Hawaii News — 20 People Arrested For Drunk Driving In The Last Week

(Media release) — During the week of February 27, 2012, through March 4, 2012, Big Island police arrested 20 motorists for drunk driving. Eight of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes.

One of the motorists was in Hāmākua, seven were in South Hilo, three were in Puna, eight were in Kona and one was in South Kohala.

So far this year, there have been 250 DUI arrests compared with 248 during the same period last year, an increase of 0.8 percent.

There have been 262 major accidents so far this year compared with 247 during the same period last year, an increase of 6.1 percent.

So far this year, there were six traffic fatalities on the Big Island compared with five during the same period last year, an increase of 20 percent.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island wide.
(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

Puna News — Tom Lackey’s Bench Trial For Drunk Driving Charge Delayed Until March 20

Tom Lackey, whose politically focused cartoons once were featured on Big Island Chronicle, was slated to have a bench trial in District Court at 2 p.m. today for a drunk driving charge dating back to September. But Lackey convinced Judge Henry Freitas to delay the trial until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20. Pictured is Lackey's Jeep parked outside the Hilo Judiciary with a jury dury paper on the dashboard on Jan. 17, 2012, the day Keolaokalani Kailianu was sentenced to 10 years in prison for driving drunk and killing UH Hilo student Ted Braxton last May.

Hugh-isms — Am I Alone?; Regarding The Kona TSA Worker’s Inadequate Sentencing

By Hugh Clark

Last Saturday I noted the slap-on-the-wrist sentence for Dawn Nicole Keka, who had been covicted of stealing money while working as chief TSA screener at Kona’s Ke’aole Airport.
She was nabbed redhanded by an undercover federal official posing as a departing Japanese tourist. She was given two months in jail, according to a brief back page account in the Tribune-Herald. (If she was being targeted, she may well have been under suspicion for prior thefts.)
This quite inadequate AP story does not identify the court, the judge or describe the sentencing rationale.
Am I alone in finding this strange, if not special treatment for an official of a major federal agency — an onerous one that has different rules at each airport. It acts as if Hio airport and Honolulu airport are in different countries.
This is the second Hawaii-based screener to be caught and convicted of stealing from passengers. Where was Mufi Hanemann, Mike McCartney or George Applegate in all this.You need no doctorate in economics  to know Hawaii’s main industry is extremely fragile. Why were  the people being paid to protect this industry AWOL?
In post-retirement my passion and chief activity has been travel. I have visited about two dozen countries on four continents and can say without question the most abrasive and intrusive passenger screening occurs in the USA.
If we are expected to tolerate such human misbehavior the least we should expect is not to be ripped off by a crook wearing a sneer and a badge. Just two months — what about 20 years? Hell, an unemployed Puna pot grower would serve 10 times that after being caught by a cop in a whirly bird.
(Retired Honolulu Advertiser reporter and Big Island Press Club honorary member Hugh Clark is a friend and mentor to Big Island Chronicle.)

Kona News — James Santiago Facing Felony Drug Charges After Police Raid

James Santiago

(Media release) — A Kailua-Kona man was arrested Tuesday, May 24 in a drug raid at his home.

Area II Vice Section officers executed a narcotics search warrant at the Marlin Road home at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday and recovered 9.5 grams of packaged methamphetamine, cocaine residue, various items of drug paraphernalia and an electric stun gun. Officers also recovered $580 in cash for forfeiture.

Two residents of the home, 62-year-old James Santiago and 33-year-old Laurie Anteau were arrested on suspicion of promoting dangerous drugs. After consulting prosecutors, police released Anteau on Tuesday night without charges.

Santiago was charged Tuesday night with second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of an electric stun gun. He was released from police custody after posting $71,000 bail.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

Puna News — Two Men Facing Charges For Sunday Robbery

Paul Matthew Borowski

(Media release) — Big Island police have charged two Hilo men with various offenses following a reported robbery in Puna on Sunday, May 22.

Tuesday evening (May 24), detectives charged 28-year-old Paul Matthew Borowski and 30-year-old Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin with first-degree robbery and alteration of identification marks prohibited (a firearms offense). Borowski was also charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony.

Bail for Borowski was set at $22,500. Bail for Martin was set at $51,000. Both were held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon, May 25.

Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin

The charges stemmed from an incident in which the victim, a 38-year-old Mountain View man, reported that on Sunday at about 7:45 p.m., while he was at a park near the Mountain View gym, he willingly met with both Martin and Borowski. During the interaction, the victim reported that one of the suspects brandished a firearm and forcibly removed his personal property before fleeing the park in a light-colored sports-utility vehicle. The victim did not sustain any injuries during the robbery.

On Monday (May 23) both Martin and Borowski were arrested in Hilo and were held in police custody while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section conducted further investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant on a residence in Hilo, where they recovered a firearm and other evidence.

Police ask that witnesses who may have been in the area of the Mountain View gym Sunday evening and may have witnessed the incident call Detective Joel Field at (808) 961-2381.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona 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.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department.)

Missing People — Police Seek, Then Find Puna 12-Year-Old Santana Kobayashi

Santana Kobayashi


(Adapted media release) — Police were looking for but ultimately found a missing 12 year old boy, who had been last seen at his Nanawale Estates home yesterday afternoon at around 5 p.m.

Santana Kobayashi, at 5’5″ tall, weighing 100 pounds 5’5″ tall, had been last seen wearing blue and brown plaid surfer shorts and might have been operating a white Mongoose style bicycle, police announced in a release Sunday morning. Anyone with information was asked to call Puna Police at (808) 966-5835 or the non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.  Within a couple of hours, another release announced that Kobayashi had been located unharmed.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

Lost On The Back Page — Regarding 18-Year-Old Sara Sutton’s Fatal Car Crash Last Week

Jane Sutton

Sara Sutton

Last week when I read news that 18-year-old Sara Sutton died in one-vehicle car crash on Maikalani Drive atop Amaulu in Hilo, I immediately recognized the name. But I couldn’t pinpoint why. “Sara Sutton,” how do I know that name? I kept asking myself.

According to the police media release, patrol officers responded to an 8:27 a.m. call on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 that a 2000 Honda two-door sedan was found crashed into a macadamia nut tree with a deceased driver inside.  Sara Sutton had been wearing her seatbelt.  Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash that occurred sometime after 6 p.m., Tuesday evening, Oct. 13, 2009 or early Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, 2009. Read more

Lost On The Back Page — Debby Joy Giamario Was Not Just A Drowning Victim, She Was An ‘Elegant Gypsy’ Who Loved The Ocean

In December, the Big Island Chronicle reported on the drowning of 56-year-old Debby Joy Giamario, whose partially clothed body was found floating in the water just outside the Hilo Bay breakwater.  Debby  Giamario reportedly died as a “result of drowning, secondary to a mixed chemical intoxication.”  What that means is that Debby Giamario was impaired by the prescription drugs she was taking. Her obituary indicates she hailed from Cleveland, Ohio, and was a housewife who had no children.  Her obituary published in both island newspapers inaccurately states that she died at the Hilo Medical Center on Dec. 28.  She is survived by her mother, Carolyn McElroy, of Vicksburg, Mich.; a brother, Bill McElroy, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and two sisters, Mary Wright, of Chicago, Ann Olson, of Muskegon, Mich.   She had an estranged husband, Daniel Giamario, who came out to the Big Island to positively identify her body.  Daniel Giamario is involved in shamanic astrology and wrote this message in his February 2009 Shamanic Newsletter posted at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IAMradio/message/404: Read more