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Big Island Police Looking for Woman Looking to Harm Herself

6/29/11 Update: Missing Puna woman, Kathleen Lee Carvalho, has been located safe and in good health. Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in this case.
Media Release:

Police are looking for a Puna woman reported missing. Kathleen Lee Carvalho, F-60 was last seen Tuesday evening (June 28) at around 6:50 p.m. in the Hawaiian Paradise Park area. She has allegedly made statements, saying that she will harm herself.

Carvalho is 5’7″ tall, weighs approximately 150 pounds, and has short brown hair and a medium build. She was last seen operating a white Ford 4 door station wagon, unknown license plates, as the car is not registered to her. Carvalho may have lacerations to one or both wrists.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police non emergency number 935-3311. Thank you.

Hilo Bay Firework Information – The 2011 Hilo Bay Blast

Media Release:

The County of Hawaii in collaboration with the State of Hawaii and private organizations are coordinating efforts for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration.  The “2011 Hilo Bay Blast” will feature activities for families throughout the day at the Hilo Bayfront areas.  Festivities will begin at 10am and will end with the traditional Lehua Jaycees Fireworks Exhibition Finale.

Hilo Bay Fireworks

Mass Transit will provide free shuttle service to various activity sites from 10am to 10pm.  Parking will be available in the Downtown parking area near the Mo’oheau Bus Terminal, at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium and at the Hawaii County Aupuni Center.  The shuttle route will run from the Civic Auditorium, through Banyan Drive and on to Kamehameha Avenue to the Mo’oheau Bus Terminal and back along Kamehameha Avenue up to the Aupuni Center on Pauahi Street.  Patrons should wait for the shuttle at the bus shelters along the route.

The Hilo Bay Cook-off competitors are set to fire up their grills  at the Hilo Bayfront Commuter Parking lot adjacent to the Mo’oheau Ball Field. A multitude of flavors and aromas will tempt our taste buds with competitions in BBQ Beef, Chicken, Pork, Brisket and Chili.

Judges from Texas will award trophies to the winners in three places. Coordinator, Rick Fredricks of Hawaiian Arts encourages private business and individuals to get a team together and participate in this event that is on its way to becoming the first sanctioned BBQ Contest on the Island and in the State of Hawaii.

More Here: 2011 Hilo Bay Blast

Big Island “Detectives Have Uncovered an Unscrupulous and Potentially Dangerous Online Effort by an Organization that Lures Unsuspecting Women to Oahu…”

Media Release:

Big Island police are cautioning the public about responding to advertisements seeking prospective models. While there obviously are reputable modeling agencies making legitimate recruitments, Hilo detectives have uncovered an unscrupulous and potentially dangerous online effort by an organization that lures unsuspecting women to Oahu under the pretense of offering them careers in modeling while actually having other intentions.

Recently, two young local women were coaxed to Oahu with the promise of a lucrative modeling contract. After a few days of being photographed around the island of Oahu, the women learned that the photographer and “modeling agent” intended to take them out of the state, possibly out of the country. Circumstances described by one of the potential victims who was able to get away and fly back to the Big Island suggested that the pair’s true intention was to traffic the young ladies into a life of prostitution.

Honolulu Police Department personnel were immediately notified and were able to intercept the second female along with the two suspects just as they were checking out of their hotel. The second potential victim was provided secure escort to the Honolulu airport, where she safely boarded a flight back to the Big Island.

This matter is being looked into by investigators with the Honolulu Police Department.

As with many online solicitations, members of the public are urged to be wary of potential threats to their safety and financial well being. While the internet is a tremendous resource and valuable tool, law-abiding citizens aren’t the only ones who use it. The criminal element in our society regularly uses the internet to feed their greed and prey upon unsuspecting innocent people.

Be wise when conducting business over the internet. Be particularly careful if you make personal contact with individuals met online, although that practice is ill-advised.

E-World Online and Leading Electronics Manufacturers Aid Big Island E-Waste Collector

Media Release:

E-World Online

E-World Online, a national provider of responsible recycling solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers, swiftly responded to a recycler in dire need of electronics recycling in Hilo, Hawaii after its contract with the state expired nearly a year ago and Big Island residents continued to drop e-waste at the site. After reading an article about Bay Side Computer Shop’s dilemma in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald last May, E-World Online rallied its manufacturing partners, Sony Electronics Inc., Acer America Corp., ViewSonic, NEC and LG, to fund the collection, shipping and recycling of the abandoned 180,000 pounds of e-waste dumped at the former collection site.

With no space left to accept additional e-waste and no money to ship the massive stockpile to the mainland for recycling, the shop was forced to close. Meantime, residents continued to dump materials not suitable for Hawaii County’s landfills such as computers, televisions and more.

“We purchased all of the e-waste on the site, and we also paid the cost of shipping to the mainland,” explained E-World Online President Cindy Erie. “The state is in the middle of a change in how e-waste collection and recycling is handled, and E-World and our manufacturing partners wanted to help smooth the transition by ensuring this e-waste did not fall between the cracks. Plus, we wanted to help out a small business. Bay Side Computer Shop was in a tough position.”

E-World Online administers the electronics recycling programs of several leading manufacturers across the U.S. Its proprietary, web-based Manufacturer Interstate Take-Back System (MITS) uses a network of collection points and recyclers across the country to make e-waste recycling easy for consumers while fulfilling the manufacturers’ responsibilities.

E-World Online and its manufacturing partners purchased the electronics surplus from Bay Side and paid the per-container cost to ship it from Hawaii to Vista, Calif. Additionally, E-World Online processed the material at its own parent facility, E-World Recyclers.

“The Department of Health is pleased that E-World Online stepped up to take this e-waste from the Big Island. We are hopeful that other recyclers and manufacturers will follow E-world Online’s lead and provide collection services on the neighbor islands,” Steven Chang, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch Chief said in a statement to E-World Online.

New state laws now require that manufacturers of electronic equipment not only collect a certain amount of e-waste per year but provide multiple and convenient ways for consumers to recycle unwanted or non-working electronics. To date, 49 Hawaii-based recyclers have agreed to process e-waste under the legislation, but nearly all accept e-waste only on Oahu, requiring Big Islanders to pay shipping expenses.

For more on E-World Online and MITS, visit www.e-worldonline.com.