Author Archives: Denise Laitinen

10-05-22 Hawai’i Police Officer Charged Following Domestic Dispute

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police Chief                 Acting Chief Kenneth Bugado, Jr.Phone: (808) 961-2244Report No.: 22-087969  Media Release Hawai‘i Island police detectives have charged a 28-year-old North Kohala patrol officer with abuse following a domestic dispute at a residence in Ainaloa, on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The officer is identified as John Chiquita IV. He has […]

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10-04-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 26, 2022, through October 2, 2022, Hawai’i Island police arrested nine 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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10-03-22 Captain Cook Man Charged with Multiple Drug Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentVice Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 226Report No.: 22-085950 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 41-year-old Matthew B. Cummings of Captain Cook with two counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree, and one count each of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, […]

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10-03-22 Police Identify Body Located in Ka‘ū District in Late July

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-058803 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the body discovered buried in the Ka‘ū District in late July 2022. The victim has been identified as 36-year-old George Edward Dodge, of Mountain View. Dodge was reported missing on July 7, 2022, after […]

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9-29-22 Police Arrest and Charge Hilo Man in Agricultural Theft Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Colin RobertsPhone: (808) 961-2233Report No.: 22-086279 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged 29-year-old Tomas Traverso of Hilo as a result of an agricultural theft investigation in Hilo. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Thursday September 29, 2022, on a farm in the Wainaku area. The suspect […]

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9-29-22 Police Offering Two Events for National Coffee With a Cop Day Oct. 5

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefActing Chief Kenneth Bugado Jr.Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release  As part of the seventh annual National Coffee With a Cop Day, Hawai‘i Police Department invites the public to participate in two Coffee With a Cop events, one in Honoka‘a and the other in Kona, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. These […]

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9-29-22 Police Warn Public About Online Scams

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are offering tips to help island residents keep their financial and digital information safe after receiving reports about different types of telephone and online scams affecting citizens in our community. One of the scams includes criminals posing as police officers demanding […]

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9-29-22 Motorcyclist Killed in Kona Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 22-086076 Media Release A 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, near the intersection of Kealakaa Street and Kealakehe Street in North Kona. The man has been positively identified as Kalai Alohanamakana Lincoln. Responding […]

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9-28-22 (Update) Puna Man Charged in Eden Roc Attempted Murder

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-085431 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 40-year-old Shane Fann of Mountain View, with attempted murder and numerous firearm-related offenses following a violent altercation in Eden Roc on Monday night, September 26, 2022. At 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2022, after […]

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9-28-22 Police Warning Public About Rainbow Fentanyl

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefActing Chief Kenneth Bugado Jr.Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are again warning the public about the dangers of fentanyl after ongoing investigations have led to the recovery of fentanyl in various forms. Since issuing a warning about fentanyl in June, Hawai‘i Police Department has seen the […]

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9-27-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 19, 2022, through September 25, 2022, Hawai’i Island police arrested 18 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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9-27-22 Officer Takata Honored with Haweo Award After Saving Woman’s Life

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefActing Chief Kenneth BugadoPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Just three months after graduating to solo assignment in the Ka‘ū district, Officer Xylon Takata saved the life of an Ocean View woman. For his quick actions, Officer Takata was honored with the Haweo Award during a ceremony held at Hawai‘i […]

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9-27-22 Police Investigate Shooting Incident in Eden Roc

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-085431 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have initiated an attempted murder investigation following a shooting incident in Puna on Monday night, September 26, 2022. Shortly after 9:15 p.m. Monday, Puna patrol officers responded to a report of a man who had been […]

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9-27-22 Puna Man Missing Since 2020 Located

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 20-062436 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have located 47-year-old Derek Lee Kalani Aiona, who was reported missing in August 2020. Aiona was located located in good health at a residence in Kea‘au on Sunday, September 25, 2022. Upon being located, Aiona was […]

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9-27-22 Police Investigate Possible Missing Diver

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-085283 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a possible missing diver last seen in waters near the cliffs at the end of Beach Road in Hawaiian Paradise Park in Kea‘au. On Monday afternoon, September 26, 2022, police and Hawai‘i Fire Department […]

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9-07-22 (Update) Runaway Andrade-Takahashi Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-076925 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 14-year-old Zaydie Rain Andrade-Takahashi, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Pahoa on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, in good health.

