• 25 Sep 2014 /  news, Uncategorized

    Trust those Nigerian scammers to exploit a crisis two oceans away.

    Hawai`i Island police are warning the public about a rental house scam. Those responding to Craigslist ad are told that the “landlord” is out of the country, and that the prospective renter must send a money order deposit to a Nigerian address before receiving the keys.

    “Police advise the public not to make arrangements to rent property without confirming that the person offering the property for rent is the owner or authorized rental agent,” says the department press release.
    –Alan McNarie

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  • 02 Aug 2014 /  news, Uncategorized
    Ward's left hand after the attack

    Ward’s left hand after the attack

    by Alan D. McNarie

    Deborah Ward was working on her organic farm near Kurtistown on Monday, July 28, when “I heard some people yelling …I usually know my neighbors, so I went down to say hello.” But when she approached the old railroad right-of-way at the back of  her farm, she encountered a blond woman she didn’t know and two dogs, one white and one red, both of which appeared to be pit-bull mixes. The next few moments would cost her two deep gashes in her leg, a mangled hand and an extended hospital stay.
    “I said hello, and next thing I know they [the dogs] were both running at me at about 20 miles per hour. He [the red dog] knocked me down bit my leg, and then bit my hand and started chewing on it…. At the time I thought I was going to die. He was within inches of my neck, and I was on the ground bleeding from both legs and being mauled. When she pulled the dog off, I ran as fast as I could, screaming at the top of my lungs and gushing blood, and got on my tractor and drove back to my house with two gaping wounds in my legs and my hand shredded and all the bones broken in multiple places.”  After she reached her house, she said, “I screamed for a full ten minutes, and my neighbor came over and asked me if he could help me get to the hospital.” The neighbor drove her to meet the ambulance in Kea’au.
    Ward’s son, Ben, later confirmed that the dogs belonged to some voluntary ag workers at a neighboring farm.

    Ward is the primary caregiver for her partner, retired biologist Fred Stone, who is paraplegic as the result of a recent fall from a ladder. Her son is currently taking care of Stone, and plans are being made for him to stay with relatives on the mainland while Ward recuperates.

    The owners of the dogs declined to comment, but we learned from two different sources that the owners had been attempting to contact the Hawaii Police Department to make a statement about the incident, but that so far the police had not contacted them.

    The Chronicle has been attempting to contact the Hawaii Police Department today to find out what, if anything has been done about the dogs and why HPD, nearly six days after the attack, still apparently had interviewed neither the victim nor the dog’s owners.  We still haven’t heard back from the police.  But a few minutes after e-mailing HPD spokesperson Chris Loos about the situation, we were talking to Ms. Ward on the phone. She suddenly said, “I’ll have to call you back.  There’s a policeman outside my door.”

    We’ll keep you updated.

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  • 29 Nov 2010 /  news

    Theodore Casuga

    (Media release) — A 36-year-old Kona man who was wanted by police has been arrested for the original offenses and new drug charges.

    Theodore Kahuilani Casuga of Kailua-Kona was wanted on a bench warrant for contempt of court. Police had also issued an all-points bulletin for his arrest in connection with several identity theft, theft and forgery investigations.

    On Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, officers from the Area II Vice Section attempted to arrest him by the old Kona airport. A struggle ensued and Casuga was taken into custody. During the arrest, police recovered resealable plastic bags containing 0.4 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • 29 Nov 2010 /  news

    Kainoa Arakaki

    Media release — Big Island police have charged a 30-year-old Kurtistown man with attempted murder and other offenses.

    At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Kainoa Arakaki with attempted murder, second-degree assault, three counts of third-degree assault, three counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and two counts of first-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $71,000. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance.

    Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, officers from the Puna District responded to a report of a disturbance on Huina Road in Kurtistown. Responding officers observed a late-model Toyota truck with extensive damage disabled on the roadway with its driver, a 60-year-old Kea’au man pinned inside.

    Police saw another late-model Toyota truck leaving the scene. They stopped the driver, Arakaki, a short distance away and took him into custody.

    Fire Department rescue personnel extricated the pinned victim from the truck and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

    Arakaki was also taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained prior to the crash. He was then released into police custody.

    (Submitted by the Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

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  • 29 Nov 2010 /  news

    (Media release) — Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole a pickup in South Kona on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010.

    Police received an 8:25 a.m. report that the pickup had just been taken from a driveway on Mamalahoa Highway. Police recovered the pickup a half hour later in Hōnaunau.
    The truck was a white 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup with aluminum pipe racks. When police found it, the racks had been removed and placed in the back.  The suspect was described as a man with dark skin wearing a long-sleeved camouflage jacket or shirt, a dark beanie and sunglasses.  Police ask that anyone who knows his identity or who saw someone removing pipe racks from a pickup fitting that description call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

    (Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

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  • 27 Nov 2010 /  commentary, Live Blogging, politics

    Photo by Tiffany Edwards Hunt. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.

