Author Archives: Denise Laitinen

2-26-21 Police Charge Charge Hilo Man With Felony Assault

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Lieutenant Sandor Finkey  Phone: (808) 961-2254 Report No.: 21-015753 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police have charged a 35-year-old Hilo man with felony assault and related charges stemming from an incident that took place Thursday afternoon in Hilo. Shortly after 4 p.m. on February 25, 2021, Hilo […]

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2-26-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance Finding Runaway Daniel Soares

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Bryan Tina Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-015926 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 13-year-old Daniel Soares of Mountain View, who was reported as a runaway. Soares was last seen on Thursday afternoon, February 25, 2021, in the Fern Acres subdivision in Mountain View. […]

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2-25-21 Missing Puna Woman Angela Salters Located

Hawai‘i Police Department North Kohala Patrol Captain Jeremie Evangelista Phone: (808) 889-6540 Report No.: 21-015067 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that Angela Salter of Puna, who was reported missing on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, has been located in North Kohala in good health.

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2-25-21 Information Sought on Downtown Hilo Bank Burglary

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 21-007274 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for a bank burglary in downtown Hilo last month. South Hilo Patrol officers responded to an alarm at a bank […]

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2-24-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance Locating Puna Woman Last Seen in Kona

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Nelson Cacho Sr. Phone: (808) 961-2213 Report No.: 21-015067 Media Release Hawaii Island police are searching for 38-year-old Angela Salter of Puna, who was reported missing on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Salter, who was last seen in Kailua-Kona on Wednesday, February 10, is described as Caucasian, 5’-2” tall, […]

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2-24-21 Two East Hawai‘i Runaways Located

Hawai‘i Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Officer Corey M. Kaneko, Police Officer III/K-9 Handler Phone: (808) 961-8843 Report No. 21-012972 and 21-014590 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department reports that 16-year-old Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza, (Report No. 21-012972), and 17-year-old Eddie Rodrigues Jr., (Report No. 21-014590), who were both reported as runaways, were located in good […]

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2-23-21 Police Charge Hilo Man with Felony Abuse

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: (808) 961-2254 Report No.: 21-014594 Media Release  A Hilo man was arrested and charged with abuse of family or household member after a reported domestic dispute last weekend. Patrol officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence on […]

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2-23-21 Police Identify Aloha Estates Murder Victim

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-099083 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the male victim whose body was found buried in a shallow grave in the Aloha Estates subdivision of Puna, on January 5, 2021, as 34-year-old Andrew Cawley. Due to […]

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2-23-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of February 15, 2021, through February 21, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 16 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers […]

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2-22-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Pāhoa Runaway Eddie Rodrigues Jr.

Hawai‘i Police Department Officer Johnathon Rapoza Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-014590 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Eddie Rodrigues Jr. of Pāhoa, who was reported a runaway. Rodrigues was last seen in the Nanawale Estates area on February 15, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. He is described […]

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2-22-21 Puna Man Arrested and Charged for Home Invasion Robbery

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 21-012087 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police have charged 18-year-old Kauka K.K.H. Santiago, of Pahoa, with robbery and other related offenses stemming from an incident that occurred Friday evening, February 12, 2021, in Leilani Estates in Puna. During […]

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2-19-21 Missing Person Jeffrey Hansel Found (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Officer B. Arquitola-Takiue Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-013766 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that Jeffrey Hansel, who had been reported missing on February 18, 2021, was located in Hilo in good health. Police would like to thank the public for their assistance.

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2-19-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Person Jeffrey Hansel

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Officer B. Arquitola-Takiue Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-013766 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 56-year-old Jeffrey Hansel who was last heard from two to three months ago and reported as missing yesterday, February 18, 2021. Known to frequent the downtown Hilo […]

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2-18-21 Police Renew Request for Assistance in Finding Kona Runaway Kerryann Duarte

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area II Officer Jeremiah Hull Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 19-025566 Media Release  Hawaiʻi Island Police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Kerryann Duarte who was reported as a runaway two years ago. She was last seen in Kailua-Kona on the evening of […]

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2-18-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Hilo Man

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Fetuutuunai Amuimuia  Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-013451 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 35-year-old Solomon Kepano who was last seen at a Hilo residence on Panaewa Street on February 16, 2021, at 07:30 am.  Kepano is described as having a […]

