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04-25-17 Puna stabbing incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2252 Report No.: C17011363 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police arrested an elderly adult male on Monday (April 24) on suspicion of first degree assault. At 5:13 p.m., Monday afternoon, officers responded to the 16-500 block of the Old Volcano Highway in Keaʻau for a report of a man who stabbed another man in the leg with a knife. The pair were recent acquaintances who got into an argument which precipitated the assault. The victim was transported by medics to the Hilo Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition. At 5:24 p.m., the male suspect, who refused to identify himself to police, was arrested at the scene without incident. He is currently being held at the Hilo cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue with the investigation. Police ask that anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Tuckloy Aurello of t..

04-25-17 Hilo man arrested on suspicion of armed robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2252 Report No.: C17011350 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 33-year-old Hilo man on Monday (April 24) on suspicion of first degree robbery. At 12:00 noon Monday, South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of a woman who was reportedly being held in her vehicle by a man with a gun. The victim, a 30-year-old Hilo woman, told police that an acquaintance of hers threatened to take her vehicle while holding a handgun. The suspect, Junior Faleao, was arrested at 12:30 p.m. on Lihikai Road in Hilo without incident. He is currently being held in the Hilo cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation. The female victim was not injured. Police ask that anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2381 or via email at Grant.Todd@hawa..

04-25-17: Missing teen: Anthony Souza

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Officer Daniel Kuwabara Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C17002982 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Hilo boy, who was reported missing. Anthony Souza was last seen in Hilo on January 31, 2017. He is also known to frequent the Puna district. He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-6, 130 pounds with short brown hair and hazel eyes. He has the word “Puna” tattooed on his right forearm and a tribal tattoo on his left calf. Souza was last seen wearing a maroon-colored shirt, gray shorts, knee-high socks and camouflage-colored Crocs. Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Officer Daniel Kuwabara at 961-2213, or to call the Police Departments non-emergency line at 935-3311. 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. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want..

04-25-17: Missing teen located: Shyanne Muranaka-Walton

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Detective Calvin Delaries, Jr. Phone: 326-4646, ext. 304 Report no. C17006440 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 15-year-old Shyanne Muranaka-Walton of Kamuela, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed in Kailua-Kona on Thursday afternoon (April 13).

04-24-17 Police seek public’s assistance in locating stolen County vehicle

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2252 Report no.: C17011147 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking the public’s assistance in locating a stolen county vehicle taken from the Mass Transit base yard located on East Lanikāula Street in Hilo on Saturday (April 22) in the early morning hours. The vehicle was seen driving recklessly throughout Hilo over the weekend, involved in two police pursuits, both of which were terminated due to the hazards created, and later involved in at least two hit and run collisions with members of the public. The vehicle is described (depicted in the photo) as a white 2016 Ford F350 truck with a lift gate, and a utility tool box bed bearing Hawaii license plate CH3412. Today (April 24), police responded to additional reports of this vehicle being sighted. At approximately 1:30 p.m. officers responded to a report of a vehicle matching the d..

04-24-17 Kohala Officer of the Quarter: Tyler Prokopec

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: 961-2244 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release The Hawaiʻi Island Safety and Security Professionals Association has recognized Officer Tyler Prokopec as the “Kohala Officer of the Quarter” for the first quarter of 2017. A ceremony was held on Friday (April 21), at the Civil Defense headquarters in Hilo. Officer Prokopec was honored for his actions while off-duty which resulted in the arrest of a disorderly male at the Waikoloa Queen’s Market Place in February. On February 15, 2017, at 9:30 p.m., Officer Prokopec, who was off-duty, was driving along Waikoloa Beach Drive when he observed a security guard and a civilian struggling to detain a disorderly male near the Queen’s Market Place. The disorderly male, upon being alerted that Prokopec was a police officer, immediately jumped up and ran to the roadway in an attempt to flee. The male then attempted stopping a moving vehicle before ju..

04-21-17 Police request assistance in ID of woman in Hilo theft investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213 Report no. C17010650 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Big Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a woman (shown in surveillance video footage) wanted for questioning for a theft committed late Monday afternoon (April 17), from a department store located on Puainako Street in Hilo. Police ask anyone who knows the identity of this woman or anyone with information regarding this incident to call Officer Derek Kenison at 961-2213 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311. 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. 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.

