Officers Remain in Stable Condition at Hospital – Update on the Hilo Shooting

(UPDATE) Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 31-year-old Hilo man in connection with a shooting Wednesday evening that injured two officers.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a team of 20 law enforcement officers attempted to contact the suspect, 31-year-old Keaka D. Martin of Hilo, at a home on East Palai Street in Hilo. In addition to Hawaiʻi Police Department officers, the team included two Sheriff’s deputies and three FBI agents.

Keaka Martin

Keaka Martin

When the officers arrived, they heard a single gunshot from inside the house. They entered the residence and found Martin with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest.

He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and taken to Hilo Medical Center under police custody for treatment of his critical injuries.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the attempted murder investigation.

On Wednesday evening (January 2) at 7:44 p.m., police responded to a report of several gunshots heard in the area of Kilauea Avenue near the Wailoa River in Hilo.

At approximately 8:52 p.m., while checking parked vehicles in the area of the 800 block of Kilauea Avenue, officers observed a man hiding under a parked vehicle. Upon approaching him, both officers were fired upon and sustained gunshot injuries. One of the officers was able to return fire. The suspect was able to flee the area on foot and it is unknown at this time whether he sustained any injury as a result of the shooting.

Both officers remain at Hilo Medical Center in stable condition.

Police ask that anyone who has any information about the Wednesday night incident call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385. Persons may also email Detective Todd at gtodd@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.

 

Identity Released of Man Who Shot Cops in Hilo – Same Dude as Before… Lock Him Up and Toss the Keys

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 31-year-old Hilo man in connection with a shooting Wednesday evening that injured two officers.

Keaka Martin

Keaka Martin

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a team of 20 law enforcement officers attempted to contact the suspect, 31-year-old Keaka D. Martin of Hilo, at a home on East Palai Street in Hilo. In addition to Hawaiʻi Police Department officers, the team included two Sheriff’s deputies and three FBI agents.

When the officers arrived, they heard a single gunshot from inside the house. They entered the residence and found Martin with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest.

He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and taken to Hilo Medical Center under police custody for treatment of his critical injuries.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the attempted murder investigation.

On Wednesday evening (January 2) at 7:44 p.m., police responded to a report of several gunshots heard in the area of Kilauea Avenue near the Wailoa River in Hilo.

At approximately 8:52 p.m., while checking parked vehicles in the area of the 800 block of Kilauea Avenue, officers observed a man hiding under a parked vehicle. Upon approaching him, both officers were fired upon and sustained gunshot injuries. One of the officers was able to return fire. The suspect was able to flee the area on foot and it is unknown at this time whether he sustained any injury as a result of the shooting.

Both officers remain at Hilo Medical Center in stable condition.

Police ask that anyone who has any information about the Wednesday night incident call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385. Persons may also email Detective Todd at gtodd@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.

And from a PREVIOUS INCIDENT:

Big Island police have charged two Hilo men with various offenses following a reported robbery in Puna on Sunday (May 22).

Tuesday evening (May 24), detectives charged 28-year-old Paul Matthew Borowski and 30-year-old Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin with first-degree robbery and alteration of identification marks prohibited (a firearms offense). Borowski was also charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony.

Bail for Borowski was set at $22,500. Bail for Martin was set at $51,000. Both were held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon (May 25).

The charges stemmed from an incident in which the victim, a 38-year-old Mountain View man, reported that on Sunday at about 7:45 p.m., while he was at a park near the Mountain View gym, he willingly met with both Martin and Borowski. During the interaction, the victim reported that one of the suspects brandished a firearm and forcibly removed his personal property before fleeing the park in a light-colored sports-utility vehicle. The victim did not sustain any injuries during the robbery.

On Monday (May 23) both Martin and Borowski were arrested in Hilo and were held in police custody while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section conducted further investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant on a residence in Hilo, where they recovered a firearm and other evidence.

Police ask that witnesses who may have been in the area of the Mountain View gym Sunday evening and may have witnessed the incident call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381.

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.

Big Island Students and Teachers Go to Flight School at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Flight School is back at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor January 16~18 and more popular than ever as 30 middle school girls and four teachers from Ka’u High School on the Big Island of Hawaii become the first Neighbor Islanders to experience this unique new aviation adventure.

The 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their educators will spend three days exploring the history and technology of aviation in a fun and engaging new Museum program which began last summer, graduating three winged classes in 2012. The Big Island students will be the first students outside of O`ahu to enjoy this program for young aviators-in-training.

Sixth through eighth grade female students have the opportunity to soar at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s new “Flight School” program this summer. Developed by Director of Education Dr. Shauna Tonkin, the Museum’s program introduces girls to the history and science of flight.

Sixth through eighth grade female students have the opportunity to soar at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s new “Flight School” program this summer. Developed by Director of Education Dr. Shauna Tonkin, the Museum’s program introduces girls to the history and science of flight.

Flight School is made possible by grants from the Marguerite Gambo Wood Foundation and the Bill Healy Foundation. Hawaiian Airlines is a sponsor.

“Flight School is a top-notch educational series,” said Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff. “It makes great strides in engaging with and introducing the next generation to the fascinating world of aviation.”

Girls learn the basics of flight through demonstrations and experiments, tour historic aircraft, fly remote control planes, and “take to the skies” in the Museum’s flight simulation lab. Students meet historic pioneers of aviation through presentations made by costumed interpreters such as Amelia Earhart and Rosie the Riveter.

“This is a hands-on program that introduces girls to the heroes and pioneers of aviation, and helps them consider future careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” explains Dr. Shauna Tonkin who, as Director of Education at the Museum, developed the curriculum.

