Hawaii County Officers of the Month: Balberde, Wakita and Haskell

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer John Balberde as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for January and Officers Charisse Wakita and Earl Haskell as “Officers of the Month” for February.

Hilo Exchange Club board member Joey Estrella presents "Officer of the Month" awards to Charrise Wakita and Earl Haskell

Hilo Exchange Club board member Joey Estrella presents “Officer of the Month” awards to Charrise Wakita and Earl Haskell

Balberde was recognized for apprehending a repeat offender and convicted felon who was wanted for burglary. Wakita and Haskell were recognized for performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on an unresponsive man. All three officers were honored Thursday (February 27) during a luncheon ceremony in Hilo.

On October 10, Officer Balberde saw a suspicious-looking man at a park in Hilo. The man matched the description of a suspected burglar, so Balberde confronted him. When he did, the suspect reached into his pocket and attempted to throw away some crystal methamphetamine but was unsuccessful. Balberde also observed the suspect trying to conceal one of several rings that matched the description of jewelry stolen in the burglary. Detectives recovered them as evidence. In addition, Balberde uncovered signs that the suspect was in possession of other illegal drugs. When the officer returned to the police station, he initiated a separate drug investigation that led to arrests and charges for five other illegal drug offenses, four of them felonies.

According to Sergeant Paul Kim, Balberde’s “keen perception, attention to detail and proactive investigation led not only to the capture of a repeat offender, but the prevention of untold numbers of other crimes against the community.”

On Christmas Day just before noon, Officers Wakita and Haskell were assigned to a dropped 911 call that originated in the area of the old Hilo airport. The only sound police dispatchers could hear was moaning.

Wakita and Haskell searched the area and found an unresponsive man lying on the ground under a banyan tree. They administered CPR until Fire/Rescue personnel arrived about five minutes later. The officers’ investigation revealed that the man had preexisting medical conditions. An ambulance took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he eventually was admitted into the intensive care unit.

“Officers Wakita and Haskell displayed a great deal of calm and determination under stressful conditions,” wrote Sergeant Lorenzo Artienda in nomination papers. “They showed a great deal of respect for life as evidenced by their decisive actions.”

Hilo Exchange Club board member Joey Estrella presents an "Officer of the Month" award to John Balberde

Hilo Exchange Club board member Joey Estrella presents an “Officer of the Month” award to John Balberde

As “Officer of the Month,” Balberde, Wakita and Haskell are each eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.

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Big Island Police Investigating Robbery at Carlsmith Beach Park in Keaukaha

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery at a public beach earlier in the month.

At 11:33 a.m. on February 14, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery two hours earlier in the parking lot of Carlsmith Beach Park in Keaukaha.

NUMBER 2: Carlsmith Beach Park in Keaukaha

NUMBER 2: Carlsmith Beach Park in Keaukaha

A 58-year-old Hilo man was reportedly loading his car after a swim, when a young man approached from behind and asked for help. When the victim turned around, the suspect punched him, grabbed his wallet and ran away. He may have gotten into a small white sedan heading toward Hilo.

He was described as a local male in his 20s, slim with a tan complexion, short black hair and unshaven. He was wearing dark surf shorts.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone who knows the identity of the suspect to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers 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.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 72-Year-Old Woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 72-year-old woman who was reported missing.

HPDBadgeCarol Westbrook, who has no permanent address, was last heard from by her family during the first week of February.

She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-3, 120 pounds with gray or graying hair.  She may be in Hilo or Puna and she may be operating a white Subaru Legacy with front-end damage.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

(No photo is immediately available.)

Hilo Man Charged With Nine Offenses After He Bangs Man Twice with SUV

A Hilo man has been charged with nine offenses after he allegedly banged into another man twice with a sports-utility vehicle.

At 7:17 p.m. on February 2, police responded to Hilo Medical Center, where it was reported that a 49-year-old Hilo man had been in a discussion with the suspect in the parking lot of a commercial and residential complex on Hualani Street in Hilo just before 7 p.m. when the suspect reportedly ran into the victim two times with an SUV that didn’t belong to him and then fled the scene.

The victim sustained serious and substantial bodily injury and had to be transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he remained until February 25.

