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7-01-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Puna Woman Donna Rasay

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Conrad BidalPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 21-052599 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 36-year-old Donna Rasay who was last seen on June 27, 2021, in the Leilani Estates area.  Rasay is approximately 5’03” tall, 145 pounds, light skin, with brown hair and green eyes.  She […]

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6-29-21 Ka’u Man Wanted For Questioning: Chester Wooten Sr.

Hawa’ii Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionLieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No: 20-059329 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance with locating a 43-year-old Ka’u man, who is wanted for questioning in connection with a theft investigation that occurred in the District of Ka’u. Chester Wooten Sr., is […]

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6-29-21 Police Charge Puna Man With Numerous Offenses

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid SectionActing Lieutenant Bobbie-Jo SagonPhone: (808) 961-8883Report No. 21-051593 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police have charged a 51-year-old Kea‘au man with numerous offenses. On June 26, 2021 at about 8:19 a.m., Puna Patrol Officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence on Oio Street in Pahoa. […]

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6-29-21 Runaway La’akea Martins Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IIActing Lieutenant Sharlotte BirdPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-047490 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that 17-year-old La’akea Martins was located in Hilo in good health on June 28, 2021. She had previously been reported as a runaway.

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6-29-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner Program ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 21, 2021, through June 27, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested nineteen (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 the […]

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6-29-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Person Joseph Smithey

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Aaron KaeoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-052465 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are searching for 52-year-old Joseph Smithey, who family members say they have not heard from since late May 2021. Smithey is known to frequent the Mountain View and Kurtistown area and is in need of medical attention. He is described […]

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6-28-21 Puna Woman Arrested & Charged After Hilo ATM Robbery

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-051651 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police have arrested and charged 30-year-old Chasia-Rose Z.K. Palma, of Puna, with robbery following an incident Saturday afternoon, June 26, 2021, at a financial institution ATM (Automated Teller Machine) in Hilo. On Saturday evening, after conferring […]

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6-28-21 Police Investigate Possible Drowning in Waikoloa

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala PatrolSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 887-3080Report No. 21-051358 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning incident that occurred in South Kohala. On Friday, June 25, 2021, at approximately 1:36 p.m., South Kohala Patrol officers and members of the Hawai’i Fire Department responded to the Waikoloa Beach Resort area, to […]

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6-25-21 Puna Burglary Suspects Charged

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-050326 Media Release   Hawai’i Island Police have arrested and charged two men following a brief standoff Tuesday afternoon, June 22, 2021, on Uhini Ana Road, in Mountain View. On Thursday afternoon, June 24, 2021, after conferring with County Prosecutors, police […]

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6-25-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Hilo Runaway Lokelani Trouche-Nobriga

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Blane KenolioPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-050651 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 Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 1:15 p.m. wearing a black long sleeve sweater, […]

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6-23-21 Driver Rescued After Car Plunges Into Hilo Harbor

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol DivisionLieutenant Tuck Loy AurelloPhone:  (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-050689 Media Release On June 23, 2021, at approximately 3:24 p.m., Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a single vehicle collision resulting in the vehicle being submerged in the Wailoa Boat Harbor with an unconscious male driver still inside. Officers arrived […]

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6-22-21 Police Identify Suspect in Hilo Officer Involved Shooting (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No. 21-049080 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police detectives are continuing the investigation into an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred early Friday afternoon, June 18, 2021, that left one officer injured and the suspect dead. The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Daniel Buckingham. […]

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6-22-21 Hawaii Police Department Receives Donation of 20 New AEDs

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Max and Yetta Karasik Family Foundation, through the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, donated 20 new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the Hawai‘i Police Department, which will be distributed to officers island wide.  During a ceremony held in Hilo on Tuesday, […]

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6-22-21 Runaway Located: Lokelani Trouche-Nobriga (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IDetective Gavin KagimotoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-011625 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that 14-year-old Lokelani Trouche-Nobriga was located in Hilo in good health on June 21, 2021. She had previously been reported as a runaway.

