Missing Dog in HPP Area – Have You Seen “Bella”?

UPDATE: Dog was found… Mahalo to everyone for taking the time to reunite dog w/ her ohana.

UPDATE:  Mahalo to Starr Y. for contacting me and hopefully this is the dog that was turned into the Hawaii Humane Society earlier today.

My friends dog is missing and he posted the following on Facebook:

Missing in HPP area! Her name is Bella! Super friendly!

"Bella" was last seen sometime today in the HPP area.

“Bella” was last seen sometime today in the HPP area.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have seen this dog and I can relay it to him.

Man Dies After Butane Honey Oil Lab Explosion in Puna a Few Days Ago

The 30-year-old Keaʻau man injured in the butane honey oil lab explosion, passed away at Straub Medical Center on Oahu today after being in a medically induced coma for the last few days.

HPDBadgeThe 28-year-old Puna woman who was arrested in connection with a drug-related explosion has been released from police custody.

I’m withholding identification of man until it has been publicly released.

UPDATE:
A 30-year-old Keaʻau man injured last week in a butane honey oil lab explosion in Puna has died from his injuries.

The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family, was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m. Thursday (January 2) at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu.

The December 28 blast on 17th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision also knocked out windows, melted plumbing fixtures and blew the doors off cabinets. At the scene, police found evidence of a lab used to manufacture butane honey oil, a marijuana byproduct.

To prevent future tragedies, police urge the public to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 if they know of any clandestine drug lab.

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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My 2013 Year in Review

Well 2013 was another interesting year.

Some quick site stats:

  • In 2013, 817,155 people visited this site with the most being in the month of November with 114,001 people visiting it:
  • The average amount of people that visited this site each day was 2,239 with the most average amount also being in November with 3,800 people per day:

    2013 Site Stats

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2013 Average per day

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I appreciate all my sponsors, family, friends and readers that have given me the opportunity to do some of the things I’ve gotten to do in the past year.

Andrew and I

Vincent, Mayor Kenoi and Kate at the Big Island Film Festival

Vincent, Mayor Kenoi and Kate at the Big Island Film Festival

  • May was also the month that one of my best friends from when I was younger decided to have his bachelor party in Las Vegas.  Besides going go-karting, attending the Last Cowboy Standing Rodeo Competition, hitting comedy clubs up and just partying in general… well I also jumped off the Stratosphere!

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Pierre Omidyar and Arianna Huffington at Imiloa Astronomy Center announcing the beginning of HuffPost Hawaii.

Pierre Omidyar and Arianna Huffington at Imiloa Astronomy Center announcing the beginning of HuffPost Hawaii.

Family members of the Body Glove International Company

Family members of the Body Glove International Company

Billy Meistrell (2nd generation Owner and Co-Founder of Body Glove), Russ Lesser (President), Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

Billy Meistrell (2nd generation Owner and Co-Founder of Body Glove), Russ Lesser (President), Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

My Uncle and Aunt on the back end of the USS Lake Erie.

My Uncle and Aunt on the back end of the USS Lake Erie.

  • And at the end of 2013, I got to spend time in Ko Olina while my uncle and aunt renewed their 50th wedding vows:

James Tucker Ohana

Update on the Puna Drug Lab Explosion

The 28-year-old Puna woman who was arrested in connection with a drug-related explosion has been released from police custody. Savannah Maloof of Keaʻau was released at noon on Tuesday (December 31) pending further investigation of possible drug charges.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Keaʻau man injured in the butane honey oil lab explosion remains at Straub Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition with second-degree burns.

The blast also knocked out windows, melted plumbing fixtures and blew the doors off cabinets. At the scene, police found evidence of a lab used to manufacture butane honey oil, a marijuana byproduct.

Butane honey oil. (Wikipedia Photo)

Butane honey oil. (Wikipedia Photo)

Area I Vice Lieutenant Mark Farias said butane honey oil labs are becoming more prevalent on Hawaiʻi Island, as they are across the country.

“If you know about any butane honey oil labs on our island, we urge you to notify police immediately,” Farias said. “These labs are extremely volatile and can have tragic consequences for knowing participants as well as innocent victims.”

Anyone with information about any butane honey oil lab is asked to 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.

Big Island Police Arrest Hilo Man for Property Crimes in the Pana’ewa House and Farm Lots Area

Hawaiʻi Island police arrested and charged a Hilo man for several property crimes in the Panaʻewa House and Farm Lots area.

Kody Ono

Kody Ono

On Monday (December 30), 22-year-old Kody Ono was initially arrested for the theft of a cellular phone that was taken during a December 5 burglary on Makalika Street. Through their investigation, South Hilo Patrol officers later determined that Ono had sold several pieces of silverware that had been taken from an Awapuhi Street home on December 8. The total value of the stolen property was estimated to be $455.

Police charged Ono on Tuesday evening (December 31) with burglary and two counts of theft. His bail was set at $36,000. He was held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon (January 2).

