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Man in Pahoa Attempts to Siphon Gas and Steal Truck from Church Parking Lot

Former Alaska resident Shane Johnson has turned himself in to local authorities for attempting to siphon gas and attempting to steal a vehicle from a church parking lot in Pahoa this past week.

Shane Johnson

Shane Johnson

Shane Johnson turned himself in after people on social media recognized him after the victims family posted what happened on Facebook and began to give him heat online for what he had done to a very well known community member.

It has been reported that after he was caught “red-handed” and approached by the victim, he ran off into the bushes leaving his girlfriend behind to take the fall for him.

27-Year-Old Dies in Two-Vehicle Collision

A 27-year-old Laupāhoehoe man died Saturday (August 15, 2015) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision on Route 19 (Hawaii Belt Road) in the area of the 9-mile-marker.

Daven Dolan

Daven Dolan

The man was identified as Daven Dolan of a Laupāhoehoe address.

Responding to a 4:11 a.m. call, South Hilo Patrol officers determined that Dolan was operating a 2006 Lexus four-sedan and traveling north on Route 19 when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2008 GMC Master delivery truck traveling south.

The driver of the GMC truck, a 37-year-old man from Hilo, was transported to the Hilo Medical Center by Fire Rescue personnel and later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center for further treatment.

Dolan was also transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:40 a.m.

Police believe that alcohol may be a contributing factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Officer Casey Cabral at 961-8889.

This is the 15th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 8 at the same time last year.

Hawaii Good Government Groups Announce 2015 “Rusty Scalpel” Winner

The League of Women Voters and Common Cause Hawaii have identified HB 15, CD 1 (Act 173, Session Laws of Hawaii 2015) “Relating to Elections” as their 2015 “Rusty Scalpel” winner.  The “Rusty Scalpel” recognizes enactment of a bill whose subject has been substantially amended without opportunity for public input and legislative review as required by the Hawaii Constitution.

Click to view bill

Click to view bill

The Hawaii Constitution sets procedures for enactment of new laws.  The purpose of these procedures is to facilitate public participation and to discourage “fraud” and “logrolling”.  Article III, Section 14 provides “Each law shall embrace but one subject which shall be expressed in its title.”

In plain English, our Legislature is NOT supposed to pass a bill which addresses 2 or more unrelated subjects.  Article III, Section 15 provides that “No bill shall become law unless it shall pass three readings in each house on separate days.”  In plain English, our Legislature is NOT supposed to pass a bill whose subject has not had three separate readings in the State House and three separate readings in the State Senate.

During the 2015 session, the League of Women Voters and Common Cause Hawaii identified more than 20 bills which did not comply with Article III, Section 14 and/or Article III, Section 15.  The 2015 Legislature actually passed seven bills whose subjects did not receive 3 readings in both the House and Senate. (These are Acts 104, 118, 126, 142, 173, 186 and HB 540, CD 1 which was vetoed.) From these seven “candidates”, the League and Common Cause Hawaii have selected Act 173, Session Laws of Hawaii 2015, for our 2015 “Rusty Scalpel” award because:

  1. Act 173 addresses three unrelated subjects (absentee ballot procedures, terms of Election Commission Chair, evaluation of Chief Elections Officer).
  2. One subject of Act 173 (terms of Election Commission) did not have either 3 readings or      a public hearing in the House.
  3. Another subject of Act 173 (evaluation of Chief Elections Officer) did not have 3 readings or a public hearing in either the House or the Senate.

Last year the League and Common Cause chose Act 81, SLH 2014, for our 2014 “Rusty Scalpel” award.  The subject of Act 81 (which authorized the Hawaii Tourism Authority to acquire a conservation easement at Turtle Bay using revenue bonds amortized with hotel tax revenues) did not have 3 readings or a public hearing in either the House or the Senate.  This year the League and Common Cause are pleased to report that the Legislature followed appropriate procedures, and held numerous public hearings, before passing legislation to clarify, replace, and “fix” Act 81.

