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07-09-20 HI-PAL participates in 2020 summer school program

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Captain Reed K. Mahuna Phone: 961-2214 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Activities League (HI-PAL) would like to thank the Department of Education and Hilo Intermediate School for allowing our participation in their 2020 summer school program. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, HI-PAL was able to conduct physical fitness, car […]

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07-09-20 Wanted Puna man considered armed and dangerous: Dean Aaron Hess

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 20-040101 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Dean Aaron Hess of Puna, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Hess is wanted for an outstanding bench warrant, as well as for questioning […]

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07-07-20 Pāhoa man arrested following disturbance at a Hilo home improvement store

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Captain Reed K. Mahuna Phone: 961-2214 Report No. 20-051492   Media Release South Hilo Patrol Officers responded to a call of a disturbance just after 1:10 p.m. at a home improvement store on Makaʻala Street in Hilo. Upon arrival, officers determined that a 24-year-old female from Volcano exited […]

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07-07-20 Wanted person: Samuel Baker Sniffin Jr.

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 18-025515 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Samuel Baker Sniffin Jr. of Puna. He is wanted for an outstanding bench warrant, as well as for questioning relative to several unrelated criminal investigations. […]

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07-06-20 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release During the week of June 29, 2020, through July 5, 2020, Hawai`i Island police arrested twenty-three (23) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident.  None of […]

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07-06-20 Hawaii Police update numerous previously reported runaways to ‘located’

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: (808) 961-2254   Media Release Big Island Police report that the following juveniles, who were previously reported as runaways, have all since been located and are currently in good health. Kaiea Fleming-White    Keith Fukunaga           Janerine Gaspar  DJ Hanres                                   Tanaiyah Hao-Kallio Shayla Smith-Akiona  […]

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07-02-20 Celebrate the 4th of July weekend responsibly

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release On the Big Island of Hawai’i people love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food and fireworks.  Unfortunately sometimes the festivities turn tragic on our roads.  This holiday happens to be one of the deadliest […]

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07-01-20 Kailua-Kona man charged in Kaʻū traffic fatality (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area II Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: 326-4646, ext. 229 Report No. 20-047044 Media Release On June 21, 2020 at 4:36 a.m., police responded to a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Coral Parkway & Ginger Blossom Lane in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Police determined that a gold 2002 […]

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06-30-20 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release During the week of June 22, 2020, through June 28, 2020, Hawai`i Island police arrested twenty-four (24) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  One of […]

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06-30-20 Runaway located: Chloe Imaino (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Juvenile Aid Section Detective Gavin Kagimoto Phone: 935-3311 Report No. 20-043751   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department reports that 16-year-old Chloe Imaino was located in Hilo in good health on Saturday, June 27, 2020. She had previously been reported as a runaway.

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06-29-20 Mountain View man arrested and charged for firearms and drug offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 20-048397 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Mountain View man with an array of firearms and drug offenses stemming from an incident that occurred Friday morning (June 26) at a residence in Hawaiian […]

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06-29-20 Runaway located: Quintyn Gonsalves (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: 935-3311 Report No. 20-045372   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department reports that 17-year-old Quintyn Gonsalves was located in good health on Monday, June 22, 2020. He had previously been reported as a runaway.

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06-29-20 Hilo woman arrested after stabbing her neighbor during dispute

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. 20-048755 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged a 26-year-old Hilo woman after she assaulted and stabbed her 21-year-old neighbor. The suspect has been identified as Kailey Kekuluike Vincent, of Keaukaha in Hilo. On Saturday afternoon (June […]

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06-29-20 Onomea Camp Road bridge closed for repairs

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Media Release Residents and motorists that frequent the Onomea area are advised that the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Public Works Engineering Division is closing Onomea Camp Road Bridge for repairs effective Monday, June 29, 2020. The bridge will remain closed until […]

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06-29-20 Puna man arrested for assault, robbery, and other charges

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-048518 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old Kurtistown man with multiple offenses after he assaulted a 67-year-old man and attempted to steal his vehicle. The suspect is identified as Trinton Chavez Canon, of […]