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9-06-22 Hilo Interagency Warrant Sweep Results in 13 Arrests

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo DistrictCommunity Policing Officer Aaron AbalosPhone: (808) 961-8849 Media Release An interagency warrant sweep conducted in the Hilo area on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, resulted in the arrest of 13 wanted individuals for a total of 18 outstanding warrants. Conducted by officers from the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Community Policing Section and Special […]

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9-06-22 Police Thank Big Island Community for Making “Cop on Top” Fundraiser a Huge Success 

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentAdministration Services SectionSergeant Jason GrounsPhone: (808) 961-2269 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department would like thank our Big Island communities for helping to make the recent Cop on Top fundraiser a huge success. Our Special Olympics delegations are extremely grateful for such a tremendous show of support in the 19th year the event […]

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9-04-22 California Visitor Charged with Attempted Murder in Waikoloa Stabbing

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 277Report No.: 22-077054 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged a California visitor, 65-year-old Richard Lopez of San Pedro, with attempted murder and other offenses stemming from a domestic-related incident at a lodging establishment in the 69-200 block of Waikoloa […]

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9-04-22 Captain Cook Man Killed in Three Vehicle Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 22-077578 Media Release A 66-year-old Captain Cook man died following a three-vehicle collision on Saturday, September 3, 2022, near the intersection of Kaohe Road and Ili Ili Road in South Kona. The 66 year-old male has been positively identified as William Jennings Dixon. […]

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9-02-22 Police Remind Motorists to Drive Safely This Labor Day Weekend

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release With Labor Day approaching, the Hawai‘i Police Department reminds citizens to safely celebrate the achievements of all workers in Hawai‘i County. There is absolutely no excuse when it comes to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Every year, far too […]

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9-01-22 Police Announce Eight Sergeant / Detective Promotions

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefActing Chief Kenneth BugadoPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Acting Police Chief Kenneth Bugado announces that eight officers have been promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Detective effective September 1, 2022. Two officers have been promoted to the rank of Sergeant and both are assigned to the Puna District. Sergeant […]

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9-01-22 Puna Teen Arrested for Terror Threat

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-076717 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged a 17-year-old male for terroristic threatening after investigating a threat made by the teen. On Wednesday, August 31, 2022, around 6:15 p.m., police received information from a County bus driver concerning a juvenile male who was removed […]

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9-01-22 Deputy Chief to Serve as Acting Police Chief

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefActing Chief Kenneth Bugado, Jr. Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department announces that effective August 31, 2022, at 4:30 p.m., Deputy Police Chief Kenneth Bugado began serving as Acting Police Chief until a new police chief is selected by the Police Commission. Acting Chief Bugado has served as […]

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8-31-22 Police Thank the Community for Supporting Backpack Drive

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefPolice Chief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department would like to thank the Big Island community for their tremendous contributions to the recent backpack drive. After a hiatus due to the pandemic, Hawai‘i Island police, in conjunction with Hope Services Hawaiʻi, held a backpack drive […]

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8-31-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 22, 2022, through August 28, 2022, Hawai’i Island police arrested eight motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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8-31-22 (Update #2) Child in Shooting Death Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-075568 Media Release (Update #2) Hawai‘i Island police have identified the child killed in the shooting incident that occurred at the Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp, near Honoka‘a, on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2022, as 12-year-old Manuel “Manny” Carvalho.