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2-17-21 Police Renew Request for Assistance Locating Runaway Treeny Shiraki

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area II Officer Jeremiah Hull Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 20-027622 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Treeny Shiraki, who was reported as a runaway last year. She was last seen in Kailua-Kona on April 7, 2020. Shiraki […]

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2-17-21 Police Seek Public’s Help Locating Kona Runaway Allanie Duarte

Hawai‘i Police Department Kona Patrol Acting Sergeant Aaron K. Yamanaka Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-002276 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Allanie Duarte of Kona, who was reported as a runaway. Duarte was last seen in Kona on Friday, January 8, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. wearing […]

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2-17-2021 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of February 8, 2021, through February 14, 2021, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 26 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers […]

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2-17-21 Officer Roberg Recognized for Outstanding Investigative Skills by HISSPA

Hawai‘i Police Department South Kohala District Captain Sherry D. Bird Phone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release For his work conducting several high-quality investigations, Hawai‘i Police Department Officer Adam Roberg was recognized by the Hawai‘i Island Security and Safety Professionals Association (HISSPA) as the HISSPA Officer of the Quarter for Q4 2020 on Friday, February 12. Officer […]

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2-16-21 Suspect Charged in Kalapana Attempted Murder Investigation (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 21-012573 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 36-year-old Thomas Ryan Kilborn, of Pahoa, with attempted murder and an array of additional charges, following a Valentine’s Day incident in Kalapana.  After conferring with county prosecutors at 12:00 […]

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2-16-21 Runaway Deandre Moore Found

Hawai‘i Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Officer Corey M. Kaneko, Police Officer III/K-9 Handler Phone: (808) 961-8843 Report No.: 21-011647 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department reports that 15-year-old Deandre Moore, who had previously been reported as runaway, was located in Hilo in good health on February 12, 2021.

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2-16-21 Runaway Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza

Hawai‘i Police Department Officer Shaine Tavares Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-012972 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza, who was reported as a runaway. Ahsui-Mendoza was last seen in the Keaau area on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. wearing a black hooded sweat […]

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2-16-21 Ka‘ū Man Charged with Property Crimes

Hawaiʻi Police Department Ka‘ū Patrol Division Captain Miles Chong     Phone: (808) 939-2520 Report No.: 21-012049 Media  Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged a Ka‘ū man for property crimes in connection with a burglary in Ocean View.  When officers responded to a residential burglary on Catamaran Lane on Friday, February 12, 2021, at 6:00 […]

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2-16-21 Public Invited to Attend Kona Coffee with a Cop Events

Hawaiʻi Police Department Community Policing – Area II Sergeant Joseph Stender Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 259 Media Release Recognizing that it’s more important than ever to stay connected with community during the pandemic, west Hawai‘i residents are invited to attend two talk story sessions with members of Hawai‘i Police Department during “Kona Community Policing Coffee […]

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2-16-21 Runaway Avamaria Johnson (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department Kona Patrol Officer Patrick Robinson Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext.245 Report No.: 21-012792 Media Release  An update is being provided on runaway Avamaria Johnson of Kona. Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Johnson was found in Kona on February 15, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. in good health. However, a few hours later Johnson was […]

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2-16-21 Kalapana Attempted Murder Investigation

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 21-012573 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police have initiated an attempted murder investigation following an incident in the Kalapana area late Sunday afternoon, February 14, 2021. At approximately 4:30 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to the intersection area […]

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2-15-21 Police Seek Wanted Person Kelia Armstrong

Hawai‘i Police Department Sergeant Bryan Tina Puna Patrol Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-012744 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 24-year-old Kelia Armstrong who escaped from police custody on Monday, February 15, 2021, at approximately 11:45 a.m. Armstrong is described as a Caucasian female, 5’-1”-inches tall, 110 pounds, with long blonde hair and blue […]

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2-13-21 Police Ask for Public’s Help Locating Woman Missing in Kea’au

Hawai‘i Police Department Sergeant Bryan Tina Puna Patrol Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-012270 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 35-year-old Tracy Warren who was last seen on Tuesday, February 9, 202, at 11:00 p.m. at a Kea‘au residence on Paradise Ala Kai Drive in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Warren is described as […]

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2-12-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Kona Man Joshua Toney