Hawaii County Plastic Bag Ordinance Transition Period Ends January 17, 2014

The one-year transition period specified in the Hawai‘i County Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance ends January 17, 2014. After that date, businesses on Hawai‘i Island shall not provide plastic checkout bags to their customers. The purpose of the ordinance is to reduce the usage of single-use plastic bags by prohibiting their distribution at store checkouts and encouraging the usage of reusable bags.
Bring your bags

Many stores are choosing to stop using plastic bags and are already encouraging customers to bring their own reusable bags. One high quality reusable bag can replace hundreds of single-use plastic bags over its lifetime. In the long term, the cost of a reusable bag can be lower than the cost of the single-use plastic bags it replaces.

The ordinance exempts plastic bags without handles that are used for retail items such as meat, produce, bulk food items, garments, and prescription drugs. It also exempts non-profit organizations and non-incorporated community booster organizations. Paper bags are still permitted under the ordinance.

If a business violates the ordinance, a warning letter will be issued. A second violation will result in a civil fine of $250 per day. The third violation will result in a civil fine of $500 per day and subsequent violations will result in civil fines of $1,000 per day.

Environmental problems posed by plastic bags warrant the implementation of this type of law and it is consistent with the County’s General Plan, which implores the County to “take positive action to further maintain the quality of the environment.” It is an important milestone on the County’s path toward Zero Waste, a commitment to protecting our island.

Hawai‘i County residents join 54% of the world’s population who live in an area that has plastic bag bans or fees to reduce plastic pollution. All Hawai‘i counties have passed plastic bag reduction ordinances, joining a growing list of cities, counties, and nations around the world taking similar initiatives including 28 entire countries.

For more information, please visit HawaiiZeroWaste.com where the ordinance, rules, and outreach materials can be viewed and downloaded. For questions and additional information about the new ordinance, please contact the Department of Environmental Management at bring-ur-bag@hawaiicounty.gov or (808) 961-8942.

Volunteers Sought for Stewardship at the Summit

Resolve to protect Hawai‘i’s fragile ecosystem from invasive, non-native species by volunteering for “Stewardship at the Summit” programs throughout 2014.

Park volunteer and Stewardship at the Summit project leader Paul Field shows an endemic kōlea plant freed from a thicket of invasive ginger. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

Park volunteer and Stewardship at the Summit project leader Paul Field shows an endemic kōlea plant freed from a thicket of invasive ginger. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

Stewardship at the Summit begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. The dates from January through March are: Jan. 3, 10, 20, 18, and 24; Feb. 1, 7, 14, 21, and 28; and March 7, 14, 22, and 26.

Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 9 a.m. on any of the above dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, garden gloves, day pack, snacks and water. Tools will be provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply.

There is no entrance fee on Mon., Jan. 20. The park honors Martin Luther King Day by participating in the National Day of Service with a special Stewardship at the Summit program,
9 a.m. to noon.

Park volunteers have restored more than five acres of native Hawaiian rainforest since re-invigorating the program last year, said volunteer Paul Field. Countless Himalayan ginger, faya, strawberry guava, and other invasive, non-native plants that threaten the native understory near the summit of Kīlauea volcano have been removed. In their place, once-shaded ‘ama‘u and hāpu‘u tree ferns have re-emerged, and pa‘iniu, kāwa‘u, and other vital, native plants are starting to return to these stewardship plots.

“There is no way we could be making these gains against the invasives without our community,” said Kūpono McDaniel, volunteer coordinator at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. “It is so fun to see everyone out there having a good time meeting new friends and making a very noticeable difference on the ground.  These amazing philanthropists understand that time spent serving their public lands is a service to all,” McDaniel said.

Kona Man Busted Again – Police Seeking Second Suspect

A Kona man has been charged AGAIN with several offenses following a shoplifting incident in Kona on Monday (December 30).

Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Kona patrol officers responded to report of a shoplifting at a store on the 74-5000 block of Kamakaeha Avenue in Kailua-Kona. Two men who appeared to be together had reportedly stolen items from the store. One exited through a rear door with the stolen items and fled on foot into the brush. Another exited through a front door and got into a black Honda Civic.
Jesse Travis Ralston
Responding officers attempted to stop the car in the parking lot but the driver refused to stop. Police followed the car to the intersection of Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and Kealakehe Parkway, where the driver exited the Honda and ran away. Following a short foot pursuit, officers arrested 23-year-old Jesse Travis Ralston of Kailua-Kona.

Jesse Travis Ralston

Previous Mugshot

Police determined that the car had fraudulent license plates and had been reported stolen from a home in Kailua View Estates between December 10 and December 11. Additionally, Ralston was in possession of crystal methamphetamine. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section and Area II Vice Section continued the investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant on bags inside the car and found additional crystal meth inside, along with drug paraphernalia.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday (December 31), Ralston was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, failure to obey a police officer, reckless driving, resisting arrest, fraudulent use of a license plate, possessing drug paraphernalia, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and three counts of violating terms of probation. His bail was set at $119,000. He remained in the cellblock pending his initial court appearance Thursday (January 2).

The other suspect was not located.

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