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8-31-22 Police Identify Victim in Hilo Traffic-related Death

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-074105 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have identified the victim in the traffic-related incident that occurred last week on Puainako Street in Hilo as 62-year-old Allen Y.L. Kealoha, of Pahoa.  On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:20 a.m., South Hilo patrol […]

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8-31-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Woman Anelise Kerr

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Todd PatarayPhone: (808) 961-2213Report No.: 22-076216 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 41-year-old Anelise Kerr who is reported missing. Kerr is a visitor from Florida and is believed to be staying in Hilo. She last contacted her family on Monday, August 29, 2022. Kerr is […]

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8-31-22 Child Shooting Death Investigation Update

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-075568 Media Release The Area I Criminal Investigation Section is continuing the investigation of the shooting incident that occurred at the Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp, near Honoka‘a, on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2022. Interviews with children and adults that were […]

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8-30-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating a Stolen Mulcher in Hāmākua

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHāmākua PatrolOfficer Paul IsotaniPhone: (808) 775-7533Report No.: 22-075775 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a red Fecon brand mulcher attachment that was stolen from an excavator owned by the State Department of Transportation Highways Division in Hāmākua. The theft occurred on the shoulder of Highway 19 […]

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8-30-22 Police Seeking Runaway Mary Costner

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant K. KeliipaakauaPhone: (808) 326-4646Report No.: 22-069873 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Mary K. Costner of Kailua-Kona who is reported as a runaway. She was last seen in the area of Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona, on Sunday, August 10, 2022, between 1:15 p.m. and […]

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8-30-22 (Update) Missing Man Mitchell Sisson Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 277Report No.: 22-036583 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 38-year-old Mitchell Sisson, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Kealakekua on Friday, June 3, 2022, in fair health.

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8-29-22 (Update) Three Charged with Theft and Drug Offenses in Kona Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 277Report No.: 22-074656 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged three individuals on theft and drug offenses in relation to a theft that occurred at a business in Kona on Thursday, August 25, 2022. Officers from the Area II […]

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8-29-22 Update in Hilo Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation: Suspect Charged

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area I                  Captain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-073947 Media Release Hawai‘i Island Police detectives have charged 41-year-old Jordan Gino Cacatian in connection with the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred in downtown Hilo on Tuesday afternoon, August 23, 2022. On Sunday evening, August 28, 2022, after being released from the […]

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8-29-22 (Update) Missing Woman Xiuhua Shi Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 277Report No.: 22-049171 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 58-year-old Xiuhua Shi, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Waikoloa on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, in good health.

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8-29-22 Child Killed in Apparent Gun Accident

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251                                                                                      Report No.: 22-075568 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation following a reported shooting accident on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2022. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Hāmākua patrol officers responded to the Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp, near […]

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8-29-22 Kona Man Charged with Kidnapping and Terroristic Threatening in School Incident  

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Sharlotte BirdPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 278Report No.: 22-073405 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating an incident involving a weapon that occurred at a school in Hōnaunau on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. When Kona patrol officers responded to the reported incident at the school, they determined […]

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8-29-22 Kohala Man Charged for Kona Assault

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 277Report No.: 22-070658 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 21-year-old Gabriel E. Mendoza, of North Kohala, with felony assault stemming from an altercation that occurred at a Kailua-Kona business establishment in mid-August. On Saturday, August 13, 2022, at […]

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8-29-22 Police Renew Request for Information on Missing Kona Man Landon Fairbanks

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIActing Lieutenant Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 277Report No.: 22-067798 Media Release (Update) Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the community’s assistance in locating 42-year-old Landon Fairbanks who has been reporting missing. Fairbanks was last seen on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. in the […]

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8-26-22 Police Investigating Discharge of Officer’s Weapon During Theft Investigation  

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentAssistant Chief Chad BasqueArea II Operations Bureau  Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 283Report No.: 22-074656 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating an incident that occurred in Kailua-Kona involving the discharge of a weapon by an on-duty officer on Thursday afternoon, August 25, 2022, shortly after 5:20 p.m. Officers from the Area II Vice […]

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8-25-22 (Update) Woman in Fatal Public Accident Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area ISergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 22-071442 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the woman involved in the fatal public accident involving a single motor vehicle that was reported on Monday, August 15, 2022, at 6:43 p.m. The incident took place in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision […]

