Author Archives: Denise Laitinen

10-22-21 Police Charge Kamuela Man with Several Property Crimes

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section-Area IIDetective Kimmerlyn Makuakane-JarrellPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 262Report No.: 21-088674 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 19-year-old Dylan Gomes of Kamuela with several property crimes that occurred in Kamuela on Thursday, October 21, 2021. On Thursday morning South Kohala Patrol and Community Police officers responded to a report […]

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10-21-2021 National Take Back Initiative This Saturday, Oct. 23

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area IICaptain Thomas Shopay IIIPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 263 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is encouraging the public to participate in a nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative. On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, members of the public may turn in unused, unneeded, or expired prescription medications between 10 a.m. […]

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10-21-21 (Update) Runaway Makahiki Moala Located

Hawaii Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-070205 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Makahiki Moala, who had been reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo in good health on Wednesday, Oct., 20, 2021.

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10-20-21 (Update) Kea‘au Runaway Located, Runs Away Again

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Bryson PilorPhone: (808) 935-3311Report Numbers: 21-087859 and 21-088059 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are providing an update on 14-year-old Jaidon Wieland-Vierra, who was reported as a runaway earlier this week. On the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, Wieland-Vierra, was located in Puna in good health. However, a few hours later […]

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10-20-21 Police Renew Warning About Phone Scammers

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Patrol DivisionOfficer Adam Hanes(808) 935-3311 Media Release Amid continuing reports from Big Island residents that they have been a victim of fraud, Hawai‘i Police Department is renewing its warning about recent phone scams in which attempts are being made to obtain money from individuals and businesses. In recent reports, the suspect(s) contact […]

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10-20-21 Police Request Public’s Assistance in Locating East Hawai‘i Runaway Kaiea Fleming-White

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Bryson PilorPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-088054 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Kaiea Fleming-White who was reported missing. Fleming-White was last seen in the 1700 of block of Kino‘ole Street in Hilo on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. He is described as having a […]

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10-20-21 (Update) Police Identify Motorcyclist Killed in Hilo Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 21-087858 Media Release Hawai’i Police Department has identified the man who died from a traffic collision on Monday evening, Oct. 18, 2021, as 39-year-old William Townsend of Hilo. Police responding to the 6:30 p.m. traffic collision in the area of Saddle Road and Kaumana Drive […]

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10-20-21 (Update) Missing Kona Man Ian Resh Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Marco K. SegobiaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-087733 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 40-year-old Ian Charles Resh of Kailua-Kona, who was reported missing, was located in South Kohala on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, and in good health.

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10-19-21 Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department is offering Halloween safety tips to ensure and fun time for children and adults alike. Being safe is no trick; using a few common-sense tips can help make Halloween enjoyable for everyone. The Hawaiʻi Police Department asks people to follow […]

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10-19-21 DUI Stats

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of October 11, 2021, through October 17, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested 14 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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10-19-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance Locating Kea‘au Runaway

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Kyle MurrayPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-087859 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Jaidon Wieland-Vierra, who was reported as a runaway. Wieland-Vierra was last seen in the Kea‘au area on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. wearing a Kea‘au High School blue colored […]

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10-19-21 Motorcyclist Killed in Hilo Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 21-087858 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a fatal traffic collision involving a motorcyclist and a Kia sedan that occurred on Monday, October 18, 2021, in the area of Saddle Road and Kaumana Drive in Hilo. Responding to a 6:30 p.m. traffic collision, police […]

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10-18-21 Police Requesting Assistance in Locating Missing Kona Man Ian Resh

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Marco K. SegobiaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-087733 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking the community’s assistance in locating 40-year-old Ian Charles Resh of Kailua-Kona, who was reported missing by his family.  Resh was last seen on Saturday, October 16, 2021, around 6:30 a.m. at Kohanaiki Beach Park in Kailua-Kona wearing […]

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10-18-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in School Burglary Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Aaron KaeoPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-087625 Media Release As part of their investigation into a school burglary that occurred in upper Puna, Hawai‘i Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance for information regarding the incident.   At 7:05 a.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021, Puna Patrol officers responded to a report […]