Clifford P. Marler

Clifford P. Marler

Police investigation led to the identity of the suspect as 52-year-old Clifford P. Marler, who has no permanent address but frequents the Hilo area.

Police located Marler on Tuesday night (February 25) and arrested and charged him on two bench warrants for contempt of court. His bail for the contempt charges was set at $1,750.

During his arrest, he was found to be in possession of a syringe loaded with a substance believed to be heroin. He was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation into the incident with the SUV and drug offenses.

At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (February 26), Marler was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangering, leaving the scene of an accident involving substantial bodily injury, failure to render aid, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail for those offenses was set at $76,000.

He is being held at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (February 27).

Big Island Police Looking for Suspects Involved in Coffee Parchment Theft

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in a theft in Nāʻālehu.

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On February 11, at about 4:06 p.m., police received a call from a 53-year-old homeowner reporting that unknown suspects had removed 10 80-pound brown burlap bags of coffee parchment, a 10-foot by 10-foot instant gazebo and an electric garage door opener from his property. The bags are marked with “14-2” in black ink. The value of the stolen items is $10,000.

Kaʻū patrol officers are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a second-degree theft.

Police ask anyone with information on this incident or anyone who may know the identities of the suspects to call Officer Augustine Akiu at 939-2520.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers 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.

Department of Health Cites Philips Services Hawaii, LTD for Used-Oil Permit Violations

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has filed a notice of violation with a penalty fine totaling $19,500 against Philip Services Hawaii, LTD (PSH). DOH discovered two alleged violations of the state’s used-oil rules during a routine inspection on Aug. 19 and 20, 2013. PSH operates at two sites located at 91-410 and 91-416 Komohana St. in Kapolei on Oahu. The company has been at these sites since July 2001 and its operations include used-oil transport, processing and recycling.

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PSH faces one count of significantly altering operating procedures without notifying DOH. These procedures are considered to be a part of the permit and any changes to the plans must be approved by DOH. The standard operating procedures that were in use at the time of the inspection were not consistent with the approved version. The altered procedures resulted in substantial changes in the used-oil processing steps that had not been approved by DOH. The altered procedures changed the system from a recycling system into a disposal system.

Instead of recovering used oil and waste fuels from the oily water for reuse, the altered system would absorb those components for disposal. Potentially, hazardous wastes could have been sent for recycling and been disposed of instead. The second count resulted from PSH failing to update their emergency coordinator list. PSH may request a hearing within 20 days to contest the violation notice and penalty.

To protect Hawaii from pollutants that endanger people and the environment, the DOH regulates the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous wastes.

The department’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch promotes pollution prevention and waste minimization, develops partnerships with waste generators and the regulated community, guides the rehabilitation of contaminated lands, and aggressively enforces environmental laws.waii

Big Island Police Looking for Missing 65-Year-Old Woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 65-year-old Nāʻālehu woman who was reported missing.

HPDBadgeMaffriette Silk was last seen in Kona on February 5 wearing a white leather jacket and a beige dress. She has a medical condition that requires medication.

Silk is described as African-American and 5-foot-4 with a muscular build. She is bald but wears a blond wig. She has the name “Jesus” tattooed on her left shoulder blade and the name “Maffriette” tattooed on her right bicep.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers 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.

Big Island Police Investigating the Hospitalization of 2-Month-Old

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the hospitalization of a 2-month-old Hōlualoa boy.
HPDBadgeOn Wednesday (February 19), the Area II Juvenile Aid Section was notified by Child Welfare Services in Honolulu that the infant had been taken by a family member to Kona Community Hospital Tuesday night (February 18) and then flown to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu on Wednesday morning.

Detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section have initiated an abuse case.

Puna Man Dies After Tractor Falls Off Cliff Into Stream

A Puna man died Wednesday (February 19) after a tractor he was operating fell off a cliff and into a stream.

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He has been identified as 25-year-old Jose Luiz Hernandez-Miranda of Keaʻau.

Shortly after 11:26 a.m., police responded to a property on Mailekea Road, which is off Kaiwiki Road in the Wainaku area of Hilo.

