paʻauilo man wanted for assault. Bruno A. Facchini is described as 5-foot-9, 205 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to […]

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03-31-16 Man arrested in tractor-trailer incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008968   Media Release   Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a series of crimes involving a stolen tractor and trailer. At 7:17 p.m. Wednesday (March 30), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a tractor and trailer that […]

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03-30-16 Witnesses sought in hit-and-run case

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kaʻū District Captain Burt Shimabukuro Phone: 939-2520 Report No. C16007978   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian a week ago Saturday. About 11 p.m. on March 19, Kaʻū patrol officers responded […]

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03-30-16 Two arrested for driving stolen vehicle

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008575 Kimo Oberle Keahi Javine   Media Release Two people have been arrested and charged with crimes in connection with a stolen vehicle. On Saturday (March 26) a Toyota 4Runner was taken from 19th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park […]

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03-29-16 Puna fatality (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher Gali Phone: 961-2332 Report No. C16008673   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the woman killed Monday (March 28) after being struck by a vehicle on Route 130 in the Puna District. Skye Kahealeilani Noah, 19, of Pāhoa was walking in the Pāhoa […]

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03-29-16 Oshiro Road firearms incident (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008525   Media Release (update) An autopsy conducted on the body of a shooting victim determined that the fatal injury was self-inflicted. Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section were informed by the medical examiner that the autopsy determined […]

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03-29-16 Puna robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Lieutenant Reed Mahuna Phone:  965-2716 Report No. C16008768   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery early Tuesday (March 29) in Puna. A 28-year-old Pāhoa man reported that he was robbed around 3:50 a.m. while he was hitchhiking on Highway 130 in the area of Kaloli Drive. Following […]

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03-29-16 Mauna Kea

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Captain Richard Sherlock Phone: 961-2214 Report No. C16008805   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a property damage complaint at one of the astronomy facilities on the summit of Mauna Kea on Tuesday morning (March 29). Officers responded to a 9:30 a.m. report of a traffic accident involving […]

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03-29-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of March 21, 2016, through March 27, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 24 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Nine of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Three was under the age of 21. […]

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03-28-16 Oshiro Road firearms incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008525     Media Release Big Island detectives are investigating a fatal firearms related incident that occurred last Friday in Puna. On Friday (March 25, 2016) at 8:09 am, police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics responded to a report of […]

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03-28-16 Puna fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher Gali Phone:  961-2332 Report No. C16008673     Media Release An unidentified woman was killed Monday (March 28) after being struck by a vehicle on Route 130, .1 mile south of Kaloli Drive in Keaʻau. A 22-year-old Hilo man came to the Hilo Police Station […]

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03-28-16 Police warn public of IRS phone scam

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Operations Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213   Media Release Police are reminding the public about scams involving phone calls from people claiming to be Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees demanding payment and stating that if payment is not made, then fines of over $1000 will be issued.  […]

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03-24-16 Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Police Officer Ryan Pagan and Fire Captain Garrett Kim display plaques from the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.   Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Ryan Pagan as “Officer of the Year” and Captain Garrett Kim […]

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03-24-16 Detectives send 2013 murder investigation to prosecutors

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C13001658   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police detectives have completed their investigation into the 2013 discovery of a body in Hilo. On January 18, 2013, police discovered a badly decomposed body off the “ATV Trail Park” near Stainback Highway in […]

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03-24-16 “Click It or Ticket” basketball results

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hawaiʻi Police Activities League (HI-PAL) Lieutenant Robert Fujitake Phone: 961-8121 Hoop Dreams Wahine Ryders   Media Release Fifty-four youths from seven teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” 14-and-under basketball championships this past weekend at Andrews Gym. In the Boys Division, Hoop Dreams defeated Pāhoa 54-12 to claim the championship. Keawe […]

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03-23-16 Witnesses sought in assault and property damage incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Norbert Serrao Jr. Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16008146   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses to an assault and criminal property damage incident in Pepeʻekeo. A 21-year-old Hilo woman reported that at approximately 3 a.m. Monday (March 21), she was traveling on Kumula Street in Pepeʻekeo […]

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03-22-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of March 14, 2016, through March 20, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 20 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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03-18-16 Missing woman located: Lila Uyeshiro

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16007821   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 37-year-old Lila Uyeshiro, who was reported missing. She was found in Hilo at noon Friday (March 18).

