Big Island Police Looking for Man Wanted Caught on Surveilance Tape

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection with a misdemeanor sexual assault investigation.

Have you seen this guy?

Have you seen this guy?

The man’s image was captured on a surveillance camera at a store in Hilo on April 13.

He is described as being between 50 and 60 with a medium build and a long beard that extends to the middle of his stomach. He was wearing khaki pants, a camouflage jacket and a cowboy hat.

Police ask anyone with information on his identity or his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Jesse Kerr at 961-8843 or [email protected].

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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 Identify Man Who Died in Wednesday’s Car Crash

HPDBadgeHawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who died Wednesday (May 14) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 11) in the area of the 13-mile-marker in Mountain View.

He was identified as 69-year-old Hubert F. Silva of Pearl City, Oahu.

UH Hilo Students Want Answers on UHHSA Senate Meeting

Aloha UH Hilo ​A​dministrators,

​We have ​attended​ and/or watched the Youtube video on​  the so called ‘UHHSA Senate meeting’ in Campus Center ​last Friday May 9th ​where Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano announced the unofficial election results.

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We have many questions we would like to address to UH Hilo:

1) Ellen Kusano sent out an email saying:

Please come to an UHHSA Senate meeting tonight, in Campus Center, 2nd floor lobby at 5:30pm.

1a) how could there be an “UHHSA Senate Meeting” when the new UHHSA was supposed to take office on May 1, 2014?

1b) was this an official UHHSA Senate meeting?

2) We were told by Dr. Oaks in an email  (see #2 below) that: Only myself, Mr. Walker, and possibly Interim VC Makuakane-Lundin will have access to the votes. The access we have in VCSA does not allow us to change anything only to view. I will be responsible for communicating the results.

2a) Why were the ​ ‘new election’​ unofficial election results communicated by Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano?

2b) Wasn’t the director of student affairs responsible for the UHHSA ‘new election’ process?

2​c​) We communicated to UH Hilo our concerns of having Ellen Kusano, after the numerous complaints of her mishandling of the first 2014 UHHSA election, involved in the ‘new election.’ Why was she involved in the process?

​2d) Why wasn’t Kelly Oaks or Gail Makuakane-Lundin present when the ‘new election’ unofficial election results were read​?

3) on the UH Hilo website “www.hilo.hawaii.edu/vote as of 7:17pm Friday, May 10th that ‘results will be announced by the Dean of Students’

3a) again, why were the results announced by Campus Center Ellen Kusan​o?​

4) UH Hilo students have yet to receive any information about the 1st UHHSA election​ vote counting process​. Many of us have sent in complaints and questions as to the handling of the 1st election by Ellen Kusano and the UHHSA Election Committee. There has been no response other than the election was ‘nullified.’ Mrs. Kusano said prior to releasing the results said that:

​There were 417 ballots cast in the first election, ​141 invalid ballots (1:45 on youtube video)

She also referenced “We don’t have the number of Senator at Large votes but it was more that it was in the first election.” (video 5:05) ​

Will there be an investigation into the botched election handling? ​

UH Hilo students have yet to receive any information about the 1st UHHSA election. Many of us have sent in complaints and questions as to the handling of the 1st election by Ellen Kusano and the UHHSA Election Committee. There has been no response other than the election was ‘nullified.’

4b​)​Since it is evident that Ellen Kusano and likely that other former election officials have handled the original ballots, we demand that the original ballot results be released to the public; and our previous list of questions regarding the handling of the original ballots be answered.​

5) Ellen Kusano referenced that she will be suggesting that an interim senate come together while the election complaint hearings are being conducted over the next 2 weeks.

5a) Will Mrs. Kusano be acting as faculty adviser once again for UHHSA?​

​6​) We would like to request all available information as to how the 2nd electronic UHHSA election was conducted.

​6a) ​What program was used?

​6b) Is there a paper trail?

​6c) ​What security measures were utilized?

​6d) How can we be assured no questionable activity on behalf of UH Hilo administrators was taking place similar to the first UHHSA election?

We feel like we have been discriminated against and treated unfairly by Ellen Kusano, the UHHSA Election Committee, and UH Hilo. ​We, again, request an investigation into the handling of the first botched election process and for the results of that election. We respectfully request that Campus Center Ellen Kusano not be involved in the organization or structure of UHHSA due to her mishandling of the last election.

Mahalo for addressing our concerns,

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

Glenn Aanstoos          Ryu Kakazu
Josh Boranian             Chantelle Mashreghy
Jarod Campbell           Ardena Saarinen

 

UH Hilo Implementing Interim Policy on Speech and Assembly After Students File Lawsuit

The University of Hawai’i at Hilo is implementing an interim policy on speech and assembly while the university explores permanent changes to the policy.

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“UH Hilo is committed to the free and open exchange of ideas. The interim policy will ensure our students have that right while we continue our review of campus policies,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney.

The review of policies follows a lawsuit filed in federal court by two students, against the University of Hawai’i and four individuals. The students allege various federal claims, mostly relating to First Amendment issues.

Since the filing of the lawsuit, the university and the students, through their respective attorneys, have engaged in productive discussions to resolve the lawsuit, including exploring possible permanent changes to university policy and practices regarding speech and assembly on campus. The university hopes to resolve the lawsuit with the students.

UH Hilo affirms the rights of its students to engage in free speech and other expressive activity guaranteed by the First Amendment. In this spirit, UH Hilo has adopted the interim policy, effective May 15, 2014:

1) UH-Hilo will implement Section 20-13-6 of the Administrative Rules for the University of Hawai‘i and Sections 10 and 11 of the Facilities Use Practice and Procedures, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (July 1995) in a manner to permit student speech and assembly without first having to apply for or obtain permission from the University in all areas generally available to students and the community, defined as open areas, sidewalks, streets, or other similar common areas.

2) UH-Hilo will implement the solicitation policy as set forth in Section 20-13-7 of the Administrative Rules for the University of Hawai‘i and in Section 13 of the Facilities Use Practice and Procedures, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (July 1995) in a manner to permit students to approach others on campus and to distribute non-commercial literature at UH-Hilo in all areas generally available to students and the community.

3) Notwithstanding the above, persons speaking, assembling, and/or distributing material shall not impede the progress of passersby.

4) Notwithstanding the above, no event, speech, demonstration, or other expressive activity on campus shall interfere with or disrupt the educational process or other scheduled activities of the campus or its facilities. This includes the use of any means of amplification that creates a noise or diversion that substantially disrupts the orderly conduct of the campus or classes taking place at that time.

69-Year-Old Man Dies in Two-Vehicle Crash on Hawaii Belt Road

A 69-year-old man died Wednesday (May 14) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) in the area of the 13-mile-marker in Mountain View.

HPDBadgeResponding to a 1:45 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that a 23-year-old Keaʻau man was operating a 1995 Ford pickup truck and traveling south on the highway when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2002 Ford four-door sedan traveling north being operated by the 69-year-old man.

A 64-year-old Mountain View woman who was a passenger in the Ford sedan was also transported to the Hilo Medical Center and confined in stable condition.

The driver of the Ford truck was also admitted in stable condition.

Passengers in the Ford truck, all males, ages 19, 20, 21 and 22, were all treated and released with minor injuries.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

The 69-year-old man was pronounced dead at 3:01 p.m. at Hilo Medical Center.

His name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide, two negligent injuries, no operator’s license and no motor vehicle insurance against the Ford truck driver.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Officer Keith Nacis at 961-8119.

This is the 6th traffic fatality on Hawaiʻi Island this year compared with 13 at this time last year.