They learned that Hernandez-Miranda had been operating a Ford tractor on a farm when he got too close to the edge of a 12-foot cliff above a stream and fell into the stream with the tractor.

Fire/rescue personnel extricated him from the water and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Because the accident happened on private property, the death is not included in the Police Department’s official fatality count.

Puna Man Charged With Five Offenses Following Gun Incident Monday Morning

A Puna man has been charged with five offenses in connection with a gun incident early Monday morning in Puna.

In response to a 2:24 a.m. call Monday (February 17), Puna patrol officers responded to 28th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision, where it was reported that an acquaintance had brandished a rifle and threatened to shoot a 50-year-old man after the two got into an argument in the victim’s home.

 Peter Johnston-Riveira

Peter Johnston-Riveira

Police recovered the rifle at the scene and arrested the suspect, 29-year-old Peter Johnston-Riveira of Pāhoa. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, detectives charged Johnston-Riveira with first-degree terroristic threatening and four firearms offenses. His bail was set at $38,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Wednesday (February 19).

Why Doesn’t the Media Pick Up More On the Big Island Missing People?

There has been so much discussion about the two missing Maui women… that I wonder why all the missing people on the Big Island aren’t getting more attention?

I sympathize for the Maui families involved… but here on the Big Island… it seems to be an epidemic!

Philip Voelker

Philip Voelker

Missing since November of 2013

Jonathan Riveira

Jonathan Riveira

Missing since January 12, 2014

Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder

Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder

Missing since Thanksgiving, 2013

Malia Pelekane

Malia Pelekane

Missing since January 11, 2014

Addie Cragg

Addie Cragg

Missing since August 16, 2013

John Spillane aka Kevin Devlin

John Spillane aka Kevin Devlin

Missing since May 13, 2013

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Missing since July 18, 2013

Missing Since February 13, 2013

Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni

Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni

Missing since December 2012

Charlierose Rodrigues-Kihe

Charlierose Rodrigues-Kihe

Missing Since December 7, 2012

Marlo Moku

Marlo Moku

Missing Since June 2009

John Eckert

John Eckert

Missing since January 13, 2012

John Hamrick

John Hamrick

Missing Since December 2012

Pat Enos

Pat Enos

Missing Since October 13, 2012

Sabrina Nakaima

Missing since October 24, 2012

Jonah Farmer

Missing since November 10, 2012

Benson Maddison

Missing since August 27, 2012

Chelsey Olival

Missing since August 2012

Briane Castro-Ah Nee

Missing since September 2012

Sean Ryan

Missing since August 2007

Mary Evelyn Pung

Missing since August 7, 2012

Richard Dayle Ainslie

Missing since May, 2012

Tearon T. Pacheco-Fernandez

Missing since April 30, 2012

Abcidy Santos

Missing since February 8, 2012

Zachary Akima

Missing since March 3, 2012

Maria Akima

Missing since March 2, 2012

Charren Kaeo Ornellas

Missing Since Thursday 3/29/12

Tori Bowen

Missing Since August 2011

Kiana Kekahuna-Foster

Missing Since November 2011

Robert Manuel De Castro

Missing since December 2011

Austin Imholt

Missing Since October 2011

Wayne Huihui

Missing Since January 31, 2012

Adam Yarbro

Missing Since September 2010

Fran Uilani Kaniho

Missing Since 1988

Robert Dalpe

Missing Since 2011

Naomi Sanders

Missing Since June 6, 2011

Michelle Gloria Adam

Michelle Gloria Adam

Missing since June 13,1998

Annad Arkangel

Annad Arkangel

Missing Since August 15, 2008

Samuel Wheaton Bower

Samuel Wheaton Bower

Missing since December 2, 2009

Kimberly Ann Cardarella

Kimberly Ann Cardarella

Missing since August 1, 2007

Joshua Scott Curry

Joshua Scott Curry

Missing since November 25, 1994

Leslie DeloSantos

Leslie DeloSantos

Missing since January 2, 2007

Daniel Patrick DeSimone

Daniel Patrick DeSimone

Missing since April 15, 2009

Michaela Anthony Elenes

Michaela Anthony Elenes

Missing since March 25, 2004

Willie Dennis Eriksson

Willie Dennis Eriksson

Missing since November 7, 2007

Jason Roy Henderson

Jason Roy Henderson

Missing since August 14, 2002

Jeffrey Allen Henderson

Jeffrey Allen Henderson

Missing since August 13, 2001

Twila Star Houston

Twila Star Houston

Missing since May 2002

Peter J. Kema Jr. (Aged timeline)