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8-24-22 Police Charge Puna Man for Felony Abuse and Firearms Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 22-073089 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged a 53-year-old man, Kim Kanakamaikai of Hawaiian Acres, with various offenses stemming from a domestic-related incident on Ale Road in Hawaiian Acres, on Saturday night, August 20, 2022. The charges against Kanakamaikai stem […]

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8-24-22 Police Investigating Traffic-related Death in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251                                                                                      Report No.: 22-074105 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation following an early morning incident in Hilo that left one man dead. On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:20 a.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the Puainako Street […]

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8-24-22 Police Update Permitting Process for License to Carry Firearms

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Hawai`i Police Department announces that it has revised the permitting process for license to carry concealed and unconcealed firearms as a result of the July 23, 2022, Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision in the case of New York […]

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8-23-22 Hilo Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police Chief                  Chief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No.: 22-073947 Media Release Hawai’i Island police detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon, August 23, 2022, shortly after 4:00 p.m. South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a male party on Keawe Street who was […]

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8-23-22 Police Seeking Two Men Wanted on Outstanding Warrants

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 267Report Numbers: 22-069878 and 22-066523 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance with locating two individuals wanted on outstanding warrants for their arrest. Both men are also wanted for questioning in criminal investigations. Ronald Patrick Keahonui […]

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8-23-22 (Update) Missing Woman Cynthia Macdonald Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Craig DerasinPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-073568 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 68-year-old Cynthia Macdonald, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Mountain View on Monday, August 22, 2022, in good health.

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8-23-22 (Update) Runaway Zoelynn Puaoi-Pinheiro Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-047245 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Zoelynn Puaoi-Pinheiro, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on Monday, August 22, 2022, in good health.

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8-23-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 15, 2022, through August 21, 2022, Hawai`i Island police arrested 19 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under […]

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8-23-22 “Cop on Top” Fundraiser for Special Olympics  

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentAdministration Services SectionSergeant Jason GrounsPhone: (808) 961-2269 Media Release After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the Hawai‘i Police Department is proud to sponsor the 19th annual Cop on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Hawai‘i with a three-day event at the Hilo and Kona Walmart stores starting at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, August […]

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8-22-22 (Update) Two Runaways Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer /K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that two male runaways were recently located in Puna in separate instances. Both were found in good health. Fifteen-year-old Connor Uribes, (Report No. 22-071370) was located on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, and 14-year-old […]

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8-22-22 Police Seek Missing Puna Woman Cynthia Macdonald

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Craig DerasinPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-073568 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 68-year-old Cynthia Macdonald of Mountain View, who was reported missing.  She was last heard from on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Macdonald is described as Caucasian with fair skin, 5 feet 3 inches […]

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8-22-22 Hawai‘i Police Department Announces Retirement of Canine Rory

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefPaul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) announces the retirement of longtime narcotics canine Rory, who retired Friday, August 5, 2022. During his seven years of service, this unlikely looking police dog helped take 60 pounds of drugs off the streets of Hawai‘i Island and recovered […]

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8-22-22 Police Chief Promotes Three to Rank of Captain

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Police Chief Paul Ferreira has promoted three employees from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain, effective August 16, 2022. Captain Rio Amon-Wilkins, a 23-year veteran of the department, is now assigned to command the Area I Criminal Investigation Division encompassing the Area I […]

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8-22-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Man Henry Henry

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Todd PatarayPhone: (808) 961-2213Report No.: 22-073260 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old, Henry Henry who is reported missing. He was last seen on Saturday, August 20, 2022, after he left a retail business in the 300 block of Maka‘ala Street, in Hilo, wearing a […]

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8-21-22 Police Investigating Possible Drowning at Kehena Beach

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Zenas PachecoPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-073181 Media Release  Hawai’i Island police are investigating a possible drowning that occurred in the Puna district. On Sunday, August 21, 2022, at approximately 6:00 a.m., officers responded to a report of a swimmer in distress at Kehena Beach. Beach bystanders extracted the swimmer from the […]