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10-18-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Kealii Kaniho

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No. 21-070021 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Kealii Kaniho, who was reported as a runaway. Kaniho was last seen in the 1700 block of  Kino‘ole Street in Hilo on Monday, August 23, […]

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10-18-21 Officer Serrao Honored for Quickly Locating and Arresting Two Prison Escapees

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolCaptain Sandor FinkeyPhone: (808) 961-2214 Media Release For his keen observation skills and quick thinking, Officer Noah Serrao was recognized by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i as Officer of the Month for September 2021 during a ceremony at the Hilo Police Station on Monday, October 18, 2021. In the early […]

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10-16-21 (Update) Runaway Eddy Rodrigues, Jr. Located

Hawaii Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-029760 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 18-year-old Eddy Rodrigues, Jr., who was reported as a runaway, was located in Puna in good health.

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10-15-21 Puna Warrant Sweep Results in 5 Arrests

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna DistrictLieutenant Allan WatanabePhone: (808) 965-2716 Media Release A multi-agency warrant sweep consisting of officers from the Hawai‘i Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) was conducted in Puna on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. This resulted in the arrest of five wanted individuals for a total of 11 […]

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10-14-21 (Update) Puna Electrocution Victim Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-086052 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the woman who was electrocuted and died in Hawaiian Beaches on Tuesday evening, October 12, 2021, as 58-year-old Cindy Lehuanani Gonsalves-Pascual, of Pahoa. An autopsy was performed on Wednesday morning, October 13, and […]

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10-14-21 (Update) Puna Runaway Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza Located

Hawaii Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-024833 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza of Pahoa, who was reported as a runaway, was located in Puna in good health on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

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10-14-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kona Man Christopher Polifka

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol DivisionSergeant Chris CorreiaPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 21-085134 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 67-year-old Christopher A. Polifka of Kona, who was reported missing by his family on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Polifka is described as being Caucasian with a medium build, 6 feet 1 […]

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10-13-21 Woman Electrocuted by Downed Utility Lines

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 21-086052 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that a 59-year-old woman was killed and a 58-year-old man was injured after power lines fell on a parked vehicle they were in near a residential property in the Hawai‘ian Shores subdivision in Pāhoa. Puna patrol officers responded to […]

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10-12-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Agricultural Theft Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Grant K. ToddPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-084245 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance for information regarding an agricultural theft that occurred in Hilo on Thursday, October 7, 2021. At 6:20 p.m. on October 7, 2021, Hilo Patrol Officers responded to a facility off […]

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10-12-21 (Update) Missing Kona Man Teddy Miller Located

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Marco K. SegobiaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-085028 Hawaii Island police report that 46-year-old Teddy John Miller, who was previously reported missing, was located in Kona on Monday, October 11, 2021, and in good health.

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10-12-21 Officer Cacique Melendez Honored by HISSPA for Diffusing Tense Situation Involving Weapons

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release Officer Cacique Melendez was recognized by the Hawai‘i Island Security and Safety Professionals Association (HISSPA) as HISSPA Officer of the Quarter for Q3 2021 during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 8, in the Waikoloa Resort area. He was honored for his ability to successfully […]

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10-12-21 DUI Stats

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of October 4, 2021, through October 10, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 18 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the […]

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10-12-21 (Update) Two East Hawai‘i Runaways Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid Section (JAS)Officer/ K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report Numbers: 21-085481 and 21-080447 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police report that two East Hawai‘i runaways, 14-year-old Isabel Hoffman and 18-year-old Joshua Rapp, have been located in Hilo in good health.