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6-22-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Ka‘ū Runaway La’akea Martins

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol DivisionOfficer Isaac MichaelsPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 21-047490 Media Release Hawai‘i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile female from Ka‘ū who was reported as a runaway. 17-year-old La`akea Martins was last seen Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 10:00 p.m., in Nā‘ālehu.  She is described as being […]

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6-22-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. KeltnerProgram ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 14, 2021, through June 20, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested sixteen (16) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  None of the drivers were under the age […]

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6-20-21 Missing Man Located: Moroni “Mo” Freitas (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala PatrolSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 887-3080Report No. 21-049604 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that Moroni “Mo” Freitas, who was previously reported as a missing person, was located in good health.

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6-20-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Waimea Man Moroni “Mo” Freitas

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictSergeant Joseph PassmorePhone: (808) 887-3080Report No. 21-049604 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 23-year old Waimea man who is a missing person in need of medication. Moroni “Mo” Freitas is described as being 5’10” tall and weighing 210 pounds. Freitas currently has brown curly hair and a brown […]

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6-18-21 Officer Involved Shooting Incident (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No. 21-049080 Media Release Hawai’i Police are continuing the investigation into an officer Involved shooting that occurred in the South Hilo District this afternoon . At 11:20 a.m. today (June 18), patrol officers in Hilo responded to a residential alarm and possible burglary […]

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6-18-21 Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting Which Leaves Unidentified Suspect Dead

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No. 21-049080 Media Release Hawai’i Police are investigating an officer Involved shooting that occurred in the South Hilo District this afternoon. At 11:20 a.m. today (June 18) patrol officers in Hilo responded to a residential break in at the 1800 block of Kilauea […]

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6-18-21 Police Encourage Reporting of Illegal Aerial Fireworks

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionOfficer Eddie Cardines Jr.Phone: (808) 935-3311 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police, concerned about illegal aerial fireworks, are asking for the public’s assistance in reporting information about the location of these dangerous and illegal pyrotechnic devices, as well as the identity of people in possession of them. It is unlawful for any […]

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6-17-21 Police Detectives Charge Captain Cook Man With Murder and Arson

Hawai`i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area IICaptain Thomas A. Shopay IIIPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 263 Report No.:  21-041921 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police have charged 27-year-old Ioane Asagra, of Captain Cook, with murder and arson stemming from the shooting death of Joey Richmond at Keauhou Kainaliu Beach Road, commonly known as “End of the […]

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6-17-21 Hilo Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police Chief              Chief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No.: 21-047620 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police detectives are continuing the investigation into an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday evening, June 13, shortly after 7:00 p.m., that left the suspect, 34-year-old Ryan Yukiharu Santos dead. On Tuesday morning, June 15, 2021, […]

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6-15-21 Police Identify Woman Killed in Puna Moped Crash (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: 961-2391Report No. 21-047884 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have identified a female who died following a single vehicle collision that occurred on Monday evening, June 14, 2021, on Government Beach Road in the area of Papaya Farms Road in Puna. She is identified as 49-year-old Fawn K. Jost, […]

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6-15-21 Puna Man Charged With Multiple Offenses

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid SectionActing Lieutenant Bobbie-Jo SagonPhone: (808) 961-8883Report No. 21-046881 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have charged a 36-year-old Hilo man with Fist Degree Burglary, two counts of Second Degree Assault, Felony Abuse of a Family or Household Member, Abuse of a Family or Household Member, Kidnapping, First Degree Terroristic Threatening, […]

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6-15-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Runaway Zoeylynn Puaoi-Pinheiro

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona DistrictSergeant Kimo KeliipaakauaPhone: (808) 326-4646Report No. 21-044253 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile female who was reported as a runaway. It was reported that 14-year-old Zoeylynn Puaoi-Pinheiro left the Salvation Army Interim Home in Kailua-Kona on June 02, 2021 at approximately 5:15 p.m., […]

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6-15-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. KeltnerProgram ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 7, 2021, through June 13, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested thirteen (13) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  One of the drivers was under the age […]

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6-15-21 Woman Dies in Single Vehicle Moped Crash in Puna

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: 961-2391Report No. 21-047884 Media Release An unidentified female died following a single vehicle collision on Monday evening, June 14, 2021, on Government Beach Road in the area of Papaya Farms Road in Puna. Police responded to a 5:08 p.m. traffic collision and determined that a 2016 Kymco moped […]

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6-14-21 Hilo Officer Involved Shooting Incident (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police Chief              Chief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No.: 21-047620 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police detectives are continuing the investigation of an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday evening, June 13, 2021, shortly after 7:00 p.m. South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a reported domestic at a residence on Mokuhonua […]

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6-14-21 Police Report Runaway Deandre Moore Has Been Located

Hawai’i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section, Area IOfficer Corey KanekoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-045704 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police report that 15-year-old Deandre Moore was located in good health in Puna on June 12, 2021. He had previously been reported as a runaway.

