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2014 Big Island Film Festival Highlights

The 2014 Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid wrapped up last night.

Here is a video of the pictures I compiled:

[youtube=http://youtu.be/w8wWbsTsbpk]

Mahalo to everyone that came and participated this year!

Puna Man Charged with Escape and Other Offenses

A 37-year-old Puna man has been charged with escape and other offenses after he failed to report to a correctional facility last year as required.

Aaron Nobriga

Aaron Nobriga

Aaron Nobriga of Mountain View was scheduled to report to Hale Nani on November 4, after an extended work furlough, but he never appeared.

On the evening of May 17, an officer located him in a sports-utility vehicle in the Kukui Camp area. Nobriga fled from the officer, smashing into the officer’s car as he drove away.

On the afternoon of May 21, police located Nobriga in a stolen car in Mountain View. He was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 6 p.m. Thursday (May 22) he was charged with escape, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree criminal property damage and second-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $70,000.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Friday (May 23).

Hilo Man Dies in Crash on Puainako Street Extension

A 30-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (May 25) from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash on the Puainako Street extension between the 4 and 5 mile-markers.

Palani Cobb-Adams

Palani Cobb-Adams

The driver was identified as Palani B. Cobb-Adams of Hilo.

Responding to a 4:21 a.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that the man was operating a 1994 Toyota pickup truck and traveling west on the Puainako Street extension when he crossed the centerline and collided with a street sign and embankment.

Fire Rescue personnel took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:21 a.m.

Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Casey Cabral at 961-8889.

This is the 7th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 13 at this time last year.

Big Island Police Charge Man in Connection With Hilo Stabbings at Two Locations

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 28-year-old Hilo man in connection with the stabbing of three individuals in two separate locations in Hilo just after midnight Friday (May 23)

Varaha Mims

Varaha Mims

. At 4 p.m. Saturday (May 24), Vahara Nrsngha Mims was charged with first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal property damage, first-degree burglary and third-degree promoting a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $500,000. He remains in custody at the Hilo police cellblock.

At 12:02 a.m. Friday, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to 168 Keawe Street and found a 28-year-old Pāhoa man and a 27-year-old Hilo woman with stab wounds. A man unknown to them had reportedly stabbed them outside a bar, damaged a car and then fled on foot toward the Wainaku area.

Minutes after police arrived at the scene, they received additional calls reporting a stabbing at a residence on the 300 block of Ohai Street in the Wainaku area. Responding officers found a 49-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. At 7:36 a.m., police located Mims at the home of a Hilo acquaintance and arrested him.

All three victims were initially taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The Pāhoa man is now in serious condition at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. The Hilo man is in stable condition at Hilo Medical Center. The woman was treated for her injuries and released on Friday.

Police ask anyone with information about these cases or anyone who may have witnessed either incident to contact Detective Todd Patarayat 961-2382 or tpataray@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

2nd Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Information

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation invite Hawai‘i’s keiki basketball players to the 2nd Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp that will be held July 21-24 in Hilo.

County of Hawaii

Open to boys and girls 9 to 17 years old, the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp is named in honor of the legendary former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo basketball coach who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years. It will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and the Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts.

Teenage campers will receive personalized instruction from a team of coaches as they practice agility, ball-handling and other drills from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Then, the youth players will showcase their skills by competing in full-court games from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Campers age 9 to 12 years old will receive similar instruction from 9 a.m. until noon. Kids in this younger age group will play four-on-four games between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Early registration is $60 per child. The cost will rise to $70 for players registering after Monday,

July 14. All participants will receive a camp shirt and group photo.

Bill O’Rear, a former Vulcan star and UHH Hall of Fame inductee who coached at the Vulcans school for more than 30 years, is returning as lead clinician. Daphne Honma, Division II coach of the year following her first season at the helm of the Honoka‘a girls basketball program, also will assist.

UHH women’s head basketball coach David Kaneshiro and his staff has graciously agreed to share their basketball expertise during the four-day skill-development camp.

Registration forms are available during normal business hours at the Department’s Recreation Division Office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo and online at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation. Checks should be made payable to the Director of Finance and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

Additional coaches are also welcomed. Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact Darrell Yamamoto, Recreation Specialist, at 938-2012, or dsyamamoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.