Big Island Police Charge Hilo Man Who Was Wanted in Connection With Robbery of Taxi Driver

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested and charged 31-year-old Bernard K. Antoque, who was wanted in connection with the robbery of a taxi driver in Hilo.

Bernard K. Antoque

Bernard K. Antoque

Antoque, who has no permanent address, was arrested Thursday evening (April 11) on suspicion of robbery and held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 3:40 p.m. Friday (April 12), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged him with first-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree theft and fourth-degree theft. His bail was set at $37,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance on Monday (April 15).

On April 6, at 10:07 a.m., police received a report from a 59-year-old taxi driver that after he picked up a fare in the Banyan Drive area, he transported him to the Mountain View area in Puna. The fare claimed he did not have money to pay for the ride and asked to be taken to another location. After the driver refused, the fare assaulted and threatened the driver and took the driver’s bag containing cash. The driver forced the fare out of the cab and drove to Keaʻau to report the robbery to police.

The victim was initially treated by Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics. He was later treated at Hilo Medical Center for minor injuries and released.

 

Kona Man Charged With Several Offenses in Connection to a Burglary in Kailua-Kona

A 23-year-old Kona man has been charged with several offenses in connection with a burglary on Queen Kalama Avenue in Kailua-Kona on April 5.

Tonino Benson

Tonino Benson

Tonino Benson of Kailua-Kona was arrested Wednesday (April 10) on suspicion of burglary. He was also arrested and charged with failure to appear in court and failure to return a rental vehicle in cases unrelated to the burglary. His bail for those offenses was $1,300. He appeared in court on Thursday for those charges and then was returned to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the burglary investigation.

At 2:45 p.m. Friday (April 12) Benson was charged with burglary, theft, attempted theft and forgery. His bail on those charges was set at $11,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his court appearance Monday (April 15) for the charges related to the burglary.

 

Funds Released for Kohala and Waimea Capital Improvement Projects

Funding for projects at Kohala Hospital and Ke Kumu Ekolu have been released by Governor Neil Abercrombie.

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Kohala Hospital will receive $2.2M for renovations and upgrades and Ke Kumu Ekolu will be receiving $1.2M for construction costs that will go toward roofing and interior repair.

“Mahalo Governor Abercrombie for releasing the funding for these two very important projects in my district,” said Senator Malama Solomon (District 4, Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona).   “Not only will the funding provide much needed repairs, it will also stimulate our economy and create jobs.”

Ke Kumu Ekolu is an affordable rental unit located in Waimea.

Kohala Hospital opened its doors in 1917 and is located in Kapaau.

The Abercrombie Administration is dedicated to accelerating Hawaii’s economic recovery through a broad-ranged series of capital improvement actions called the New Day Work Projects.

 

 

Additional Funding Released for Lanakila Homes Renovations

Senator Gilbert Kahele (District 1, Hilo) is pleased to announce that Governor Neil Abercrombie has released $7.5M for Lanakila Homes.  These funds will go towards renovations of the existing structures and buildings that are in urgent need of repair and maintenance.

Senator Gilbert Kahele discusses the future of Lanakila Homes with Gov. Abercrombie back in June 21, 2012.  Photo Courtesy of Sen. Kahele's Office

Senator Gilbert Kahele discusses the future of Lanakila Homes with Gov. Abercrombie back in June 21, 2012. Photo Courtesy of Sen. Kahele’s Office

“Appropriating the proper funds and financial support for Lanakila Homes has always been one of my top priorities,” said Senator Kahele, “I am glad that the Governor has released CIP funds specifically to address and improve the critical conditions at Lanakila Homes and finally assist those in need with decent and affordable housing.”

Lanakila Homes have sat vacant in decrepit conditions for years.   Once the project is completed, it is expected to serve as public housing for families in need.

The Abercrombie Administration is dedicated to accelerating Hawaii’s economic recovery through a broad-ranged series of capital improvement actions called the New Day Work Projects.

 

 

Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) Phase I Improvements to Begin

Work will soon begin at the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor.  The Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, has issued a letter of permission authorizing the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Boating and Outdoor Recreation (DOBOR) to begin work on the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) Phase I Improvements.

Me in front of an LCAC at the Kawaihae Harbor

Me in front of an LCAC at the Kawaihae Harbor

The Phase I project has been delayed for over 4-1/2 years due to environmental disputes concerning the potential impact to coral and listed species in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At the request of the Federal regulatory agencies and the Army Corps of Engineers, DOBOR has completed numerous studies and has made revisions to the project design to mitigate damage to corals and impacts to ESA listed species. The Department of Army Permit (Letter of Permission) was finally issued on March 21, 2013.

“I am pleased that we will now be moving forward with the much needed improvements to the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South),” said Senator Malama Solomon, who represents District 4, encompassing Hilo, Hāmākua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa and Kona. “These improvements have been long-awaited by the North Hawaiʻi community and will greatly enhance the safety and capacity of our harbor.”

The project will include an eight foot wide 445-foot long floating dock held in place by 17 concrete piles, each 16-½ inches in diameter.  In addition to the floating dock, a 47 foot long access ramp, gangway and 25 morning buoys which will provide 25 berthing stalls for light draft vessels to “Tahiti moor” to the floating dock, will be incorporated in the construction.

Groundbreaking for the Phase I project is expected to take place in June of 2013.

Background

The Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) was dredged in the 1970s and the breakwater structures were completed in the late 1990s by the Army Corps of Engineers for use as a small boat harbor (Federal Light Draft Navigational Improvement Project).