Man Charged in Kamehameha Vandalism

From the Hawaii Police Department:

After conferring with prosecutors, Hawai?i Island police have charged a former Oahu man in connection with a spear that was stolen from the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo on Tuesday (September 8).

At 1:20 p.m. Friday (September 11), 31-year-old William Roy Carroll III, who has no permanent address, was charged with second-degree theft, third-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $11,000.

He remains the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.

Kamehameha’s Spear Recovered

The removal of King Kamehameha’s spear from his statue in Wailoa State Park was more a case of vandalism than of theft.  The upper section of the bronze  spear, which police determined had been “forcibly removed” was recovered from the overgrowth near Alenaio Stream near the statue.  But the HPD’s public notice about the recovery of the spear still refers to it as “stolen.”

Police checking the stream in a boat discovered the missing section.  Detectives, with the aid of a Fire Department ladder truck, also collected additional evidence from the statue and “determined that the section of the spear was forcibly removed from the lower staff section.”

“The spear segment will be processed for any forensic evidence and returned to the statue’s organizers,” continued the police communique. “Detectives continue to check nearby businesses and buildings for the existence of video surveillance.

The Chronicle asked the police if the gold leaf that covered the end of the spear as still there when the spear was recovered.  It was, so stealing the gold wasn’t a motive (even if it had been, it would have been misguided; the amount of gold was minuscule.  The only motive appears to have been pure maliciousness.

The removal of the spear was first reported last Sunday in the early afternoon.

“Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance in identifying the responsible person or persons in this case to call Detective Sandor Finkey at 961-2384 or email him at sandor.finkey@hawaiicounty.gov. “or an call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 961-8300.  A reward of up to $1000 has been offered for evidence leading to the solution of the case.

Police Investigate Kapoho Woman’s Death

From the Hawaii Police Department:

Hawai?i Island police have initiated a murder investigation in connection with the discovery of a woman’s body on her Puna property.

On Tuesday evening (August 25), Puna District officers responded to reports of a disturbance on Kaphoho Kai Drive. Investigation led to the discovery of a woman’s body, outside her home, with suspicious injuries.

The victim has been identified as 63-year-old Nadean Rutledge of P?hoa.
Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are actively investigating the case. They have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2255.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Man Charged in N. Kohala Shootings

From the Hawaii Police Department:

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A 37-year-old North Kohala man who was barricaded in his home Monday night and Tuesday (July 13-14) following a domestic incident has been charged with 22 offenses.

At 1:05 p.m. Thursday (July 16), Macdon D. Thromman of Kapa?au was charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of attempted second-degree murder, nine counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, one count of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, two firearms offenses and one count each of felony abuse of a family member, kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a minor and reckless endangering. His bail was set at $390,200.

He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance in Kona District Court scheduled for Friday morning (July 17).

Kohala Standoff Ends in Arrest

From the Hawaii Police Department:

A man who had been barricaded in his home since Monday night (July 13) is now in police custody. No one was injured during his arrest. After the Police Department’s Special Response Team converged on the scene, shots were fired by the suspect, who eventually surrendered.

At 4:26 p.m. Tuesday (July 14), 37-year-old Macdon D. Thromman of Kapa?au was taken into custody on multiple offenses and was to be processed at the North Kohala police station. The Area II Criminal Investigations Section is continuing the investigation.

Route 270 in North Kohala, which had been closed in both directions near the 25-mile marker, has now been reopened.

The incident began Monday (July 13), when patrol officers responded to a 7:48 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance at a home on the 53-4200 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Halaula, North Kohala.

Responding officers contacted several neighbors in the area who reported loud yelling and screaming coming from the residence. Several people were then seen running from the house as officers approached from the driveway. A gunshot was fired at the officers, striking one officer in his right forearm.

A woman from the house approached the officers and said she had been shot in her outer thigh by her boyfriend.

Both the officer and the woman were taken to North Hawai?i Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The 37-year-old man barricaded himself in the house.

The Hawai?i Police Department’s Special Response Team responded and neighboring residents were evacuated as a precaution.

The wounded 43-year-old officer is a 14-year veteran with the Hawai?i Police Department. He is listed in stable condition. The 32-year-old woman is also listed in stable condition.

