Rapper J-Diggs Arrested on Hawaii Warrant, Drug Charges

Washington County Sherriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Jamal David Diggs on a felony warrant out of Hawaii, and for drug and drug-related charges today.

Jamal David Diggs arrested in Washington County, Utah, June 9, 2013 | Booking Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Jamal David Diggs arrested in Washington County, Utah, June 9, 2013 | Booking Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Diggs was booked into Washington County Correctional Facility at 2:16 p.m. after being arrested in Santa Clara. Local offenses underlying the arrest include possession of paraphernalia and marijuana, both class B misdemeanors. Arrest on the Hawaii warrant is a third-degree felony and bond required on that charge is $30,000.

Diggs was initially stopped on a traffic offense, Sheriff’s Det. Nate Abbott said, and the Hawaii warrant came up under the national criminal database as an extraditable warrant. Then the deputies found the paraphernalia and drug offenses.

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Mysterious Object Off Puna Coast Has Residents Wanting Answers

About three days ago, someone reported a strange object off the coast of Puna.  It was reported to me as a strange yellow looking type of buoy.  I finally got a chance to go down and take some pictures of this thing and it has me baffled as to what it could be.

This is where I pulled over and parked... you can just barely see the object in this picture.  (click a couple times to enlarge)

This is where I pulled over and parked… you can just barely see the object in this picture. (click a couple times to enlarge)

I got out of my car and tried to take some pictures with my iPhone of the object but they obviously didn’t turn out very well:

Puna Buoy

I’d say the object was about 200 feet off shore and it was round with some sort of antenna that was about 3 feet tall sticking up from the top of it.

What is this thing?

What is this thing?

Here is where it is located:

Red dot is approximate location

Red dot is approximate location

Anyone have any ideas what it is and/or who put it there?  From what I have heard… it’s been there for at least three weeks now.

UPDATE (I just received the following on Facebook)

Round-ish yellow buoy, antenna, stationary…my guess is a tidal or weather buoy probably belongs to NOAA. There are some similar to your description near here.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mlb/?n=nsbuoys

NSA Whistleblower is Hawaii Resident – Honolulu Civil Beat

“Breaking news this morning on the whistleblower behind the leaks of secret National Security Agency documents.

The revelations that the federal government has been routinely monitoring phone records and Internet use of citizens has been blowing up this past week, sending President Barack Obama and federal officials scrambling to defend such a widespread domestic surveillance operation.

On Sunday, the Guardian newspaper named the source as Edward Snowden, a disclosure the paper says is being done at Snowden’s request.”

More Here:
NSA Whistleblower is Hawaii Resident – Honolulu Civil Beat

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/09/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-interview-video

Two Children, Three Adults Safe After Boat Capsizes Off Kaena Point

Two children and three adults are safe after they were rescued from their capsized vessel off Kaena Point Saturday morning.

capsized boat

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a mayday call over VHF channel 16 at 6:41 a.m. after the 17-foot pleasure craft capsized.  A 45-foot Response Boat Medium crew from Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point were immediately launched to the scene.

The Dolphin crew arrived and found the two children in lifejackets and the three adults not in lifejackets, clinging to the overturned vessel.  A rescue swimmer was lowered to the water and rescued one adult man and the two children.  A vessel that was nearby rescued the two other men.

Sector Honolulu coordinated with the Honolulu Fire Department to setup an incident command post at Dillingham Airfield where emergency medical technicians provided treatment. The response boat crew marked the position of the capsized vessel and the location is being broadcast over VHF Channel 16 to notify mariners of the capsized vessel until it is removed.

“This rescue is a perfect example of why boaters must be sure they have good safety equipment and reliable communications before heading out on the water” said Lt Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu public affairs officer.  “Because this boat had a working VHF radio and properly sized lifejackets for the children, we were able to determine the boat’s location and rescuers were able to save five lives in distress.”

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners ensure they are prepared before heading out on the water. This includes having appropriate safety equipment, checking local weather conditions and ensuring the vessel is seaworthy. For more information on bopating safety visit www.uscgboating.org.

For more information contact Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu public affairs officer at (808) 286-4675 or Lt. Casey Corpe, Air Station Barbers Point public affairs officer at (808) 682-2750.

Ceremony Signals Start of Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) Improvements

On Friday, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation  held a ceremonial ground breaking, attended by boaters and other members of the public,  for the long-awaited Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) Improvements Phase 1 project.

Kahu Keoni Atkinson opening the blessing ceremony. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

Kahu Keoni Atkinson opening the blessing ceremony. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

The ceremony took place this morning at Kawaihae South Small Boat Harbor, in Kawaihae, Hawaii Island. Construction is expected to begin later in June and be completed by April 2014.

The Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) is located adjacent to the Kawaihae Deep Draft Harbor. It 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. The harbor has sat relatively unused since then.

From left to right: William Wilson, President Hawaiian Dredging Construction company Representative Evans Representative Hanohano Kahu Keoni Atkinson Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

From left to right: William Wilson, President Hawaiian Dredging Construction company, Representative Evans, Representative Hanohano, Kahu Keoni Atkinson, Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

This Phase 1 project will include an ADA accessible 435-foot long floating dock, finger pier, moorings, water system, vehicle and trailer parking, a comfort station, and boat wash down area.  The Phase 1 contract cost is $4,496,223.00

The project was delayed over 4-1/2 years while DLNR obtained a Department of Army Permit for in-water construction.

From left to right: Billy Mitchell Cedric Ota, Vice President HDCC Ed Underwood, Administrator, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation Nancy Murphy, Hawaii District Manager, DOBOR Senator Solomon William Aila, Jr., Chairperson DLNR Representative Evans Representative Hanohano William Wilson, President Hawaiian Dredging Construction company Kahu Keoni Atkinson Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

From left to right: Billy Mitchell, Cedric Ota, Vice President HDCC, Ed Underwood, Administrator, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, Nancy Murphy, Hawaii District Manager, DOBOR Senator Solomon, William Aila, Jr., Chairperson DLNR, Representative Evans, Representative Hanohano, William Wilson, President Hawaiian Dredging Construction company, Kahu Keoni Atkinson, Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

This permit was initially submitted to the Army Corps of Engineer’s Regulatory Branch on August 7, 2008, and was subsequently revised to delete the boat ramp and two loading docks, due to issues regarding coral removal and mitigation.

At the request of the federal regulatory agencies and the Army Corps of Engineers, DLNR has completed numerous studies and made revisions to the project design to mitigate damage to corals and impacts to Endangered/listed species. These include three Marine Biological Surveys, a Draft Biological Evaluation Report, draft and final Coral Transplantation Plans, and physical removal and relocation of corals.

From left to right: William Aila, Jr., Chairperson DLNR and Senator Solomon untying the Maile Leis Kahu Keoni Atkinson Lilinoe Atkinson Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

From left to right: William Aila, Jr., Chairperson DLNR and Senator Solomon untying the Maile Leis, Kahu Keoni Atkinson, Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

The Department of Army Permit (Letter of Permission) was finally issued on March 21, 2013. A partial Notice to Proceed for ordering/purchasing of materials was issued on April 9, 2013.

Phase 2 of improvements, still in the design phase, will include construction of a 3,600-foot long paved access roadway and 3,400 feet of new water mains with fire hydrants and service laterals.  Act 106, SLH 2012 appropriated $2,300,000 for this project.