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09-15-17 Wanted person located: Kandace K. Iaukea (Update)

Hawai’i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Acting Lieutenant Wendall Carter Phone: 961-2383 Report No. C17025655 Media Release Update Hawai’i Island police have located a 25-year-old Puna woman, who was wanted on a warrant of arrest and for questioning in a robbery investigation. On (September 14), at 5:15 p.m., acting on a tip received from the public, officers assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section located Kandace Kehaulani Iaukea, and took her into custody without incident. Officers also located the 2011 Toyota Tacoma that had been reported stolen the day prior. On (September 14), at 10:00 p.m., Iaukea was charged with first degree robbery, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first degree terroristic threatening and contempt of court. Iaukea is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $61,000 bail pending her initial appearance in South Hilo District Court this afternoon. Hawaii island police are renewing their request for the public’s a..

09-14-17 Wanted persons: Leroy D.K. Castro III and Kandace K. Iaukea

Hawai’i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Acting Lieutenant Wendall Carter Phone: (808) 961-2383 Report No. C17025655 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawai’i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 31-year-old Puna man and a 25-year-old Puna woman, both wanted for outstanding arrest warrants of arrest in addition to questioning in an unrelated robbery investigation being conducted by detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section. Early yesterday morning (September 13), the victim reported his vehicle, a 2011 Toyota Tacoma bearing Hawai’i license plates HMF-880, being stolen. During the incident, one of the suspects was reported to have brandished a machete. The victim was forced out of his vehicle on Ahuna Street in Hilo prior to the responsible parties leaving the area in his truck. Leroy Daniel Kekaula Castro III is described as 5-feet-7-inches, 150 pounds with brown eyes and short black hai..

09-13-17 Wanted person: Daniel S.K. Valente-Akau

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Lieutenant Lucille Melemai Phone: (808) 961-2254 Report No. C17014272 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 28-year-old Puna man wanted on an outstanding bench warrant and questioning in an unrelated assault investigation. Police are seeking Daniel S.K. Valente-Akau, described as 5-feet-6-inches, 190 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair with a large tribal tattoo below his right elbow, and the word “Kapena” in large print running down the outside of the top portion of his right arm above the tribal tattoo. He has no known permanent address but frequents the Puna area. Police ask anyone with information on Valente-Akau’s whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Christopher Ragasa at (808) 961-8883 or by email at Christopher.ragasa@hawaiicounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anony..

09-12-17 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of September 4, 2017, through September 10, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 36 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Four of the drivers were under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 800 DUI arrests compared with 741 during the same period last year, an increase of 8 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: DUI Arrests by District District Weekly Total Year to Date Hāmākua 0 8 North Hilo 0 3 South Hilo 12 180 Puna 11 191 Ka’ū 0 7 Kona 11 366 South Kohala 1 44 North Kohala 1 1 Island Total 36 800 There have been 909 major accidents so far this year compared with 977 during the same period last year, a decrease of 7 percent. To date, there were 24 fatal crashes (one of which had multiple deaths), resulting in 26 fatalities, compared with 17 ..

09-11-17 Wanted person located and arrested: Sean Kaiolanikanoaka Ah Nee

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Lieutenant Lucille Melemai Phone: (808) 961-2254 Report No. C16013375 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police report that Sean Kaiolanikanoaka Ah Nee turned himself in at the Hilo Police Station on Tuesday morning (August 29). He was wanted in connection with outstanding warrants, and questioning regarding an unrelated assault investigation which occurred in Hilo.

09-11-17 Wanted person: Wayne Gonsalves, Jr.

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Lieutenant Lucille Melemai Phone: (808) 961-2254 Report No. C15004885 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 27-year-old Hilo man wanted for a warrant of arrest and questioning in an assault investigation. Wayne Eric Alfred Gonsalves, Jr., described as 5-feet-9-inches, 210 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair with a small star-type tattoo on the back of his left hand between his wrist and thumb. Gonsalves has no known permanent address but frequents the Hilo area. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 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 sa..

09-07-17 Missing person located: Luci Palik

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Officer Clifford Antonia Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No. C17024687 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 32-year-old Luci Palik of Hilo, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed in the Puna area on Wednesday (September 6).