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6-14-21 Police Investigate Possible Drowning Incident in South Kohala

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala PatrolSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 887-3080Report No. 21-047507 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning in South Kohala. On June 13, 2021, at approximately 11:01 a.m., South Kohala patrol officers and members of the Hawai’i Fire Department responded to Anaehoomalu Bay, located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort, on a […]

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6-14-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Stolen Motorcycle

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona DistrictOfficer Dustin MedeirosPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 253Report No.: 21-047464 Media Release Big Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two male suspects who removed a Black 2008 Honda CBR1000cc Motorcycle from the Kona Target Parking lot on June 13, 2021 at approximately 2:30 a.m. without permission. The motorcycle is […]

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6-13-21 Police Initiate Attempted Murder Investigation Following Officer Involved Shooting in Hilo

Hawai’i Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244Report No.: 21-047620 Media Release Hawai’i Police are investigating an officer Involved shooting that occurred in the South Hilo District this evening. South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a 7:10 p.m. call of a physical domestic at a residence on Mokuhonua Lane in Hilo. […]

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6-10-21 Police Charge Hilo Man With Attempted Murder And Felony Abuse

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid SectionActing Lieutenant Bobbie-Jo SagonPhone: (808) 961-8883Report No.: 21-046532 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police have charged a 24-year-old Hilo man with Second Degree Attempted Murder and Felony Abuse of a Family or Household Member. On June 10, 2021 at about 12:26 a.m, South Hilo Patrol Officers responded to a report […]

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6-10-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Puna Runaway Kaitlynn Ibbs

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Cala ArnoldPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-046219 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Kaitlynn Ibbs, who was reported as a runaway. She was last seen in the Hawaiian Paradise Park area on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at approximately 8:30 p.m. She was last seen […]

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6-08-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Runaway Jason Oharra

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid SectionOfficer Corey KanekoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-017946 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile male who was reported as a runaway. 13-year-old Jason Oharra was reported as a runaway on March 4, 2021 and was last seen in the area of […]

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6-08-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Wanted Kona Man Samson Yurong

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IIDetective Tyler ProkopecPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 224Report No. 21-022547 Media Release The Hawai’i Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with locating 28-year-old Samson Yurong. He is described as being 5’11” tall, approximately 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Yurong is known to frequent the Kailua-Kona area.  […]

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6-08-21 Police Investigate Possible Drowning Incident in South Kohala

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictSergeant Joseph PassmorePhone: (808) 887-3080Report No. 21-046017 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning in South Kohala. On June 08, 2021 at approximately 10:14 a.m., officers responded to a report that an unresponsive man was pulled out of the waters at the Pentagon mooring which is located off […]

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6-08-21 Police Renew Their Request For Assistance Locating Missing Hilo Man Donald Dodge

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-004194 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 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 described […]

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6-08-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. KeltnerProgram ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release During the week of May 31, 2021, through June 6, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested sixteen (16) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  Three of the drivers were under the age […]

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6-08-21 Police Advise the Public of Temporary South Kona Road Closure

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 21-040643 Media Release A partial road closure has been announced for Wednesday, June 9, 2021, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Highway 11, .1 mile south of the 95 mile marker in South Kona.  One lane will be closed during […]

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6-07-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Puna Runaway Deandre Moore

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna District, Area ICaptain Scott AmaralPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-045704 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile male who was reported as a runaway. 15-year-old Deandre Moore was last seen in the area of Fern Acres, Mountain View on June 5, 2021 at approximately 7:00 […]

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6-07-21 DARE Program a Success Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCommunity Police SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release Throughout the 2020-2021 school years, School Resource Officers around the island, while complying with COVID-19 restrictions, were still able to provide Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program to students. Officers were able to share valuable lessons to students via online learning and or in […]

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6-07-21 Missing Puna Man Kyle Hank Located (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol, Area I OperationsSergeant Nelson Cacho Sr.Phone: 961-2213Report No. 21-045162 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that Kyle Hank was located in Puna yesterday, June 6, 2021, in good health.