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06-26-20 Runaway: Treeny Shiraki

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area II Juvenile Aid Section Officer Oliver Agustin Phone: 326-4646, ext. 302 Report no. 20-027622 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile female who was reported as a runaway. 16-year old Treeny Shiraki was last seen in Kailua-Kona on April 7, 2020. She is […]

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06-25-20 Police request assistance identifying UCPV suspects

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Division, Area I Officer Devin Ah Chong Phone: 965-2716 Report No. 20-043424 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in providing any information on what appears to be a maroon multi-purpose vehicle with aftermarket rims and two male parties captured in this surveillance photo.  This vehicle […]

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06-23-20 Police Officer recruitment to open next week

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: 961-2244   Media Release The Hawaiʻi County Department of Human Resources will be recruiting applicants for Police Officer I (Recruit) positions beginning next week. Recruitment will open on Sunday, June 28, 2020, and will close on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Applicants must apply […]

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06-23-20 Alleged attempted UEMV report found to be non-criminal in nature

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area II Captain Thomas A. Shopay III Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 263 Report no.: 20-045501   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have completed the investigation into a reported attempted Unauthorized Entry into Motor Vehicle incident that occurred at a business establishment in Nāʻālehu.  On June 15, 2020, a male […]

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06-23-20 Wanted person: Alden “Pono” Pauline III

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Detective Aron Tomota Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 262 Report No. 20-041684 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Alden “Pono” Pauline III, a 26-year-old male who frequents the Honokaʻa, Kamuela, and Kona areas. Pauline is wanted for questioning relative to […]

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06-22-20 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release During the week of June 15, 2020, through June 21, 2020, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested twelve (12) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident.  One of […]

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06-22-20 Runaway: Quintyn Gonsalves

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: 935-3311 Report No. 20-045372 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile male who was reported as a runaway. 17-year-old Quintyn Gonsalves was last seen in the Pahoa area on June 12, 2020. He is described […]

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06-21-20 Kaʻū traffic fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 229 Report No. 20-047044   Media Release A 31-year-old Pahoa woman died following a single vehicle collision on Sunday (June 21) at the intersection of Coral Parkway & Ginger Blossom Lane in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.  The 31-year-old female has […]

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06-21-20 Puna murder victim identified, Suspect charged (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 20-046776   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged 51-year-old Stanley Marion Cummins of Pahoa with the murder of a man at their residence in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision of Puna. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old […]

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06-20-20 Suspect arrested in Puna murder investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 20-046776 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested a 51-year-old Pahoa man in connection with the murder of a man at their residence in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision of Puna. The suspect has been identified as Stanley Marion […]

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06-19-20 Wanted person: David Gouveia

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Scott Kurashige Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 230 Report no.: 20-037359 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a male individual who is wanted for two outstanding bench warrants and questioning regarding two separate Abuse of a Family or Household Member […]

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06-18-20 Wanted person: Bruno Facchini

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 19-089834 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a male individual who is wanted for an outstanding bench warrant.   The individual is identified as 36-year-old Bruno Facchini. He is approximately […]

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06-17-20 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release During the week of June 8, 2020, through June 14, 2020, Hawai`i Island police arrested twenty-three (23) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  None of […]

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06-17-20 Runaway: Chloe Imaino

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: 935-3311 Report No. 20-043751 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile female who was reported as a runaway. 16-year old Chloe Brianna Kuuipo Maikalani Imaino was last seen in the Hilo area on June 08, […]

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06-17-20 Runaway: Keith Fukunaga

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: 935-3311 Report No. 20-038179 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 Keith Fukunaga was last seen in the Kurtistown area on May 03, 2020. He is […]

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06-17-20 Wanted person: Irvin Agres

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit Acting Sergeant Erhard Autrata Phone: 961-2391 Report No. 20-045002 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Irvin Agres, a 37-year old male who frequents the Hilo and Puna districts. Agres is wanted for a parole warrant and for questioning for […]

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06-15-20 Missing person: Clare Maney

