Big Island Police Identify Women Murdered in Hilo Last Night – Suspect Charged

Detectives have charged a 34 year-old Hilo man for several offenses stemming from the shooting deaths of two Hilo women.

Sean Matsumoto

Sean Matsumoto

This evening at 6:30 pm, after conferring with prosecutors, Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto, 34 was charged for first degree murder, two counts of second degree murder, three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony, and first degree reckless endangering. Matsumoto is being held without bail in the police cellblock pending his initial court appearance tomorrow.

Police have identified both victims as Elaine Ahu, 74 of Hilo and her daughter Rhonda Lynn Alohalani Ahu, 45, also of Hilo.
Autopsies on both victims are scheduled for Friday to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case to call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or email at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or 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.

House Scheduled to Vote on Bill to Repeal Public Land Development Corporation

House Scheduled to Vote on Bill to Repeal Public Land Development Corporation

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WHAT:  The House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on HB 1133 which repeals the Public Land Development Corporation.

WHEN:  Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12 noon

WHERE:  House Chamber

WHY:  The public has voiced serious concerns with the PLDC and the House has made it a priority to address the issue as quickly as possible.

WHO:  House Speaker Joe Souki and WAL Chair Cindy Evans will be available to media following the session.  Please meet on the Mauka side of the House Chamber.

 

 

County of Hawaii Issues $98.8M in Bonds, Saving Hawai’i Island Taxpayers $8.5M

The County of Hawai’i sold $98.8 million in bonds in a sale that closed Feb. 12, obtaining funding for new projects and refinancing old loans and bonds in a move that will save taxpayers about $8.5 million over the life of the bonds.

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The County’s ratings were affirmed in January by all three major rating agencies: Aa2 from Moody’s, AA- from Standard & Poor’s, and AA- from Fitch. These positive ratings, which recognize the County’s strong fiscal position and effective management, allowed the County to achieve a very favorable combined interest rate of 2.58% on these new bonds.

“Our County found itself in a great position – with a trio of positive ratings and the excellent market conditions for municipal bonds, we could refinance some of our pre-existing obligations for a lower cost,” said Finance Director Nancy Crawford. “The savings we realize with this bond issuance will free up resources to do more for the people of Hawai‘i Island.”

In addition to refinancing previous loans and bonds, $27.5 million in new money was obtained to fund projects previously authorized by the County Council. Some of these projects include the improvements to the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo, the La’aloa Avenue Extension in Kona, and an islandwide public safety radio upgrade.

“We’re pleased that we were able to leverage our County’s strong financial position to save our taxpayers money. It is truly a credit to the hard work of our employees and our finance team for managing our resources wisely,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “We’re excited to have funds available to invest in projects that will upgrade our public facilities, better connect our communities, and keep our island safe.”

 

Aegis Missile Defense System Intercepts Target in Test Off Kauai

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system today, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by a Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided missile.

At 4:10 a.m. EST, a unitary medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The target flew northwest toward a broad area of the Pacific Ocean.

USS Lake Erie (CG 70) fires a Standard Missile-2 during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from Jun. 20 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise that began in 1971. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/EXW) Derek R. Sanchez/RELEASED

USS Lake Erie (CG 70) fires a Standard Missile-2 during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from Jun. 20 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise that began in 1971. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/EXW) Derek R. Sanchez/RELEASED Stock Photo)

The in-orbit Space Tracking and Surveillance System-Demonstrators, or STSS-D, detected and tracked the target, and forwarded track data to the USS Lake Erie. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system, used “Launch on Remote” doctrine to engage the target.

The ship developed a fire control solution from the STSS-D track and launched the SM-3 Block IA guided missile about five minutes after target launch. The SM-3 maneuvered to a point in space and released its kinetic warhead. The warhead acquired the target re-entry vehicle, diverted into its path, and, using only the force of a direct impact, engaged and destroyed the target.

Initial indications are that all components performed as designed, officials said. Program officials will assess and evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test, they added.

Today’s event, designated Flight Test Standard Missile-20, or FTM-20, was a demonstration of the ability of space-based assets to provide mid-course fire control quality data to an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ship, extending the battle space, providing the ability for longer-range intercepts and defense of larger areas, officials said.

FTM-20 is the 24th successful intercept in 30 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program since flight testing began in 2002. Across all Ballistic Missile Defense System programs, this is the 58th successful hit-to-kill intercept in 73 flight tests since 2001.

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense is the sea-based component of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Aegis BMD engagement capability defeats short- to intermediate-range, unitary and separating, midcourse-phase ballistic missile threats with the SM-3, as well as short-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase with the SM-2 Block IV missile.