    Ah, life’s ironies. Today I photographed an illegally dumped refrigerator. Tonight I was pulled aside right near it.
    Remember that police officer I told you has been camping out at the top of Ainaloa lately? I met him tonight. His name is Officer Kim. He gave me a $142 speeding ticket for going 42 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. I vowed I would be challenging my ticket, and would be seeing him again in court. I don’t deny I was going 42 miles per hour — I’ve said here that I believe that area is a speed trap being 25 miles per hour on a stretch of houses with no homes and otherwise left for drug-dealing and illegal dumping. It’s that section of road that I prefer to speed past.
    Anyway, tonight, I came up over the hill to this stretch of highway and the officer’s unmarked car was right there, flashing it’s blue lights indicating I needed to pull over BEFORE I even passed the car!
    I pulled over, with that damn discarded refrigerator right there in front of my vehicle.
    The officer approached my vehicle, and I handed him my driver’s license, registration and insurance card.
    “Why did you put on your blue lights before I even passed your vehicle?” I asked him, totally annoyed.
    “To give you time to slow down and pull over,” he said, very politely.
    “How did you know how fast I was going before I even passed you?” I said, accusatorially.
    “My radar,” he said, matter-of-factly.
    “I want to see the radar,” I said.
    I went off on a diatribe about how I feel like it is entrapment for him to be sitting there like that, pulling me over after I have been working all day long, in an area that is a wasteland for drug dealers, illegal dumpers and drag racers. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • 20 Nov 2010 /  commentary, news

    Image courtesy of Epershandrea

    Kudos to Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter John Burnett for the newspaper coverage and to the Hawaii Police Department for the arrest of three men for grafffiti, or “tagging.”

    If the P.D. will put out a press release, I’ll gladly post the mug shots of 18-year-old Luke Anthony Keaulana and 19-year-old Kalani A.K. Puu, both of Hilo, and 21-year-old George Akana Labrador, of no permanent address. I really don’t mind artistic graffiti, the kind that is akin to a mural, but I honestly cannot stand it the way people write with spray paint “East Side” or “Hilo” or “Puna Boys” or their initials on concrete walls, bridges, benches, what-have-you.  To me, it’s neanderthalistic. It’s about time we have some faces behind all the public defacing.

    Yes, I realize that people are innocent until proven guilty and it is a possibility that the police have the wrong guys.  Should these guys be adjudicated and be found guilty, I suggest that the judge sentence them to a few years of community clean-ups.  Let them all be chained together as they power-wash walls, sidewalks, bridges, benches, playground equipment  — anything that has been publicly defaced by them or their cohorts.

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  • 06 Nov 2010 /  news

    Keahimaukaopuna Neizman

    (Media release) — Big Island police have charged a Volcano man with numerous drug offenses on Friday, Nov.5, 2010.
    The charges stem from a traffic stop initiated by South Hilo patrol officers early Thursday morning. Further investigations conducted by Area I Vice Section officers led to the recovery of 660.8 grams of dried processed marijuana and $200 in US currency from within the vehicle. Police also recovered drug paraphernalia in the form of baggies, a scale and scissors.

    On Thursday evening, Area I Vice officers and the State of Hawaii Narcotics Enforcement Division executed a search warrant on the defendant’s 28-acre Volcano property on Amau Road where they discovered two separate indoor growing operations and an outdoor greenhouse which led to the recovery of a total of 151 marijuana plants. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Photos by Tiffany Edwards Hunt. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.

    As we did last year, my friends and I took our children trick-or-treating through Pahoa Town.  I would like to applaud the businesses that provided candy to our children — Of course, our business, Jeff Hunt Surfboards, which had made available more treat bags than we could give out; Pahoa Home Video; Black Rock Cafe; L & L Hawaiian Barbecue; Pahoa Cash And Carry; Island Naturals; Sukothai Restaurant; Paolo’s Italian Restaurant; Ning’s Thai Cuisine; Kaleo’s; Paul’s Repair; and Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant.  I also would like to thank Mrs. Kajiyama, who had candy avaiable, and the police working in the Pahoa substation on Sunday night.  Regarding the police, as you know, I gave them grief last year for not passing out any candy.  This year, as we were making our way from L & L Hawaiian Barbecue to Pahoa Cash and Carry, we saw a couple of police officers walk out of the Pahoa substation.  I teased, “Hey, look! There’s a couple of guys dressed like police officers.  Then my friend Felicia gave them some grief, “So, what, you guys going to stiff us two years in a row?”  “No, we’re on our way to buy candy right now,” one of the police officers responded, showing us the money in his hand.  “We’ll be back,” we told them.  Sure enough, when we came back around to the substation door, a police officer opened the door and provided our children with lollipops. I’m not sure what was going on, but later that night, some other children we know tried to trick-or-treat at the substation and no one answered the door. But our group of trick-or-treaters did receive candy from the police and felt extremely grateful.

    In fact, this year, the only business I was extremely dis-satisfied with was 7-Eleven.  They didn’t offer any candy, despite the fact that they are a business that sells candy! Lame.  I was personally disappointed in 7-Eleven, having recently watched Undercover Boss, which featured the 7-Eleven CEO.  I was left with a favorable impression of the company, until Sunday, when our children were turned away.