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03-18-16 Missing woman: Lila Uyeshiro

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16007821 Missing: Lila Uyeshiro Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 37-year-old woman who was reported missing. Lila Uyeshiro has a Kailua-Kona address but frequents the Hilo area. She was last seen in Hilo on March 14. She […]

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03-17-16 ‘Most Wanted’ man turns self in

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo District Captain Richard Sherlock Phone: 961-2214 Jon Garcia   Media Release A 35-year-old man being featured on the cable access television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” turned himself in at the Hilo police station Wednesday evening. Jon Garcia of Pāhala was arrested on the strength of a Grand Jury indictment […]

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03-17-16 One-way traffic pattern for Merrie Monarch

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release In conjunction with the 53rd 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 […]

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03-16-16 Suspects charged in courthouse arson, other crimes

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16006461 Kainoa Lindo Randi-Keli Banagan   Media Release A man and a woman arrested this week on unrelated offenses have been charged with arson in connection with a deliberately-set fire at a Kona courthouse. At 8:45 a.m. Wednesday […]

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03-16-16 Puna robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16007597   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are looking for witnesses to a robbery Tuesday (March 15) in Puna. A 57-year-old man reported that he was walking on Orchidland Drive in the Orchidland Estates subdivision when two men exited a […]

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03-16-16 Easter one-way traffic

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release In observance of 2016 Easter season activities at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo, a temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect on Kapiʻolani Street. Traffic will be allowed to flow only in the Puna—or southeasterly—direction on Kapiʻolani Street, between […]

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03-15-16 Missing man: Ephraim Bergau

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Juergen Canda Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16007572 Missing: Ephraim Bergau   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 55-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing. Ephraim Bergau was last seen in Hilo on Monday morning (March 14). He has medical conditions that require medication. He is […]

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03-15-16 Randi-Keli Banagan located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C116007425 Randi-Keli Banagan   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 24-year-old Randi-Keli Banagan of Captain Cook, who was wanted for questioning for an incident Sunday (March 13) at the scenic lookout off Kamehameha III Road in Keauhou. […]

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03-14-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of March 7, 2016, through March 13, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 27 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Nine of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was under the age of 21. […]

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03-14-16 Kohala Officer of the Quarter: Thomas Koyanagi

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Hawaiʻi Island Security and Safety Professionals Association board member William King presents a ‘Kohala Officer of the Quarter’ award to Officer Thomas Koyanagi.   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Island Safety and Security Professionals Association recognized Officer Thomas Koyanagi as “Kohala Officer of […]

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03-14-16 Wanted: Randi-Keli Banagan

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C116007425 Randi-Keli Banagan   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 24-year-old woman wanted for questioning in a first-degree terroristic threatening investigation. In response to a 9:17 p.m. call Sunday (March 13), Kona Patrol officers learned […]

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03-14-16 Kainoa Lindo located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16002973 Kainoa Lindo   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 22-year-old Kainoa Lindo of Hoʻokena, who was wanted for questioning in connection with a stolen pickup truck. Lindo was arrested at 9:30 a.m. Monday (March 14) in […]

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03-14-16 New episode of ‘Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted’ started Friday

Hawaiʻi Police Department Administrative Services Division Major Samuel Thomas Phone: 961-2265 Jon Garcia Chanel Mariani   Media Release The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a man wanted on drug and weapons offenses and a woman wanted on warrants. The new episode began airing Friday (March 11). […]

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03-14-16 Community Satisfaction Survey reminder