Hawai‘i Police Department Kona District Sergeant Kimo Keliipaakaua Phone: (808) 326-4646 Report No.: 21-011909 Media Release  Hawai’i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 26-year-old Joshua Toney who was reported missing. Toney was last seen on Friday, February 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. leaving his parents’ Kailua-Kona residence on moped after telling his […]

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2-12-21 Police Department’s 93rd Recruit Class Recognition

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release  The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s 93rd Police Recruit Class Recognition Ceremony was held on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the Public Safety Building in Hilo. In accordance with current social distancing restrictions, this was a private ceremony limited to only police […]

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2-12-21 Runaway: Deandre Moore

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Officer Robert Keffer Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-011647 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Deandre Moore who was reported as a runaway. Last seen in the Kea‘au area on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 1:39 p.m., Moore is described as 5’-6” […]

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2-12-21 Runaway Troche-Nobriga (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Officer Corey M. Kaneko, Police Officer III/K-9 Handler Phone: (808) 961-8843 Report No.: 21-007660 and No. 21-011625 Media Release  An update is being provided on runaway Lokelani Troche-Nobriga of Hilo. Hawai‘i Island police report that 14-year-old Troche-Nobriga was found in Hilo in good health on February […]

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2-12-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kona Man

Hawai‘i Police Department Kona Patrol Acting Sergeant Aaron K. Yamanaka Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-006057 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 55-year-old Paul Julian Fernandez who was last seen on January 21, 2021, at 4:00 pm on Kalani Street in Kailua-Kona. Fernandez, who is known to frequent the […]

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2-11-21 Update on Kona Man Killed in Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit – Area II Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No.: 21-009376 Media Release  An update is being provided on Cornell Bruce Linerud , the 84-year-old Kailua-Kona man who died following a three vehicle collision on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the intersection of Kamanu Street and […]

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2-10-21 Runaway: Lokelani Troche-Nobriga

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Nelson Cacho, Sr. Phone: (808) 961-2213 Report No.: 21-007660 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Lokelani Trouche-Nobriga of Hilo, who was reported as a runaway. Trouche-Nobriga was last seen in Hilo on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 11:05 a.m. wearing […]

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2-10-21 Puna Man Arrested for Multiple Drug Offenses

Hawai‘i Police Department                            Lieutenant Royce Serrao Criminal Investigation Division – Area 1 Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-008093 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police were able to keep a substantial amount of dangerous drugs off the streets after the arrest of a Puna man.   Officers from the Area 1 Vice Section arrested and charged Jordan […]

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2-09-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of February 1, 2021, through February 7, 2021, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 28 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers […]

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2-09-21 Kona Man Dies Following Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit – Area II Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No.: 21-009376 Media Release  An 84-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a three vehicle collision on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the intersection of Kamanu Street and Oluwalu Street in Kailua-Kona. The man has been positively identified as Cornell […]

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2-08-21 Police Renew Request in Search for Missing Puna Man Albert Manners

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-091713 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 35-year-old Albert Aukai Manners. He was reportedly last seen on November 20, 2020, at an acquaintance’s residence in Puna.   Manners is […]

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2-08-21 (Update) Police Communications Center Issues Resolved

Hawai‘i Police Department Administrative Services Communications Section Lieutenant Robert Fujitake Jr. Phone: (808) 961-8808 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that electrical issues affecting its communications center and 9-1-1 call system have been resolved.  The department thanks the public for their patience while this problem was corrected.

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2-08-21 Police Report Electrical Issues Impacting Communications Center

Hawai‘i Police Department Administrative Services Communications Section Lieutenant Robert Fujitake Jr. Phone: (808) 961-8808 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that its communications center is having electrical issues affecting the 9-1-1 call system. There is limited phone service at this time. Police are still able to answer calls and provide service, but advise the public […]

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2-08-21 Police Identify Pedestrian Killed in Mountain View Collision

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Acting Sergeant Jared Cabatu Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No.: 21-009504 Media Release  A 54-year-old man who died at Queens Medical Center as a result of a motor vehicle/pedestrian collision that occurred on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, on Kahikopele Road in Mountain View has been identified by Hawai‘i Island police […]

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2-05-21 Ocean View Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area II Lieutenant Edwin Buyten Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266 Report No.: 20-097743 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police have arrested 61-year-old Alfred Cababag of Hawaii Ocean View Estates as a result of an animal cruelty investigation that was initiated after receiving calls from the public about possible animal […]

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2-05-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Pahoa Man

