Video – Naniloa Resort Faces County, State in Court

The Naniloa Resort faced the County and State of Hawaii in court regarding the conditions of the Naniloa and what has been going on with the bankruptcy proceedings.

The Naniloa Hotel

The Naniloa Hotel

Video courtesy of Big Island Video News:

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Nevada School Shooting Prompts Hawaii Department of Education to Ramp Up School Safety Drills

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this week is ramping up its school safety drills in partnership with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD). Beginning this week, DOE and HPD will conduct safety drills at several high schools on Oahu.
DOE Release
“While these drills were planned for some time, we recognize that the tragedy that took place at a Nevada school this morning reinforces the need for continued diligence in ensuring our schools are prepared for emergency situations,” noted Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We extend heartfelt sympathies to the school community in Nevada and the families who have lost their loved ones.”

In addition to the HPD emergency drill partnership, the DOE conducts annual training for all security personnel with continued research into security best practices and the latest technology. Last year, the DOE’s Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Branch teamed up with HPD to address heightened concerns over active shooters following incidents on mainland school campuses.

“We appreciate the partnership with HPD and thank our school communities for their understanding of upcoming emergency drills at our schools,” stated Matayoshi.

Ocean View Man Charged with Several Drug Offenses

A Kaʻū man has been charged with several drug offenses following the execution of a search warrant on his home last week.

Vice Section officers served the search warrant Thursday (October 17) on a home on Bamboo Lane in Ocean View, where they recovered 113 marijuana plants ranging in height from 6 inches to 3 feet, 22.2 grams of hashish, 1 pound of dried marijuana, 4.5 grams of heroin, eight prescription pills and paraphernalia associated with marijuana distribution and cultivation.

David Klemz

David Klemz

Arrested at the scene were the resident, 58-year-old David Klemz, and two other Ocean View men, 51-year-old Alan Griener and 43-year-old Shanon Sojka.

All three were a taken to the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation .

In addition, Klemz was arrested and charged with promoting prison contraband in connection with an unrelated $10,000 bail grand jury indictment. He was also arrested and charged for a no-bail warrant for revocation of probation.

Greiner was arrested and charged in connection with two unrelated bench warrants for failure to appear in court with bail totaling $450.

Friday afternoon, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Klemz with commercial promotion of marijuana, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting detrimental drugs, promoting harmful drugs and drug paraphernalia. His bail on those offenses was set at $36,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Monday (October 21).

Greiner and Sojka were released on any offenses related to the search warrant pending further investigation.

Deadline Extended – DLNR Plans Lottery for Special Access Feral Cattle Control in Pu‘u ‘O‘o Area of Hilo Restricted Watershed

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will be opening special access to Pu‘u ‘O‘o area of the Hilo Restricted Watershed for the control of feral cattle.

DLNR

Special access will be granted to one hunter group per Saturday beginning Nov. 16, 2013, and running through the end of March 2014.  Hunters will be selected through a random lottery drawing to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at the East Hawaii DOFAW office at 19 E. Kawili St., in Hilo.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.  Originally, the deadline was Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

Applications may be obtained at both the East and West Hawaii DOFAW offices or online at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw.

These actions are pursuant to Hawaii Administrative Rules 13-124-7, Indigenous, Endangered, Threatened, and Injurious Wildlife, and Introduced Wild Birds, and as authorized by Hawaii Revised Statutes; 183-19 Exclusion of Livestock from Forest Reserves, Game Management Areas, and Public Hunting Areas and Title 13, Chapter 123, Unit D, Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting.  Feral pigs and sheep may be hunted as usual.  No dogs are allowed.

Special access will be temporarily granted into the Pu‘u ‘O‘o area of the Hilo Restricted Watershed BY PERMIT ONLY on the following dates:

  • Nov. 16, 23 and 30
  • Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28
  • Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25
  • Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22
  • March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Applications must consist of a minimum of five and maximum of 10 licensed hunters as a group. Applicants may only submit their name on a single application.  Duplicate entries will be discarded.  Results of the random lottery drawing will be made available at both the East and West Hawai‘i DOFAW offices, as well as online at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw.