The MDA and the Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD program.

FBI Swarms My Neighbors House – Removes Boxes From House

The FBI swarmed in on my neighbors house this morning located in Pahoa, Hawaii.

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I first noticed something was going on when my dogs were barking loudly and I looked out my window and saw FBI Agents with large guns and bullet proof vests surrounding the house.  After the house was secured… they took off most of their clothes stating that they were FBI Agents.

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One of the FBI Agents had a “Battering Ram” and I knew that something was about to go down so I grabbed my iPhone and started to take pictures.

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I called Hawaii News Now Cameraman Darryl Lee and told him what was going on and that he might want to come check things out.

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I asked Sergeant Scott Amaral what the heck was going on and he said he wasn’t able to comment on the matter, however, he assisted me in getting one of the FBI Agents to come out and talk with me for a few minutes.

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They were inside the house for nearly two hours talking to the occupants of the house and then they started removing some boxes with what looked like some files in them.

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I asked the FBI Agent that was sent out to talk to me about what was going on and he said he was not authorized to speak on the matter and gave me a number to the FBI’s media relations on Oahu.  I’ve tried calling the number several times and have left a message asking them to get back to me on the matter.

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They were at the house for nearly two and a half hours before they packed up their stuff and left.  No arrests were made that I could tell of and only some property removed from the house.

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It’s still a mystery to me as to why they were there… but I expect to find out soon enough since I gave an interview to Hawaii News Now.

Annual Governor Focus Luncheon Includes Business Expo

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) invites the community to attend the annual focus luncheon with Governor Neil Abercrombie, sponsored by Bank of Hawaii, H.M.A.A. and Parker Ranch Center , on Wednesday, February 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Gov. Abercrombie speaks at a community meeting

Gov. Abercrombie speaks at a community meeting

Governor Abercrombie will speak on issues of importance to our community, and time permitting, he may answer questions from the floor. This event is timed to coincide with the Legislative session so we may hear his priorities and we can share ours.

In addition, attendees can learn about new and existing KKCC businesses at the Chamber’s annual Business Expo, which precedes and follows the banquet. Times are 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. The Business Expo is free and open to the public.

Admission for the banquet is $40 for KKCC and Rotary members and $50 for non-members. Tables of eight can be reserved. Reservations are required by Thursday, February 21, no refunds afterwards. Secure your seat online at www.kona-kohala.com or phone 329-1758.

 

 

Big Island Police Charge 23-Year-Old Kona Man in Connection With Terroristic Threatening That Put Schools on Lockdown

Big Island police have charged a 23-year-old Kona man in connection with reports of terroristic threatening Monday morning (February 11) in Honokaa.

Lyle Kawika Pascubillo

Lyle Kawika Pascubillo

At 7:00 p.m. Tuesday (February 12), after conferring with prosecutors, Lyle Kawika Pascubillo was charged with two counts of first degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $4,000. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (February 13).

On Monday morning (February 11), Hamakua patrol officers received a complaint from the victim, a 25-year-old Honokaa female, who reported receiving numerous threatening telephone calls and text messages from an unknown source. Text messages received by the victim made reference to the threat of violent actions taking place at Honokaa School and Waimea Elementary School.

Police contacted officials at the two schools and notified them of the reports received. As a precaution, officials at both of the schools placed the campuses in lock down.

Investigation revealed that the suspect was calling from a residence in Kailua-Kona where Kona patrol officers contacted and arrested him. School officials were notified of the arrest of the suspect.

 

Big Island Police Seeking 21-Year-Old Wanted for Questioning in Recent Burglaries

Big Island police request the public’s assistance in locating a 21-year-old Hilo man wanted on outstanding warrants and for questioning in recent burglaries that have occurred in the Kaūmana area.

Kyson Kaleiwahea

Kyson Kaleiwahea

Kyson Kaleiwahea is described as being 5-foot-8,150 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He also has tattoos behind his neck, left leg, and lower back. Kakeiwahea is believed to be in the Kaūmana or Piihonua areas.

Police warn the public of recent burglaries that have occurred in the upper Kaūmana and Piihonua areas. Burglaries have been occurring in the late afternoon and evening hours, involving a male suspect on foot who claims to be looking for a lost puppy when he is confronted by residents in the neighborhood.

Police ask that anyone with information on Kaleiwahea’s whereabouts to 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.

 

FBI Swarms My Neighbors House

The FBI just swarmed my neighbors house with guns drawn and bullet proof vests… they are now doing an investigation and won’t tell me what’ going on.

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