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10-12-21 Police Offer Bicycle Theft Prevention Tips

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo Community Policing SectionOfficer Tyler V. JelsmaPhone: (808) 961-8849 Media Release Due to an increase in reported bicycle thefts in the Hilo area, Hawaii Police Department recommends some important tips to prevent your bicycle from becoming a target. Bicycle theft prevention tips include: Registering your bicycle. Go to the Hawai‘i County Securing it […]

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10-11-21 Public Invited to Waimea Virtual Coffee with a Cop Oct. 19

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release  In an effort to safely stay connected with community while adhering to current pandemic safety guidelines, Hawaiʻi Police Department’s South Kohala Community Policing Section invites you to join them virtually for “Coffee with a Cop” on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 9 a.m. to […]

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10-11-21 Police Offer Tips in Light of Recent Email Scams

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area IICaptain Thomas Shopay IIIPhone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 263 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department would like to warn the public about a recently reported e-mail scam. Several individuals have reported unauthorized changes to their payroll direct deposit accounts.  In this scam, commonly referred to as a Business Email […]

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10-11-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Puna Runaway Isabel Hoffman

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Chevis CarveiroPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-085481 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Isabel Hoffman of Kea‘au, who was reported as a runaway. Hoffman was last seen on Sunday, October 10, 2021, in the late afternoon in the Hawaiian Paradise Park area wearing black/red […]

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10-11-21 Police Charge Ka‘ū Man With Several Property Crimes

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol DivisionCaptain Miles ChongPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 21-085372 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged a 28-year-old Ka‘ū man in connection with several property crimes occurring in Ocean View on Sunday, October 10, 2021. At 2:35 p.m., police were first called to a report of a shoplifter from a business establishment in […]

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10-11-21 Motorcyclist Killed in Waikoloa Crash Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IIOfficer Jason FoxworthyPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 21-085309 Media Release A 63-year-old man who died Sunday, Oct. 10. 2021, following a single-vehicle collision at the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Highway 190 in Waikoloa has been identified as Oren Mark Wilson, of Waikoloa. Responding to […]

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10-10-21 Motorcyclist Dies in Waikoloa Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IIOfficer Jason FoxworthyPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 21-085309 Media Release A 63-year-old Waikoloa man died following a single-vehicle collision on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Highway 190. Responding to a 10:25 a.m. call, police determined that an orange 2014 […]

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10-10-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kona Man Teddy Miller

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Marco K. SegobiaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-085028 Media Release Hawaii Police Department is asking the community’s assistance in locating 46-year-old Teddy John Miller of Kailua-Kona, who was reported missing by his family.  Miller was last seen in Kailua-Kona on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 around 1 p.m., operating a silver 2016 Chevrolet […]

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10-07-21 Kona Man Dies in Napo‘opo‘o Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 21-084312 Media Release A 22-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a single-vehicle collision on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, on Pu‘u Honua Road at the 4 mile marker in Nāpo‘opo‘o.  The man has been positively identified as Isaac Gideon. Responding to a […]

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10-06-21 DUI Stats

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 27, 2021, through October 3, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested 17 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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10-06-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Hilo Man Traycen Birchland-Mecado

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Grant K. ToddPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-083897 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 18-year-old Traycen Birchland-Mecado of Hilo, who was reported missing. He was last seen in June 2021, in the 800 block of Uilani Place in Hilo.  Birchland-Mercado is described as Caucasian, 6 feet 2 inches tall, […]

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10-05-21 Police Warn About Phone Scammers

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Patrol DivisionOfficer Adam HanesPhone: (808) 935-3311 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are warning the public about recent phone scams in which attempts are being made to obtain money from individuals and businesses. In recent reports, the suspect(s) contact the victim by phone, identifying themselves as either local, state, or federal officials. The […]

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10-05-21 Police Officer Recruitment Open Oct. 10 – 19

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) is looking for qualified people interested in serving our Hawai‘i Island community as part of its upcoming recruitment for entry-level police officers. Recruitment will open on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, and will close at 11:59 p.m., Hawaii […]

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10-01-21 (Update) Runaway Kyrah Nu‘uanu Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna DistrictActing Sergeant Ben Del ToroPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-081988 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police report that Kyrah Nu‘uanu, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Puna in good health on October 1, 2021.