Selected applicants must confirm acceptance of their assigned hunt period by calling the East Hawai‘i DOFAW office at (808) 974-4221 no later than noon Wednesday preceding their assignment.  Permits will be issued and/or validated at the entrance gate into Pu‘u ‘O‘o near the 22 mile marker along Daniel K. Inouye Highway (formerly Saddle Road) on the Saturday morning of the assigned hunt.  If selected applicants decline or do not call to confirm by the deadline, then a stand-by group will be chosen from the original list of applicants who were not previously selected.  Stand-bys will be notified by phone.  No stand-bys waiting at the gates will be allowed.

Access to the Hilo Restricted Watershed will be provided at Pu‘u ‘O‘o and a 4×4 vehicle is required. ATVs will be allowed on the access roads and parking area.  There will be a bag limit of two cattle of either sex per licensed hunter.

Interested persons wanting additional details regarding the feral cattle control program, application process and/or special accommodations, may contact Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Hilo at (808) 974-4221.

Four More Boys Accuse Farmer of Abuse – Predator Adopted and Fostered Boys in CA and HI

Five of his “sons” now say that he molested them – Victims beg social services, public for help and information – Group runs ad begging “If you saw, suspected or suffered abuse, speak up”

SnapWhat:

Holding photos of themselves at the age they were abused, victims of child sex abuse will:

  • Announce four new child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against a former Hakalau farmer, and
  • Urge social services officials to post and distribute information about Jay Ram, urging social workers to report any information or evidence they may have.

When:

Tuesday, October 22 at 11 am

Where:

Outside of the East Hawaii (Hilo) Office of Child and Family Service, 1045A Kilauea Avenue (at Mohouli) in Hilo (Social workers with the Office of Child and Family Service worked with some of the boys fostered and/or adopted by Jay Ram)

Who:

Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (SNAPnetwork.orgthe nation’s largest support group for men and women who were sexually abused in religious and institutional settings, including a California woman who is the group’s volunteer Western Regional Director

Why:

Four more victims of a former Hakalau farmer are filing lawsuits saying that he sexually abused them after fostering and/or adopting them.

The first victim charged Ram with abuse in March, saying that Ram used him and other boys as “forced child labor” to develop his land and kept them as virtual prisoners on his farm.

Ram, who is also known as Gary Winnick, is also accused of sexually abusing other boys that he fostered and adopted in California and Hawaii. He is believed to be India.

The lawsuits say that Ram used the boys as forced physical labor and that he also sexually abused them. The victims say that Ram threatened them to keep them silent, deprived them of food and refused to let them to engage in regular social activities with their peers out of fear that the boys would report to authorities. Although Ram has been investigated by the police in the past, the victims say that they were threatened with violence and abuse to keep them quiet. The boys were abused between the ages of 8 and 17 during the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s.

Ram was involved in agricultural research with the University of Hawaii, Hilo. http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/cafnrm/research/documents/11TheNeedforFurtherEvaluation-Ram73-81.pdf

Members of SNAP are reaching out to the social services community in Hilo hoping to finding enough evidence to help law enforcement reopen a criminal investigation against Ram. Many of the boys Ram fostered and adopted were under supervision of social workers in Hilo, who may have felt helpless at the time to do anything about allegations of abuse.

The victims in this case was able to come forward and expose Ram in the civil courts because of a landmark new state law that allows all Hawaii victims of child sexual abuse to come forward and seek justice in the courts, no matter when the abuse occurred.

The victims are represented by attorneys Mike Reck (714) 742-6593 mreck@andersonadvocates.com and Mark Gallagher (808) 779-5012 mgallagher@hawaiiantel.net. Copies of the lawsuit and the leaflet will be available at the event.