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Acting Sergeant Eddie Cardines, Jr. Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-009752 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 32-year-old John Christopher Thomley who was last seen on January 16, 2021, in the Pāhoa area. Known to frequent Pāhoa, Thomley is described as a local male, […]

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2-04-21 Three West Hawai‘i Officers Recognized by Kona Crime Prevention Committee for Outstanding Efforts

Hawai‘i Police Department Community Policing – Area II Sergeant Joseph Stender Phone: (808) 326-4646 Media Release  Dedicated to keeping our island community safe, three Hawai‘i Police Department officers were recently honored as Officers of the Month by the Kona Crime Prevention Committee during a ceremony at the Kona Police Station on Friday, January 22, 2021. […]

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2-04-21 Runaway: Avamaria Johnson

Hawai‘i Police Department Kona Patrol Officer Patrick Robinson Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext.253 Report No.: 21-009097 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Avamaria Johnson, who was reported as a runaway. Johnson was last seen walking in the 200 block of Kalani Street in Kailua-Kona on Tuesday, February 2, […]

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2-04-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Volcano Man

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Acting Sergeant Eddie Cardines Jr. Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-008171 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 46-year-old Kalanikahaleiluakeumahona P.K. Au Quin who was last seen on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, in the area of Pa‘alii Street in Volcano. He is known to frequent […]

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2-03-2021 Runaway Ahsui-Mendoza Located

Hawai‘i Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Officer Corey M. Kaneko, Police Officer III/K-9 Handler Phone: (808) 961-8843 Report No.: 21-008171 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza of Pahoa, who had previously been reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo in good health.

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02-03-21 Assistant Police Chief Promotions Announced

Hawai‘i Police Department Office of the Chief                                                              Chief Paul Ferreira             Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Police Chief Paul Ferreira has announced two promotions to the rank of Assistant Chief, effective February 1, 2021. Chad Basque, a 30-year veteran of the department, now commands the Area II Field Operations Bureau, encompassing the department’s west […]

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2-03-21 Runaway Bradon Ahia Located

Hawai‘i Police Department Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-008731 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Brandon Ahia of Keaau, who had previously been reported as a runaway, was located in Puna in good health.

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2-03-21 Motorcyclist in Honomu Traffic Crash Identified

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit – Area I Acting Sergeant Jared Cabatu Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No.: 21-008532 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police have identified the operator of the motorcycle involved in Sunday’s crash at the intersection of Highway 19 and Honomu Road as 67-year-old Timothy N. Shepherd of Kamuela, Hawai‘i. On Sunday, January […]

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2-02-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of January 25, 2021, through January 31, 2021, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers […]

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2-02-21 Drivers in Two Separate Fatal Traffic Incidents Identified

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Jeremy Riddle Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No.: 21-002525 and 21-004166 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police have released the names of two people who died in separate fatal traffic crashes last month. Both incidents occurred in the private subdivision of Hawaiian Paradise Park in Kea‘au. On January 9, 2021, […]

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2-01-21 Runaway: Bradon Ahia

Hawai‘i Police Department Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-008731 Media Release  Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Bradon Ahia who was reported as a runaway. Ahia was last seen in the Keaau area on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at 11:30 pm. He is described as 5’-11” tall, 140-150 pounds, […]

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2-01-2021 Runaway: Ahsui-Mendoza

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Acting Sergeant Eddie Cardines Jr. Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-008171 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza of Pahoa who was reported missing. She was last seen in Hawaiian Paradise Park on Saturday, January 30, 2021. There is no description of […]

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2-01-21 Officer Honored for Saving Stabbing Victim by Using Tourniquet

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol   Captain John Briski Phone: (808) 965-2716 Media Release  Just one week after Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) received tourniquets as part of a grant from the Spirit of the Blue Foundation, Sergeant Ryan Pagan saved the life of a man who had been stabbed in Puna last fall. Sergeant Pagan […]

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1-31-21 Motorcyclist Killed in Collision on Highway 19 in Honomu

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Acting Sergeant Jared Cabatu Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No.: 21-008532 Media Release  An unidentified 67-year-old man died following a crash on Sunday afternoon, January 31, 2021, on Highway 19 at the intersection of Honomu Road. Police responding to the 1:35 p.m. traffic collision determined that a 2018 Toyota Corolla […]