04-18-17 Police seek help in identifying two persons in Kona theft investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Division Officer Jacob Obermiller Phone: 326-4646, ext. 253 Report No. C17005111 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release ​Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman whose images were captured on a surveillance camera in connection with a theft in Kona. On February 22, 2017, at approximately 10:50 p.m., a male suspect removed a container of coins from a residence on Hualālai Road. Later that evening, an unidentified white female and an unidentified local male were seen with the container of coins using a coin machine at a store in Kailua-Kona. Police ask anyone who knows the identity of the persons in the photo or anything else about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Officer Jacob Obermiller at 326-4646, ext. 253. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible fo..

04-18-17 Missing: Steven Marinelli

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kona Patrol Division Officer Bryan Ellis Phone: 326-4646, ext. 253 Report no.: C17007354 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Big Island Police are searching for a 42-year-old Kona man who was reported missing. Steven Marinelli was last seen on March 6, 2017 on Kaiwi Street in the Kailua-Kona area. He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 180 pounds, with a bald head and blue eyes. He is also known to frequent Pāhoa and the Puna district. Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Officer Bryan Ellis at 326-4646, ext. 253, via email at Bryan.Ellis@hawaiicounty.gov, or to call the Police Departments non-emergency line at 935-3311. 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. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record call..

04-18-17 Wanted: Keith Edward Wanzer

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kaʻū Patrol Officer Hanalei Pagan Phone: 939-2520 Report no. C17007466 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Puna man who is wanted for questioning in a series of restraining order violations. Kaʻū Police investigating the complaints have identified 35-year-old Keith Edward Wanzer of Kurtistown as the suspect. He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 130 pounds, with short brown hair and hazel eyes. Wanzer is also wanted on several bench warrants for criminal contempt of court and failure to appear. Any persons with information regarding Keith Edward Wanzer are asked to contact Officer Hanalei Pagan of the Kaʻū District at 939-2520 or the police non-emergency telephone number at 935-3311. 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. Crime Stoppers is a volunt..

04-18-17 Wanted: Kyle Koa Dawson

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kaʻū Patrol Officer Hanalei Pagan Phone: 939-2520 Report no. C17008211 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Puna man who is wanted for questioning in a recent theft investigation. Kaʻū Police are looking for 35-year-old Kyle Koa Dawson, who has a last known address in Keaʻau. He is described as Hawaiian, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He also has numerous tattoos on both arms and on his back. Any persons with information regarding Kyle Koa Dawson are asked to contact Officer Hanalei Pagan of the Kaʻū District at 939-2520 or the police non-emergency telephone number at 935-3311. 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. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doe..

04-17-17 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of April 10, 2017, through April 16, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 24 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six 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 367 DUI arrests compared with 318 during the same period last year, an increase of 15.4 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: District Weekly Total Year to Date Hāmākua 1 3 North Hilo 0 2 South Hilo 3 76 Puna 12 94 Kaʻū 0 4 Kona 7 168 South Kohala 1 20 North Kohala 0 0 Island Total 24 367 There have been 386 major accidents so far this year compared with 435 during the same period last year, a decrease of 11.3 percent. To date, there were 7 fatal crashes, resulting in 7 fatalities, compared with 7 fatal crashes, resulting in 8 fatalities (one of which had multip..

04-17-17 Missing: Sarah Cain

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant William Derr Phone: 961-2213 Report no.: C17010354 Media Release Big Island police are searching for a 35-year-old Puna woman who was reported missing. Sarah Cain was last seen at around 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in the area of Isaac Hale Beach Park in Puna. She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-6, 120 pounds with shoulder length brown wavy hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing an orange and yellow bathing suit. Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts contact Officer Louie Ondo Jr. at 961-2252 or call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. 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. 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 informati..

04-13-17 Wanted man located, charged: Jordan Kaneshiro

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 808-961-2252 Report No. C17005830 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police arrested a 29-year-old Laupāhoehoe man wanted for outstanding warrants. Acting on a tip from the public, on Wednesday afternoon (April 12), Puna patrol officers arrested Jordan Kaneshiro on outstanding warrants of arrest without incident at a residence in the Ainaloa subdivision in Pāhoa. He was charged under these warrants for one count each of criminal first degree property damage, resisting an order to stop and reckless driving. Kaneshiro was released from custody after posting $36,000 bail and has an initial court appearance scheduled for May 9, 2017 in South Hilo District Court. Police appreciate all the information that was received via Crime Stoppers and encourage the community to continue calling in tips regarding wanted suspects. This case demonstrates that the Cri..