Hawaii Police Department Kona Patrol Lieutenant Calvin Delaries, Jr. Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 253 Report No: 20-045403 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 28-year-old Kailua-Kona woman who was reported as missing and is in need of medical attention. Clare Maney was reported missing on Hawai’i Island today (June […]

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06-15-20 Police warn public of cellular phone scams

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Lieutenant Calvin Delaries, Jr. Phone: (808) 326-4646   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are warning the public about possible cellular phone scams involving text messages regarding their account bill. In recent cases reported to police, the suspect(s) sends out a text message pretending to be a telecommunications company, such as: […]

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06-15-20 Missing person: Tanaiyah Hao-Kallio

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Officer Travis Bumgardner Phone: 935-3311 Report No. 20-039963 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile female who was reported missing. 14-year-old Tanaiyah Hao-Kallio was last seen in the Kona area on May 24, 2020 at approximately 6:15 p.m. She is descried as […]

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06-15-20 Suspect charged in Kailua-Kona traffic incident (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Edwin A. Buyten Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 262 Report No. 20-044891 Media Release (Update) Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged the suspect in a Kona attempted murder investigation that has left a 30-year-old male, and 20-year-old female in critical condition. After conferring with County Prosecutors, at 11:00 […]

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05-15-20 Police seek assistance in identifying UEMV suspect

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Norbert Serrao (808) 961-2213 Report No.:  20-035622 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect involved in an Unauthorized Entry to a Motor Vehicle investigation that occurred on May 8, 2020 in the downtown Hilo area. It was reported that […]

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05-15-20 Missing juveniles: Andrew K. Cox Jr. and Haloa Beaudet

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Lieutenant Tuckloy Aurello Phone:  935-3311 Report No. 20-009274 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking the public’s help in locating 17-year old Andrew K. Cox Jr. of Hilo and 16-year old Haloa Beaudet of Kailua-Kona who were reported as missing.  Both juveniles were last seen at the Hawaiʻi […]

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05-12-20 Police Week (May 10-16)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police […]

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03-07-20 Three in custody following attempted car-jacking incidents in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Captain Kenneth Quiocho Phone: (808) 961-2214 Report nos.: 20-019231 and 20-019272 Media Release A masked suspect is in police custody following two incidents in downtown Hilo near the 300 block of Makaʻala Street last night (March 6) Hawaiʻi Island Police received a report at around 7:45 p.m. of a […]

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03-06-20 Wanted: Richard Kuakini “Kini” Kaleohano Jr.

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 19-090883 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a male individual who is wanted on several outstanding arrest warrants, as well as for questioning relative to an unrelated theft investigation that […]

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03-06-20 Wanted: Alexander Aehegma

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 19-068244 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a male individual who is wanted for questioning relative to a vehicle theft investigation that occurred on August 28, 2019 in O’okala. The […]

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03-05-20 South Kohala “Coffee with a Cop”

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Kohala Community Policing, Area II Officer May Lee Phone: (808) 887-3080   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s South Kohala Community Policing Section invites you to join them for a “Coffee with a Cop” event on Monday (March 9), from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Waimea McDonald’s located at  […]

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02-15-20 Police continue investigation of body found at homeless encampment (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 20-013282   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are continuing their investigation after a body was discovered Friday evening (February 14) at a homeless encampment on the edge of the Wailuku Riverbank in Hilo. The victim has been positively […]

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02-15-20 Hilo Coroner’s Inquest investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 20-012324   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are conducting a Coroner’s Inquest investigation after the discovery of a body this morning (February 15) near the Wainaku Scenic Lookout just outside of Hilo. The identity of the female body […]

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02-15-20 Police investigate body found at homeless encampment in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 20-013282 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are conducting a death investigation after the discovery of a body Friday evening (February 14) at a homeless encampment on the edge of the Wailuku Riverbank in Hilo. The victim has been […]

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02-14-20 Missing person: Megan May Funderburk

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 20-012324 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating a 24-year-old Hilo woman who has been missing since Sunday evening (February 9). Megan May Funderburk, originally from Oregon, was last seen […]