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6-07-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Kona Fisherman Michael Kitagawachi

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant David ArakiPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext.253Report No. 21-045154 Media Release On Friday, June 05, 2021, it was reported by a family acquaintance that a fisherman had found a 15-foot teal colored one-man canoe approximately 1 mile off shore of Honaunau Bay.  The one-man canoe was identified as belonging to 66-year old Michael […]

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6-05-21 Police Respond to Major Disturbance at Hawai’i Community Correctional Center

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol DivisionLieutenant Tuck Loy AurelloPhone:  (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-044918 Media Release On Friday, June 4, 2021, at about 7:26 p.m., approximately ten officers from the Hawai’i Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to the Hawai’i Community Correctional Center located at 60 Punahele Street in response to a call for assistance relative to […]

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6-05-21 Police Seek Missing Puna Man Kyle Hank

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol, Area I OperationsSergeant Nelson Cacho Sr.Phone: 961-2213Report No. 21-045162 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are searching for a 27-year-old Puna man who was reported missing. Kyle Hank was last seen in the Volcano area on Thursday, June 3, 2021. He is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 6 ft. tall, […]

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6-05-21 Miloliʻi Man Charged For Numerous Offenses

Hawai`i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section-Area IIActing Lieutenant Sharlotte BirdPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext 278Report No.: 21-043677 Media Release Hawai`i Island police detectives have charged 37-year-old Brian Kahele, of Milolii, for multiple offenses that occurred in the Captain Cook area over this past weekend.   On Monday, May 31, 2021, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Kona Patrol officers […]

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6-04-21 Wanted: James R. Lawrence

Hawaii Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area IIDetective Scott DeweyPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 303Report No. 21-095516 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are searching for a 65-year-old Hilo man wanted for multiple warrants of arrest and questioning in a sexual assault investigation. James R. Lawrence is wanted on two warrants for driving without a valid license […]

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6-04-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Runaway Lejen Lopez

Hawaii Police DepartmentPuna District, Area ISergeant Bryan TinaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-044499 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile male who was reported as a runaway. 15-year-old Lejen Lopes was last seen in the Mt. View area on June 3, 2021 at approximately 1:00 pm.  He is […]

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6-03-21 Police Renew Request to Locate Missing Man Charles Bruce Graves

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-041519 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 69-year-old Charles Bruce Graves. He was reportedly last seen on the morning of May 17, 2021, on Puueo Street in Hilo. Graves is described as, […]

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6-03-21 Police Request Public’s Assistance Locating Wanted Man: Leven K. Campbell

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report no.: 20-062293 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 54-year-old Leven K. Campbell of Hilo, who is wanted for an outstanding bench warrant.   Campbell is identified as approximately 5-feet-8 inches tall, approximately 155 pounds, with […]

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6-03-21 Runaway Located: Noa Lolohea (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 20-073165 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that Noa Lolohea was located in Hilo in good health on June 3, 2021. He had previously been reported as a runaway.

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6-03-21 Runaway Located: Chanastie Caitano (Update)

Hawai’i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 20-060597 Media Release Hawaii Island Police report that Chanastie Caitano was located in Hilo on May 18, 2021 in good health. She had previously been reported as a runaway.