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8-19-22 Police Seeking Runaway Shaelynn Gomes

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Alipate MoleniPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-072432 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Shaelynn Gomes who was reported as a runaway. Gomes was last seen in the vicinity of 8 ½ Mile Camp in Kea‘au on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. wearing […]

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8-18-22 Seven Wanted on Active Drug Court Warrants

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolCommunity Policing Officer Aaron AbalosPhone: (808) 935-8849 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating seven individuals who have outstanding Big Island Drug Court active warrants: Bronson Lee, 33, Hilo Rachel Shwery, 35, Hilo Cody Vincent, 36, Hilo Kainamamo Lundin, 39, Hilo David Nihipali, 23, Hilo Jaelyn […]

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8-18-22 Police Seek Runaway Alika Togi-Branco

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Mark KailiPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-071523 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Alika Togi-Branco, who was reported as a runaway. He was last seen on Monday, August 15, 2022, shortly after 9 p.m., in Pahoa wearing a reggae colored surf shorts, white t-shirt, white […]

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8-18-22 Officer Honored for Quickly Solving Burglary Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release By combining his keen communication and investigative skills with knowledge of crime trends in the community he serves, a South Kohala officer was able to quickly solve a Waikoloa burglary resulting in the arrest of two people. As a result of his efforts, Officer […]

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8-17-22 Police Seeking Runaway Jason Oharra

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Bradley WaikiPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-063201 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Jason Oharra who was reported as a runaway. Oharra was last seen in the area of the 1700 block of Kino‘ole Street on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 7:35 p.m., wearing […]

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8-17-22 Police Officer Recruitment Open Aug. 21 – 30

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, Aug. 21, 2022, and will close at 11:59 p.m., Hawaii […]

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8-17-22 (Update) Escapee Jenna Martin Charged

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolActing Sergeant David Po‘ohinaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-071457 Media Release (Update) Hawai‘i Island police report that after conferring with the County Prosecutor’s Office, Jenna Martin has been charged for the offense of escape in the second degree, and bail was set at $10,000. Martin had escaped from police custody on Monday, August […]

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8-17-22 Police Seeking Runaway Cherish Ahulau-Kaleo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Keanu Lum WonPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-071743 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Cherish Ahulau-Kaleo who was reported as a runaway. Ahulau-Kaleo was last seen in the vicinity of Kawailani Street and Māmalahoa Highway, (Highway 11), in Hilo on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, […]

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8-17-22 (Update) Escapee Jenna Martin Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolActing Sergeant David Po’ohina(808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-071457 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 7:45 a.m., Jenna Martin was located and arrested in Pahoa for escape. Martin is currently being held in custody while further investigation is conducted.

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8-17-22 Police Seeking Missing Man Sherwood Masaoka

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo Patrol  Lieutenant Todd PatarayPhone: (808) 961-2213Report No.: 22-071769 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 47-year-old Sherwood Masaoka who was reported missing. He was last seen on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, around 2 p.m. on  Waiānuenue Avenue in Hilo. He is described as Hawaiian with a tan […]

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8-16-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance Locating Escapee Jenna Martin

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolActing Sergeant David Po‘ohinaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-071457 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 34-year-old Jenna Martin who escaped from police custody on Monday, August 15, 2022, at approximately 6:25 p.m. Martin is described as a local female, around 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 […]

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8-16-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 8, 2022, through August 14, 2022, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 19 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under […]

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8-16-22 Police Investigating Fatal Public Accident

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 22-071442 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a fatal public accident involving a single motor vehicle, which was reported on Monday, August 15, 2022, at 6:43 p.m., in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in the area of 23rd Avenue and Paradise Drive in Kea‘au. […]

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8-16-22 Police Seeking Runaway Connor Uribes

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Aaron KaeoPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-071370 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Connor Uribes who was reported as a runaway. Uribes was last seen in the Ainaloa area of Pahoa during the early morning hours of Monday, August 15, 2022, wearing a yellow […]

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8-15-22 Search Ends for Missing 14-year-old Swimmer

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-070214 Media Release The search for the 14-year-old boy that went missing in waters off Shipman/Haena Beach Park in Puna, has ended and the teen remains missing. The search, in the water and by air, began Thursday, August 11, 2022, and […]

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8-15-22 (Update) Missing Kona Woman Alicia Figueira Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolOfficer Jade ThomasPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-070427 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that Alicia Figueira, who was previously reported missing, was located in Kona on Sunday, August 14, 2022, in good health.

