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01-16-18 Missing person: Garret Jenks

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol, Area I Lieutenant Allan Watanabe Phone: (808) 965-2716 Report No. C17028929 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 29-year-old Puna man reported as missing. Garret Jenks was last seen in early August. He is described as 5-feet-8-inches, 140 pounds, thin build, light complexion, with hazel eyes and short blonde hair. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Officer Branden Watanabe at the Puna Police Station (808) 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311

01-12-18 Hawaiian Beaches shooting incident (Update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Captain Randall Medeiros Phone: (808) 961-2251 Report No. C18000979 Media Release (Update No. 2) An autopsy was held today on the man who shot himself, ending the standoff with police in Hawaiian Beaches earlier this week. Hawai’i Island police have identified the man as 51-year-old Keith K. Cummings of Pāhoa. The pathologist was able to confirm that he died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death has been determined to be suicide. Tuesday morning, (January 9), at about 12:20 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at a residence on Kamanu Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Upon their arrival, officers were confronted by a male with a firearm seated within a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. Several more shots were fired upon the officers’ arrival, though it is unclear if any shots were directed at the officers. The occupant of the residence was able to leave ..

01-11-18 Wanted person located: Jarrod Agasa (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Vice Section, Area II Lieutenant Royce Serrao Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 226 Report No. C180000889 Media Release (Update) Hawai’i Island Police have located 43-year-old Jarrod Agasa who was reported missing. He was located yesterday, (January 10), in Hilo in good condition.

01-11-18 Wanted person: Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 230 Report No.C14034065 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 22-year-old man identified as Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni, last known to reside in Kamuela. He is wanted on an outstanding warrant of arrest and questioning relative to an assault investigation in the South Kohala district. Gorelangton-Kuanoni is described as a local male, approximately 5-feet-5-inches, approximately 150 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone with information on this individual to call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

01-11-18 Wanted person arrested: Tiara Kolowena (Update No. 1)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Special Enforcement Unit, Area II Officer Chandler Nacino Phone: (808) 936-5171 Report No. C17035274 Media Release (Update No. 1) Hawaiʻi Island police arrested Tiara Kolowena on (January 10), at 8:15 p.m., at the Kealakehe Police Station after she turned herself into police. Kolowena was wanted on an outstanding warrant of arrest and questioning relative to multiple financial crimes in the Kona district. The Hawaiʻi Police Department thanks the public for their assistance and continued support.

01-10-18 Wanted: Tiara Kolowena (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Special Enforcement Unit, Area II Officer Chandler Nacino Phone: (808) 936-5171 Report No. C17035274 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release (Update) The Area II Special Enforcement Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Tiara Kolowena, AKA Tiara Baker a 54-year-old who resides in the Kona district. She is wanted on an outstanding warrant of arrest and questioning relative to multiple financial crimes in the Kona district. Kolowena is described as 5-feet-7-inches, approximately 200 pounds, local female, medium complexion with black and gray hair. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Edwin A. Buyten or Officer Chandler Nacino at (808) 936-5171 or (808) 326-4646.

01-10-18 DUI stats (yearly)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release For the year 2017, there were 1,160 DUI arrests compared with 1,111 in 2016, an increase of 4.4 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: District Hāmākua – 9 North Hilo- 5 South Hilo- 254 Puna- 276 Ka’u- 20 Kona- 521 South Kohala- 69 North Kohala- 6 Island Total- 1,160 There were 220 drivers arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant who were involved in traffic accidents in 2017, compared with 265 in 2016, a decrease of 17 percent. There were 72 drivers arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant who were under the age of 21 in 2017, compared with 77 in 2016, a decrease of 6.5 percent. In 2017, there were 1,362 major accidents compared with 1,443 in 2016, a decrease of 5.6 percent. ln 2017, there were 30 fatal crashes on Hawaiʻi Island (one of which had multiple deaths), resulting in 32 fatalities, compared with 27 fatal crashes (fiv..

