Big Island Couple Arrested for Burglary and Other Offenses in Connection With Several Break-Ins

A Pepeʻekeo man and woman were arrested for burglary and other offenses Monday morning (March 18) in connection with several break-ins during the month of January in the Pepeʻekeo and Nīnole areas.

Shaylyn Araw

Shaylyn Araw

Shaylyn Araw, 21, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, third-degree theft and fourth-degree theft. Her bail was set at $12,750.

Robert Navor

Robert Navor

Robert Navor, 22, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft, second-degree forgery, unauthorized possession of confidential information, third-degree theft and fourth-degree theft. His bail was set at $13,750.

Both were held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance on Wednesday (March 20).

A third individual, 34-year-old Manuel Madrid of Pepeʻekeo, was also arrested Monday on suspicion of hindering prosecution for aiding and sheltering Araw and Navor while they were being sought by police. Madrid was released Monday night pending further investigation.

 

Fewer Children are in Private Schools, More in Charters

Data from several surveys, including the Current Population Survey and American Community Survey, show a decline in private school enrollment over the last decade.

Click to read the report

Click to read the report

The working paper compares trends across datasets and subgroups and explores possible underlying causes of the decline in enrollment, which occurred particularly at larger, religiously affiliated schools in cities and suburbs. Possible causes explored by the paper include the growth in charter schools, home schooling and the recession.

 

Wordless Wednesday – The Coolest Hawaii Cliff Jumping Video You Will Ever See

Check out this video that was uploaded today on YouTube by Devin Super Tramp that already has over 48,000 page views.  It’s one of the coolest Hawaii cliff jumping videos I’ve ever seen!

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Cliff Jumping Hawaii – Proof

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In Shocking Video Testimony, Accused Hawaii Predator Priest Admits to Molesting Dozens in Many States

At a news conference today in Honolulu, attorneys presented  gripping video testimony of predator priest Father Gerald Allen Funcheon admitting the sexual abuse of children during 40 years of assignments in Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, California, on military bases in the United States and Germany and during travels to Spain.

Video of Priest

Priest Father Gerald Allen Funcheon admitting the sexual abuse of children

In the shocking video, the accused predator Funcheon discusses why he wasn’t stopped; explains how he was transferred from assignment to assignment; and how efforts of parents to stop him were thwarted by church and school officials.

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At the news conference attorneys also announced a new lawsuit against Funcheon brought by two additional sexual abuse victims at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu. Funcheon, who worked at Damien Memorial School in the early 1980’s, has been accused of sexual abuse by three Hawaii men and more than two dozen men on the mainland.  Funcheon has been named in several lawsuits in states around the country, including Indiana, Minnesota and California.

 

Governor Abercrombie Statement on the NFL’s Decision to Return Pro Bowl to Hawaii

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today responded to the NFL’s decision to return the Pro Bowl to Hawaii.

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The Governor stated:

“We have kept in close contact with NFL officials, and I am very pleased that the Pro Bowl is returning to Hawaii in 2014. Like thousands of fans, I thoroughly enjoyed the last Pro Bowl game held in January at our Aloha Stadium. Opportunities to reach national and international audiences such as this will help maintain our state’s positive economic momentum, particularly in the visitor industry.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Hawaii Tourism Authority and our partners in working collaboratively with the NFL to ensure the continuation of this valuable Hawaii-NFL partnership and the game’s fourth decade in Hawaii.

“The NFL has recognized that the Pro Bowl is at home in the islands.”

 

April “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” in Hawaii

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today proclaimed the month of April “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” in Hawaii, thereby announcing a month-long distracted driving awareness campaign throughout the state. This is the first time that the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month effort.

Distratcted Driving

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity in which a person engages while operating a motor vehicle. Such activities have the potential to distract the person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.

“As handheld electronic devices continue to become more prevalent, the temptation to use them while driving increases; we all have a stake in this growing problem and we are all part of the solution,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Across the islands, the state is working together with county police departments to increase awareness of distracted driving laws that make our roads and highways safer. As drivers, we must focus our attention on driving; be good examples to children, peers and the entire community; and insist that when riding with others they do the same.”

In April, HDOT will launch a statewide media campaign to raise awareness about distracted driving. A distracted driving public service announcement (PSA) will air on television and in movie theatres. The TV PSA focuses on the distracted driving behavior of texting and asks viewers to “End distracted driving, before it ends you.” There will also be a radio PSA discouraging listeners from driving distracted, especially using a mobile device.