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Two Shot, Including Officer, in North Kohala Incident

From the Hawaii Police Department:

At 7:48 p.m. Monday (July 13), patrol officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home on the 53-4200 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Halaula, North Kohala.

Responding officers contacted several neighbors in the area who reported loud yelling and screaming coming from the residence. Several people were then seen running from the house as officers approached from the driveway. A gunshot was fired at the officers, striking one officer in his right forearm.

A woman from the house approached the officers and said she had been shot in her outer thigh by her boyfriend.

Both the officer and the woman were taken to North Hawai?i Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The 37-year-old man barricaded himself in the house and remains there. He is believed to be the only occupant.

The Hawai?i Police Department’s Special Response Team responded and neighboring residents were evacuated as a precaution.

The wounded 43-year-old officer is a 14-year veteran with the Hawai?i Police Department. He is listed in stable condition. The 32-year-old woman is also listed in stable condition.

Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigations Division are continuing the investigation.

Because of this ongoing incident, Route 270 in North Kohala is closed in both directions near the 25-mile marker.

Beware Phone Scammers from “Department of Water Supply”

If you get a phone call from someone who says you owe money on your water bill ad demands payment by phone, hang up, whether you actually owe money or not.  It’s a scam.
Both the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply (DWS) and the Hawaii Police Department have issued a press releases warning the public of the scam. The DWS says it’s received reports from residents who have experienced such calls from someone claiming to be from the DWS.

“The individuals call Water Supply customers and threaten to shut off water service because of a past due water bill,” says the water department’s release. “The DWS would like to inform the public that these calls are fraudulent and an attempt to receive payment over the phone.”

Anyone who receives such a call should report it tothe Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Members of the community may also call the DWS Office at 961-8050 to file an additional report.

Biker Who Died was Riding in the Dark without Headlights

Police have determined that  23-year old man who died following a motorcycle crash Tuesday night (June 16) in Volcano was riding a non-street-legal dirt bike with no headlights at the time of the accident, which occurred  near the 25-mile marker in the Volcano area of Puna.

Responding to an 8:34 p.m. call, police found  that the rider,  who has been identified as Ronson Bento of Volcano, was riding
a 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike, heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a southbound 2005 Dodge Caravan that was making a left turn onto Nahelenani Street. Bento, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his bike in the crash. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m.

The driver of the van, a 48-year-old Volcano woman, was not injured in the crash.

The dirt bike had no license plate and was not equipped with features to be lawfully operated on a public highway.

It is undetermined if speed or alcohol were factors in the collision.

Police have initiated a standard negligent homicide case and are continuing the investigation. They ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash or operation of the dirt bike prior to the collision to call Officer William Brown at 965-2716.

This is the 12th traffic fatality this year compared with seven at this time last year.

Thieves Steal Polaris from Military….

Fortunately, it’s a Polaris Ranger utility vehicle, not a Polaris missile. At 9 a.m. on December 8, police responded to a report of a burglary at the Keaukaha Military Reserve on Kekuanaoa Street and  learned that the vehicle had been removed from a bunker on the base. Value of the vehicle is estimated at $16,000. It’s still missing, and the police are seeking the public’s help to find it.

Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to call the Police Departments non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or dean.uyetake@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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“Bullet Hole” at Mauna Kea Observatory was Made by a Bolt

The “bullet hole” in the Subaru Telescope’s door was actually made by a bolt, and the staff knew about  six months ago.

The alleged bullet hole was widely  reported by the media, including the Honolulu Star Advertiser, two days ago, after after an unidentified source reported the hole to the Hawaii County Police Department.   But when a police detective investigated the scene on Monday, June 8,  he determined that the hole in a door to the observatory was caused by a bolt from an adjacent wall and that it had been there for approximately six months.

The police said that the case the case of the bullet-pierced observatory “will be closed as unfounded.”

Thieves Grab Panaewa Zoo Weed-Whackers

From the Hawaii Police Department:

Hawai’i Island police are investigating the theft of weed whackers over the weekend from Hawai?i County’s Pana`ewa Zoo.

Sometime between 6:45 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Sunday (May 31), 10 red Shindaiwa model T282X weed trimmers, valued at $600 each, were removed from the zoo’s premises. One of them was later recovered from nearby bushes.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hilo Shop Employee Nabs Mt. View Shoplifter

From Hawaii Police Department:

A Puna man faces a felony offense after struggling with a store employee who tried to detain him for shoplifting.

