Census Bureau Hiring Hilo Field Representative

The US Census Bureau is currently recruiting a Part-Time Field Representative in the Hilo area of the Big Island.

Testing and Interview Session will be this Friday at 10:00 AM at the Big Island Workplace Connection off Kinoole Street in Hilo.

Space is limited so call 1-800-992-3529 to reserve a space.
Census Hilo Job

Department of Health Fines Hawaiian Commerical and Sugar Company for Over 400 Violations

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch has issued a Notice and Finding of Violation and Order (NFVO) to Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company (HC&S) for excess emission and reporting violations that occurred from 2009 to 2013 in Puunene, Maui.

Hawaii Sugar Fine

A penalty of $1,335,000 has been assessed for the alleged violations. HC&S may request a hearing to contest the violations within 20 days of receiving the NFVO.

More than 400 violations were documented by DOH’s extensive records reviews of HC&S’s semi-annual reports, deviation letters and additional information submitted by HC&S. A copy of the NFVO, which includes a complete list of the violations, may be viewed at http://health.hawaii.gov/cab/Issued Formal Notices of Violation and Order

Through the air permit process, the DOH ensures companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution impacts on the public. The DOH Clean Air Branch (CAB) protects the people and environment of Hawaii by monitoring air quality and regulating businesses that release pollutants into the air.

The CAB reviews and approves air permits, evaluates and enforces state and federal air standards, conducts inspections, and investigates reported incidents related to outdoor air quality.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary System Task Force Formed

The Public Policy Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa is convening the Medical Marijuana Dispensary System Task Force to develop recommendations for the establishment of a regulated statewide dispensary system for medical marijuana to provide safe and legal access to medical marijuana for qualified patients.

Medical Marijuana

The first meeting was held today, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM in Conference Room 325 of the State Capitol Building.

The task force will submit a report of its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the Legislature no later than 20 days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2015.

For more information, please contact:

Susan M. Chandler, Public Policy Center · 956-4237

Representative Della Au Belatti, House Health Committee Chair · 586-9425

Peter Whiticar, Department of Health · 733-8443

Big Island Police Arrest and Charge Two With Numerous Offenses Following Break-In at Kona Resort

Two men have been arrested and charged with numerous offenses following a break-in at a Kailua-Kona resort.

At 2 a.m. Saturday (June 21) Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a burglary at a resort off Aliʻi Drive near Walua Road. A 33-year-old California man reported that he returned to the resort and discovered that items, including his rental car key, had been removed from his hotel room. The car was gone from the parking lot.

Police investigation led to the identity of two suspects, both who have no permanent address but frequent the Kailua-Kona area.

Sloan Deleon

Sloan Deleon

At 5:45 p.m. Saturday, police arrested the first suspect, 20-year-old Sloan Kalau Deleon, for contempt of court and on a no-bail warrant for violating probation. They took him to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation into the burglary.

Leo Corpuz

Leo Corpuz

At 2 a.m. Sunday, police arrested the second suspect, 27-year-old Leo Isamu Corpuz, who was in possession of the stolen rental car and numerous pieces of mail belonging to other persons. The car’s license plate had been removed and replaced with a stolen license plate. Corpuz was taken to the cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 3 p.m. Monday, Corpuz was charged with burglary, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, six counts of theft, two counts of theft/forgery of a credit card, eight counts of unauthorized possession of personal information, fraudulent use of a motor vehicle license plate and driving without a license. His bail was set at $143,000.

Around the same time, Deleon was charged with burglary, second-degree theft, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail for those offenses was set at $11,000.

Both men are scheduled to make their initial court appearance Tuesday (June 24).

Police urge the public to take the following steps to protect against theft of mail:

  • Use mailboxes with locks.
  • Be familiar with mail pickup and delivery times.
  • Retrieve mail as soon as possible after it is delivered.
  • Place outgoing mail in the box as close as possible to pickup time.
  • Consider renting a Post Office Box.

Police stress that stolen mail can be used for stealing a person’s identity and using it to commit financial crimes that can be devastating for the victims.