3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Pahala Tonight

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Pahala area of the Big Island around 5:42 Hawaii time:

31 Pahala3No tsunami was generated from this event.

FBI Combing My Area Looking for Terrorist Daniel Andreas San Diego

The FBI has been combing my area of the Big Island (Puna District) looking for terrorist Daniel Andreas San Diego.

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If anyone in the Puna District is harboring him… I suggest you turn him in.  See the Wikipedia entry below for more information about him.

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From Wikipedia:

Daniel Andreas San Diego (born February 9, 1978) is the first Revolutionary American environmentalist added to the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list. He is a straight edge vegan and animal liberationist who has an alleged association with the Animal Liberation Brigade cell responsible for two bombings in 2003. He is believed to have ties to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.

Background

San Diego was born in 1978 in Berkeley, California and grew up in San Rafael, California. He attended Terra Linda High School. He took classes at College of Marin and worked at San Rafael High School’s radio station, KSRH, listening to heavy metal and rock music. As a young man he gave up drugs, alcohol, meat, and milk products, taking an interest in the straight edge movement and becoming vegan.

At the time of the bombings he lived in Schellville, California, a small community outside of Sonoma, where he worked as a computer specialist. His landlord described him as “very nice and personable,” mentioned his claim to be starting a new business venture of vegan marshmallows made without gelatin, and said that he had never given the impression of holding radical views on animal rights. The FBI claims this was all an act.

San Diego is described as having ties to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) as a well-known San Francisco Bay Area animal rights activist. SHAC is an international campaign set up to close down Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that performs drug and chemical research experiments on animals.[7] Before the related bombings SHAC targeted HLS customer Chiron and its employees with a series of actions, accusing them of being “puppy killers.”

Animal Liberation Brigade

On August 28, 2003, two sophisticated homemade bombs exploded approximately one hour apart, at the Chiron Corporation in Emeryville, California, causing minor property damage but no injuries.The FBI believes the second bomb was timed to target first responders.  Another bomb, wrapped with nails to produce shrapnel, exploded on September 26, 2003 at the Shaklee Corporation in Pleasanton, California, again causing damage but no casualties.  The bombs used ammonium nitrate explosives and mechanical timers.

A group called the Revolutionary Cells – Animal Liberation Brigade claimed responsibility via an email message after each bombing. FBI agents admit that they cannot prove San Diego has ties to the emails, but believe he has ties to the group that sent them. The bombing targets were chosen because they were both clients of Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Disappearance

The agency had San Diego under 24 hour surveillance in 2003.However, he discovered that he was being watched. On October 6, 2003 he parked his car in downtown San Francisco, California, walked away, and never returned.

Most Wanted

San Diego was profiled on America’s Most Wanted six times after his disappearance. In April, 2009, he became the first domestic terrorism suspect to be added to the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List.This sparked a global search for him in Germany, Britain, Costa Rica, France, Spain, Denmark, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Argentina, the Philippines, and Chile. The FBI believes he could be in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.

Because of his many years on the run, authorities believe that San Diego may be excessively secretive and vague about details of his life. He may also use prepaid cellphone cards and other means in order to further hide his identity. A reward of $250,000 has been offered by officials for information leading to his arrest, five times that of other animal rights activists.

Honoka’a Man Arrested for Theft From Tourist’s Rental Car

A Honokaʻa man is in police custody in connection with a theft from a tourist’s rental car.

Just after 1 p.m. Monday (March 10), a 58-year-old visitor from Henryville, Indiana, reported that as he was returning to his unlocked rental car parked near a shopping center in Honokaʻa, he saw a man leaning in through the passenger door, removing cash from the console and fleeing on foot.

Jovin Baba Batalona

Jovin Baba Batalona

About 15 minutes later, police located the suspect, identified as Jovin Baba Batalona. He was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 2:05 p.m. Tuesday (March 11), Batalona was charged with unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and third-degree theft. His bail was set at $11,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (March 12).