Peter J. Kema Jr. (Aged timeline)

Missing since September 11, 1997

Patricia Alene Kenny

Patricia Alene Kenny

Missing since August 30, 2008

Timothy Joseph Lynch

Timothy Joseph Lynch

Missing since June 6, 2003

Mia Yokohama McDonald

Mia Yokohama McDonald

Missing since February 8, 2001

Sophie B. Moon

Sophie B. Moon

Missing since May 11, 2008

Francesca Anna-Marie O'brien

Francesca Anna-Marie O’brien

Missing since August 11, 2004

Roselyn Pawai

Roselyn Pawai

Missing since March 4, 1999

John Cameron Reece

John Cameron Reece

Missing since November 25, 1999

Hank Roberts Sr.

Hank Roberts Sr.

Missing since March 18, 2004

Bob Sabaratnam

Bob Sabaratnam

Missing since November 27, 1998

Masaki Sonomura

Masaki Sonomura

Missing since January 31, 2000

William Dwight West

William Dwight West

Missing since November 23, 2004

Governor Abercrombie Names Judge Michael Wilson to Hawaii Supreme Court

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today named Judge Michael D. Wilson as his nomination for associate justice to the state Supreme Court. This nomination will fill the upcoming vacancy when Associate Justice Simeon Acoba retires next month and is subject to state Senate confirmation.

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Gov. Abercrombie joined Judge Wilson and his family members to announce the appointment in a news conference this afternoon in the Executive Office Ceremonial Room.

“Both on and off the bench, Judge Wilson is a well-respected leader,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “He brings a wealth of experience, having served as an attorney and Circuit Court judge. The Constitution and our kuleana responsibilities to it will be in good hands.”

“I am very grateful and humbled for being placed as a candidate by the Judicial Selection Commission and honored by the Governor’s appointment,” said Judge Wilson.

Judge Wilson, 60, has served on the First Judicial Circuit since 2000, presiding over the felony trial calendar, drug court and mental health court. Previously, he was a chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources and Commission, commissioner for the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission and executive director for the state Division of Consumer Advocacy.

A graduate of Kailua High School, Judge Wilson earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the Antioch School of Law.

The high court is composed of a chief justice and four associate justices. Judge Wilson is Gov. Abercrombie’s third appointment to the state Supreme Court. Justices are nominated by the Governor from a list of names submitted by the Judicial Selection Commission. A justice’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the state Senate. Each justice is initially appointed to a 10-year term. All justices must retire at age 70.

Puna Man Charged With Assault After Substantially Injuring Neighbor

A Puna man has been charged with assault after his neighbor went to the hospital with substantial injuries to his face and body.

at 2:49 a.m. Monday (February 17), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to Hilo Medical Center, where a 47-year-old man was being treated for injuries reportedly received by his neighbor at the victim’s Waa Waa home on Pakala Road shortly before midnight Sunday.

Kiel Brende

Kiel Brende

At 8:50 a.m. Monday, police arrested 28-year-old Kiel Brende of Waa Waa. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of assault while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, detectives charged Brende with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $10,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance Tuesday (February 18).

UH Hilo Student Gets in Fight With Step-Father at School – Both End Up in Hospital

The following assault was reported on the University of Hawaii Hilo crime logs.

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A male student engaged in a verbal disagreement with his Step-Father which escalated into a physical altercation which resulted in serious injuries. Both were transported to Hilo Medical Center for treatment. Hawaii Police Department, Fire, and EMT responded. HPD and Security initiated reports.

The incident occurred between 8:23 AM and 9:02 AM on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the College Hall Parking lot located on Lanikaula Street.

