Update on Nanawale Estate Fatal Shooting

After conferring with prosecutors, Hawaiʻi Island police detectives have charged a 43-year-old Puna man in connection with a fatal shooting Monday (May 20) in the Nānāwale Estates subdivision.

HPDBadgeSeon Keoni Aki of Nānāwale Estates was charged at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 22) with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, ownership prohibited (firearm), ownership prohibited (ammunition), place to keep a firearm and first-degree terroristic threatening. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $370,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (May 23).

Also Wednesday, an autopsy determined that the victim, 40-year-old Mateo D. Balinbin Jr. of Nānāwale Estates, died from an injury to the brain from a gunshot wound. The death was ruled a homicide.

Governor Abercrombie Releases $48.3 Million for Public Housing Statewide

Continuing to invest in capital improvement projects (CIPs) that improve state facilities and infrastructure while strengthening Hawaii’s economic and employment environment, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $48.3 for public housing CIPs across the state.

“These investments will have long-term benefits, providing homes for island families while further stimulating our economy and generating local jobs,” Gov. Abercrombie said.

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:

  • $25,822,000 – Lump Sum Non-Routine Repair, Maintenance, Improvements and Renovations, statewide – Planning, design, equipment and construction for public housing program site improvements
  • $10,000,000 – ADA Compliance for Various State and Federal Projects, statewide – Planning, design and construction to comply with the ADA for various state and federal public housing projects; among the various housing projects are: Hale Aloha O Puna (Keaau), Pahala Homes (East Hawaii), Pomaikai (Hilo), Koolau Village (Kaneohe), Hale Hookipa (Kahaluu), and various facilities on Kauai
  • $7,500,000 – Lanakila Homes, Hawaii Island – Construction for renovation of existing buildings at this public housing complex in Hilo that was originally developed in 1962; currently, it consists of 148 units built since 2000 and 62 original units built in 1962 (The 62 units are boarded up and abandoned, and the project will replace the existing buildings to allow the units to be rented to qualifying families)
  • $5,000,000 – Hale Laulima, Oahu – Design and construction for modernization, roof replacement, and termite damage repair at this 36-unit public housing project in Pearl City, built in 1981

Quarantine Issued on Movement of Bulls in Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Animal Industry Division today issued a quarantine order that requires testing of all beef and dairy bulls for Bovine Trichomoniasis prior to entry into the state and before movement between herds within the state. Bovine Trichomoniasis (Trichomoniasis) is a serious contagious reproductive disease of cattle that can cause significant production losses and economic harm to affected herds. It is a disease of cattle only that is spread during breeding and does not affect humans or the safety of beef.

Click to read quarantine statement

Click to read quarantine statement

The quarantine order requires that all herd owners in Hawaii have their bulls tested with a negative result for Trichomoniasis prior to being sold, acquired or moved. The order also requires that bulls 12 months of age or older shall enter Hawaii with a negative test result for Trichomoniasis that was conducted within 30 days of arrival in Hawaii. In addition, bulls for entry shall not have contact with female cattle after testing and prior to arrival in Hawaii.

Trichomoniasis was detected in bulls in the Kau district of Hawaii Island in 2011, triggering area testing of exposed herds, slaughter surveillance testing and testing by private veterinarians in 2011 and 2012. Ten infected herds have been detected – nine on the Hawaii Island (Kau, North Hilo and Kohala districts) and one on Oahu (Makakilo). All of the infected herds have association or had contact with the Kau or Kohala
infected herds.

Infected herds were issued individual quarantine orders by the State Veterinarian, and herd clean-up plans were instituted. There has been no spread from infected herds since the individual quarantine orders were placed. One herd has been released from quarantine and remains negative for the disease. Four herds achieved one negative test round on all bulls, have been retested and are being evaluated for quarantine release. The four remaining herds continue to test positive and are continuing testing programs, with removal of positive bulls along with other control measures aimed at eliminating infection.

This statewide quarantine order is being put in place to safeguard non-infected herds and areas of the state while administrative rules are being amended to have more long-term measures put in place to prevent, control and eradicate Trichomoniasis in cattle. The department’s and cattle producers’ experiences with the protracted nature of this disease and the cost to clean up infections in herds warrants this statewide effort by all cattle owners to prevent Trichomoniasis from spreading.

Trichomoniasis is found in many areas of the United States and is an economically important venereal disease of cattle because it can reduce a calf production due to a large number of cows that can abort or reabsorb their pregnancy when they get infected.  Thirty to 70 percent of cows or heifers bred to infected bulls can lose their pregnancy several months after conception.

It has not been determined how the disease got to Hawaii; however, the disease is found in many states on the U.S. Mainland where Hawaii cattle producers purchase cattle.


Big Island Police Searching for Puna Man Wanted in Connection with Drugs and Theft

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 51-year-old Puna man wanted on a $40,000 bench warrant in connection with drug charges.

Arthur Clayton

Arthur Clayton

Arthur Clayton of Keaʻau is also wanted for questioning in connection with a theft investigation. He is described as 5-foot-5, 180 pounds with brown eyes and a bald or shaved head. He has a tattoo of a lion on his right shoulder.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer John Talich at 965-2716.

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.

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