    Those who live in Puna know that our rural subdivisions make trick or treating very difficult.  A lot of Puna children are shuttled to Hilo to trick-or-treat in neighborhoods other than their own.  Or, some of their schools and community associations sponsor events.  But those of us merchants who are active in Mainstreet Pahoa Association really are trying to promote Pahoa as a “spooky little town that is safe to trick or treat,” and I sincerely appreciate the businesses that are help us create a tradition here.  It would be so great to have the participation of all the businesses and residences in Pahoa town participating.

    Mahalo, L & L Hawaiian Barbecue

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  • 07 Oct 2010 /  news

    Mark Knittle

    (Media release) — Big Island police have charged the man arrested Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 in connection with a stabbing in South Kona.

    At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section charged 51-year-old Mark Knittle of Ho’okena with second-degree assault. He was released after posting $2,000 bail. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • 07 Oct 2010 /  news

    Michael Coyaso

    Kawika Kahee

    Jonathan Phillips

    (Media release) — The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a Hilo man wanted for domestic violence, a 23-year-old man wanted for forgery, ID theft and providing false identification to a police officer, and a Puna man wanted on several outstanding bench warrants.

    The new episode begins airing Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. In it, police ask for the public’s help in locating 31-year-old Michael M. Coyaso of Hilo, who is wanted in connection with a domestic violence investigation. He is described as 6-feet tall, about 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He may have a mustache and a beard.

    The television program also asks for help in locating a 23-year-old man wanted for forgery, ID theft and providing false identification to a police officer. Jonathan Ross Phillips is also known as Jonny R. Phillips or James Patel. He is wanted for forgery, ID theft and providing false identification to a police officer. He is described as 5-foot-8, 120 pounds with blond hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in Hilo.

    In this latest edition of “Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted,” the host, Officer Patrick Menino, also asks for help in locating 27-year-old Kawika Benjamin Kahee of Kea’au, who is wanted on several outstanding bench warrants. Kahee is also wanted in connection with a domestic violence investigation. He is described as 5-foot-11, about 235 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

    Police ask that anyone with information about any of these cases call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

    “Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.” The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.

    (Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

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  • 07 Oct 2010 /  BULLETINS, news

    (Media release) — Big Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a gas station robbery last month.

    A male armed with a knife entered the 76 gas station at the corner of Ainako Avenue and Kaumana Drive in Hilo on September 25 around 7:45 p.m. and demanded money. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, possibly in a white pickup truck.

    The victim did not sustain any injuries. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • (Media release) — The Hawai’i Police Department will hold a community meeting from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at the North Hawai’i Education and Research Center (NHERC).

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

    This event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated monthly throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island.

    To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, police request that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the Hāmākua and North Hilo districts.

    Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to mikanehailua@co.hawaii.hi.us.

    For more information, you may call Captain Mitchell Kanehailua at (808) 775-7533 or stop by the Hāmākua police station.

    (Submitted by the Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

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  • 21 Sep 2010 /  news

    (Media release) — Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a body discovered on July 28 in the area of Kings Landing in Hilo.

    The body of the unidentified man was located in a campsite 100 feet east of Pakane Road. The man is believed to have been in his 30s or 40s, between 5-foot-6 and 5-feet-7 and to have had dirty blond hair and a short beard. He was last seen wearing jeans shorts, a T-shirt and a backpack. The body was discovered inside a blue tent.

    Police do not suspect foul play.

    Police ask that anyone with information about the man’s identity call Detective Wendall Carter at (808) 961-2378 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

    (Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

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  • 21 Sep 2010 /  news, politics, Transportation

    (Media release) — A week after 79-year-old Tomiko K. Shimazu was killed in a Hilo crosswalk as she attempted to cross the road, Mayor Kenoi will bring key members of his cabinet together with Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) and other traffic safety advocates to complete a comprehensive Pedestrian Safety Action Plan for Hawaii County.

    The plan will be drafted over three full days, Tuesday through Thursday this week, by leaders of the Mayor’s Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Planning Departments, the county Corporation Counsel, Civil Defense and Hawaii Police departments, along with advocates from the non-profit bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization PATH and other community leaders.

    The three-day workshop will be led by Fred Rank, a traffic engineer from the Federal Highway Administration, and John LaPlante, an engineer with global engineering firm T.Y. Lin International. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • 15 Sep 2010 /  news


    (Media release) — Big Island police are investigating a reported home invasion robbery early Wednesday morning Sept. 15, 2010 in Puna.
    Responding to a 4:40 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers arrived at a home on Opeapea Street in Kurtistown, where they met with three victims, a 51-year-old woman, a 39-year-old man and a 92-year-old man. The residents described a large dark truck that entered their driveway with two suspects, who exited the vehicle. At least one of the suspects was armed with a rifle.
    The 39-year-old man was assaulted while the other two victims hid in the house. The suspects left with several large marijuana plants. Fire/rescue personnel took the assault victim to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries sustained in the attack and later released.
    Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.
    Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Brian Miller at (808) 966-5836 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808)  961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

    (Submitted by the Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

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