Big Island Police Asking Public’s Help in Locating Missing 23-Year-Old Mountain View Woman

8/7/12 UPDATE: Big Island police have located 23-year-old Rachel C.P. McGowan of Mountain View, who was reported missing.

She was found unharmed in Kona on Friday (August 3).

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 23 year-old Mountain View woman who was reported missing.

Rachel C.P. McGowan

Rachel C.P. McGowan is described as being about 5’5”, about 195 pounds, with ehu colored straight hair, hazel eyes, and fair complexion. She was last seen wearing hospital type scrubs and may be either operating or an occupant in a white and gold 1995 Mitsubishi Montero SUV bearing license plate #HMY-694.

Albert Manners

McGowan may be in the Kona district and also may be in the company of an Albert Manners, 27 years-old of Hilo. Manners is described as a Hawaiian male, about 5’8” tall, about 155 pounds, tan complexion, short black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of either McGowan, Manners, or the vehicle to call Detective Norbert Serrao Jr. at 961-2383 or email at nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 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 subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Waikoloa Area of the Big Island Gets 3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Saturday Afternoon

Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time
Location 19.797°N, 155.767°W
Depth 15.5 km (9.6 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 16 km (10 miles) S (171°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) SE (146°) from Puako, HI
  • 26 km (16 miles) ENE (72°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 72 km (45 miles) W (278°) from Hilo, HI
  • 272 km (169 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 36, Dmin=13 km, Rmss=0.12 sec, Gp=119°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60366497

HELCO Asks PUC to Approve New Contract for Biofuel on Hawaii Island

Hawaii Electric Light Company recently asked the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for approval of a new biofuel supply contract with Aina Koa Pono.

Under the agreement, Aina Koa Pono would provide 16 million gallons per year of renewable biofuel to replace fossil fuel used at the Keahole Power Plant on Hawaii Island and other plants in the future. An additional 8 million gallons will be produced for sale to Mansfield Oil Company, a privately-owned fuel distributor.

Aina Koa Pono, which is building a processing facility in Kau, will provide biofuel over 20 years at a fixed price formula, providing economic security from volatile oil prices. The new contract will save electricity customers $125 million over 20 years when compared to an earlier contract which was not approved by the PUC.

The use of renewable biofuel, along with many other renewable energy projects, will also help Hawaii meet the legal requirement that 40 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. The 16 million gallons of biofuel each year represents close to 100% of the Keahole plant’s present annual fossil fuel use.

Aina Koa Pono has entered into an agreement with Edmund C. Olson Trust II and the Mallick Trust to farm over 12,000 acres of under-utilized private agricultural land in Pahala that was once part of Kau Sugar Company. Aina Koa Pono will initially harvest and process existing invasive plants, eucalyptus trees and local green waste such as macadamia nut husks, tree trimmings, coffee pulp and hulls.

Aina Koa Pono is working with the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center to select the most appropriate non-invasive perennial crops to farm and convert to biofuel, such as long-term tree crops, sweet sorghum varieties, non-seeding napier grass and other tested sterile grasses. Aina Koa Pono is also consulting with Hawaiian Islands Land Trust regarding appropriate biofuel crops.

“We are committed to being a good neighbor and steward, producing sorely needed renewable, clean fuel and bringing jobs and economic opportunity where they are greatly needed. We respect the community and its cultural character and believe that over time we will earn its trust,” said Chris Eldridge, Aina Koa Pono partner.

Construction is expected to require 400 workers over three years. The farm and processing plant will bring about 200 agricultural and processing jobs to Kau, create new businesses to support the industry, and generate substantial tax revenues, Eldridge said. The operation can provide other farmers a revenue stream from their agricultural waste. Farmers can also benefit from the charcoal by-product that is an environmentally sound fertilizer.

Aina Koa Pono has engaged R.M. Towill and SMS Research to conduct broad community outreach in Kau to identify issues and concerns of local residents. These voluntary efforts will include assessing how the operations and processes will affect the environment in and around Kau.

The PUC did not approve an earlier contract between Hawaii Electric Light Company and Aina Koa Pono, citing concerns about price and other considerations.  The new contract contains a reduced price and other changes to be reviewed by the PUC with input from the Consumer Advocate.