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8-12-22 Police Renew Request for Assistance in Locating Runaway Zoelynn Puaoi-Pinheiro

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert P. PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 22-047245 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for assistance in locating 15-year-old Zoeylynn Puaoi-Pinheiro of Puna, who was previously reported as a runaway. She was last seen at a residence in the Hawaii Paradise Park subdivision in Kea‘au […]

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8-12-22 Police Seek Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Kona Woman Alicia Figueira

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolOfficer Jade ThomasPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-070427 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 36-year-old Alicia Figueira of Kona. She was last seen in the Kona Palisades area sometime in July 2022. She is described as Caucasian, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair […]

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8-12-22 Search Continues for Missing 14-year-old Swimmer

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-070214           Media Release The Hawai‘i Fire Department is continuing the search for the 14-year-old boy that went missing in waters off Shipman/Haena Beach Park in Puna, on Thursday afternoon, August 11, 2022.   The boy, along with his 16-year-old brother, their […]

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8-12-22 Hāmākua Families Win Big at Keiki Fishing Tournament

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHāmākua PatrolSchool Resource Officer Blake RagocosPhone: (808) 775-7533 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hāmākua Community Policing Section would like to congratulate all the winners and thank all the participants who partook in the second-annual Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League/DARE Hawaii Back to School Fishing Tournament on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at the Laupāhoehoe […]

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8-11-22 Police Investigate Possible Drowning Incident at Shipman Beach

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-070214                                  Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating the possible drowning of a 16-year-old boy and his missing 14-year-old brother in waters off Shipman/Haena Beach in Puna. On Thursday afternoon, August 11, 2022, at 3:20 p.m. Puna Patrol officers along with […]

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8-11-22 (Update) Runaway Kaiea Fleming-White Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Onan MasaokaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-069082 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Kaiea Fleming-White, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Puna on Monday, August 8, 2022, in good health.

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8-11-22 Man Wanted for Questioning in Terroristic Threatening Incident

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Jason MiyashiroPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-068556 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect wanted for questioning in connection with a terroristic threatening investigation. The investigation stems from an incident that occurred in the Eden Roc subdivision in Mountain View on Saturday, August 6, […]

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8-11-22 (Correction) August Coffee With a Cop Events in Kona

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Michael D. HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 259 Media Release West Hawai‘i residents are invited to attend Coffee With a Cop events on: Tuesday, August 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Royal Kona Coffee Center, 83-5427 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook. Thursday, August 18, from 8:00 a.m. to […]

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8-10-22 Police Hold Sign Waving Event to Promote Traffic Safety

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo Community PolicingLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release As part of Hawai‘i Police Department’s ongoing efforts to educate citizens about the dangers of impaired driving, speeding, and reckless driving, the Hilo Community Policing Section conducted a sign waiving event on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, in Honomū. In the wake of recent traffic […]

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8-10-22 Social Media Model Courtney Clenney Arrested

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-069762 Media Release On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 9:30 a.m., 26-year-old Courtney Taylor Clenney, of an Austin, Texas address, was arrested without incident at an undisclosed location in Laupahoehoe.  Members of the Hawai‘i Police Department assisted and stood by while […]

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8-10-22 (Update) Runaway Kayzlyn Grammer Located, Runs Away Again

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Roger CarvalhoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report Numbers: 22-068077 and 22-069194 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Kayzlyn Grammer, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on Sunday, August, 7, 2022, in good health (Report #22-068077). However, Grammer subsequently ran away again on Monday, August, 8, and […]