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1-27-21 This Super Bowl LV, Help HPD Save Lives: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Safety Section Torey Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961- 2305 Media Release One of America’s favorite annual sports celebrations, the National Football League’s Super Bowl LV, is on Sunday, February 7, 2021, and the Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) wants to remind football fans everywhere that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. […]

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1-27-21 Nā‘ālehu Man Arrested For Array of Property Crimes

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area II Lieutenant Edwin Buyten Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 266 Report No.: 21-005814 Media Release  Hawai`i Island police have arrested a 30-year-old Ka‘ū man for several offenses in connection with property crimes, including the theft of three vehicles that occurred in Nā‘ālehu. Responding to a report of a […]

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1-25-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of January 18, 2021, through January 24, 2021, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 20 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers […]

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1-25-21 BJ Penn Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Hawai‘i Police Department Hamakua Patrol Division Sergeant Vernon Ferreira Phone: (808) 775-7533 Report No.: 21-006348 Media Release Jay Penn of Hilo, also known as BJ Penn, was arrested Saturday, January 23, 2021, for operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants. About 4:51 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Hawai‘i Police Department officers from the Hamakua district […]

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1-25-21 Runaway Lokelani Troche-Nobriga Located (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Officer Corey M. Kaneko, Police Officer III/K-9 Handler Phone: (808) 961-8843 Report No.: 21-003140 Media Release  Hawai’i Island police report that 14-year-old Lokelani Troche-Nobriga of Hilo, who had previously been reported as a runaway, was located in Puna in good health.

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1-25-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance Identifying Person of Interest in Waikoloa Assault

Hawai‘i Police Department South Kohala Patrol Sergeant Thomas Chun-Ming Phone: (808) 887-3080 Report No.: 21-006152 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest regarding an assault that occurred at a Waikoloa hotel on Friday, January 22, 2021, at approximately 8:41p.m. During the course of the investigation, it […]

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1-25-21 Update: Missing Mountain View Woman Located

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Bryan Tina Phone: (808) 965-2716 Report No.: 21-005941 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that Destiny Leilani Boswell of Mountain View, who had been reported missing on January, 22, 2021, was located in Hilo in good health. Police would like to thank the public for their assistance.     […]

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1-22-21 Runaway: Noa Lolohea

Hawai‘i Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Officer Corey Kaneko Phone: (808) 961-8843 Report No.: 20-073165 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 15-year-old runaway from Hilo who was last seen in September. Noa A.K. Lolohea was last seen in Hilo on September 24, 2020, around 12:00 […]

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1-22-21 Police Ask for Assistance in Locating Missing Mountain View Woman

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Bryan Tina Phone: (808) 965-2716 Report No.: 21-005941 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 45-year-old Destiny Leilani Boswell of Mountain View.   She was last seen Friday, January 22, 2021, at approximately 8:00 a.m. in the Fern Forest subdivision wearing a maroon colored […]

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1-22-21 Police Seeking Owner of Kayak Found off Māhukona

Hawai‘i Police Department North Kohala Patrol, Area II Officer Justin Cabanting Phone: (808) 889-6540 Report No.: 20-098373 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance identifying the owner of a red and yellow, two-person kayak found adrift in waters off of Mahukona Beach Park and Lapakahi State Park last month. Initially reported to […]

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1-21-21 Police Officer Recruitment Open Feb. 7-16

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release  The Hawai‘i Police Department is looking for qualified people interested in serving our Hawai‘i Island communities as part of its upcoming recruitment for entry-level police officers. Recruitment will open on Sunday, February 7, 2021, and will close on Tuesday, […]

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1-21-21 Hilo Man Charged with Burglary and Theft

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-068645 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 34-year-old Richard “Kini Boy” Kuakini Kaleohano Jr., of Hilo, with an array of burglary and theft offenses. On Wednesday afternoon, January 20, 2021, after conferring with county […]

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1-20-21 Update: Police Locate Suspect in Theft at Pahoa Store

Hawai’i Police Department Puna Patrol  Sergeant Shawn Tingle  Phone: (808) 965-2715 Report No.: 21-001740 Media Release  Hawai’i Island police have made contact with the unidentified man sought in regards to a theft at a Pahoa convenience store and appreciate the public’s assistance in this matter.

