Puna Man Charged in Kidnapping Incident

The Hawaiʻi Island Police Department has charged a 42-year-old Puna man in connection with a domestic violence related kidnapping incident.

Timothy Wayne Torres

Timothy Wayne Torres was arrested by patrol officers on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2018, at 2:15 p.m., in Puna and later charged by detectives with two misdemeanor and one felony abuse of a family or household member, kidnapping and first degree terroristic threatening in connection with an incident reported on Saturday, January 20.

Torres is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $55,000 bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court scheduled for this afternoon, Monday, Feb. 5.

Anyone who may have any information about this incident is asked to call Detective Matthew Kaaihue of the Juvenile Aid Section at (808) 961-8883 or Matthew.Kaaihue@hawaiicounty.gov.

UPDATE: Strong Thunderstorm to Affect Parts of Big Island

UPDATE: Feb. 5, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has just issued a report about a strong thunderstorm that will affect Hawai‘i County.

At 3:41 p.m., a strong thunderstorm was located between Honoka‘a and Waimea—about 33 miles northwest of Hilo. This storm was moving northeast at 25 mph.

Wind gusts up to 50 mph and dime size hail are possible with this storm.

Locations that may be affected by this storm include Honoka‘a and Pa‘auilo.

ORIGINAL POST, Feb. 5, 2018, 3:17 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has just issued a Flood Advisory for Hawai‘i County until 6:15 p.m. HST.

At 3:09 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain near Pu‘uanahulu. Rain was falling at a rate of up to 3 inches per hour.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Pololu Valley, Kohala Ranch, Pu‘uanahulu, Hawi, Halaula, Kamuela, Kapa‘au, Kawaihae, Puako, Waikoloa Village, Waimanu Valley and Waipio Valley.

Stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding.

Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action.

Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown.

This advisory may need to be extended beyond 615 PM HST if heavy rain persists.

Search Called Off for Nurse Swept Down River

The search for Kelly Mrowinski, the travelling nurse that got swept down the Wailuku River after going for a swim with her boyfriend at Pi‘ihonua Falls on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, has officially ended pending any new developments. Mrowinski’s body was not found.

Kelly Mrowinski. Courtesy NBC

Hawai‘i Fire Chief Darren Rosaio said that today, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, “the helicopter was used today to do a final aerial search of the shoreline and Wailuku River.”

Hawaii Fire Department search and rescue for woman who was swept down Wailuku River.

Big Island Now asked Chief Rosario how many lives have been lost on the Wailuku River over the last decade and Chief Rosario stated that he knows of the following (incident reports) from 2011 from when he started to track incidents as a Fire Chief:

Incidents in last decade:

  • 2017 two incidents
  • 2016 one incidents
  • 2015 one incident
  • 2014 one incident
  • 2013 None
  • 2012 None
  • 2011 one incident

Chief Rosario stated, “We average one incident per year related to Wailuku River rescues.” The chief stated that he could not verify the outcomes of those incidents.

The Hawai‘i Fire Department will be releasing a formal media release on the incident soon.