At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 26) police responded to a home improvement store on the 300 block of Maka?ala Street in Hilo. H

A store employee had reportedly seen a shopper attempting to leave the store without paying for items in his possession. When the employee attempted to detain the suspect, the suspect reportedly struck the employee.

The suspect, Patrick K. Elaban of Mountain View, was arrested at the scene. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 9:10 a.m. Thursday (May 28) detectives charged him with second-degree robbery. His bail was set at $5,000. He remained at the cell block until his initial court appearance on Friday (May 29).

The employee was suffered mild injuries but did require medical attention.

 

Police: Do You Know This Alleged Burglar?

From the Hawai’i County Police Department:

Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person whose image Alert Photowas recorded on a surveillance photo obtained in connection with a burglary in Waikoloa in February.

On February 2, someone entered a home on the 68-3500 block of Makuahine Street and removed two cell phones with a combined value of $900.

Police ask anyone with information about his identity to contact Detective Sandor Finkey at 326-4646, extension 281 or sandor.finkey@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

HPD: Beware “Advance Fee” Scams

The Hawai?i Island police Deartment has issued a  warning to the public about scams known as “advance fee schemes,” in which the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value—such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return.

“In one recent case, a 62-year-old Kona woman received a check for more than $6,000 that appeared to be from a known legitimate bank. Along with the check was a letter claiming she had won money in a lottery and advising her to deposit the check into her bank account and then wire a fee to the sender. The woman was suspicious and took the check to her bank, where she learned that it was counterfeit,” noted the HPD bulletin.  It noted that such schemes “can include claims of winnings, gifts, investments, loans or other proposed opportunities. The common factor is that the victim pays money to someone with an expectation of receiving something of greater value but doesn’t receive it. ”

According to FBI, “The variety of advance fee schemes is limited only by the imagination of the con artists who offer them. They may involve the sale of products or services, the offering of investments, lottery winnings, “found money,” or many other “opportunities.” Clever con artists will offer to find financing arrangements for their clients who pay a “finder’s fee” in advance. They require their clients to sign contracts in which they agree to pay the fee when they are introduced to the financing source. Victims often learn that they are ineligible for financing only after they have paid the “finder” according to the contract. Such agreements may be legal unless it can be shown that the “finder” never had the intention or the ability to provide financing for the victims.

Those who receive a suspicious check should take it to their financial institution to verify its authenticity. Recipients of questionable checks should not send any fee money until the check clears the bank. In general, if receive a check from someone or some company you never heard of, or for a lottery or contest you never entered, you should consider it suspicious.

“The public should be particularly leery of companies that have only a Post Office Box number rather than a street address and don’t have a direct telephone line that is answered when called. The public is advised that if they are unfamiliar with a business they should check with the State Department of Consumer Affairs or the Better Business Bureau to see if it is legitimate and reputable,” advises HPD.  Unfortunately, this may put businesses in many smaller Big Island communities at a disadvantage, since the post office doesn’t supply to-the-address mail delivery.

The FBI suggested the following tips for avoiding advance fee schemes:

  • Know who you are dealing with. If you have not heard of a person or company that you intend to do business with, learn more about them. Depending on the amount of money that you plan on spending, you may want to visit the business location, check with the Better Business Bureau, or consult with your bank, an attorney, or the police.
  • Make sure you fully understand any business agreement that you enter into. If the terms are complex, have them reviewed by a competent attorney.
  • Be wary of businesses that operate out of post office boxes or mail drops and do not have a street address. Also be suspicious when dealing with persons who do not have a direct telephone line and who are never in when you call, but always return your call later.
  • Be wary of business deals that require you to sign nondisclosure or non-circumvention agreements that are designed to prevent you from independently verifying the bona fides of the people with whom you intend to do business. Con artists often use non-circumvention agreements to threaten their victims with civil suit if they report their losses to law enforcement.

 

Police to Meet with Residents in Volcano

From Hawaii County Police Department:

The Hawai?i Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, March 17, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Cooper Center in Volcano Village.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Puna District.

The Puna event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on Hawai?i Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the Puna District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Captain Samuel Jelsma at 965-2716.