09-07-17 Kona Crime Prevention Officer of the Month: Coley Rowe

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee has recognized Officer Coley Rowe as the “Officer of the Month” for September 2017. On (June 30), at around 5:00 p.m., Hawaiʻi Fire Department Rescue personnel reported that a man had been observed sitting on the rooftop of a Kona-area Harbor building for a few hours and had threatened to jump off. He also threatened harm on anyone who would try to stop him. Compounding this was an event scheduled at the building that had now drawn about 100-200 people. After HFD Rescue and Police personnel attempted to convince the man to come down, it became apparent that the man was being very uncooperative and was not going to come down. Police and Fire personnel were concerned for the man’s safety, as well as the safety of the many people at the event. At one point, Officer Coley Rowe volunteered to climb on ..

09-06-17 Missing person: Luci Palik

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Officer Clifford Antonio Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No. C17024687 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawai’i Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing. Luci Palik was last seen on Tuesday (August 29), at about 1:00 p.m., in Hilo. She is described as Micronesian about 5-feet-five, 140 pounds with brown eyes, shoulder length brown hair and a medium complexion wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans pants. She may be in the Hilo or Puna area. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 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 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 su..

09-06-17 Police seek public’s help in identifying woman in Kona theft

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona District, Area II Officer Bradden Kimura Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253 Report No. C17022844 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a female who is suspected of stealing a black LG brand cellular telephone. The victim reported that she forgot her phone on a counter at the Kailua-Kona Walmart store on (August 15). After reviewing video surveillance, it appears as if the unidentified woman picks up and conceals the victim’s phone. The suspect is described as Caucasian/Hispanic, aged 35-40, 5-feet-four-inches, 140 pounds, long brown hair, and has a tattoo near or on her neck. Police ask anyone with information on this suspect to call Officer Bradden Kimura of Kona Patrol at (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253. Callers may also call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stop..

09-06-17 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of August 28, 2017, through September 3, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 20 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. So far this year, there have been 764 DUI arrests compared with 713 during the same period last year, an increase of 7.6 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: DUI Arrests by District District Weekly Total Year to Date Hāmākua 0 8 North Hilo 0 3 South Hilo 5 168 Puna 7 180 Ka’ū 0 7 Kona 6 355 South Kohala 2 43 North Kohala 0 0 Island Total 20 764 There have been 886 major accidents so far this year compared with 953 during the same period last year, a decrease of 7 percent. To date, there were 24 fatal crashes (one of which had multiple deaths), resulting in 26 fatalities, compared with 16 fatal crashes (three of which had multiple deaths),..

09-05-17 Man charged with additional drug offenses : Samuel Lagunas (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Vice Section, Area I Lieutenant Reed K. Mahuna Phone: (808) 961-2253 Report No. C17024643/HL Media Release (update) A Keaʻau man is charged with additional drug offenses. Stemming from a continuing investigation into methamphetamine distribution in East Hawaii, Samuel Lagunas of Keaʻau has been charged with additional drug offenses. Using information obtained from their investigation Officers from the Area I Vice Section, Criminal Investigation Section, Criminal Intelligence Unit, and Hilo Community Policing set up surveillance at a Hilo area strip mall on Thursday, (August 31). A search warrant on the suspect’s vehicle led to the discovery of 402.8 grams (14 ounces) of crystal methamphetamine. The drugs, in this case, packaged for distribution, carry an estimated street value of just over $60,000. On Friday, (September 1), Lagunas was charged with various drug offenses and his bail was set at $100,000. Further investigation by Area I Vice Section Office..

09-05-17 Missing person: Robert Mellard

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol, Area II Sergeant David Araki Phone: (808) 326-4646. Ext. 296 Report No. C17024921 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for 73-year-old Robert Mellard of Kona. He was last seen on Tuesday morning (September 5). He is described as 5-feet-eleven-inches, 165 pounds, hazel eyes and shoulder length brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white tank top, tan shorts with a black backpack. Mellard is known to frequent the Lanihau Shopping Center area. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Officer Brian Beckwith at Kona Patrol at (808) 326-4646 ext. 296 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppe..

