Wordless Wednesday – Marijuana Stores ALL OVER THE PLACE!

Wow…. I come to California and everywhere I turn… I see a store selling Pakalolo (Marijuana, Weed, etc).

I’m wondering if I’m in Amsterdam instead of the United States…

I’m truly speechless to see all these Weed stores that sell buds publicly here in California ALL OVER THE PLACE.

Weed Store

Big Island Police Identify Swimmer Who Went Missing at Kehena Beach in Puna

Police have identified a swimmer who was reported missing while swimming at a popular Puna beach.

Eric Deitz

Eric Dietz aka “Eroz” and “Arrows”

Eric T. Dietz, 29, who has no permanent address, was last seen in the waters off Kehena Beach in Lower Puna shortly before 2:40 p.m. Sunday (January 6). He apparently was experiencing difficulties in returning to shore amid the rough ocean conditions. A body boarder managed to get within reach of Dietz but then lost sight of him after he himself was caught in the rough surf before returning to shore safely.

Dietz is also known as “Eroz” and “Arrows.” He is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-11, about 150 pounds with hazel eyes, brown hair and facial hair. He also has a multi-colored tattoo on his upper right arm that depicts a bird, a spider and a tortoise shell.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or who knows his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381. Detective Field may also be reached by email at jfield@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.

 

Newly Appointed Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran on His Appointment

Newly appointed Hawaii State Senator Gilbert Samuel Coloma Keith-Agaran had the following to say after Governor Abercrombies’s announcement (below) appointing him as a Senator:

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Governor Abercrombie’s two latest appointments Gilbert Keith-Agaran and Brian Schatz.

I’m grateful to the Governor for the honor of the appointment. I hope that I can represent Central Maui well in the State Senate. Mahalo to the members of the Democratic Party from Central Maui who included me on the list sent to the Governor.

Governor Abercrombie’s Announcement:

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the appointment of Gilbert Samuel Coloma Keith-Agaran to state Senate to represent Hawaii’s 5th senatorial district, a seat recently left vacant by Lt. Gov. Shan S. Tsutsui. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Gil brings a wealth of experience from the practice of law and work in county and state government. His passion for the people of the Valley Isle is evident and I am confident he will continue to serve them well,”Gov. Abercrombie said.

Previously appointed to the House in January 2009 to complete the unexpired term of the late Bob Nakasone, Keith-Agaran has continued to practice law in Wailuku. He served as chair and deputy director of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, director of Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and deputy director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, as well as County of Maui Public Works Director.

He presently serves on the boards of the Maui Food Bank and the Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council. Keith-Agaran previously was a member of the boards of the Maui Coastal Land Trust, the Maui High School Community Council (and its predecessor School Community-Based Management), the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, and other non-profit organizations on Maui and Oahu, and the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Advisory Committee. He remains an active member of his community and church.

Keith-Agaran is a graduate of Maui High School. He has a BA in history from Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut, and he is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. Gil is a partner in the Maui law firm of Takitani Agaran and Jorgensen LLLP. He is married to Kallie Keith-Agaran.

 

Big Island Police Searching for 19-Year-old Hilo Man

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 19-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing.

Stanley Gonsalves

Stanley Gonsalves

Stanley Gonsalves was last seen in Hawaiian Paradise Park at about 10:22 a.m. Tuesday (January 8).

He is described as 5-foot-10, 145 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a thin build. He may have an injury that requires medical attention.

Gonsalves is also wanted in connection with an abuse of a family or household member case.

Police ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts call Officer Shaine Tavares at 965-2716 or 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.

Governor Abercrombie’s Statement Regarding Tesoro Hawaii Refinery

Gov. Neil Abercrombie responded to today’s announcement by Tesoro Hawaii that the company will convert its 94,000-barrel per day crude oil refinery to a terminal, effectively ending the facility’s refinery operations. Tesoro Hawaii distributes refined products statewide in the form of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ship fuel, asphalt and fuel oil for electrical generation.

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Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“After a good faith effort to continue current refining operations, Tesoro Hawaii has determined that it is in its own best business interests to convert its Hawaii refinery into a terminal facility.

“We have offered to work with Tesoro Hawaii in exploring remaining options and achieving an orderly transition for its employees and the state’s energy needs.

“The 21st Century has arrived when it comes to energy and the importation of oil. The changing petroleum landscape underscores the urgency for the State of Hawaii to move rapidly on meeting our Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative objectives. Essential to our economic recovery is taking control of our state’s energy future. We currently send billions of dollars a year outside of our islands to meet our energy needs.

“This administration is seeking long-term infrastructure investments that ensure our electric grids are stable, reliable and modern enough to integrate all available alternative and renewable energy technologies.”

Update on the Hilo Stabbing

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 37-year-old Hilo woman in connection with a stabbing Monday morning (January 7) in Hilo.

HPDBadgeAt 7:17 p.m. Monday, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section arrested Cherie Sueko Moskwa on suspicion of second-degree murder.

She is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.

In response to a 5:19 a.m. call Monday (January 7), South Hilo patrol officers responded to the 1400 block of Kaumana Drive, where they found a 38-year-old Hilo man with a stab wound.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he died at 7:11 a.m.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378. Detective Carter also may be reached by email at wcarter@hawaiicounty.gov.

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.