Man Charged in Puna Murder Has Suspicious Ties to Murder in Oregon

Police have charged a 48 year-old Mountain View man in connection to a murder that occurred earlier this year in Puna.

Walter Boyd Bremmer

This afternoon (October 5, 2012) at 5:00 pm, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I, Criminal Investigation Section charged Walter Boyd Bremmer with second degree murder, first degree burglary and use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony. He is held without bail and remains in the police cellblock. Bremmer is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Monday, October 8, 2012.

Mick Fleetwood poses for a picture with Bremmer (Photo courtesy of Kealoha Ward)

On January 28, 2012, the body of 52 year-old Robert John Leong was found at a residence in the Eden Roc Subdivision. An autopsy conducted determined that the victim died from a combination of ligature strangulation and a brain injury from a gunshot wound.

Police continue to ask that anyone with information on this investigation to call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or email him at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers may also call the police 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.

And this is how he’s tied into the Oregon murder a few years ago:

“…But on Monday, during an interview Oregon State Police detectives, Bremmer changed his story, recounting for police his eye witness account of a brutal slaying.

According to an affidavit, Bremmer said he returned from a night of drinking on July 5 to find Rieman fighting with Adkins in the pilot house of the “Tiger.”

“He said that he saw Rieman punching John in the face and then saw Rieman grab John and smash his head through the window on the portside of the boat …,” Officer Casey Meling wrote. Bremmer told investigators he saw Rieman punch Adkins several more times, then throw him down the stairs into the galley.

When Bremmer boarded the boat, Adkins was on the floor and Rieman was beating him. Bremmer told police Adkins said “something to the effect of Erin’s going to kill me.” At that point, Rieman grabbed an extension cord and wrapped it around Adkins’ neck twice, pulling on it until Adkins died, Bremmer said.

“Bremmer told us that, once John was dead, Erin Rieman took the approximately $5,000 cash that John has brought along for the trip from a book that John had kept it in,” Meling said. “Bremmer said Rieman threatened to kill him and his girlfriend as well if he did not help him.”

Rieman wrapped Adkins’ body in a sleeping bag and made Bremmer help clean up the blood in the pilot house, Bremmer said. The next day, the pair pretended to look for Adkins around the Port of Ilwaco, then boated from port the next day. As they headed toward Garibaldi, Rieman piloted the boat about three miles from shore, then 4 1/2 hours into the trip, told Bremmer to take the wheel.

“Bremmer went to the pilothouse and watched as Rieman removed John’s body from the engine compartment, tied two large cylindrical fishing weights to the sleeping bag using a thin metal cord, and then threw John’s body into the ocean.”

Adkins body has not been found.”

Full Article here:  Missing Albany man was beaten to death, dumped at sea, says OSP

Spear Fisherman Dies Off Coconut Island

This morning at approximately 11:20 a.m., Officers responded to Coconut Island for a reported spear fisherman in distress.

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Upon arrival, along with Fire Department Rescue personnel, a 77-year-old male had already been removed from the ocean and was unresponsive. The male party was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police are continuing the investigation an initiated an Coroner’s Inquest to determine exact cause of death. The name of the decedent is not being released at this time.

Driver in Crash that Occurred Inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Sentenced for Negligent Homicide

The driver in a deadly single-vehicle accident that occurred in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park last year was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 24 months in prison for negligent homicide.

In the early morning of June 12, 2011, Hilo resident Julien Quiocho, then 19, crashed his white Toyota truck into the lava field on the south side of Highway 11 near the 35-mile marker. Both Quiocho and his passenger, 20-year-old Bryson Areola, also of Hilo, were ejected from the vehicle. Areola sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Hilo Medical Center.

Rest In Peace and painted on Hwy 11 by friends the car crash victim. Photo by Bobby Tucker

Both men were seen at a drag race at the park’s Ka‘ū boundary just before the incident. Quiocho suffered critical head and spinal injuries, and was transported by air ambulance to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where a blood test revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.13.

In June, Quiocho plead guilty in U.S. District Court to negligent homicide, part of a plea agreement with the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Song. Today, U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra handed down the 24-month sentence, plus three years of supervisory release, $7,000 restitution for funeral expenses and 300 hours of community service.

“Drivers need to recognize the consequences of their actions when they are in control of a motor vehicle.  If their actions lead to death, injury and property damage, the courts will levy fines and impose confinement,” said Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Chief Ranger Talmadge Magno. “There is nothing good about this incident, a family is without a son, a child will grow up without a father and a young man is going to prison.”