“We have renegotiated the AKP contract to meet the PUC’s concerns and believe there is significant value to Hawaii of this and future biofuel contracts,” said Jay Ignacio, Hawaii Electric Light Company president. “If Hawaii is to reach our clean energy goals and get off oil, we need to pursue all possible renewable resources, including biofuel which can be a bridge to future technologies. Locally grown and processed biofuel can be used in existing power plants at costs that can help us stabilize volatile petroleum-based electricity prices. It can keep Hawaii green and create jobs rather than sending millions of dollars out of state for energy.”

The filing asks the PUC to approve sharing the cost difference between locally grown and produced renewable biofuel and the fossil fuel it replaces among customers of Hawaii Electric Light Company and Hawaiian Electric Company. If the proposed surcharge were in place in 2015, the estimated incremental cost spread among Hawaii Island and Oahu customers based on fuel price projections could be about 2/10th of one cent or from $0.84 to $1.00 per month for a residential bill of 500 to 600 kilowatt-hours.  The surcharge would not begin until AKP begins deliveries of biofuel and will decrease over time as petroleum-diesel prices rise.

“Hawaii Island already has the highest level of renewable energy in the state, getting more than 40% of its energy from renewable sources. Renewable energy requirements are calculated on a consolidated basis for all our service territories, so Oahu has benefited from Hawaii Island’s leadership,” said Robbie Alm, Hawaiian Electric executive vice president.

“This contract provides for future delivery of AKP biofuel to other islands. It’s reasonable that the cost of advancing a local biofuel industry in Hawaii be shared among more than just Hawaii Island customers. Fossil fuel prices are expected to continue their erratic upward climb, so in time the cost of AKP biofuel is expected to be less than the cost of the oil it displaces,” Alm said.

Aina Koa Pono has partnered with Mansfield Oil Company (mansfieldoil.com) to handle its distribution and supply arrangements for the biofuels produced by the Kau plant. Mansfield will also purchase some 8 million gallons of biofuel per year for sale and distribution first in Hawaii and then on the mainland. Mansfield, which is privately owned, is one of the nation’s largest distributors of fuel and operates an integrated network of refiners, terminals, carriers and retailers throughout North America.

Aina Koa Pono will use a unique technology licensed from Sustainable Biofuels Solutions, LLC (SBS). This thermal microwave depolymerization (Micro Dee) technology is currently in use at a demonstration plant in North Carolina, which has been operational since early 2012. Micro Dee accelerates the natural decomposition and metamorphosis of biomass to crude liquid to just 50 minutes, Eldridge said.

AECOM (aecom.com), a global engineering and technical services company, is completing tests of this technology. Results have met or exceeded projections and AECOM has determined that the Micro Dee process, now a second-generation technology, is now poised for optimal renewable liquid fuel production.

Big Island Police Have Charged a Kona man and a Kona Woman in Connection With a Road Rage Incident

Big Island police are looking for witnesses to a road rage incident Wednesday, August 1.  (SEE UPDATE BELOW)

At approximately 3:15 p.m. Monday, Kona patrol officers responded to a reported road rage incident in Kailua-Kona. They received information that the driver of a maroon Jeep had honked at a blue sedan after it reportedly cut her off while leaving the Kona Commons shopping center on Makala Boulevard. While both cars were stopped for a red light, the man driving the sedan and a female passenger reportedly exited the car and confronted the driver of the Jeep.

After the confrontation, the Jeep had damage to the passenger door and the woman from the sedan had a small puncture wound to her forehead.

A short time later, a Kona patrol officer stopped the driver of the Jeep on Henry Street.

All three persons were arrested for their roles in the confrontation.

David F. Torres Jr.

The driver of the sedan, 31-year-old David F. Torres Jr. of Kailua-Kona, was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and criminal property damage.

Shaundalinn Torres

His wife, 30-year-old Shaundalinn Torres, was arrested on suspicion of assault and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. The driver of the Jeep, 42-year-old Shannon Jensen, was arrested on suspicion of assault.

None of them required medical treatment. All three were taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the encounter call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 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 subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

UPDATE:

Big Island detectives have charged a 31-year-old Kona man and 30-year-old Kona woman in connection with a road rage incident on Wednesday (August 1) in Kailua-Kona.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Kona patrol officers responded to a reported road rage incident in Kailua-Kona. They received information that the driver of a maroon Jeep had honked at a blue sedan after it reportedly cut her off while leaving the Kona Commons shopping center on Makala Boulevard. While both cars were stopped for a red light, the man driving the sedan and a female passenger reportedly exited the car and confronted the driver of the Jeep.