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8-10-22 Public Invited to Coffee With a Cop Events in Kona During August

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Michael D. HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 259 Media Release The public is invited to talk story with officers from Hawai‘i Police Department at three Coffee With a Cop events this month in west Hawai‘i. These popular community events provide the public an informal way to get to know their […]

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8-09-22 (Update) Kea’au High School Student Charged with Terroristic Threatening

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-069396 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged the 17-year-old student accused of threatening students and school personnel Tuesday morning, August 9, 2022, at Kea’au High School. (The male student was previously reported to be age 16.) On Tuesday afternoon, shortly […]

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8-09-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 1, 2022, through August 7, 2022, Hawai`i Island police arrested 16 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 […]

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8-09-22 Puna Teen Arrested for Threatening Other Students

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-069396  Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested a 16-year-old student in connection with threats he made towards other students. The initial verbal threat was made in-person, and later followed up with a general threat the suspect allegedly posted online. The […]

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8-09-22 (Update) Runaway Smith-Akiona Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-017796 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Shayla Smith-Akiona, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Puna on Monday, August 8, 2022, in good health.

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8-08-2022 (Update) Runaway Kaiea Fleming-White Located, Runs Away Again

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Onan MasaokaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report Numbers: 22-067323 and 22-069082 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that 17-year-old Kaiea Fleming-White, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in good health on Thursday, August, 4, 2022, in Mountain View. However, Fleming-White was reported as a runaway again on Friday, August, 5, and […]

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8-08-22 Police Seeking Runaway Kayzlyn Grammer

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Debney JaramilloPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  22-068077 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Kayzlyn Grammer who was reported as a runaway. Grammer was last seen in the 1700 block of Kinoole Street in Hilo on Friday, August 5, 2022, at 4:45 a.m. wearing a […]

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8-08-22 Police Seeking Person of Interest in Hilo Theft Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Sean PhelanPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-055136 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in a theft investigation. Police are seeking to identify the man who is wanted for questioning in the theft of a wallet, which was reported stolen on Friday, […]

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8-08-22 (Update) Runaway Kelis Garmon-Mercado Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-056852 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Kelis Garmon-Mercado, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on Sunday, August 7, 2022, in good health.

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8-08-22 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance Identifying Hilo Robbery Suspect

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Paul Kim(808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-068348 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a female suspect wanted for questioning in a robbery investigation. The investigation stems from an incident that occurred at a store on Puainako Street in Hilo on Friday, August 5, 2022, at 4:55 p.m. The female suspect is […]

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8-05-22 (Update) Runaway Kayzlyn Grammer Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-023667 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Kayzlyn Grammer, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on  Friday, August 5, 2022 in good health.

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8-05-22 Traffic Pattern Change on Puainako Street Accessing Waiakea Elementary and Intermediate Schools Effective Today

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. KeltnerProgram ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Dept. and the State Department of Transportation report that starting today, Friday, August 5, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. vehicles traveling eastbound (downhill) on Puainako St. will no longer be able turn left into Waiākea Intermediate and Waiākea elementary schools. Motorists are […]

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8-04-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Man Landon Fairbanks

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Aron TomotaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253Report No.: 22-067798 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the community’s assistance in locating 42-year-old Landon Fairbanks who has been reported missing. He was last seen on Wednesday August 3, 2022, around 12:00 p.m. in the area of Two-Step beach in Hōnaunau wearing a […]

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8-04-22 Puna Officer Honored for Lifesaving Efforts in Kidnapping Incident

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 965-2716 Media Release For his exceptional investigative police work and lifesaving efforts during an incident involving the kidnapping and torture of a male victim, Officer Michael Sailer was honored as Officer of the Month for June 2022 by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i during a ceremony […]

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8-03-22 Police Offer Tips During Pedestrian Safety Month

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release August is Pedestrian Safety Month and as part of a statewide effort to increase awareness about pedestrian safety, Hawai‘i Police Department is offering safety tips to motorists and pedestrians. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but at one time […]

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