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244   Media Release (update) The public is reminded that an anonymous Community Satisfaction Survey for the Hawaiʻi Police Department is open during the month of March. The survey includes both multiple-choice questions and an opportunity to make individual comments. Chief Kubojiri reads […]

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03-10-16 Ken Starr located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Captain Randal Ishii Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 299 Report No. C16004726 Stephen Reiling, aka Ken Starr Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 47-year-old Ken Starr of Kona, who was wanted for sexual assault and other offenses. Starr, who is also known as Stephen Reiling, was arrested March 5 in Hilo […]

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03-10-16 Wanted: Kainoa Lindo

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16002973 Kainoa Lindo   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 22-year-old Kona man wanted for questioning in connection with a stolen pickup truck. The truck was stolen January 29 from the parking lot of an […]

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03-09-16 Puna shooting update No. 2

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16006906   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police have released the man who was arrested for a fatal shooting Monday (March 7) in the Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision. Seventy-two-year-old Richard R. Edwards of Kapoho was arrested at the […]

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03-09-16 Hilo fatality

Hawaii Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher D. Gali Phone:  961-2332 Report No. C16007068 March 9, 2016   Media Release A 93-year-old Hilo woman died Tuesday (March 8) from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Kaiwiki Road on Monday (March 7) The woman, who was a passenger in the vehicle, […]

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03-09-16 Puna shooting (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16006906   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting Monday (March 7) in the Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision as 56-year-old Bryan Lynn Thomas of Kapoho. The medical examiner determined that Thomas died of gunshot […]

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03-08-16 Remains identified as missing swimmer

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16004612   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have identified remains found last month in the Wailuku River as those of a woman who was last seen swimming near that area last year. The remains were found in a tide pool […]

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03-08-16 Puna armed robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16006936   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a reported robbery early Tuesday morning (March 8) in Puna. At 1:44 a.m., police responded to Captain’s Drive in Fern Forest after a 55-year-old man with no permanent address reported that […]

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03-08-16 James Forrest located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Area II Detective Sharlotte Bird Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 278 Report No. C15007916 James Forrest   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 44-year-old James Forrest of Kailua-Kona who was wanted on a bench warrant and for questioning in another investigation. He turned himself in to police Monday (March 7) […]

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03-08-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of February 29, 2016, through March 6, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 23 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was under the age of 21. […]

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03-07-16 Puna shooting

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16006906   Media Release A Puna man is in police custody in connection with a fatal shooting Monday (March 7) in lower Puna. In response to a 5:14 p.m. report of a shooting in the Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision, officers […]

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03-07-16 Wanted: James Forrest

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Area II Detective Sharlotte Bird Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 278 Report No. C15007916 James Forrest   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 44-year-old Kona man wanted on a bench warrant for contempt of court. James Forrest of Kailua-Kona is also wanted for questioning in an abuse and […]

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03-07-16 Wanted: James M. Westbrook

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Area II Detective sharlotte Bird Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 278 Report No. C15007916 James Matthew Westbrook   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 51-year-old Kona man wanted on a warrant of arrest for bail jumping. James Matthew Westbrook of Kailua-Kona is also wanted for questioning in an […]

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03-07-16 Waipio body (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16006548   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have opened a murder investigation in connection with the body that was discovered in Waipio Valley on March 3. The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Thaine Ulysses Lucifer Price of Honokaʻa. Detectives […]

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03-07-16 Missing: Britany Bartholomew

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16006727 Missing: Britany Bartholomew   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 24-year-old Keaʻau woman who was reported missing. Britany Bartholomew was last seen in Keaʻau on the afternoon of February 26. She is described as 5-foot-2, about 135 pounds […]

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03-04-16 Kona double fatality (correction)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area II Sergeant Bradley P. Freitas Phone: 326-4646. Ext. 229 Report No. C16006452   Media Release (corrects vehicle directions of travel in 2nd paragraph and drivers of vehicles in 3rd and 4th paragraphs) Two men died in a traffic crash early Thursday morning (March 3) in North Kona near […]

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