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9-30-21 Police Charge Armed and Dangerous Man after Violent Confrontation with Officers

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-081542 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police detectives have arrested and charged 39-year-old Larry Kalei Kamalii Jr., with first degree attempted murder and an array of firearms offenses following an armed violent confrontation with officers on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. On Tuesday […]

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9-30-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Kyrah Nuuanu

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Shaine TavaresPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-081988 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Kyrah Nuuanu of Mountain View, who was reported as a runaway. Nuuanu was last seen in the Keaau area on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in the late afternoon, wearing black pants […]

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9-30-21 HCCC Escapees Charged

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-081713 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged the two Hawai’i Community Correctional Center (HCCC) inmates that escaped from the Hilo facility early Wednesday morning, September 29, 2021. After conferring with Hawai‘i County prosecutors on Thursday morning, police detectives charged 23-year-old […]

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9-29-21 (Update) Runaway John Histo III Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21- 079662 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 14-year-old John Histo III, who was reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo in good health on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

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9-29-21 HCCC Escapees Arrested

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-081713 Media Release   Hawai‘i Island police have arrested two Hawai’i Community Correctional Center (HCCC) inmates for second-degree escape. The inmates have been identified as 23-year-old Jaymeson Kaimana Makio, of Honoka‘a, and 21-year-old Camilo Darien Moreno, of Holualoa. On September 29, […]

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9-28-21 Police Offering Two Events for National Coffee With a Cop Day Oct. 6

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release  As part of the sixth annual National Coffee With a Cop Day, Hawai‘i Police Department is hosting two virtual Coffee With a Cop events on Oct. 6, 2021. Hāmākua Community Policing Officers from the Honoka‘a and Laupāhoehoe police stations will hold their inaugural […]

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9-28-21 DUI Stats

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 20, 2021, through September 26, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested 21 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Three of the drivers were under the […]

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9-28-21 Man Wanted for Questioning in Surveillance Camera Theft

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKa‘ū PatrolSergeant Chris CorreiaPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 21-078746 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who is being sought for questioning in connection with a theft of a surveillance camera occurring in the Ocean View area of Ka‘ū. His image was captured on video surveillance. About […]

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9-28-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kona Man Kevin Jamil

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant David ArakiPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext.253Report No.: 21-081259 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 34-year-old Kevin Jamil, of Kailua-Kona, who was reported missing. He was last heard from on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 09:00 a.m. No foul play is suspected. Jamil is described as being […]

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9-24-21 Kona Crime Prevention Committee Honors Officer Dustin Medeiros for Lifesaving Actions

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Michael D. HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 259 Media Release By quickly taking action and applying a tourniquet to a man seriously injured by a wild animal, Officer Dustin Medeiros was able to save the life of a Captain Cook man. For his swift actions in responding to this incident, […]

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09-27-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Joshua Rapp

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo Patrol– Area IOfficer Joshua Rodby-TomasPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  21-080447 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Joshua Rapp, who was reported as a runaway. He was last seen in the area of the 100 block of West Kawili in Hilo on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, […]

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9-26-21 Kona Motorcyclist Dies in Napo‘opo‘o Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 21-080690 Media Release A 29-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a single-vehicle collision on Saturday. Sept. 25, 2021, on Pu ‘u Honua Road at the 4 mile marker in Napo‘opo‘o.  The man has been positively identified as Kalamaokalani Keith Kelekolio-Crivello. Responding […]

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9-25-21 Na‘alehu Man Dies in Traffic Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 21-080333 Media Release A 59-year-old Na‘alehu man died following a single-vehicle collision on Friday, September 24, 2021, on Ka‘alaiki Road near the Makino Junction in Na‘alehu. The man has been positively identified as Derrick Lee Huddy. Responding to a 4:25 p.m. […]

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9-24-21 Police Seeking East Hawai‘i Runaway John Histo III

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Lam DoanPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-079662 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old John Histo III, who was reported as a runaway. Histo III was last seen in the area of the 1700 block of Kino‘ole Street in Hilo on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, […]

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9-24-21 Police Seeking Suspects and Vehicle Involved in Kona Robbery

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Calvin Delaries, Jr.Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266Report No.: 21-079771 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle and three male suspects that were involved in a robbery that occurred within a parking lot of a business in the 74-5000 block […]

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9-23-21 (Update) Puna Runaway Kayleigh-Nicole Marafioti Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-074742 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Kayleigh-Nicole Marafioti, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo in good health on September 22, 2021.

