Drug Arrest During Warrant Sweep Links Suspect to Burglary Ring in West Hawaiʻi

A drug arrest during a warrant sweep has linked the suspect to a burglary ring believed responsible for numerous break-ins in West Hawaiʻi.

Joseph Augustino Narzisi

On Wednesday (August 29) at about 11:30 a.m., officers participating in an islandwide fugitive warrant sweep arrested Joseph Augustino Narzisi at an apartment complex in the Kalaoa area. Narzisi was wanted on three outstanding bench warrants and several all-points bulletins. While in the process of contacting him, officers observed paraphernalia associated with narcotics use and drafted a search warrant for the apartment.

From the apartment, officers recovered 63.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 0.9 grams of heroin, contraband prescription pills, and numerous items of paraphernalia associated with narcotics use.

On Thursday (August 30), detectives charged Narzisi with numerous narcotics offenses, including promoting dangerous drugs, methamphetamine trafficking, promoting harmful drugs, and drug paraphernalia, all related to Wednesday’s search warrant.

He was also charged with additional offenses for previous incidents. On Tuesday (August 28) Area II Vice officers had executed a search warrant at a home Narzisi occupied in the Kealakekua area. Narzisi wasn’t home at the time of the search. Officers recovered methamphetamine smoking pipes, resealable plastic bags containing crystalline residue, items containing heroin residue, paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine and heroin use, two handguns (including a loaded firearm) and a large quantity of unspent ammunition. On Thursday, detectives charged Narzisi with numerous narcotics offenses related to that search warrant, including promoting dangerous drugs, promoting harmful drugs, possessing drug paraphernalia and firearms offenses.

In the other previous incident, Traffic Enforcement Unit officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on August 22 on a sedan that was observed speeding on Palani Road. The car initially fled from officers and then stopped. The driver, identified as Narzisi, fled the vehicle on foot on Palani Road. Vice Officers executed a search warrant on the car and located methamphetamine smoking pipes, items containing heroin residue and drug paraphernalia. On Thursday, Narzisi was charged with promoting dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses in connection with that incident.

In addition, Criminal Investigations Section detectives investigating a rash of burglaries were able to identify several items in Narzisi’s possession that had been reported stolen in four burglaries in the Kealakekua area between July 4 and August 21. On Thursday, Narzisi was charged with burglary, terroristic threatening, assault and four counts of second-degree theft in connection with those burglaries.

His bail was set at $495,000. He was held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance Friday morning (August 31).

Joshua Watan

Police investigation linked Narzisi with other individuals wanted for questioning. Thursday morning, officers observed one of them, 31-year-old Joshua Watan of Captain Cook, operating a gray sedan that was stopped on the side of Kaleiopapa Street in Keauhou. The car had been reported stolen from Nani Kapuna Place in Kealakekua sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 6:25 a.m. Thursday.

Danny Estocado

As officers approached the sedan, another man, 24-year-old Danny Estocado of Kailua-Kona, entered the vehicle and it drove away. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop but Watan drove away from them. Officers lost sight of the vehicle for a short time. When they spotted it again, Estocado was no longer inside. Watan traveled up and down Hokulia Bypass Road several times before he finally came to a stop. He locked himself inside with the engine running and refused to exit the vehicle until after officers negotiated with him for approximately an hour.

Watan was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized control of a motor vehicle and is being held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.

Police attempted to locate Estocado but were unable to find him. He is described as Hawaiian, 5-foot-7, 178 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his chest.

Curtis Hoku Kekahuna Jr.

Police also want to question 35-year-old Curtis Hoku Kekahuna Jr., who is wanted on three bench warrants and several all-points bulletins. He is described as 5-foot-11 and about 270 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has the letters “CVK” tattooed in red and green letters on his right inner forearm and the name “Keahi” tattooed on his left inner forearm. He also has a scar that runs from his left cheekbone to his left eye. He may be in the company of 37-year-old Nani-Jo Keanini of Honokaʻa, 34-year-old Elona Keanini of Kailua-Kona, or both.

They are also seeking 31-year-old Ryan Jeffries Hamar of Kailua-Kona, who is also wanted for allegedly escaping from Hale Nani on August 14. He is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 170 pounds with blue eyes and short reddish-blond hair. He has a tattoo along his entire right arm. He may be in the company of 30-year-old Jaison Irving of Kailua-Kona.

Police ask that the public not approach any of these wanted persons, as they may be armed and dangerous. Instead, call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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.

22nd Annual Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers International Conference

The 22nd Annual Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers International Conference is happening in September here on the Big Island.

On September 19th it will be happening in Hilo and on September 20th it will be happening in Kona.