After the confrontation, the Jeep had damage to the passenger door and the woman from the sedan had a small puncture wound to her forehead.

A short time later, a Kona patrol officer stopped the driver of the Jeep on Henry Street.

All three persons were arrested for their roles in the confrontation.

The driver of the sedan, 31-year-old David F. Torres, Jr. of Kailua-Kona, was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and criminal property damage. His wife, 30-year-old Shaundalinn Torres, was arrested on suspicion of assault and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. The driver of the Jeep, 42-year-old Shannon Jensen, was arrested on suspicion of assault.

None of them required medical treatment.

On Friday (August 3) detectives from Area II Criminal Investigations Section charged David F. Torres, Jr. with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and criminal property damage. His bail was set at $11,000. Shaundalinn Torres was charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and third-degree assault. Her bail was set at $12,000. They are being held at the Kona police cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (August 6).

Shannon Jensen was released from police custody pending further investigation.

Kona Man Out on Bail For Stealing a Car… Steals Another Car

A Kona man who was out on bail after an arrest last month for driving a stolen car was arrested Wednesday (August 1) in another stolen car.

At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, an off-duty Honokaʻa patrol officer observed a stolen Honda Accord being driven in a reckless manner on Highway 19 heading west. The officer called for assistance and continued following the car, which had been reported as stolen earlier that morning from a shopping center in Waimea. The Honda left the highway and came to a stop at a dead end on Palikekua Street in Honokaʻa. The driver then fled on foot.

Jesse Travis Ralston

Police canvassed the area and were later alerted by area residents that a person matching the driver’s description had been seen leaving nearby bushes. Officers arrested 22-year-old Jesse Travis Ralston of Kailua-Kona on Plumeria Street in Honokaʻa at 10:20 a.m. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 2:19 p.m. Thursday, detectives charged Ralston with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, theft and reckless driving. He is being held in lieu of $31,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday (August 3).

On July 19, Ralson was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle after being arrested in another stolen car. He was released that night after posting $2,000 bail.

Big Island Video News for Friday, August 3rd, 2012

I know, I know… I’m a day late and I missed Thursdays news!

Big Island Video News for Friday, August 3, 2012:

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Hawaiian Music Legend John Cruz to Play Banyan Drive Café

As the summer season is coming to an end the Banyan Drive Café wants you to know that the heat, the sunshine, and good times will continue in Hilo. Hawaiian music legend John Cruz will be coming to Hilo and be performing at the Banyan Drive Café with very special guest Tiana Jennings, beautiful singer and guitarist from the Big Island.

The concert will be a celebration of Hawaiian music in an intimate setting at sunset and will take place on Sunday, August 26 at 6:00 pm in Hilo for $20.00. “I am so excited that a musician of John’s quality will be joining us and bringing his music to Hilo. He is a legend in Hawaiian music and what better way to continue Hawaii’s endless summer then with great music and friends.” stated Performances Director at the Banyan Drive Café David Wallerstein.

From the time he was a young boy growing up in Palolo Valley on Oahu, John Cruz knew he was destined to play music. Whether inside or outside the home, his earliest memories were filled with song. His Hawaiian grandmother had a beautiful voice and sang in church.  His mom loved the Motown sound and had an extensive record collection. His dad played country music and taught John to perform live shows at a very young age. His brothers and sisters were all musically inclined and, along with numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, neighbors and friends, they have surrounded John with the gift of music for his entire life.

John has distinguished himself as one of the most talented artists that has ever come from Hawaii. He was named the Best Singer Songwriter by Hawaii Magazine in 2008. This well-earned reputation became even more solidified when he released his long-awaited second album, One of These Days in 2007. It debuted firmly at #1 in Hawaii, #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #6 on the Billboard World Chart. The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts gave the CD its highest honor in 2008, by awarding John the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Contemporary Album of the Year. It delivers more of the warm, heartfelt melodies and passionate, soulful vocals that John’s fans have grown to know and love.

Tickets for John Cruz are $20.00 and dinner reservations can also be made for the evening of the concert. To purchase tickets, get information on concert and to make dinner reservations please call 808-383-3035 or visit the Banyan Drive Café during business hours or purchase at the door the night of the performance 2 hours before concert.