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9-23-21 Police Ask for Public Assistance in Locating Puna Runaway Koali‘i Kuhia

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Laurence DavisPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-079829 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Koali‘i Kuhia, who was reported as a runaway. Kuhia was last seen in the Kurtistown area on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. and may have a […]

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9-22-21 (Update) Missing Puna Woman Melinda Polet Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolActing Sergeant David Po‘ohinaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-078637 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that 51-year-old Melinda Polet, who was reported missing, was located in good health in Hilo.

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9-22-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Puna Woman Melinda Polet

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolActing Sergeant David Po‘ohinaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-078637 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 51-year-old Melinda Polet of Mountain View. Polet was last heard from on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. She is described as having a medium build, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 140 pounds, […]

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9-21-21 Sergeant Thomas Chun-Ming Recipient of Haweo Award

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release For his outstanding work ethic and vigilance, which very likely saved the life of a woman who was in imminent danger, Sergeant Thomas Chun-Ming was honored with the Haweo Award during a ceremony held at Hawai‘i County Council chambers in Kona […]

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9-21-21 DUI Stats

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 13, 2021, through September 19, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested 13 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the […]

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9-20-21 Police Offer Virtual Car Safety Checks During National Child Passenger Safety Week

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Hawai‘i Police Department will be holding free virtual car safety checks on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Saturday event is part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs Sept. 19-25, […]

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9-18-21 (Update) Missing Teen Hunter Leu Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert P. PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 21-077954 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Hunter Leu, who was reported missing, was located in good health. The police department thanks the public for their assistance in the matter.   

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9-17-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Teen Hunter Leu

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Robert PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 21-077954 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Hunter Leu, who was reported missing. Leu was last seen on Friday, September 17, 2021, around 2:30 p.m., in the area of Hilo Medical Center wearing a paper HMC gown. He […]

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9-17-21 (Update) Missing Kapoho Woman Located on Mainland, Subsequently Dies in Traffic Accident

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Charrise WakitaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-069683 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 42-year-old Andrea Wyckoff of Kapoho, who was reported missing on August 18, 2021, returned home to California. Police were notified that Wyckoff died in a single-vehicle traffic collision in Nevada on September 9, 2021. 

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9-17-21 Runaway Lokelani Troche-Nobriga Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol    Sergeant Michael “Mike” SantosPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-060417 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that 14-year-old Lokelani Troche-Nobriga, who had been reported as a runaway, was located on Thursday, September 16, 2021, in good health.

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9-16-21 Puna Murder Case Sent to the County Prosecutor’s Office

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 20-062293 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have forwarded a 2020 Puna murder investigation to the Hawai‘i County Prosecutor’s office for their review. The incident left 49-year-old Sean Nephi Kuhia, of Mountain View, dead. Kuhia’s body was discovered on the morning of […]

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9-16-21 Three East Hawai‘i Runaways Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSergeant Kayla Makino-KahuliPhone: (808) 935-3311Report Numbers: 21-075582 and 21-076438 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that three east Hawai‘i runaways, 16-year-old Kaiea Fleming-White (Report #21-075582), 16-year-old Jordan Grant (Report #21-076438), and 17-year-old Joshua Rapp (Report #21-076438), have been located in good health.