Former Hawaii Superferry to Serve US Navy in Western Pacific

The Hawaii Superferry when it was harbored in Honolulu

The Hawaii Superferry when it was harbored in Honolulu

According to Defense News one of the former Hawaii superferries will be put into service in the Western Pacific:

Q. What is the rationale for counting Joint High-Speed Vessels (JHSVs)?

A. JHSVs would be a support ship. An important connector. In peacetime, they’re going to be operating forward supporting Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and riverine forces; theater cooperation forces such as the Seabees, point-to-point transportation of Marine Corps and Army forces. And in wartime they will be doing inter-theater transport.

I think of them as the LST [landing ship tank] of the total force battle network. Very shallow draft, can go into these austere ports and offload capability in support of the battle force. They will be very, very useful.

The [two recently-acquired] Hawaii Superferries [known as high-speed vessels, or HSVs] will not count. They do not have the capabilities of the JHSV, all they have are airline seats and you can put stuff on them. The JHSVs are specifically designed to support a company combat team. There are 104 racks, 312 airline bunks. They’re designed to transport an intact company combat team.

We will debate whether the HSVs should count as part of the high-speed vessel force that will be operating. But the JHSV and the HSV are not interchangeable.

So the universe of things we’re debating right now is how you count the PCs, the mine warfare vessels, the hospital ships and the Hawaii Superferries. The rest of the force will probably stay.

[NOTE: One of those Hawaii Superferries is being put into service in the Western Pacific to support Japan-based Marines, replacing a ship named WestPac Express. The Navy now has decided that the replacement ferry will count toward the battle force.]

You can read the full article here:  New US Navy Counting Rules Add Up To More Ships

 

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Hilo Girl Reported Missing AGAIN

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing (AGAIN).

Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones

Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones

Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones was last seen in Hilo on February 26. She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 130 pounds with green eyes and long brown hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police to Have Community Meeting in Kaʻū

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting at noon on Tuesday, March 18, at the Naʻalehu Community Center.
HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Kaʻū District.

The Kaʻū event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Hawaiʻi Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, it is requested that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the Kaʻū District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may call Captain Burt Shimabukuro at 939-2520, stop by the Kaʻū police station in Nāʻālehu or e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

HI-PAL Elementary and Intermediate School Championship Results

The HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Elementary and Intermediate School Championships were held this past weekend, March 8-9, at Carvalho Park in Hilo.

The Waiākea Titans finished the tournament with a 4-0 record to claim the Elementary Division championship for 4th through 6th graders.

The Titans

The Titans

Members of the Titans include Davin Amar Jr, Kiaʻi Apele, Makana Credo, Kawai Kiko, Shesley Martinez, Guyson Ogata, Chance Simeona, Cole Shiroma and Braedy Yamada.

The Hilo Spartans defeated the Hilo Jr. Vikings 28-20 to take the Intermediate Division championship for 7th and 8th graders.

The Spartans

The Spartans

Members of the Spartans include Kaukahi Alameda, Caleb Cabison, Derik Canion, Dan Gallego, Alex Hernandez, Simon Lafita, Holden Paiva, Camren Statler-Ellamar, Jamell Thompson and Jolim Vergara.

In the Intermediate Girls Division, Kamehameha upended Waiākea 27-17 to win the title.

Kamehameha

Kamehameha

Members of Kamehameha include Trinity Alameda, Naveah Fukui-Stoos, Makenzie Kalawaia, Jaslin Kamaka-Mauhili, Jordan Mantz, Dominique Pacheco, Jasmine Pakele, Camille Poe, Hera Salmeron, Taylor Sullivan and Meghan Wong.

“The Hawaiʻi Police Department encourages all children and adults to use your seat belts at all times,” said Officer Nelson Acob. “We want everyone to be protected in the unlikely event of a car accident.”

For additional information on any Click It or Ticket or HI-PAL event, please call Lieutenant Horio at 961-8121 or Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, extension 258.

Big Island Police Investigating Human Remains Found in South Kohala

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with human remains found in South Kohala.

HPDBadgeAt approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday (March 10) detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section located human remains on vacant land between Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and Puakō Beach Drive.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death and the identity of the deceased.