26-Year-Old Arrested in Kona Collision that Resulted in Fatality

A 52-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a two-vehicle collision east of the intersection of Kaiminani Drive and Laui Street in the early morning hours of Monday (August 3) in Kailua-Kona.

He has been positively identified as Robert N. Weinstock.

Responding to a 12:41 a.m. call, police determined that a green 2007 Ford pickup truck was traveling west on Kaiminani Drive before the Laui Street intersection when it crossed the centerline of the roadway and crashed head-on into a 2003 Nissan sports-utility vehicle being driven by Weinstock.

Both drivers were taken to Kona Community Hospital, where Weinstock was officially pronounced dead at 1:29 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Justin Rohan

Justin Rohan

The driver of the Ford pickup, 26-year-old Justin Rohan of Kailua-Kona, was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was released pending further investigation while being treated for his injuries at Kona Community Hospital.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Justin Hooser or Sergeant Bradley Freitas at 326-4646, Ext. 229.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

This is the 14th traffic related fatality this year compared with eight at this time last year.

Kaiminani Drive, which had been closed to traffic for several hours, was reopened shortly after noon.

Macadamia Nuts From the Big Island Being Recalled

Mahina Mele Farms is recalling the following products after FDA testing found Salmonella in macadamia nuts.

Mahina Mele Mac Nuts

Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. In the interest of public health and safety, we are recalling all products processed from this batch of macadamia nuts.

The following products are involved in the recall. They were distributed to retail stores from May 26-29, 2015 primarily on the East Coast and in Hawaii.

PRODUCT UPC LOT # SIZE
Izzie Macs! Macadamia Nuts 689076792677 016 6oz (salted)
Izzie Macs! Macadamia Nuts 689076793575 016 6oz (unsalted)
Izzie Macs! Macadamia Nuts 689076792776 016 16oz (unsalted)
Izzie Macs! Macadamia Nuts 689076792974 016 16oz (salted)
Bulk Macadamia nuts (salted and unsalted; wholes and pieces) 016 5lb bag
Baby Bruddah’s Mac Nut Buttah 753182242019 016 12oz
Baby Bruddah’s Chocolate Mac Nut Buttah 735182242040 016 12oz

Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund or replacement. Mahina Mele Farm will reimburse the wholesaler for any returned product.

These products were shipped May 26-29th, 2015 and are from LOT #016.

If you have any questions, call Jason or Kollette Stith at 808 328 8987.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Hawaii Jury Questionnaires Coming Soon

Every August, the Hawaii State Judiciary mails juror questionnaires to individuals who have a Hawaii state driver’s license and or are registered to vote in the State of Hawaii.

questionaireThis year, beginning August 10, 2015, approximately 235,000 juror questionnaires will be mailed to 85,000 residents on Oahu, 55,000 in Maui County, 70,000 on the Big Island and 25,000 on Kauai.  The questionnaires are used to help select potential jurors who may be eligible to serve in 2016.

Those who receive a questionnaire have 10 days to complete and return the questionnaire to the Jury Pool Office.  Anyone who fails to respond may be penalized.

To be eligible to serve as a juror, you must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Hawaii, and able to read and understand English.

Two Lawsuits Filed Involving Former Damien High School Priest

Civil lawsuits were filed Friday by two men who were sexually abused as minors by clergy at Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn. Doe 51 and Doe 56 were molested by multiple priests and brothers of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross (“Crosier”) religious order. One of the accused clergy – Father Gerald Funcheon – is accused of sexually abusing several boys at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu in approximately 1982-84.

Fr. Gerald Funcheon

Fr. Gerald Funcheon

Funcheon is accused of sexually abusing many children in several states, including Indiana, Minnesota, Hawaii and California. Funcheon was ordained in Indiana in 1965, and worked in several states and Germany before working at Damien Memorial School 1982-84.