01-09-18 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of January 1. 2018, through January 7, 2018, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 17 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 17 DUI arrests compared with 22 during the same period last year, a decrease of 22.7 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: DUI Arrests by District District Weekly Total Year to Date Hāmākua 0 0 North Hilo 0 0 South Hilo 0 0 Puna 3 3 Ka’ū 0 0 Kona 13 13 South Kohala 1 1 North Kohala 0 0 Island Total 17 17 There have been 13 major accidents so far this year compared with 28 during the same period last year, a decrease of 53.6 percent. To date, there were 0 fatal crashes, resulting in 0 fatalities, compared with 2 fatal crashes, resulting in 2 fatalities at the same t..

01-09-18 Hawaiian Beaches shooting incident (Update No. 1)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Captain Randall Medeiros Phone: (808) 961-2251 Report No. C18000979 Media Release (Update) The stand-off Hawaiʻi Island police had been investigating involving a lone barricaded subject in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in lower Puna came to an end just before 1:00 p.m., today, (January 9,) with the subject taking his own life. This morning at about 12:20 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at a residence on Kamanu Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Upon their arrival, they were confronted by a male with a firearm seated within a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. Several more shots were fired upon the officers’ arrival, though it is unclear if any shots were directed toward them. The occupant of the residence was able to safely leave the home and is physically unharmed. The department’s Special Response Team responded to the scene and crisis negotiators established communication with th..

01-09-18 Hawaiian Beaches shooting incident (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Captain Randall Medeiros Phone: (808) 961-2251 Report No. C18000979 Media Release (Update) The stand-off Hawaiʻi Island police had been investigating involving a lone barricaded subject in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in lower Puna came to an end just before 1:00 p.m., today, (January 9,) with the subject taking his own life. This morning at about 12:20 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at a residence on Kamanu Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Upon their arrival, they were confronted by a male with a firearm seated within a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. Several more shots were fired upon the officers’ arrival, though it is unclear if any shots were directed toward them. The occupant of the residence was able to safely leave the home and is physically unharmed. The department’s Special Response Team responded to the scene and crisis negotiators established communication with th..

01-09-18 Pahala woman charged in domestic related incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext.230 Report No. C18000833 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged a woman in connection with a domestic-related incident that occurred in Pāhala. At 10:49 a.m., Sunday, (January 7), officers responded to a call of a domestic dispute on Kuapala Street. Witnesses reported that a female was outside the residence with a gun confronting her boyfriend and had fired a single shot. The victim was contacted by police and identified the suspect as his estranged girlfriend, 33-year-old Sophia Kaawa-Aweau, who reportedly came to the residence with a gun to confront him. She entered the residence and removed miscellaneous items and then fired a single shot from a handgun. Kaawa-Aweau left home in a vehicle before officer’s arrival. At 12:45 p.m., (January 7), officers located and arrested Kaawa-Aweau in a nearby macadamia nut field...

01-09-18 Hawaiian Beaches shooting incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Captain Randall Medeiros Phone: (808) 961-2251 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an ongoing barricaded subject incident in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in lower Puna. This morning at about 12:20 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at a residence on Kamanu Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Upon their arrival, they were confronted by a male with a firearm seated within a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. The occupant of the residence was able to leave home safely and is physically unharmed. The department’s Special Response Team is on the scene, and crisis negotiators have communication with the suspect who remains within the vehicle at this time. Puna Parkway and Papio Street are both closed from Kahakai Boulevard, also cutting off any access to Kamanu Street. Neighboring residents have been asked to evacuate the area for their safety. Police ask that the public avoi..

01-08-18 Missing person: Jarrod Agasa

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division, Area I Captain Gregory M. Esteban Phone: (808) 961-2214 Report No. C18000889 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 43-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing. Jarrod Agasa is described as a local male, about 5-feet-6-inches, weighing 170 pounds with short, straight black hair, and brown eyes. Agasa was last seen on Thursday, (January 4), in the Hilo area and may be operating a grey 2017 Toyota Camry bearing license plate ZGA810. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Police Departments non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

01-08-18 Missing man located: Walbert Lee Loy

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. C17035549 Media Release (Update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located a 62-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing (December 24). Walbert Lee Loy was located (December 27), in good health in Hilo. Police appreciate the public’s assistance for their calls on his possible whereabouts during that period.