09-05-17 Honomu traffic fatality (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Clarence Davies Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No. C17024589 Media Release (update) Police have identified the woman who died from injuries sustained in the 2-vehicle crash Saturday, (September 2), on Highway 19 near the Honomu Transfer Station Road in Honomū. She was identified as 21-year-old Sarah Akiona of Kamuela. This is the 26th traffic fatality this year compared with 17 at this time last year. Police are also asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Casey Cabral at (808) 961-2329 or email: Casey.Cabral@hawaiicounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

09-05-17 Increase in counterfeit bills

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kaʻū Patrol, Area II Sergeant Jason Grouns Phone: (808) 939-2520 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about an increase in counterfeit money in circulation. Kaʻū police officers have been responding to numerous calls about fake $100 bills. The phony money looks, feels, and appears to be real, with the exception of pink Chinese writing characters on the front and back. These are training bills that Chinese banks use to train their tellers in counting foreign currency. The Chinese characters translate to read “For Training Purposes Only.” A counterfeit detection pen will leave a mark on these bills. Police advised merchants to be cautious, and to use the following methods in detecting counterfeit money: Locate and read the plastic embedded security thread. It should say “USA” and the bill’s denomination. Use an ultraviolet light to detect the thread glow color. The $5 bill should glow blue,..

09-05-17 Honomu traffic fatality

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Clarence Davies Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No. C17024589 Media Release A 21-year old Kamuela woman died following a 2-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon (September 2), in Honomū. Her name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of her family. Responding to a 1:57 p.m., call, police determined that a 2004 Honda sport-utility vehicle was traveling northbound on Highway 19, near the Honomū Transfer Station Road and crossed a center line and collided with a 2005 Peterbilt tanker truck that was traveling southbound. The woman, who died, the front seat passenger in the sport-utility vehicle, was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. The driver of the sport-utility vehicle, a 23-year old Kamuela man, and the rear seat passenger, a 3-year old child who was buckled up in a car seat, were treated for their injuries at the scene. The driver of the Peterbilt, a 54-year..

09-01-17 Vehicle damaged at Carlsmith Beach Park

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Lieutenant Darren Horio Phone: (808) 961-2203 Report No. C17024297 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help for any witnesses or information relative to an incident that occurred on Wednesday, (August 30), between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., at Carlsmith Beach Park (Hilo). A black 2011 Hyundai sedan was severely damaged while it was parked and unattended in the parking lot near the bathrooms. Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Officer Aaron Kaeo of the South Hilo Patrol at (808) 961-2203. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Cal..

09-01-17 Truck damaged at James Kealoha Beach Park

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Lieutenant Darren Horio Phone: (808) 961-2203 Report No. C17023630 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help for any witnesses or information relative to an incident that occurred on Thursday, (August 24), at 5:40 p.m., along the west side fishpond rock wall of the James Kealoha Beach Park, (4 Miles Beach Park, Hilo). A white Ford truck that was parked along the wall was severely damaged by two females. The two females and a male accompanying them also threatened the owner, who was present. Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Officer Aaron Kaeo of the South Hilo Patrol at (808) 961-2203. 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 $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who..

09-01-17 Man arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department Vice Section, Area I Lieutenant Reed K. Mahuna Phone: (808) 961-2253 Report Number C17024359/HL [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release After a nearly month long investigation into crystal methamphetamine distribution in East Hawaiʻi, a 53-year-old Keaʻau man has been arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses. Using information from a confidential informant, Officers from the Area I Vice Section, Criminal Investigation Section, Criminal Intelligence Unit and Hilo Community Policing, set up surveillance at a Hilo area strip mall (August 31). Officers from the Area I Vice section then made contact with Samuel Lagunas of Keaʻau seated in a vehicle in the parking lot. A screening was done on the vehicle using a narcotics detection canine, and the suspect was arrested at the scene. A search warrant led to the search of the suspect’s vehicle where 402.8 grams (14 ounces) of crystal methamphetamine was discovered. The drugs, in this ca..

08-30-17 Missing teen:Tanika Nihipali-Franchey

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol, Area I Lt. Allan Watanabe Phone: (808) 965-2716 Report No. C17020231 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Puna girl reported as missing. Tanika Nihipali-Franchey was last seen at her residence (July 18). She is described as 4-feet-9-inches, 115 pounds, with brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Officer Kenneth Ishii at the Puna Police Station (808) 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. 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.