Hawaiʻi Police Department’s 81st Recruit Class Recognized Today

The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s 81st Recruit Class was recognized Friday (February 14) during ceremonies held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

81st Recruit Class (left to right) - Bottom row: Melissa K. D'Angelo, Bradley M. Llanes, Samuel P. Sagario, Duane J. Rapoza Jr., David D. Poʻohina, Luke W. Sitts, Alexis L. Molina, James M. Rinkor, Briana M. Boyce, Chad E. Fontes, Shane K. Hanley. Top row: Roberto J. Segobia, John G. Kari, Bryson S. Miyose, Paul J. Wright III, Gibson G. K. Kahele, Chandler B. Nacino, Jeremiah J. Hull, Ewoud A. Bezemer, Jacob M. Obermiller, Daniel K. Tam, Len K. Hamakado. (Click to Enlarge)

81st Recruit Class (left to right) – Bottom row: Melissa K. D’Angelo, Bradley M. Llanes, Samuel P. Sagario, Duane J. Rapoza Jr., David D. Poʻohina, Luke W. Sitts, Alexis L. Molina, James M. Rinkor, Briana M. Boyce, Chad E. Fontes, Shane K. Hanley. Top row: Roberto J. Segobia, John G. Kari, Bryson S. Miyose, Paul J. Wright III, Gibson G. K. Kahele, Chandler B. Nacino, Jeremiah J. Hull, Ewoud A. Bezemer, Jacob M. Obermiller, Daniel K. Tam, Len K. Hamakado. (Click to Enlarge)

The police recruits, who just completed six months of intensive training, will undergo four months of on-the-job field training with veteran police officers before they are qualified to work alone.

During Friday’s ceremony, Class President John G. Kari said the class started with 30 individuals from all walks of life who evolved into a cohesive unit of 22.

In recognition of Valentine’s Day, Police Chaplain Renee Godoy advised the recruits to “guard your heart” and Police Commission Chair John Bertsch talked about love and passion for the job. “Love means that we love what we do,” Bertsch said. “Passion means that we are passionate about what we do.”

Mayor Billy Kenoi congratulated the recruits for “having the courage to dream and the determination to make those dreams come true.” He told them that in addition to their commitment to their job, they should take care of themselves and appreciate their families. “The most important thing is not the job, it’s your family,” he said. “Always go home and hug them and tell them, ‘Thank you.’”

County Council Chairman J Yoshimoto told the recruits that the Police Department has the support of the council. “You have our gratitude and appreciation,” he said.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Christian Kimo Alameda, statewide director of the Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity, who provides “aloha training” to members of the police department. He stressed the importance of making positive choices. “I wish you guys the best,” he said. “It’s a tough world out there.”

During the ceremony, three officers received special recognition for excellence. They were Luke W. Sitts, who excelled in academic training, Daniel K. Tam who excelled in firearms training, and class Vice President Roberto J. Segobia, who excelled in physical fitness training.

The other members of the 81st Recruit Class are: Ewoud A. Bezemer, Briana M. Boyce, Melissa K. D’Angelo, Chad E. Fontes, Len K. Hamakado, Shane K. Hanley, Jeremiah J. Hull, Gibson G. K. Kahele, Bradley M. Llanes, Bryson S. Miyose, Alexis L. Molina, Chandler B. Nacino, Jacob M. Obermiller, David D. Poʻohina, Duane J. Rapoza Jr., James M. Rinkor, Samuel P. Sagario and Paul J. Wright III.

The class motto is “Pūpūkahi I Holomua,” which means “Unite to Move Forward.”

Hawaii Senate Tables Bill Legalizing Marijuana

Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee Defers Bill Legalizing Marijuana.  Advances Bills Decriminalizing Marijuana, Providing Medical Amnesty for Calling 911 for Overdose Emergency.
Marijuana LeafThe Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee today deferred Senate Bill 2733, a bill that would have legalized marijuana in Hawaii.

“We felt Hawaii was not ready for legalization at this time,” said Espero. “With the passage of legalization bills in Colorado and Washington, however, these states will be test sites to see how legalization impacts the states and their residents.”

Another measure, Senate Bill 2358, which would decriminalize marijuana, was passed unanimously and will now go to the Judiciary and Labor Committee.  First time offense would be a $100 fine; second offense $250; three or more $500. No prison time would be involved.