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9-15-21 Runaways Jordan Grant and Joshua Rapp Sought

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Christian SchaberPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-076438 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two east Hawaii runaways. Both were last seen in the area of the 400 block of Awela Street in Hilo on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Sixteen year-old Jordan […]

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9-15-21 Public Invited to Virtual Waimea Coffee with a Cop

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release  In an effort to safely stay connected with community during the current pandemic surge, Hawaiʻi Police Department’s South Kohala Community Policing Section invites you to join them virtually for “Coffee with a Cop” on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., […]

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9-14-21 Police Seeking Two East Hawai’i Runaways

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Blane KenolioPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-076136 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two east Hawai‘i runaways. Both were last seen in the area of the 1700 block of Kinoole Street in Hilo on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 7:55 p.m. Seventeen-year-old Keolamauloa Heanu […]

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9-14-21 DUI Stats

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 6, 2021, through September 12, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 18 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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9-14-21 Public Invited to Hilo Virtual Coffee with a Cop

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo Community Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release  East Hawai‘i residents are invited to attend a virtual Coffee with a Cop with Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Hilo Community Policing officers on Friday, September 17, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., via Zoom. This informal virtual event is a great opportunity for […]

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9-11-21 Police Charge Suspect Following Armed Dispute in Ainaloa on Thursday Night

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-075394 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 45-year-old Shawn Lee Galigo of Puna, who was wanted relative to a violent neighbor dispute in Ainaloa on Thursday afternoon, September 9, 2021. Galigo turned himself in at the Hilo Police […]

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9-10-21 (Update) Five East Hawai’i Runaways Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-073877 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that five east Hawai‘i runaways, including three 16-year-olds Diatson Kosme, George Kamuelo, Julior Hartman, and two 17-year-olds, Matthew Westerman and Stanford Killion, were located in Hilo in good health.

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9-10-21 Police Remind Motorists about Need for Trailer Registration

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 935-3311 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are reminding motorists about the requirement to properly register motor vehicle-drawn trailers designed for carrying livestock, property, such as trash or small equipment, or persons, such as parade floats, on public roadways. According to Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes 286-47.2, all trailers with the exception […]

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9-10-21 Police Seeking Puna Runaway Kaiea Flemming-White

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Chezvis CarveiroPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-075582 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Kaiea Flemming-White, who was reported as a runaway. Flemming-White was last seen in the Hawaiian Paradise Park area on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 06:30 a.m., possibly wearing a t-shirt and […]

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9-10-21 Police Seek Armed and Dangerous Suspect Following Armed Dispute in Ainaloa

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-075394 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are searching for 45-year-old Shawn Lee Galigo of Puna who is wanted for questioning regarding a violent neighbor dispute in Ainaloa on Thursday, September 9; as well as for two outstanding warrants. Galigo is described […]

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9-10-21 (Update) Runaway John Histo III Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-074397 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 14-year-old John Histo III, who was reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo in good health on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

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9-09-21 Police Request Assistance in Locating Five East Hawai‘i Runaways

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Daniel Mahi-MurrayPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-073877 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating five east Hawai‘i runaways. All were last seen in the area of the 1000 block of Leilani Street in Hilo on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 7:50 p.m. At the time they […]

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9-09-21 Male Sought for Questioning in Kona Vandalism Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing Section Sergeant M. HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 259Report No.: 21-074640 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating an individual wanted for questioning regarding a building being vandalized on Onipa’a Street in Kona on Monday, September 6, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. The suspect in the […]

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9-09-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Puna Runaway Kayleigh-Nicole Marafioti

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolActing Sergeant David PoohinaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-074742 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Kayleigh-Nicole Marafioti of Kurtistown, who was reported as a runaway. Marafioti was last seen on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 3:30 p.m., in the Kurtistown area wearing a dark orange […]

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9-09-21 Woman Sought for Questioning in Kona Theft Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Kimo KeliipaakauaPhone: (808) 326-4646Report No.: 21-069784 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a female who is being sought for questioning in a theft investigation in the Kailua-Kona area. On Sunday, August 22, 2021, Kona patrol officers contacted a victim who reported leaving her purse unattended […]

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9-09-21 Police Seeking Seven People for Questioning in Agricultural Thefts

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Community PolicingLieutenant William H. DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police request the public’s assistance in identifying seven individuals for questioning in several agricultural thefts occurring in the Pepe‘ekeō and Hāmākua areas. The thefts took place along the Hāmākua Coast between June and September. In all, about 1,500 pounds of […]