U.S. Coast Guard Conducts Medical Evacuation Aboard U.S. Navy Vessel

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point medically evacuated a contractor aboard the USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) operating off the coast of Hawaii, Thursday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducts the medical evacuation of a contractor aboard the USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) operating off the coast of Hawaii, Oct. 4, 2012. Watchstanders in the Joint Rescue Coordination Center communicated with a Coast Guard flight surgeon, recommended the medical evacuation of the mariner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Barbers Point.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu were notified at approximately 8:50 a.m. Wednesday of a contractor aboard USNS Soderman requiring medical attention due to symptoms of dizziness and dehydration.

Watchstanders in the Joint Rescue Coordination Center communicated with a Coast Guard flight surgeon, who recommended the medical evacuation of the mariner.

The Coast Guard launched the Dolphin crew to remove the patient from the vessel at approximately 10:40 a.m.

An HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew was launched to provide cover for the Dolphin crew at approximately 10:46 a.m.

The patient was transported ashore to Hilo Medical Center in Hilo, Hawaii, to receive medical treatment.

USNS Soderman is a U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command Army Prepositioned Stock ship. Military Sealift Command operates approximately 110 non-combatant, merchant mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, and strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.

For more information about USNS Soderman, contact Jillian Morris, Military Sealift Command Public Affairs at 202-685-5058.

For more information about the Coast Guard rescue, contact 14th Coast Guard District Public Affairs Office at 808-535-3230.

Monk Seal Swallows Hook and Dies – DLNR Asks for Help in Reporting Hookings

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and NOAA Fisheries announced this week that since the beginning of 2012, NOAA Fisheries, DLNR, and partners have responded to 13 seal hooking incidents involving ten individual Hawaiian monk seals.

Due to early reporting, seven of the 11 live cases ended successfully with intervention from authorized federal and state agency monk seal responders. Two cases ended in the seal ridding itself without intervention, and although an intervention was attempted, one seal remains hooked to this day. Three cases ended in deaths.

Most recently, on October 2, 2012, the monk seal locally known as “RK54” was found dead near the Ninini Light house on Kauai. The seal swallowed a hook, became entangled in the line, and died. RK54 was born in April 2011 to RK22 (mother of the “famous” KP2 who resides at Waikiki Aquarium).

NOAA and DLNR would like to take this opportunity to remind fishermen that monk seal deaths and injuries from fishing interactions can often be prevented, and adverse impacts to fishermen and seals can be reduced through early reporting of incidents. RK54 had prior fisheries interactions, but because of timely reporting and intervention, proper care was provided and the seal recovered.

Monk Seal sign posted at Onekekaha Beach Park

“Monk seals are a vital part of Hawai‘i’s marine and cultural environment,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson. “While DLNR and NOAA seek to address all adverse impacts on Hawaiian monk seals, we want to acknowledge the cooperation of Hawai‘i fishermen and emphasize that we do not consider fishing interactions in the main Hawaiian Islands to currently pose a major threat to monk seal recovery.”

NOAA Fisheries Service data indicate that a total of 83 hooking-related interventions have occurred over the past 10 years, with a total of nine incidents in 2011 and 13 incidents thus far in 2012.  However, in only three cases, including one of the recent cases, have hookings been deemed the likely cause of a seal’s death,” Aila added. “We want to partner with the fishermen to further reduce impacts.

Following the guidelines and reporting hookings can help make a relatively small impact become even smaller.” The agencies offer guidelines, titled “Hawaiian Monk Seals and Fishing Interactions: Guidelines for Prevention, Safety and Reporting,” that describe actions fishermen can take to avoid seal hookings and entanglement, and to reduce fishing gear and bait loss. The guidelines also stress the importance of reporting all fishing interactions.

The toll-free, 24/7 reporting hotline for all fishing interactions and other marine mammal incidents is: 1-888-256-9840. NOAA and DLNR urge all fishermen and other ocean users to write down this hotline and/or save it in their mobile phones for timely use whenever a seal is hooked or entangled. “As the numbers of successful interventions from this year show, reporting early is important to the potential survival of the seal in question,” said David Schofield, Marine Mammal Health and Response Program Manager, NOAA NMFS PIRO.