The committee also advanced Senate Bill 2215, which would provide medical amnesty for those who call 911 when someone is overdosing.  “Many Hawaii residents have died because people are afraid to call for help when they are with someone overdosing.  This measure is a good Samaritan bill that gives limited immunity to those who seek medical assistance,” said Espero

Big Island Police Searching for 34-Year-Old Man Wanted for For Abuse Cases

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for 34-year-old Nathan AhLoo, who is wanted for four abuse cases. He is also wanted on a $2,000 bench warrant for contempt of court.

Nathan AhLoo

Nathan AhLoo

He is described as Hawaiian, 5-foot-11, 200 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, possibly shaved. He has no permanent address but frequents the South Kohala area.

Police ask anyone who knows his whereabouts not to approach him but, instead, to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers 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.

90-Year-Old Big Island Man Dies After Shed Collapses on Him

HPDBadgeA 90-year-old man died Tuesday (February 11) from injuries he sustained when a storage shed on his property collapsed on him. He was identified as Walter K. Sugi of a Hōnaunau address.

Police determined that Sugi had crawled under the shed to retrieve an item when the building fell on him. Fire/Rescue personnel responded and extracted Sugi.

He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m.

The case is classified as a coroner’s inquest. Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Big Island Police Charge 33-Year-Old Man in Connection with Robbery of Convenience Store

A 33-year-old man has been charged with four offenses stemming from the robbery of a convenience store over the weekend.

At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday (February 8), two men entered a convenience store at the corner of Kinoʻole Street and Hoku Street. One of them purchased several items and then threatened to shoot the clerk if he didn’t let him take a package of cigarettes without paying.

When another customer entered the store, the two men left.

Jamal K. K. Hauoli-Ontai

Jamal K. K. Hauoli-Ontai

Police investigation led to the identity of the suspect as 33-year-old Jamal K. K. Hauoli-Ontai, who has no permanent address. He was located at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at the Moʻoheau bus terminal in Hilo.

As an officer attempted to arrest him, Hauoli-Ontai became combative, causing minor injuries to the officer.

Hauoli-Ontai was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, he was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and promoting a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $63,000.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Tuesday (February 11).

Bruno Mars Ticket Fiasco Has Lawmaker Introduce Resolution to Assist Local Residents in the Future

If you’re a loyal fan standing in line to purchase a coveted concert ticket, and plan to attend that concert, you should be able to have more than six percent of a chance to purchase that ticket, said Senate President Donna Mercado Kim. The lawmaker has introduced a resolution urging concert and entertainment venues to require only in-person ticket sales for the first 48 hours.

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The resolution was triggered by the disappointment of local residents after the quick sale – three concerts sold out in 2-hours – of tickets for local boy Bruno Mars’ Hawaii shows in April. It was later announced that people from the mainland and Canada snagged 42 percent of the 17,000 tickets. Even more frustrating was for those who stood in the long lines at the Blaisdell box office, only six percent of tickets were bought there. It’s also been reported that scalpers who purchased tickets in bulk are selling them for exorbitant prices. Kim is hoping to change this for concertgoers so that those who will actually go to a performance are able to purchase tickets from the original venue at the actual ticket price, and not from a secondary market at inflated prices.

“Despite waiting in line for hours, many fans were unable to purchase tickets to the upcoming Bruno Mars concert at the Blaisdell Center,” said Kim. “Anyone who takes the time to show up in person should have the opportunity to purchase tickets for at least the first two days before opening up to online sales. It’s unfortunate that out-of-state ticket brokers and scalpers will resell these concert tickets back to local residents for an enormous profit.”

The resolution names and urges the following entities to set purchasing terms: Hawaii Community Development Authority, Stadium Authority, Department of Enterprise Services of the City and County of Honolulu, Board of Regents, President of the University of Hawaii and Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

These entities hold concerts at venues such as Kakaako Park, Aloha Stadium, the Neil S. Blaisdell Center, Waikiki Shell, University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center and the Hawaii Convention Center.

“Our residents should enjoy a night of entertainment without having to pay inflated prices,” said Kim.