Manhunt Still On for Dangerous Escapees on Big Island – More Details Released on Escape

Hawaiʻi County Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two suspects wanted for a brazen daytime escape from Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center in Hilo.

The first suspect is identified as 35-year-old Jarvis Naoki Higa. He is described as Japanese, about 5-foot-6 tall, about 160 pounds with short black hair and tattoos on his chest. Higa is considered dangerous and may be armed. He was being held at the facility awaiting trial for an attempted murder charge, in which he allegedly shot at a 34-year-old Hilo man in July of this year. Manhunt

The second suspect is identified as 31-year-old Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar. He is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 170 pounds, with blue eyes and short reddish-brown hair. Jeffries-Hamar was serving his sentence at the facility for a parole violation and was also awaiting trial for a previous escape from the Hale Nani facility in August of this year. He is considered dangerous.

Wednesday morning (December 5) shortly before 10 a.m., police received a report from correctional officers that the two suspects had assaulted another correctional officer before threatening a civilian worker and stealing her vehicle. Correctional officers attempted to follow the escapees in the stolen vehicle but lost sight of them. Information was obtained from a resident in the area of Kūkūau Street and the Mohouli extension that the vehicle was last seen heading up Kukuau Street. The vehicle was found abandoned at the end of the street.

The 63-year-old correctional officer was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. The 49-year-old civilian employee was uninjured.

The Puainakō Street extension was closed to traffic and re-routed for about two hours while police and correctional officers, aided by the Hawaiʻi Fire Department’s helicopter, conducted an extensive manhunt for the suspects.

During the course of the manhunt, police received a report of two men seen near a home on the 800 block of Kaumana Drive. Police discovered that the house had been forcibly entered and that a vehicle parked at the residence had been entered in an attempt to steal it. Police diverted their search to that area but were unable to locate the men. Both Higa and Jeffries-Hamar remain at large.

Police urge the public to call 911 immediately if either Higa or Jeffries-Hamar is seen. One or both of them may try to hitchhike to Kona.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation, which is classified as two counts of first-degree escape, two counts of second-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and second-degree terroristic threatening.

In addition to the escape, police have initiated a first-degree burglary and an attempted unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle case involving the scene on Kaumana Drive.

Police ask that anyone with information about the escaped men or anyone who may have witnessed this incident contact Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or

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.


Wordless Wednesday: Cause of False Siren Malfunction Not Yet Determined – Insects and Geckos Caused Failures in Past

A malfunction in a State Civil Defense siren caused the siren to unexpectedly sound near Kealakehe Elementary School shortly before 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, and Hawai’i Fire Department personnel were immediately dispatched to shut off the siren. The crew reached the siren at 9:19 p.m., manually shut it down, and left the scene at 9:28 p.m., fire officials said.

The cause of the malfunction has not yet been determined, but the fire crew discovered some components of the siren system were infested with ants. Insect infestations and geckos have caused siren failures in the past.

A maintenance crew from the Hawai’i County Police Department radio shop was dispatched from Hilo Wednesday morning to inspect the Kealakehe siren, but the crew returned to Hilo after a fatal traffic accident in South Kona closed Highway 11.

A police radio maintenance crew is scheduled to return to inspect and make repairs to the Kealakehe siren on Thursday.

Much of the equipment in the state siren warning network dates back to the 1960s. The Hawai’i State Legislature has appropriated $16.4 million to fund a statewide warning siren modernization effort.

North Hawaii Community Hospital Encourages Community Input on Health Needs Assessment

North Hawai‘i Community Hospital (NHCH) is collaborating with Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) and numerous hospitals and healthcare entities throughout the state to conduct a community health needs assessment. Community members are asked to participate in this assessment by sharing their health-related issues and concerns to help the Hawaii health care industry and NHCH better meet community needs.

North Hawaii Community Hospital

“We encourage North Hawaii residents to participate in this assessment, so NHCH can gain a greater understanding of the health concerns within our community,” says William Brown, NHCH CEO. “Your feedback will enable us to better coordinate limited resources to address top level health concerns and ensure we continue to meet the needs of our community,” says Brown. “Your input is vitally needed.”

The confidential assessment poses ten questions related to health care concerns in your community and can be accessed online at or The assessment takes less than 5 minutes to complete and must be done by Friday, December 21st, 2012.

In addition to satisfying governmental regulations, the information collected will also be used for strategic planning purposes related to the delivery of health care throughout the state of Hawaii.

HAH is a non-profit organization representing health care providers in Hawaii and is committed to advocating on behalf of the Hawaii health-care industries to ensure the delivery of quality and affordable health care to the people of Hawaii.