Ka’u High students and teachers will shift from air to sea for a well-rounded historical perspective of Pearl Harbor, as the three-day Flight School is conducted in cooperation with USS Battleship Missouri Memorial. Students will participate in the Missouri’s popular two-night encampment program and visit the USS Arizona Memorial.

Flight School for Girls 2

Upon successful completion of Flight School, the students celebrate with a Winging Ceremony.

For more information, contact Dr. Shauna Tonkin at ShaunaT@PacificAviationMuseum.org or 808-441-1005.

Flight School for Girls repeats: June 18~20, July 16~18, and July 24~26. Flight School for Boys will be held June 4~6 and June 25~27. Advanced Flight School for Girls will be held July 9~11.

 

Kilauea Avenue Road Resurfacing Project Begins

A $1.5 million road resurfacing of Kīlauea Avenue from Ponahawai to Pauahi Street with drainage improvements at Kukuau and Kīlauea began January 2.  The County anticipates completion prior to the start of the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s largest hula festival, at the end of March.
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Two lanes of traffic one lane in each direction are provided between the construction hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday- Friday.  Contractors are working along both sides of Kīlauea Avenue.  Motorists should expect delays or consider using alternate routes.

Parking along the mauka side of Kīlauea Avenue will be restored after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4.

Construction will begin on the makai side of Kīlauea Avenue Monday, Jan 7, and on street parking will be removed. Construction on the makai side  of the road is scheduled to be completed in three to four days, weather permitting.

 

Is Your Cat in Heat? Here’s Your Fix

Even though warm weather is a constant here on Hawaii Island, Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) wants you to  “beat the heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle and preventing unwanted litters from being born this Spring.

Hawaii Island Humane Society

As with other animal shelters nationwide, spring time is commonly referred to as “kitten season” by HIHS because that is when they receive the largest influx numbers of unwanted litters that are difficult to adopt.

To help reduce the number of homeless cats born this spring, Hawaii Island Humane Society is offering a special “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities®. In February, HIHS will spay/neuter 50 female cats for a special rate of $20.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. While some worry that their pet may be too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle is actually beneficial, rather than waiting until after one heat cycle has occurred. The procedure is known to improve the health of the pet, including a reduced risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Donna Whitaker, executive director at Hawaii Island Humane Society. “Most people don’t want to see their cat get pregnant over and over again, so hopefully our “Beat the Heat” campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to cat owners to sterilize their cats before they go into heat and become pregnant this year.”

This special rate, subject to availability, is even less than HIHS’s normal low-cost spay/neuter coupons and is available to residents of Hawaii County. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they schedule their appointment.

Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, this special rate of $20 is available to the first 50 domestic cat owners who sign up between January 16 and 31 any HIHS shelter. Surgery appointments will be made for February. Twenty-five surgeries will be allocated to cat owners in the Keaau area and five in Ocean View where residents should purchase their coupon at Ocean View Alii Veterinary Clinic. Fifteen surgeries will be available to cat owners in Kona and five to owners in Waimea. A waitlist will be created in the case of no-shows.

Cat owners are reminded that HIHS also sells reduced-cost spay/neuter coupons that are accepted by many island veterinarians. Male cat neuter coupons are $30 and female cat spay coupons are $60, which is nearly half what you’d otherwise pay. Please visit HIHS.org or call 329-1175 or our Spay/Neuter Hotline at 987-7208 for more information.

 

Kona Man Arrested After Carrying Loaded Shotgun Down Mamalamahoa Highway

A Kona man has been charged with five offenses after carrying a loaded shotgun on a public highway in Kealakekua.

Ioster Henly

Ioster Henly

At 8 a.m. Tuesday (January 1) a motorist reported seeing a local male in a red hooded sweatshirt carrying what appeared to be a rifle while walking on the side of Māmalahoa Highway (Highway 11) in the area of Hale Kiʻi Street in Kealakekua.

Responding officers located a man fitting that description and holding what appeared to be a rifle. When the officers approached him, the suspect fled into brush area behind Pualani Terrace. The officers located and arrested 39-year-old Ioster Henly of Kailua-Kona and recovered a loaded shotgun. Police recovered an additional 16 rounds of shotgun ammunition on Henly’s person. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (January 2), detectives charged Henly with possessing a loaded firearm on a public highway, place to keep loaded firearm, place to keep ammunition, registration mandatory and permit to acquire. His bail was set at $13,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court hearing Thursday (January 3).

 

Two Police Officers Shot – Suspect Still at Large

On Wednesday evening (January 2) at 7:44 p.m., police responded to a report of several gunshots heard in the area of Kilauea Avenue near the Wailoa River in Hilo.

Two police officers were shot last night.  (Photo by David Corrgan/Big Island Video News)

Two police officers were shot last night. (Photo by David Corrgan/Big Island Video News)

At approximately 8:52 p.m., while checking parked vehicles in the area of the 1200 block of Kilauea Avenue, officers observed a man hiding under a parked vehicle. Upon approaching him, both officers were fired upon and sustained gunshot injuries. One of the officers was able to return fire. The suspect was able to flee the area on foot and it is unknown at this time whether he sustained any injury as a result of the shooting.

An extensive manhunt is underway for the suspect, described as a local male approximately 30-40 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, 160 pounds with short dark hair, a light beard and numerous tattoos. The suspect was last seen wearing dark pants, dark shoes and no shirt.

The officers are identified as a 40-year old 14-year veteran and a 31-year-old four-year veteran of the Hawaiʻi Police Department. Both officers were shot in their lower extremities. They were transported to the Hilo Medical Center and underwent surgery. Both officers are currently listed in stable condition.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation. Due to the investigation, the makai side lane of Kilauea Avenue south of Aupuni Street will be temporarily closed to traffic.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have information on the identity of the suspect call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email him at gtodd@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.