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HOVE evacuation (update) 10-09-08

Hawaii Police Department
Ka’u District
Acting Captain Robert Fujitake
Phone: 939-2520
October 9, 2008
Report No. C08030427

Media Release (update)

Police officers from the Ka’u district, the Area II Criminal Investigations Section and the Special Response Team served a search warrant at a home on King Kamehameha Boulevard in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision at 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday (October 8). Officers found what appeared to be an explosive device and immediately evacuated the area. The evacuation affected approximately 10 homes and 20 individuals and lasted into the afternoon.

After the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team arrived at 3 p.m. from the U.S. Army at Schofield Barracks on Oahu, police re-entered the home and recovered nine altered training hand grenades, approximately four pounds of black powder, three rifles, ammunition, fireworks and two threaded metal pipes.

King Kamehameha Boulevard was open again by 5 p.m.

Three occupants of the house were arrested and remain at the Kona police cellblock pending a charging decision by Hawaii County prosecutors. Fifty-three-year-old Bernard Riveira, 22-year-old Randy Riveira and 50-year-old Lucille Greenstreet were arrested for ownership prohibited. Bernard Riveira was also arrested for obstructing government operations and resisting arrest.