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6-02-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of May 24, 2021, through May 30, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested thirteen (13) 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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6-01-21 Promotions Announced

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Police Chief Paul Ferreira has promoted four individuals to the rank of Captain.  Captain Scott Kurashige, a 31-year veteran is now assigned to command the North Kohala Patrol district.  He most recently served as a lieutenant in the Area II (Kona) Juvenile Aid […]

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6-01-21 Police Advise Public of Road Closure (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 21-041921 Media Release A temporary road closure has been announced for Tuesday, June 1, 2021 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Keauhou Kainaliu Beach Road, commonly known as “End of the World”. The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit (T.E.U.) will […]

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6-01-21 Police Advise Public of Road Closure

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 21-041921 Media Release A temporary road closure has been announced for Tuesday, June 1, 2021 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Keala O Keawe Road (Highway 160) near the scenic point above Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park.  Motorist will […]

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5-27-21 Puna Man Charged Following Machete Attack

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentLieutenant Sandor FinkeyArea I Juvenile Aid SectionPhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 21-041829 Media Release Police have charged a 30-year-old Puna man with felony assault stemming from an incident in Puna. On Wednesday (May 25, 2021) at 4:35  p.m.., Puna police responded to a report of an injured male at a business in Pahoa.  Officers […]

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5-27-21 Kona Shooting Victim Identified (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No.: 21-041921 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police has identified the person who died in Tuesday’s (May 25, 2021) “End of the World” shooting, as 46-year-old Joey Richmond of Kailua-Kona. Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, police responded to […]

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5-27-21 Sergeant Marco Segobia Recognized as 2020 Hawaii Narcotic Officer of the Year

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Sergeant Marco Segobia was recognized as the 2020 Hawai’i Narcotic Officer of the Year, receiving the prestigious “Troy Barboza Memorial Award”.  This award is presented annually to a member of the law enforcement community in the State of […]

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5-27-21 Police Advise Public of Road Closure in Hōnaunau Due to Traffic Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea II OperationsMajor Sherry D. BirdPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 270Report No. 21-041921 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department is advising the public of a temporary road closure of Keala O Keawe Road (Highway 160) between the entrance of Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park and Hōnaunau Beach Road on Thursday, May 27, 2021, from […]

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5-27-21 Police Remind Motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Memorial Day Weekend

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release With the approach of the long Memorial Day weekend and upcoming graduation parties, Hawai’i Police Department will be on alert to help prevent tragedy on our roads. Officers will conduct roving patrols beginning Friday, May 28, and continuing through Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. […]

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5-26-21 Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Waikoloa Man Bruce Graves

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol DivisionCaptain Reed K. MahunaPhone: (808) 961-2214Report No. 21-041519 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are looking for a 69-year-old Waikoloa man that has been reported missing. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Bruce Graves, a 69-year-old Waikoloa man who was reported missing on May 24, 2021. Graves was […]

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5-26-21 Police Initiate Murder Investigation Following Kona Shooting

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionLieutenant Edwin BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 266Report No.: 21-041921 Media Release Hawai‘i Island Police are investigating a shooting in Keauhou that left a man dead. Shortly after 9:30 p.m. yesterday evening, May 25, 2021, police responded to a report of an unresponsive male party lying on the ground at […]

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5-25-21 Wanted Kaʻū Man Steven Combes Located (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: 808-326-4646, ext. 238Report No.: 20-072298 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have located 28-year-old Steven Combes of Na’alehu who was previously wanted for questioning in regards to a theft that occurred in Kona. Combes was located in Na’alehu on May 20, 2021 where he was questioned regarding […]

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5-25-21 Wanted Na’alehu Man Kevin Riley Galigo Located (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea II, Criminal Investigation SectionOfficer Justin UrestiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 238Report No.: 21-032328 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 30-year-old Kevin Riley Galigo of Na’alehu, who was wanted for an outstanding warrant for his arrest. On Monday, May 25, 2021, at 11:30 a.m., Galigo turned himself in to the East Hawai‘i Detention […]

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5-25-21 Police Remind Public of Agricultural Theft Regulations

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: 961-2350 Media Release Due to the increasing reports of agricultural theft on Hawai’i Island, the Hawai’i Police Department would like to remind the public that there are regulations set in place. If you sell any amount of an agricultural commodity that is to be marketed for commercial purposes; […]

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5-25-21 HI-PAL Participates in Wolf-Pack Soccer Team Practice

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: 961-2350 Media Release The Hawai’i Police Activities League (HI-PAL) would like to thank the Hawai’i Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) and the Wolf-Pack soccer team for allowing our participation in their May 2021 practice. During the loosening of the COVID-19 restrictions and still complying with COVID-19 precautions, HI-PAL was […]

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5-24-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of May 17, 2021, through May 23, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested twenty-three (23) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  None of the drivers were under […]