2012 Hawaii County Fair Information

The 62nd Annual Hawaii County Fair sponsored by the Hilo Jaycees will run from Thursday September 13th to Sunday September 16th.

There will be EK Fernandez rides and games, commercial vendors, non-profits, ono food booths, a petting zoo, and much much more.

Here is a quick free virtual tour of the fair featuring Kalo Boy:

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ADMISSION:

  • Adults (Ages 13 & up)      $5.00
  • Children (Ages 4 – 12)       $3.00

Free admission for adults 60+ years old with Valid State or Government ID.

SUNDAY SPECIAL! – Between 10am-11am Sunday – Free Admission if you bring 2 Canned or Non-Perishable items per adult or child

FAIR HOURS

Thursday 5:30pm – 11:00am
Friday 5:30pm – 12:00am (Midnight)
Saturday 10:00am – 12:00am (Midnight)
Sunday 10:00am – 11:00pm

 

3 Day Fugitive Task Force Mission Leads to 67 Arrests on the Big Island

Over the course of 3 days, the U.S. Marshals Hawaii Fugitive Task Force conducted a collaborative arrest warrant sweep. Deputy U.S. Marshals, Hawaii County Police Officers, and Hawaii State Sheriffs conducted a joint fugitive round-up blanketing the island of Hawaii.

Sixty-seven wanted fugitives were arrested with 91 federal and state warrants cleared. Those who were apprehended were wanted for various violent crimes which include drug offenses, sex offenses, robbery, and probation violations. The three-day mission represents the commitment of law enforcement to reduce violent crime through a multiagency approach.

During the course of the mission, the following fugitives were apprehended, most notably 25 year-old Joseph Narzisi from Kailua-Kona. On August 29, 2012, Narzisi was apprehended for three criminal contempt of court warrants. During the arrest, law enforcement officials recovered methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia at the residence at which time a search warrant was obtained. Narzisi faces additional charges. In 2005, Narzisi was convicted of jumping bail and burglary in the first degree.

On August 27, 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for 45 year-old Charles Bruce Kanouff. Kanouff was arrested the next day and charged with one count of Sexual Assault in the 2nd degree. Bail was fixed at $15,000.

On August 8, 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for career criminal Patrick Enos. Enos, 38, was arrested on August 29, 2012, and charged with theft of credit card and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. Bail was fixed at $6,000. Enos has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1991. He has been arrested and convicted of various crimes to include multiple robbery and felony drug charges.

Big Island Police Holding Community Meeting in Hilo – Asks Participation to Be LIMITED to Persons Who Live Or Work in South Hilo

MEDIA RELEASE:
The Hawai’i Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, September 11, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hilo police station.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Hilo District.

The Hilo event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the South Hilo District.

The meeting will take place in the Building A Training Room. Attendees should park at the Kapi’olani Street entrance, go down the stairs below driver’s licensing and and follow the signs to “Community Meeting.”

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

Comedian Bill Maher to Give Performances on Oahu and Maui

Northern California based concert promoters Rick Bartalini Presents announced that Bill Maher, comedian and host of Real Time on HBO, will return to the Hawaiian Islands on December 31 at the Hawaii Theater on Oahu and January 1 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets for both performances go on-sale Saturday, September 1 at 10:00 A.M. HST.

For the last twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television.  First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last nine years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-nine Emmy nominations.  In October of 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”). The documentary has gone on to become the 8th Highest Grossing Documentary ever.

TICKETS:

Tickets for Bill Maher December 31 at the Hawaii Theatre are $79.50 and $99.50, plus service fees. Tickets are available at www.RBPconcerts.com, the Hawaii Theatre Box Office or charge by phone at 808-528-0506. Tickets for Bill Maher January 1 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center are $65.50 and $85.50, plus service fees. Tickets are available at www.RBPconcerts.com, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Box Office and charge by phone at 808-242-7469. Tickets for both performances go on-sale Saturday, September 1 at 10:00 A.M. HST.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing Hunter

*Update* …According to a news release, one of the teams was 40 minutes into a trail when they shouted, and heard the lost hunter respond.  He was reportedly found off the main trail under heavy brush, in good condition…

Read more: http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/Big-Island-pig-hunter-found-after-2-days/-/8905354/16447826/-/kf60f4z/-/index.html#ixzz25AXE5eZQ

The Hawaii Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing person:

Gabriel Olson, Male 36 years-old, 6 foot, 230lbs, medium build, light hair.  Last seen in the Volcano area of Pearl and 4th on August 29th around 11:00am.

Olson may have a unknown colored backpack and was hunting in the Volcano area.

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Gabriel Olson please call 911 or contact the police.