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02-14-20 Kamuela woman arrested for vehicle break-in

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Kohala District, Area II Sergeant Erich Jackson Phone: (808) 887-3080 Report Number 20-012728   Media Release A 35-year-old Kamuela woman was arrested yesterday (February 13) after a report of a vehicle break-in was made. On Thursday morning (February 13), at approximately 3:45 a.m., South Kohala Patrol officers responded to the 64-0800 […]

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02-14-20 HISSPA Officer of the Quarter: Adam Roberg

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Kohala District, Area II Captain Sherry D. Bird Phone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release On Friday (February 14), the Hawaiʻi Island Security and Safety Professionals Association (HISSPA) recognized Officer Adam Roberg as the HISSPA Officer of the Quarter for Q4 2019. Officer Roberg is currently assigned to the South Kohala Patrol Division […]

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02-14-20 Puna search warrant leads to drug arrests

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report no.: 20-011953 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged two males and one female following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at a residence in Hawaiian Paradise Park on Monday (February 10). Police have identified the […]

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02-14-20 Police continue investigation for two missing Ka‘ū fishermen

Hawaiʻi Police Department Ka‘ū Patrol Division Captain Miles Chong Phone: 808-939-2520 Report No.: 20-012750   Media  Release Hawaiʻi Island police have opened a Missing Persons investigation in connection with two overdue fishermen who were believed to have been swept into the ocean in Ka‘ū. At 5:34 a.m. Thursday morning (February 13), family members reported that […]

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02-14-20 Victim identified in Puna pedestrian fatality (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 961-2391 Report No. 20-012742   Media Release A male pedestrian that died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle/ pedestrian crash that occurred on Thursday morning (February 13), on Highway 130, south of the Keaʻau Transfer Station has been identified. The 58-year-old male has been […]

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02-13-20 Puna pedestrian fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 961-2391 Report No. 20-012742   Media Release An unidentified male pedestrian died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian crash that occurred on Thursday morning, (February 13) on Highway 130, south of the Keaʻau Transfer Station. The identification of the victim is still pending. Responding […]

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02-13-20 Ocean View pair charged with drug and firearms offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area II Vice Section Lt. Reynold Kahalewai Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 226 Report No.  20-012468 Media Release On Wednesday (February 12), Area II Vice officers executed search warrants at a property off of Coconut Drive in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.   Officers recovered a total of 11.1 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 176.9 […]

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02-13-20 Suspects wanted for theft of fruit

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Lieutenant Scott Amaral Phone: (808) 961-2213 Report No. 20-011183 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a Theft that occurred in Hilo. At approximately 9:15 P.M. on Saturday (February 1st), two unknown males entered a facility on Stainback Highway without permission, and removed 18 Durian fruit and […]

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12-21-19 Search continues for missing 6-year old Benjamin “Benny” Rapoza (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: 961-2254 Report no. 19-100172 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police continue to ask for the public’s assistance and continue to search for a missing 6-year-old Hilo boy.  A multi-agency search effort has yielded minimal results during an extensive search for Benjamin Rapoza, who was […]

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12-21-19 Missing child: Benjamin Rapoza

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: 961-2254 Report no. 19-100172 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing 6-year-old Hilo boy.  Benjamin Rapoza was last seen at a residence in the 2100 block of Kalanianaole Street at around 3:00 pm yesterday (December […]

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12-20-19 Missing person located: Leipuanani Goings (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Officer Derek Toloumu Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No. 19-097171   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have located 36-year old Leipuanani Goings, who had been reported missing. She was located in good health in Kailua-Kona this morning (December 20).