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5-24-21 Officer Chelsey Santos Recognized by the Kona Crime Prevention Committee as the May 2021 Kona Officer of the Month

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefPolice Chief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee (KCPC) has recognized Officer Chelsey Santos as the Kona Officer of the month for May 2021. Officer Santos was nominated by Sergeant Aron Tomota for her “dedicated effort in making the Big Island streets, specifically in […]

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5-24-21 Police Ask For Assistance Locating Missing Puna Man Matthew Ryan

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Laurence DavisPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 21-040646 Media Release Hawai‘i Island Police are searching for 33-year-old Matthew Ryan who was last seen on Friday (May 21) during daylight hours at a residence located in the Glenwood area within the Puna district. He is described as being Caucasian, 5’9” and weighing approximately 170-180 […]

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5-22-21 Ocean View Man Dies in South Kona Single Vehicle Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 21-040643 Media Release An 18-year-old Ocean View man died following a single vehicle collision on Friday (May 21, 2021) on Highway 11, .1 mile south of the 95 mile marker in South Kona. The victim has been positively identified as Alona Taetuna-Kaluau. Responding to […]

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5-21-21 Police Request Public’s Assistance in Locating Stolen Skid Steer Loader

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Charrise K. WakitaPhone: 965-2716Report No. 21-037352 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a yellow and black Caterpillar brand Skid Steer loader, Model CAT 226, that was removed from a property in Orchidland, Puna during the beginning of May 2021. The Skid Steer has an estimated […]

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5-21-21 Wanted: Kevin Riley Galigo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea II, Criminal Investigation SectionOfficer Justin UrestiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 238Report No.: 21-032328 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old, Kevin Riley Galigo of Na’alehu, who has an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Galigo is described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall, 130 pounds, with […]

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5-19-21 Police Request Assistance in Locating Kaʻū Man for Questioning

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: 808-326-4646, ext. 238Report No.: 20-072298 Media  Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 28-year old Steven Combes of Na’alehu for questioning in regards to a theft that occurred in Kona. Combes is described as a local male, approximately 5 feet 9 […]

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5-19-21 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. KeltnerProgram ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release During the week of May 10, 2021, through May 16, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested seventeen (17) 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 age […]

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5-18-21 Public Invited to Attend Kona Coffee with a Cop Events

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKona Community Policing – Area IIOfficer Dwayne SlussPhone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 259 Media Release  The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Kona Community Policing Section invites the public to join them for two “Coffee with a Cop” events this month in Kailua-Kona. The events will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the following […]

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5-18-21 Puna Man Charged With Burglary and Property Damage

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCommunity Police Section – PunaOfficer Bryson MiyosePhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-032320 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police have charged 35-year-old Thomas Bowers, of Puna, in connection with a burglary investigation from the Volcano Area. After receiving tips from the public, Officers from the Puna Community Police Section and Officers from the Area I Special […]

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5-16-21 Washington Man Killed in South Kona Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit (TEU), Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 21-038760 Media Release A 52-year-old Washington man died following a two vehicle collision that occurred on Saturday (May 15, 2021) .1 mile south of the 88 mile marker on Highway 11.  The 52-year-old male has been positively identified as Brian Kamaka […]

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5-13-21 Public Invited to Coffee With a Cop Events in Waimea

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala Community Policing – Area IIOfficer Justin CabantingPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release  In an effort to engage with the South Kohala community, Hawaiʻi Police Department’s South Kohala Community Policing Section invites you to join them for two “Coffee with a Cop” events this month in Waimea. The events will be held from […]

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4-16-21 Runaway Kaniho Found (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. Kaneko, K-9 HandlerPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-003137 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Kealii Kaniho, who was reported as a runaway in January, was located in South Kohala in good health on April 15, 2021.