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1-19-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of January 11, 2021, through January 17, 2021, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 20 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers […]

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1-19-21 Police Seek Suspect in Theft at Pahoa Store

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Shawn Tingle Phone: (808) 965-2715 Report No.: 21-001740 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a theft that occurred on January 6, 2021, shortly before 8 p.m., at a convenience store in Pahoa. At 7:50 p.m. an unidentified male was observed bending down and retrieving an unknown item from […]

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1-18-21 Runaway: Kaniho

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Lieutenant Tuck Loy Aurello Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-003137 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking the public’s help in locating a 15-year-old Hilo boy, who was reported as a runaway. Keali‘i Kaniho was last seen in Hilo on January 11, 2021, around 9:15 p.m. He is […]

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1-18-21 Runaway: Troche-Nobriga

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Lieutenant Tuck Loy Aurello Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-003140 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating 14-year-old Lokelani Troche-Nobriga of Hilo, who was reported as a runaway. Last seen in Hilo on Monday, January 11, 2021, around 8:30 p.m., Troche-Nobriga is […]

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1-18-21 Police Seek Missing 18-Year-Old in Puna

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Shawn Tingle Phone: (808) 965-2716 Report No.: 21-004706 Media Release  Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating an 18-year-old Puna man who was reported missing. Nitai Strayhorn was last seen on January 13, 2021, about 5:00 p.m. riding a bicycle away from his residence in […]

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1-18-21 Police Ask the Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Hilo Man

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Lieutenant Tuck Loy Aurello Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-004194 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking the public’s help in locating a 61-year-old Donald E. Dodge of Hilo, who was reported missing. Dodge was last seen in Hilo on January 7, 2021, around 9:00 a.m. He is […]

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1-17-21 Puna Man Charged After Nanawale Barricade Incident

Hawai’i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 21-003853 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have charged 65-year-old Dean Hisao Jones of Puna; the man that was taken into custody late Friday morning, January 15, 2021, following an overnight standoff with police in Nanawale Estates in […]

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1-15-21 Motorcyclist Killed in HPP Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Jeremy Riddle Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No.: 21-004166 Media Release  An unidentified man died following a two-vehicle collision on Friday, January 15, 2021, in Hawaiian Paradise Park at the intersection of Maku‘u Drive and 24th Avenue. Responding to a 3:59 p.m. traffic collision, police determined that a 2013 […]

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1-15-21 Man Arrested after Nanawale Barricade Incident

Hawai’i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 21-003853 Media Release A 65-year-old Puna man was taken into custody without incident following a lengthy standoff resulting in neighbors being evacuated. Today, January 15, 2021, at 11:34 am, police arrested Dean Hisao Jones for several offenses […]

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1-15-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance Regarding Theft of Statue From Hilo Temple

Hawai‘i Police Department Community Policing Section Lieutenant William H. Derr Phone: (808) 961-2350 Report No.: 21-004124 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance with an investigation involving the theft of a statue from a religious institution on Kilauea Avenue in Hilo, which was taken sometime between Monday night, January 11, 2021, […]

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1-15-21 Kona Man Arrested for Multiple Property Crimes in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Kayla K. Makino-Kahuli Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-003991 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police have arrested 23-year-old Donchevell Makekau of Kailua-Kona for multiple property crime offenses stemming from several criminal property damage incidents reported in downtown Hilo. In the early morning hours of Friday, January 15, 2021, South […]

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1-13-21 Runaway: Kapeli-Spencer

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Lieutenant Tuck Loy Aurello Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-002587 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 13-year-old Hilo boy, who was reported missing as a runaway. Scott Kapeli-Spencer was last seen in Hilo on January 9, 2021, around 8 p.m. […]

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1-12-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of January 4, 2021, through January 10, 2021, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 26 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers […]

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1-12-21 Police Asking for Assistance in Locating Missing Hilo Woman Danielle Jean

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-099011 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 31-year-old Danielle Alexa Jean, of Hilo. She has not been seen since the middle of December 2020 and her family on the mainland is […]

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1-11-21 Man Killed in Single-Car Crash in HPP

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Jeremy Riddle Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No.: 21-002525 Media Release An unidentified male died following a single vehicle collision in Hawai‘ian Paradise Park subdivision on Saturday afternoon January 9, 2021.   Officers responding to the 4:16 p.m. traffic collision at the intersection of Maku’u Drive and 2nd Avenue, […]

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1-08-21 Police Seek Assistance Finding Missing Hilo Man

Hawai‘i Police Department Captain Reed K. Mahuna, South Hilo Division Commander Phone: (808) 961-2214 Report No.: 21-002207 Media Release  Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 71-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing. Gabriel DeSilva was last seen on Kupuna Street, near Mohouli Street, in Hilo this morning at 10:00 […]

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1-08-21 Runaway Naturally Torres Located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Bryan Tina Phone: (808) 965-2716 Report No.: 21-001531 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department reports that runaway Naturally Torres was located in Puna in good health. She was previously reported as a runaway.    