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12-20-19 Wanted: Johnathan K. Barros

Hawaiʻi Police Department Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Area I Juvenile Aid Section Phone: 961-2254 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 34-year-old Hilo man. Johnathan Kaleo’okekai Barros, also known as Johnathan Kaleo’okekai Barrios, part Hawaiian, is described as approximately 6-feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with long curly black […]

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12-20-19 Arson suspect arrested and charged (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: 961-2252 Report no.: 19-090681 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police have arrested and charged the suspect wanted in connection with an arson investigation that occurred on November 17, 2019 in the Volcano Golf & Country Club subdivision, in Volcano. After conferring with County Prosecutors, […]

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12-20-19 Honokaʻa women arrested and charged in drug and firearms offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Kohala District Captain Sherry D. Bird Phone: (808) 887-3080 Report No. 19-099935 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged two Honokaʻa women with drug and firearms offenses stemming from an investigation that was initiated on Thursday evening in Waimea (December 19). Police identified the individuals arrested and charged as […]

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12-19-19 November “Officer of the Month” Derek Kenison

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The East Hawaiʻi Aloha Exchange Club has named Officer Derek Kenison as the “Officer of the Month” for November. Officer Kenison, an 8-year veteran with the Hawaiʻi Police Department, was nominated by Lieutenant Scott Amaral for his role in […]

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12-19-19 Pennsylvania man arrested in connection with vandalism of Beverly Hills synagogue

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area II Criminal Investigations Division Captain Reed K. Mahuna Phone: 326-4646 ext. 263 Report No. 19-099484 Media Release On Wednesday (December 18), Kona police were contacted by detectives with the Beverly Hills Police Department. Beverly Hills police believed a suspect wanted for a December 14, 2019 break-in and vandalism of an Iranian-Jewish […]

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12-18-19 Missing person located: Cheryl Pavao (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Scott Amaral Phone: (808) 961-2213 Report No. 19-099507 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have located 60-year-old Cheryl Pavao, who had recently been reported missing. She was located in good health in Hilo this afternoon (December 18).

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12-18-19 Missing person: Cheryl Pavao

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Scott Amaral Phone: (808) 961-2213 Report No. 19-099507 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 60-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing. Cheryl Ann Pavao was last seen in Hilo this morning (December 18) at approximately 11:00 a.m. She is described as Caucasian, 5-feet-01-inches, 135 pounds […]

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12-18-19 Don’t drive under the influence

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release During the holiday season there are many more people driving the roads in Hawaiʻi County than on an average day.  With that knowledge the Hawaiʻi Police Department is asking drivers to be extra cautious when traveling the roadways.  If you […]

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12-18-19 Victim identified in Mt. View traffic fatality (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 961-2391 Report No. 19-097409   Media Release A female that died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Wednesday afternoon, (December 11) on Highway 11, near the 13-mile marker has been identified. The 83-year-old female has been identified as Frances Souza of […]

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12-18-19 Volcano traffic fatality

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 961-2391 Report No. 19-099323   Media Release A male died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Tuesday evening (December 17) on Highway 11, near the 22-mile marker. The 45-year-old male has been identified as Francis B. Makaiwi, of Hilo. Responding to […]

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12-17-19 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release During the week of December 9, 2019, through December 15, 2019, Hawai`i Island police arrested thirty (30) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  One of […]

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12-17-19 Medical Examiner’s findings involving death of 4-year-old (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No. 19-093433   Media Release The medical examiner has rendered his findings in his autopsy performed on the 4-year-old female who died following an incident at a home in the Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision on November 27, 2019.  The victim is […]

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12-16-19 Temporary one-way traffic pattern on Kapiolani Street

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release In observance of the 2019 Christmas season activities at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, there will be a temporary one-way traffic pattern on Kapiʻolani Street. Traffic will be allowed to flow in the Puna, or southerly, direction on Kapiʻolani […]

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12-13-19 Daniel K. Inouye Highway enhanced traffic enforcement (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department     Field Operations, Area I                                                 Major Samuel Jelsma                  Samuel.jelsma@hawaiicounty.gov      Media Release Police assigned to be in place for the TMT protestor blockade and encampment on Mauna Kea access road continued the stepped up traffic enforcement efforts on Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Route 200) which began on August 15, 2019.  The […]

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12-12-19 Missing person located: Leihulu Watson (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: 961-2252 Report no.: 19-087544   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have located 47-year-old Leihulu Watson of Keaʻau, who had been reported missing. She was located in good health in Mountain View on Thursday (December 12).