Timely reporting of monk seal fishing interactions is beneficial in at least two ways:

1. First, reporting an interaction as soon as possible can help save a seal’s life or minimize seal injury. In at least three previous cases, real-time reporting of seals that had ingested hooks resulted in successful treatment and release of the seal back to the wild. These seals probably would have died without this intervention. On numerous other occasions, fishermen have provided timely reporting of less severe hooking and entanglements that were not immediately life-threatening, but could have become life threatening if not responded to. These timely reports have allowed response network members to get out to the location in time to locate the seal and safely remove the gear.

2. The second benefit to timely reporting is that it helps federal and state managers and researchers better understand how fishery interactions occur and thereby helps guide the development and testing of improved methods to prevent and mitigate interactions. By reporting and documenting interactions, fishermen can partner with NOAA and DLNR to find better non-regulatory methods to effectively keep seals away from fishing gear and fishing areas, while also allowing for monk seal conservation and recovery.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Chief of Interpretation Jim Gale Retires

One of the Pacific West Region’s most respected and revered park rangers, Jim Gale, hangs up his flat hat for the last time today.

Jim Gale is retiring after 32 years with the National Park Service

Gale served the National Park Service for 32 years, starting at Yellowstone and reaching the pinnacle of his career at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as Chief of Interpretation. His work took him to some of the nation’s most treasured public lands: Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, Indiana Dunes National Seashore, Blue Ridge National Park in Virginia, and Grand Canyon National Park. At Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Gale helped design two major visitor centers following the cataclysmic eruption of 1980.

Entranced by active volcanoes and dedicated to a career in conservation, Gale moved to Hawai‘i with his wife Lora and son Forest, and spent the last 12 years at Hawai‘i Volcanoes, where his countless accomplishments continued. He led the design team for the new Kīlauea Visitor Center, collaborated with kūpuna (Hawaiian elders) on key cultural decisions, and led a team charged with interpreting major events like the 2008 eruption at Halema‘uma‘u crater. His leadership can be seen throughout the park in colorful, wayside exhibits, and has touched untold millions of visitors around the world.

“Jim is who other park rangers aspire to become. He’s extremely positive and consistently supportive and empowering to his staff. He embraces the destination of Hawai‘i, and understands how important Hawai‘i Volcanoes is to both the conservation efforts and the economy of our state. He has been an incredible ambassador for us,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “We are truly going to miss him,” she said.

In addition to achieving a master’s degree in botany from the University of Georgia, Gale earned a prestigious suite of awards during his career, including the highest professional recognition in his field, the Fellow Award from the National Association for Interpretation. He’s the recipient of the U.S. Forest Service Gifford Pinchot Interpreter of the Year Award for Excellence in Interpretation, and the winner of the Freeman Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation from the Pacific West Region, just to name a few.

Gale will leave Hawai‘i for Utah, where his wife Lora works in planning for the Bureau of Land Management. He plans on hiking the west rim of Zion National Park, camping and enjoying the fall weather from behind the lens of his camera. The first thing he’s not going to do?

“I won’t have to remember all those passwords! I can’t wait not to go through all the emails, and not be tied to a computer,” Gale said. With his last keyboard log off, he’ll be logging on to a life outdoors, enjoying his family and traveling.

Jack Osbourne to Have Wedding Tomorrow on Big Island of Hawaii???

It’s been reported that Jack Osbourne will marry his fiancé Lisa Stelly this weekend at an undisclosed location on a beach here on the Big Island tomorrow… OR IS HE?

UPDATE: Jack just tweeted the following:

I love how going to Hawaii with my mum for her 60th has turned into my wedding. Hahaha people are funny.

Jack Osbourne and Lisa Stelly

You can follow their tweets here Jack Osbourne and Lisa Stelly.

They both posted pictures from the their Bachelor and Bachelorette parties on twitter recently.

Big Island Police Charge Former Pahoa Man for Several Offenses in Connection to a Domestic Violence Incident

Police charged a 20-year-old former Pahoa man for several offenses in connection to a domestic violence incident.

Ronsten Keone Andrade III

Yesterday at 8:30 pm, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I, Criminal Investigation Section charged Ronsten Keone Andrade III, also known as Ronsten Andrade Tripp, for two counts of abuse of a family or household member, two counts of felony abuse of a family or household member, one count of second degree terroristic threatening, one count of kidnapping, one count of interference with reporting an emergency or crime, and one count of second degree robbery. Bail for Andrade was set at $101,000.00 and he was scheduled to make his initial court appearance this afternoon.

The incident started in the Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision in Puna where the victim alleges that she was assaulted by Andrade, who also forcibly removed items from the victim, and prevented her from leaving and reporting the incident to police.

The 19 year-old victim declined treatment for non life threatening injuries.