01-08-18 Missing man locatecd Walbert Lee Loy

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. C17035549 Media Release (Update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located a 62-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing (December 24). Walbert Lee Loy was located (December 27), in good health in Hilo. Police appreciate the public’s assistance for their calls on his possible whereabouts during that period.

01-08-18 Wanted: Alexander Hill

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Lieutenant Robert Almeida Phone: (808) 961-2213 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Alexander Hill who failed to return to the Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center on (October 2, 2017). Hill is an inmate that had been on a weekly work furlough plan and has violated the terms of his program. Please contact police if you know his whereabouts by calling the departments non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

01-08-18 Scams

Hawaiʻi Police Department Community Policing Section, Area II Sergeant Roylen Valera Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 259 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking the public to continue to be aware and knowledgeable of many types of telephone and internet scams. Individuals posing as employees of local utility companies and tax officials are calling and threatening to either have the persons utilities turned off for non-payment or threatening an immediate arrest for non-payment of taxes. Police caution the public not to respond to requests for payment that come by telephone or the internet. If you are unsure that a notification from a utility company is legitimate, confirm it by calling the published phone number in the phone book and not through any phone number you receive from the call or notification over the phone or internet. Representatives from local utility companies have commented that if anyone receives a call requesting payment for a utility bill to call the utility com..

01-05-18 Wanted man: Travis Nakashima (Photo)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. C18000030 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Hilo man who is wanted for questioning in connection with a stabbing incident in Puna on New Year’s morning. At 7:45 a.m., Monday, (January 1), a Nevada man visiting relatives on Hawaiʻi Island was taken by private vehicle to the Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room after being assaulted in the Ainaloa Subdivision. The 25-year-old victim reported to police that during the early morning hours of, (January 1), he and a group of people were on King Kamehameha Drive when he got into an altercation with one of the males in the group. As a result, the victim sustained stab wounds and a fractured skull. He was treated for a fractured skull, a cut to his face and a stab wound to his upper back and was later released from the Hilo M..

01-05-18 Auto anti-theft safety tips

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Captain Gregory Esteban Phone: (808) 961-2214 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a rash of auto thefts in East and West Hawaiʻi and are cautioning the public to take precautions to deter would-be thieves. This includes tires and after market rims. “One significant factor in preventing your vehicle from being stolen is simply to remove the keys from the ignition and not leave a spare anywhere in the vehicle,” said Captain Gregory Esteban of the Area I Criminal Investigations Section. He noted that keys left in a vehicle often have house keys on the same key ring, which can lead to potential burglaries along with auto thefts. Esteban offers these additional steps: Lock your vehicle. Consider adding wheel-locks Never hide a second set of keys in your vehicle. Park in attended lots. If you use valet parking, leave only the ignition/door key. Park in well-lit areas. Never leave your vehicle running when..

01-05-18 Puna kidnapping suspects charged (Update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone:(808) 961-2252 Report No. C17036090 Media Release (Update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged two suspects in connection with the kidnapping incident in Puna. At 12:31 p.m., (December 30), officers responded to a call of a kidnapping from a Heʻe Street address in Hawaiian Beaches. Witnesses reported that a 31-year-old woman staying at the residence was struck in the face with a tire iron before being forced into the trunk of a sedan at gunpoint. The victim was also found later that afternoon when she was dropped off at the Heʻe Street residence. She was taken by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center where she was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries. The burnt remnants of the suspect’s vehicle were discovered at the Lava Tree State Park in Pāhoa Tuesday afternoon, (January 2). At 2:15 p.m., Wednesday, (January 3), 26-year-old Nikki Nasario and 25-year-old Joshua Sos..