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12-12-19 Missing person located: Micah Reep (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Ka‘ū Patrol Division, Area II Sergeant Casey Cabral Phone: (808) 939-2520 Report No. 19-078793   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have located 15-year-old Micah Reep of Ocean View, who was reported missing. He was located in good health in Kaʻū on Monday (December 9).

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12-12-19 Drive Merry, Bright, and Sober This Holiday Season

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release This holiday season, the Hawaiʻi Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. We’ll be working together to remind […]

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12-12-19 Puna traffic fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 961-2391 Report No. 19-097409   Media Release A female died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Wednesday afternoon (December 11) on Highway 11, near the 13-mile marker. The identification of the victim is still pending. Responding to a 3:00 p.m. call, […]

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12-11-19 Wanted: Jaysha S. Arnold

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: 961-2252 Report no.: 19-086150 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a female individual who is wanted on an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court, as well as for questioning relative to an unrelated criminal investigation that […]

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12-11-19 Missing person: Leipuanani Goings (Updated with photo)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Officer Derek Toloumu Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No. 19-097171 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing Kona woman.  She is identified as 36-year old Leipuanani Goings. She was last seen on November 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Captain Cook. Goings is […]

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12-11-19 Department of the Attorney General Supports Big Island K-9 Training

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 Media Release The Department of the Attorney General, Missing Child Center-Hawaiʻi (MCCH) is participating in, and financially supporting, a three-day intensive K-9 scent tracking training being conducted on Hawaiʻi County from December 11 to 13, 2019. The training for the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s […]

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12-11-19 Wanted: Justin Michael Bardwell

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: 961-2252 Report no.: 19-090681 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a male individual who is wanted for questioning relative to an arson investigation that occurred on November 17, 2019 in the Volcano Golf & Country Club […]

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12-11-19 Laupāhoehoe man charged in domestic violence incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: 935-3311 Report No. 19-095464 Media Release Detectives charged a 31-year-old suspect last week for a domestic violence incident that occurred in Laupāhoehoe. On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at approximately 7:50 pm., Hāmākua patrol officers received a report of a female with numerous facial […]

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12-07-19 Suspect charged in Puna murder investigation (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: 961-2252 Report no.: 19-095458   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged the suspect in the Puna murder investigation that left a 75-year-old Mountain View man dead. After conferring with County Prosecutors, at 8:30 p.m. this evening (December 7), detectives charged 55-year-old […]

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12-07-19 Man wanted in Puna murder investigation located (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: 961-2252 Report no.: 19-095458   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested the individual wanted for questioning in the murder investigation that left a 75-year-old Mountain View man dead. At 9:42 a.m. Saturday (December 7), Puna patrol officers arrested 55-year-old Michael Cecil […]

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12-06-19 Puna man wanted for questioning in murder investigation (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: 961-2252 Report no.: 19-095458 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted individual for questioning in a murder investigation. Police are looking for 55-year-old Michael Cecil Lee of Puna. He is described as being 5-feet-11-inches, […]

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12-06-19 Orchid Isle Estates body identified, investigation classified as murder (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: 961-2252 Report no.: 19-095458   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the male victim whose body was found dead on Wednesday (December 4) in the Orchid Isle Estates subdivision in Puna. He is identified as 75-year-old Shingo Honda. On Wednesday evening […]

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11-29-19 Holiday theft prevention tips

Hawaiʻi Police Department Administrative Services Section Sergeant Jason Grouns Phone: 961-2269   Media Release With the holiday season now upon us, Hawaiʻi Island police advises the public to take precautions against car theft, identity theft and the theft of items from within vehicles. This time of year, more cars are parked at shopping areas or […]

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11-29-19 Stabbing incident involving a 4-year-old female (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. 19-093433   Media Release An autopsy was conducted this morning (November 29) on the body of the 4-year-old female who died following an incident at her home in Puna. The medical examiner’s preliminary findings indicate the injury appears consistent […]