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9-08-21 Police Request Assistance in Locating Puna Runaway John Histo III

Hawaii Police Department Captain Scott AmaralPuna PatrolPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-074397 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old John Histo III of Mountain View, who was reported as a runaway. Histo was last seen on Monday, September 6, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mountain View area. He is […]

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9-08-21 DUI Stats

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 30, 2021, through September 5, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 12 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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9-08-21 Police Offer Tips to Guard Against Vehicle Thefts and Break-ins

Hawai‘i Police Department                                                   Puna District Community PolicingOfficer Eddie CardinesPhone: (808) 965-2716 Media Release As part of their ongoing commitment to make Hawai‘i Island a safe place to live, visit, and conduct business, Hawai‘i Police Department is encouraging people to take precautions against auto thefts and car break-ins. Auto thefts and break-ins tend to be crimes of […]

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09-08-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kona Man

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Patrol Lieutenant Akira EdmoundsonPhone (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253Report No.: 21-072830 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 64-year-old Eliott Evans Moniz, of Kailua-Kona, who was reported missing. Moniz was last seen on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at a residence in the Kailua-Kona area. He is described […]

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9-08-21 19-Year-Old Hilo Woman Charged with Drunk Driving After Three-Car Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentField Operations – Area IMajor Kenneth A. K. QuiochoPhone: (808) 961-2341Report No.: 21-073619 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 19-year-old Ariana Kahalioumi-Santos of Hilo for an array of offenses after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 11 near Kipimana Street in Kea‘au sent a 40-year-old Kea‘au woman to the hospital in critical condition. […]

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9-07-21 (Update) Elderly Woman Who Succumbed to Dog Attack Injuries Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-067388 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the 85-year-old woman that was attacked by multiple dogs on August 14, 2021, in Kea‘au as Dolores Teresa Oskins, of Kea‘au. Oskins succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, September 5. An autopsy has […]

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9-07-21 (Update) Runaway Keolamauloa Heanu Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-072604 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Keolamauloa Heanu of Hilo, who was reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo in good health on Monday, September 6, 2021.

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9-07-21 Elderly Puna Woman Succumbs to Dog Attack Injuries

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-067388 Media Release The 85-year-old Puna woman that was attacked by multiple dogs on Saturday, August 14, 2021, in Kea’au, succumbed to here injuries on Sunday, September 5. She was pronounced dead at Hilo Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, where she […]

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9-06-21 (Update) Man Killed in Pahoa Vehicle Crash Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 21-073891 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the man who died in a single-vehicle traffic collision in Puna on Saturday, September 4, 2021, as 25-year-old Robert Lively of Pahoa. Police responding to a 9:21 p.m. traffic collision in the area of Highway 130 and […]

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9-05-21 Man Killed in Single Vehicle Crash in Pahoa

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area ISergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 21-073891 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a fatal traffic collision involving a single vehicle that occurred Saturday evening September 4, 2021, in the area of Highway 130 (Keaau-Pahoa Road) and Kaluahine Street in Pahoa. Police responded to a 9:21 p.m. […]

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9-02-21 Police Charge Kona Man for Assault and Robbery

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Calvin Delaries, Jr.Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 21-072357 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 21-year-old Camilo Moreno of Kailua-Kona with assault and robbery stemming from two incidents that occurred earlier this week near Hale Halawai Park on Ali‘i Drive.   On Monday, August […]

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9-02-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Hilo Runaway

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Danton ZimmermannPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-072604 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Keolamauloa Heanu of Hilo, who was reported as a runaway. Heanu was last seen in the area of the 1700 block of Kino‘ole Street, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at […]

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9-01-21 Police Seeking Ocean View Man Wanted on Outstanding Warrants

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section- Area IILieutenant Calvin Delaries, Jr.Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance locating 42-year-old Ronald Patrick Keahonui Kahihikolo, of Ocean View, who is wanted for three outstanding warrants for his arrest. Kahihikolo is described as being 5 feet 7 inches […]

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9-01-21 DUI Stats

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 23, 2021, through August 29, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 12 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the […]

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