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1-7-21 DUI Stats as of 01-03-2021

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of January 1, 2021, through January 3, 2021, 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.  None of the drivers […]

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1-06-21 Public Invited to Talk Story During Coffee with a Cop in Kona

Hawai‘i Police Department Community Policing – Area II Sergeant Joseph Stender Phone: (808) 326-4646 Media Release As part of their ongoing outreach to the West Hawai‘i community, the Hawai‘i Police Department invites residents to talk story with officers during “Kona Community Policing Coffee with a Cop”, Friday, January 15, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at […]

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01-06-21 Runaway Naturally Torres

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Officer Conrad Bidal Phone: (808) 965-2716  Report No.: 21-001531 Media Release  Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating runaway Naturally Torres, who was last seen in Hawaiian Paradise Park on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Torres is 13 years old, approximately 5’-1”, 165 pounds, with long black […]

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1-06-21 2020 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  For the year 2020, there were 1,001 DUI arrests compared with 1,085 in 2019, a decrease of 7.7 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: District   For the Year 2020       Hāmākua   8 North […]

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1-06-21 Kona Man Charged with Array of Offenses After Domestic Incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Scott Kurashige Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 230 Report No.: 21-000558 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island Police have arrested and charged 43-year old Regan Yang of Kailua-Kona with an array of offenses stemming from a domestic incident that occurred in a vehicle at various locations in Kailua-Kona on […]

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1-05-21 Police Seek Assistance in Investigation of Livestock Incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Kohala District Captain Sherry D. Bird Phone: (808) 887-3080 Report No: 21-000983 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses as part of their investigation into an incident involving livestock in the Waimea area. On January 4, 2021, South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of an eight-month-old black-colored steer […]

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1-04-21 Police Investigating Excavator Theft from Waikoloa Area

Hawai‘i Police Department South Kohala District Sergeant Joseph Passmore Phone: (808) 887-3080 Report No.: 21-000467 Media Release  Hawai‘i police are asking for the public’s assistance with an investigation involving the theft of an excavator from the Waikoloa area valued at $35,000. Responding to a reported theft on the morning of January 2, 2021, South Kohala […]

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12-30-20 Kona Home Invasion Results in Arrests

Hawai‘i Police Department Lieutenant Calvin Delaries  – Area II Phone: (808) 323-4646 Report No.: 20-098864 Media Release  Two men have been arrested after three people were injured during a home invasion in west Hawai‘i. Just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2020, officers from Area II Kona Patrol responded to a call of a […]

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12-30-20 Police Reminding Motorists to Drive Sober this New Year’s Eve

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release As 2020 comes to a close, the Hawai‘i Police Department continues to remind Hawai‘i Island residents not to drive while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Throughout the month of December, officers and community groups around the island have held […]

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12-30-30 Police Asking for Assistance in Locating Missing Puna Man Andrew Cawley

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Brian Souki Phone: (808) 965-2716 Report No.: 20-099083 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 34-year-old Puna man reported missing by his father. Andrew Cawley was last seen at a friend’s residence in Aloha Estates in Mountain View on the morning of […]

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12-30-20 West Hawai‘i Officers Recognized for Quick Action and Resourcefulness

Hawai‘i Police Department Community Policing – Area II Sergeant Joseph Stender Phone: (808) 326-4646 Media Release  Two officers responding to a report of a vehicle break-in during the middle of the night in Kona last April led to the solving of several vehicle break ins. While searching in the dark for the suspect, who they […]

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12-29-20 Police Search for Witness Regarding Hilo Shooting (Update)

Hawai’i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-096244 Media Release After issuing a request yesterday for the public’s assistance in identifying a potential witness to a Hilo shooting, Hawai’i Island police report that they have contacted the individual in the white Nissan Frontier they […]

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