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11-19-19 Glenwood officer involved shooting incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area I, Criminal Investigations Division Captain Gregory Esteban Phone: (808) 961-2251 Report No. 19-91198   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an incident that occurred in Glenwood involving the discharge of a weapon by an on-duty officer. Today (November 19), at 2:45 p.m., officers with the Special Enforcement Unit were conducting […]

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11-18-19 Missing person: Maycee K. Ahsui-Mendoza

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Charrise Wakita Phone: 808-935-3311 Report No. 19-084255 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Keaʻau girl who was reported missing. Maycee K. Ahsui-Mendoza was last seen in Hawaiian Paradise Park on October 25, 2019. She is described as Asian, 5-feet tall, 100 pounds, with brown hair […]

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11-18-19 Wanted person located: Aliana Akana (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Special Enforcement Unit, Area II Officer Marco K. Segobia Phone: (808) 936-6082 Report No. 19-084975   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police report that Aliana Akana was arrested in Ocean View on Friday afternoon (November 15) without incident. The Police Department would like to thank the public for their continued assistance.

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11-17-19 North Hilo traffic fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Acting Sergeant Erhard Autrata Phone: 934-0400 Report No. 19-090359   Media Release A man has died from injuries which he sustained in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon (November 16) on Highway 19, .01 mile north of the 26-mile marker in Laupahoehoe.   The motorcyclist has been identified […]

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11-15-19 Temporary road closure of Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway on Monday (November 18)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No. 19-088644   Media Release A temporary road closure has been announced for Monday, November 18, 2019, between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway between Kekaha Kai State Beach Park and the West Hawaiʻi […]

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11-15-19 Kailua-Kona traffic fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No. 19-089638   Media Release A 34-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following an accident on Thursday (November 14) on Manawalea Street in Kailua-Kona. He has been identified as Nicholas Ashton Catlett.  Responding to a 9:58 a.m. call, police determined that a 55-year-old […]

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11-14-19 Daniel K. Inouye Highway traffic enforcement (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department  Field Operations, Area I                                                    Major Samuel Jelsma                 Samuel.jelsma@hawaiicounty.gov      Media Release Police assigned to be in place for the TMT protestor blockade and encampment on Mauna Kea access road continued the stepped up traffic enforcement efforts on Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Route 200) which began on August 15, 2019.  The […]

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11-14-19 Disturbance over luggage leads to injured Officers and Threat charges

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Captain Kenneth Quiocho Phone: (808) 961-2214 Report No. 19-088403 Media Release A 30-year-old Mt. View man was arrested and charged for two counts of terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of assault on a police officer following a disturbance at the Hilo Airport this […]

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11-13-19 Wanted: Angelica L. Ybarra

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Kona Patrol, Area II Officer Aaron Yamanaka Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 259 Report No. 19-077964 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Angelica L. Ybarra (also known as Angelica L. Juario).  She is known to frequent the Kona and Ocean View areas. She is […]

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11-13-19 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305   Media Release During the week of November 4, 2019, through November 10, 2019, Hawai`i Island police arrested ten (10) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  None of […]

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11-13-19 Mauna Kea pursuit leads to drug and traffic offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department  Field Operations, Area I                                                    Major Samuel Jelsma                 Samuel.jelsma@hawaiicounty.gov Media Release Police have charged a 28-year-old male suspect with numerous traffic violations following a high-speed pursuit on Daniel K. Inouye highway that occurred on the Veterans Day Holiday (Monday, November 11, 2019). The suspect is identified as a Dylan J.K. Naope […]

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11-12-19 Police seek identity of Puna theft suspect (Surveillance image)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Captain John Briski Phone: (808) 965-2716 Report No. 19-082472 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in the theft of a Kawasaki Mule side x side all-terrain vehicle which was stolen from Keaʻau High School on October 19, 2019. The image was captured […]

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11-12-19 Kailua-Kona traffic fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No. 19-088644   Media Release A 35-year-old Kailua-Kona woman died following a two vehicle collision on Sunday (November 10) on the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway, .25 miles north of the 90-mile marker.  The 35-year-old female has been identified as Cassandra Lynn Ellis.  […]

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