In addition to HDOT’s media campaign efforts, the county police departments will continue to enforce Hawaii’s existing county ordinances prohibiting the use of mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle, which makes it illegal for drivers to text or engage in other hand-held uses of mobile electronic devices such as cell phones, mp3 players, personal digital assistants and navigation devices.

Drivers who use hand-held devices, such as cell phones, mp3 players, personal digital assistants, and navigation devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others. In 2010, there were 3,092 people killed nationwide in crashes involving a distracted driver. Additionally, an estimated 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

“We are focusing on changing the behaviors of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education – the same activities that have curbed impaired driving and increased seat belt use,” HDOT Director Glenn Okimoto said. “Our goal is to help drivers understand that texting, cell phone use, and other distractions behind the wheel can have dangerous consequences.”

During 2012, Hawaii’s county police departments issued 20,905 distracted driving citations statewide, which indicates that distracted driving is pervasive. According to the state Department of Health’s 2007-2012 Injuries in Hawaii report, “Inattentive/ Distracted Driver” was a contributing factor for 24, or 8 percent, of the 288 drivers involved in fatal traffic crashes from 2007-2010.

 

DLNR Holds Statewide Public Hearings on Proposed Rule Amendments Relating to Wildlife

Between March 27 and April 5, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold statewide public hearings to receive testimony on proposed amendments to Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 13, Subtitle 5, Part 2, Chapter 124, “Indigenous Wildlife, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, and Introduced Wild Birds.”

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The primary purpose of the proposed amendments is to prohibit and deter the transport and release of introduced wildlife. Introduced species can impact Hawaii’s ecosystems and economy by introducing harmful predation and competition to indigenous species, damaging watersheds, spreading pathogens and diseases, and harming agriculture.

“The movement of live, introduced wildlife poses direct threats to our native ecosystems, and the proposed amendments will help prevent harm to our natural resources and economy,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

The purpose of the public hearings is to collect public testimony on the proposed amendments, such as suggestions for clarifications, improvements or modifications. DLNR encourages the public to provide testimony by either attending hearings or submitting written testimony. The public hearings are scheduled as follows:

Date:                Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Island of Hawaii (Hilo)
Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Conference Room,
19 East Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720

Date:                Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Island of Hawaii (Kona)
West Hawaii Civic Center, Community Meeting Hale, Building G,
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Building B, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Date:                Monday, April 1, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Maui
Lihikai Elementary School Cafeteria,
335 S. Papa Ave., Kahului, Maui, HI 96732

Date:                Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Time:               5 p.m.
Place:               Lanai
Lanai High and Elementary School Cafeteria,
555 Fraser Ave., Lanai City, HI 96763

Date:                Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Time:               5 p.m.
Place:               Molokai
Mitchell Pauole Community Center Hall,
90 Ainoa St., Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748

Date:                Thursday, April 4, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Oahu
Kalanimoku Building, Room 132,
1151 Punchbowl St., Honolulu, HI, 96813

Date:                Friday, April 5, 2013
Time:               6 p.m.
Place:               Kauai
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria,
4431 Nuhou St., Lihue, HI  96766

The public may submit written testimony within 15 days following the close of the last public hearing by mailing written testimony to: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 325, Honolulu, HI 96813, attention Lauren Goodmiller.

The public can review the proposed amendments at:

http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/about-dlnr/rules/

http://ltgov.hawaii.gov/the-office/administrative-rules/

For more information, the public may contact Lauren Goodmiller at (808)587-0028 or Lauren.E.Goodmiller@hawaii.gov

 

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Waikoloa Boy Last Seen in February

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old boy who was reported missing.

Matthew Campbell

Matthew Campbell

Matthew Campbell was last seen at his Waikoloa home on February 22. He may be in Kona, Hāmākua, South Kohala or Puna.

He is described as 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Robert Sakata at 326-4646, extension 276.

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 Police Searching for Kona Man Wanted for Questioning in Connection With a Sexual Assault

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 22-year-old Kona man wanted for questioning in connection with a sexual assault.

William John Johnson

William John Johnson

William John Johnson, who has no permanent address, is also wanted on a $10,000 bench warrant in an unrelated case. He may be in Kona or Waipio. He is described as 5-foot-9, 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

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 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.