HAH, in coordination with Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), is conducting this community health needs assessment to gain input from community health workers, public health professionals and community members as part of a larger statewide community health needs assessment.

To complete the confidential, ten question Hawaii community health needs assessment, please visit or by Friday, December 21st, 2012. Survey results will be available in March 2013.

Big Island Police Charge Hilo Woman in Connection with May Robbery

Hawaiʻi County police have charged a second suspect in connection with a robbery in Hilo in May.

Chassity-Ann Aiu-Horie

Chassity-Ann Aiu-Horie

Chassity-Ann Aiu-Horie was charged at 1 p.m. Tuesday (December 4) with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree theft. Her bail was set at $17,000.

On October 5, a 68-year-old Hilo man reported to police that on May 25, as he was transporting a couple to a location in Hilo around 1 a.m., he was assaulted and his wallet was stolen.

The victim sustained a serious head injury and was transferred to Oahu for treatment. He reported the incident to police upon his return to the Big Island.

Another suspect, 26-year-old Timothy “Timmy” Russ Southern Jr., was charged with the same offenses last week.

Puna Man Charged in Connection With Domestics After House Burns Down

Hawaiʻi County police have charged a 45-year-old Puna man in connection with a domestic dispute in Pāhoa Sunday night (December 2).

Peter Lopes

Peter Lopes

At 5:45 p.m. Tuesday (December 4), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Peter Lopes of Pāhoa with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and second-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $37,000.

Prosecutors declined to charge Lopes at this time with arson or promotion of a detrimental drug pending additional follow-up investigation.

Sunday at about 7:59 p.m., police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel responded to a Hawaiian Beaches home after receiving a report of a structure fire. They discovered a house fully engulfed in flames. Police learned that the occupants, a 41-year-old Pāhoa woman and Lopes, had exited the home prior to the fire and were uninjured.

The structure was deemed a total loss.

Police investigation revealed that Lopes had allegedly threatened to set fire to the house. Police found Lopes at a nearby home with a head injury unrelated to the structure fire. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

Lopes was arrested Monday (December 3) after he was discharged from the hospital.

Police continue to ask that anyone with information on this case or who may have witnessed this incident contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or

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.


38-Year-Old Kaʻū Man Dies Today in South Kona Car Crash

A Kaʻū man died Wednesday morning (December 5) in a one-vehicle crash in South Kona. He was identified as 38-year-old Marcus Aickin of Ocean View.

HPDBadgeOfficers determined that Aickin had been driving a 2008 Ford F-50 pickup truck north on Highway 11 shortly before 8:46 a.m. when it ran off the right side of the road .2 miles south of the 97-mile marker and struck a tree.

Aickin, who had been wearing a seat belt, was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:53 a.m.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have requested an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Because the crash may have been caused by a medical condition, police are waiting until after the autopsy, scheduled for Thursday (December 6), before adding this death to the official traffic fatality count.

Grant Writing Workshop in Hilo

The County of Hawai’i Department of Research and Development and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Hilo, January 7-8, 2013. In this class you’ll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.

Click for more information

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More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available at

Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying resource CD that’s packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.


The Client Services Team at Grant Writing USA, 800.814.8191, Beth Dykstra, Dept. of Research and Development 808.961.8035

Two Escapees Still on Run Following Violent Escape From Hawaii Community Correctional Center

Two inmates who escaped from Hawaii Community Correctional Center are still at large. They were last seen on foot around noon in the vicinity of Alahelenui Street and Kaumana Drive. Both were barefoot and wearing grey sweat pants and white T-shirts.

One or both of them may try to hitchhike to Kona.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar, aka Ryan James Hamar, aka Ryan James Jeffries, aka Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, 31, is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 165 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Jarvis Naoki Higa

Jarvis Naoki Higa

Jarvis Naoki Higa, 35, is described as Japanese, 5-foot-6, 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has tattoos on his arms and chest.

The public is cautioned not to approach them, as they may be dangerous. If you see them, call 911.

*Editors Note* From what I’ve heard, it was a violent escape and they ended up taking off with the prison librarian’s car but later abandoned it.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 32-Year-Old Kamuela Man

Hawaiʻi County police are searching for a 32-year-old Kamuela man who was reported missing.

Joshua Horan

Joshua Horan

Joshua Horan was last seen in Waikoloa on Friday (November 30). He was planning to hike into Waimanu Valley from Pololu Valley with two other men but was expected back by Sunday (December 2).

Horan is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, 145 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing black-and-orange surf shorts and no shirt and was carrying a large black backpack.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.