04-13-17 Hilo woman charged with theft of booster club money, false reporting

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2252 Report no. C17009926 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 42-year-old Hilo woman in connection with the theft of money from a public school booster club. On Monday (April 10), JoAnn Maldonado reported to South Hilo Patrol officers that an unknown suspect entered her Waiākea Uka residence and removed, among other personal belongings, in excess of $10,000 cash which belonged to the Waiākea Intermediate School Ukulele Band Booster Club. She was arrested on Tuesday (April 11) after the investigation indicated that Maldonado, who is the club’s Vice President, took the money for herself, staged the burglary and made the fictitious report to police about a break-in. At 1:55 p.m. Thursday afternoon (April 13), detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section charged JoAnn Maldonado with second degree theft and false reporting..

04-13-17 Waikoloa man arrested and charged for false reporting, other charges

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area II Lieutenant Sherry D. Bird Phone: 326-4646, ext. 266 Report no. C17010240 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section arrested 21-year-old Dwain Lum-Young of Waikoloa this morning (April 13) after investigation revealed that a previously reported kidnapping incident was fabricated. On Saturday, April 1, 2017, Lum-Young reported that on the previous evening while on Mauna Kea Beach Drive, he picked up a male hitchhiker who assaulted him and attempted to force him to drive to Waimea. During this same incident, Lum-Young reported his vehicle was involved in an accident with another vehicle and he left the accident scene due to the alleged kidnapper’s actions. As Area II Criminal Investigation Section detectives continued their efforts to develop leads in the kidnapping investigation, they determined the reported kidnapping and assault incidents di..

04-13-17 Wanted: Sean Ah Nee

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area I Lieutenant Lucille Melemai Phone: 961-2254 Report no. C16013375 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 31-year-old Pāhoa man who is wanted on outstanding warrants. Sean Kaiolanikanoaka Ah Nee is described as 5-foot-7, about 165 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair. He is wanted for traffic and criminal contempt of court warrants. He is also being sought for information in connection with an assault investigation which occurred in Hilo. Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Detective Aaron Carvalho, Juvenile Aid Section, Area I, at 961-8839 or via email at aaron.carvalho@hawaiicounty.gov. 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. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who w..

04-12-17 April is ‘Distracted Driving Awareness’ month

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert P. Pauole Phone: 961-2305 Media Release If you’re driving down the highway, do you think there is ever a circumstance when it’s safe or smart to close your eyes for five seconds? Of course you don’t. Keeping your eyes on the road is one of the first things we all learn about safe driving. So why would anyone ever think it is okay to text when behind the wheel, or do anything else that takes your attention from driving? It takes about five seconds, on average, to read or send a text. Not a lot of time. But, in that span of time, with your eyes on your phone and not on the road, a vehicle traveling 55 miles per hour can travel the length of a football field. In that instant, over that distance, a life can be taken—maybe even yours. Distracted driving killed 3,477 people on America’s roads in 2015. If you’re caught texting and driving you’ll be pulled over and ticketed because you’re putting your life and the life of o..

04-11-17 Hilo woman arrested for theft of booster club money

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2252 Report no. C17009926 Media Release Big Island police have arrested a 42-year-old Hilo woman this afternoon (April 11) in connection with the theft of money from a public school booster club. Investigators arrested JoAnn Maldonado just after 2:30 p.m. today for second degree theft and false reporting to law enforcement authorities. Yesterday (April 10), Maldonado reported to South Hilo Patrol officers that an unknown suspect entered her Waiākea Uka residence and removed, among other personal belongings, in excess of $10,000 cash which belonged to the Waiākea Intermediate School Ukulele Band Booster Club. Subsequent investigations determined that Maldonado, who is the club’s Vice President, took the money for herself, staged the burglary and made the fictitious report to police about a break-in. Maldonado is being held at the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Area I Criminal ..

04-11-17 Missing woman located: Barbara Drury

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Officer Chuck Cobile Phone: 961-2213 Report no.: C17009712 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 60-year-old Barbara Drury, who had been reported missing. She was located in Kona on Monday afternoon (April 10) in good health.