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01-07-21 Police Investigate Aloha Estates Murder

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-099083   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have initiated a homicide investigation after the discovery of a body in the Aloha Estates subdivision of Puna, on Tuesday afternoon, January 5, 2021. Shortly after 2:00 p.m., Puna Patrol […]

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01-04-21 Pair of Kailua-Kona Men Charged Following Home Invasion Investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area II Lieutenant Edwin A. Buyten Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 266 Report No. 20-099774 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged two Kailua-Kona men with numerous criminal offenses associated with a previously reported home invasion investigation. The charges stem from a reported home invasion that took place […]

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01-01-21 Missing Person: Robby Gay Yoshiyama

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Todd C. Pataray Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 20-100081 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 58-year old Robby Gay Yoshiyama.  He was last seen on December 31, 2020 after he left a private establishment located on the 1400 block of Kilauea Avenue, […]

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12-20-20 Hilo Murder Suspect Charged

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-096244 / 20-091937 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged 30-year-old Jarvis Rockwell Hung Leung Boots, of Mountain View, with murder, attempted murder, and an array of firearm and weapons offenses related to two separate incidents this […]

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12-20-20 Hilo Murder Suspect Arrested

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-096244 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with the Friday morning, December 18th shooting at the Puainako Town Center in Hilo that left a 41-year-old father of three young children dead. […]

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12-18-20 Hilo Murder Victim Identified

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-096244   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the male victim whose body was found shot in a vehicle this morning (Friday) at the Puainako Town Center in Hilo. The victim is identified as 41-year-old Benjamin […]

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12-13-20 Police Investigate Body Found in Kahaualeʻa Natural Area Reserve

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-094790   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are investigating after hunters discovered a body on a remote trail in the Kahaualeʻa Natural Area Reserve, in Volcano, on Saturday afternoon, December 12, 2020. At approximately 5:00 p.m., two […]

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12-02-20 Pāpa‘ikou Attempted Murder Investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-091937   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated an attempted murder investigation after a reported shooting this afternoon, December 2, 2020, in Pāpa‘ikou. Shortly after 1:00 p.m. today, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the area […]

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11-30-20 Hilo Couple Arrested and Charged in Overnight Crime Spree

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-090538 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged 30-year-old Saesha Shante Tiarelynn Pua-Olena Marie Paz, and 32-year-old Rory Robert Neville, both of Hilo, with an array of property-crime offenses, after a crime spree early Friday […]

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11-29-20 Hilo Woman Arrested After Intentionally Hitting Police Vehicle

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. 20-091074 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested 38-year-old Jaclyn Kanani Ann Kama, of Hilo, with assault against a police officer, as well as other property, drug, and traffic-related offenses. On Sunday morning (November 29), shortly before […]

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11-25-20 Puna Man Charged After Running Into Police With Stolen Vehicle

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. 20-085280 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged 26-year-old Dominick Gavin Paul Gonzado, of Kurtistown, with operating a stolen vehicle, and an array of property, drug and traffic-related offenses. On Wednesday evening (November 25), after […]

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11-23-20 Missing Person Located: Pua Siu (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Charrise K. Wakita Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No. 20-087452   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department reports that 25-year-old Pua Siu has been located in good health. She had previously been reported as missing.

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11-20-20 Endangered Missing Person: Lester Keala Lorenz

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-088159 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 44-year-old Lester Keala Lorenz, of Hōnaunau. He was reportedly last seen on Mana Road on Wednesday afternoon (November 18) at approximately 1:00 p.m. His […]

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11-19-20 One-Way Traffic Pattern on Pakalana Street in Honoka’a

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua Patrol Division, Area I Operations Lieutenant Roylen Valera Phone: (808) 775-7533   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department would like to remind motorists of the one-way traffic pattern on Pakalana Street in Honokaʻa, on school days of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, between the hours of 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. […]

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11-17-20 Runaway Located: Tyra Dalija-Airinios

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Bryan Tina Phone: (808) 965-2716 Report No. 20-085995   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department reports that Tyra Dalija-Airinios was located in the Puna area in good health. She had previously been reported as a runaway.

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11-17-20 The Hawaii Police Department Introduces Their New Public Relations Specialist

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Police Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244    Media Release  The Hawaiʻi Police Department introduces Ms. Denise Laitinen as their new Public Relations Specialist effective November 16, 2020.   A seasoned writer and journalist, Laitinen brings years of experience to the position having worked in a wide […]

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11-17-20 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release During the week of November 9, 2020, through November 15, 2020, Hawai`i Island police arrested twenty-three (23) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Seven of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  One of […]

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