Funcheon is accused of molesting several children at Damien.   There are four pending lawsuits in Hawaii regarding Funcheon’s sexual abuse of minors at Damien Memorial School. Funcheon was terminated from the Crosier order and incardinated into the Diocese of Lafayette (Indiana) in 1987. He currently lives at St. John Vianney Renewal Center in Missouri, funded by the Diocese of Lafayette.

Doe 51 was sexually abused from approximately 1979-81 by Father Gerald Funcheon, Brother Gabriel Guerrero and Brother Roman Fleischhacker, when Doe 51 was approximately 15-17 years old. Doe 56 was sexually abused in approximately 1979-80 by Funcheon, Brother Wendell Mohs and Father Roger Vaughn, when Doe 56 was approximately 14-15 years old. The perpetrators were assigned to Crosier Seminary at the time they abused Doe 51 and Doe 56, who attended the seminary.

“We applaud the courage of Doe 51 and Doe 56 in coming forward to seek accountability and take back power that was stolen from them as children by abusive clergy,” said Jeff Anderson, attorney for Doe 51 and Doe 56. “Funcheon was a particularly damaging offender at Damien Memorial School. These abusers were allowed access to children throughout the country, many of whom they abused. Today, Doe 51 and Doe 56 are helping put an end to that tragic practice.”

Funcheon, Mohs and Vaughn are included on lists of credibly accused clergy made public by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Crosiers. Vaughn is also on a list of credibly accused clergy made public by the Diocese of St. Cloud (Minnesota). Guerrero is included on the Crosiers’ list.

Doe 51 and Doe 56 brought their lawsuits under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which gives child sexual abuse victims until May 25, 2016, to file civil lawsuits. But persons abused by clergy working in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including Crosiers, have until August 3, 2015, to bring claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in bankruptcy court.

The complaints and more information about the alleged perpetrators can be found at www.andersonadvocates.com.

7 Arrested 6 Cited on Restricted Area of Mauna Kea

Early Friday morning, July 31, 2015, officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement arrested seven men, camping in the restricted area on Maunakea on Hawaii Island. The Hawaii County Police Department provided transportation support and booking and rangers from the Office of Mauna Kea Management provided logistical support. An additional six men were issued citations and voluntarily left the mountain.

Mauna Kea from Mauna Loa

Mauna Kea from Mauna Loa

Under the emergency rule approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources and signed by Governor David Ige, it is illegal to be in the restricted area along Mauna Kea Observatory Access Road from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. The arrests and citations follow more than a week of awareness efforts to ensure people knew the particulars of the emergency rule. These efforts included the placement of signage around the Mauna Kea Visitors Center and the handing out of educational flyers which detail the specific provisions of the rule. Additional law enforcement efforts can continue at any time while the rule is in effect. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “Our DOCARE officers have done an outstanding job of informing people about the emergency rule. I’m proud of the professionalism they demonstrated, both in making people aware of the rule and in enforcing it.”

Arrested for prohibited activities (Hawaii Administrative Rules section 13-123-21.2(d) as amended:
Eric Ana, 35, Oahu ($250 bail)
Joseph Henderson, 26, Pahoa ($250 bail)
Laakeaokani Sanborn, 32, Kona ($250 bail)
D’Angelo Montez McIntyre, 29, Oahu ($250 bail)
Marcus Yoshizu, 26, Oahu ($250 bail)
Bronson Kobayashi, 23, Kona ($400 bail, additional for failure to appear)
Pueo McGuire Turcotte, 27, Naalehu ($3100 bail, additional for resisting arrest and contempt of court)

Citations for prohibited activities:
Michael Kyser
Lakea Trask
Sam Whatley-Keliihoomalu
Justin Murphy
Caleb Murphy
Kapono Kuikahi

Seven Big Island Police Officers Receive Promotions

HPDBadgeChief Harry S. Kubojiri has promoted seven employees from the rank of police officers to the rank of sergeant/detective:

  • Sergeant John T. Talich, a 20-year veteran of the Hawaiʻi Police Department, will be assigned to the North Kohala District. He is currently assigned to the Puna District.
  • Detective Kayne K. M. Kelii, a 16-year-veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigations Section in Kona. He now works in the North Hilo District.
  • Detective David T. Matsushima, a 10-year veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigations Section in Kona. His current assignment is at Kona Patrol.
  • Detective Carrie K. Akina, a 10-year veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigations Section in Kona. She is now assigned to Kona Patrol.
  • Sergeant Charrise K. Wakita, a 12-year veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Puna District. She currently is part of the Traffic Enforcement Unit in East Hawaiʻi.
  • Detective Jeremy S. M. Lewis, a 12-year-veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigations Section in Kona. He is currently assigned to the Area II Vice Section.
  • Detective Jerome A. Manuel, a 10-year veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Area II Juvenile Aid Section, where he now works as an officer.

The promotions take effect August 1.

Two Accidents Kill Big Island Man and Visitor from China at a Waikoloa Resort

A 34-year-old man died Wednesday (July 22) as the result of an industrial accident at a Waikoloa resort.

69-400 Waikoloa Beach Drive

69-400 Waikoloa Beach Drive

South Kohala officers responding to an 8:44 a.m. call learned that a subcontractor had been doing renovations at the resort on the 69-400 block of Waikoloa Beach Drive when he suffered a fatal electric shock. He was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m.

He has been identified as Aaron Barrett of Honokaʻa.

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

AND

A Chinese national apparently drowned Wednesday (July 22) at a Waikoloa resort.

South Kohala police officers responded to a 12:36 p.m. report of a possible drowning at a resort on the 69-400 block of Waikoloa Beach Drive and found a man unconscious on the shore with medics attempting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. The medics were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:30 p.m.

He has been identified as 44-year-old Cong Guo of Shanghai, China.

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

California Man Dies in Hilo Traffic Collision

A 61-year old California man died Saturday (July 18) after being involved in a one-vehicle traffic collision on Kanoelehua Avenue between Kahaopea Street and Kawailani Street in Hilo.

HPDBadgeResponding to a 9:41 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that the driver was traveling south on Kanoelehua Avenue and operating a 2015 Ford four-door sedan when he ran off the right side of the road and struck a cement wall.

Police believe that the driver may have suffered a medical condition prior to the crash.

Fire/rescue personnel took the driver to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:16 p.m. His name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Police are going to wait for autopsy results before counting this death toward the official traffic fatality count.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Keith Nacis at 961-8118.

Man Charged With Attempted Murder and Assault for Assault at Wailoa State Park

A 32-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and assault in connection with a double stabbing early Monday (July 20) at Wailoa State Park.

David Lester Bars

David Lester Bars

At 4:31 p.m. Monday, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged David Lester Bars, who has no permanent address, with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault. His bail was set at $260,000. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (July 21).

At 12:21 a.m. Monday, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a stabbing during a disturbance at Wailoa State Park.

Officers found two victims, a 27-year-old Pāhoa man with a stab wound to the throat and a 24-year-old Pāhoa woman with a cut on her right leg. Police determined that the victims had been injured when an argument became physical. They were taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Other officers en route to the park found a man matching the description of the suspect, later identified as Bars, walking on Piʻilani Street. Bars was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

The male victim was treated for his injuries and remains at the hospital in stable condition. The female victim was treated for her injuries and released from the hospital.

Barricaded Man in Custody After Hawaii Officer and Woman Shot

A man who had been barricaded in his home since Monday night (July 13) is now in police custody. No one was injured during his arrest. After the Police Department’s Special Response Team converged on the scene, shots were fired by the suspect, who eventually surrendered.

53-4200 Block Akoni Pule Highway

53-4200 Block Akoni Pule Highway

At 4:26 p.m. Tuesday (July 14), 37-year-old Macdon D. Thromman of Kapaʻau was taken into custody on multiple offenses and was to be processed at the North Kohala police station. The Area II Criminal Investigations Section is continuing the investigation.

Route 270 in North Kohala, which had been closed in both directions near the 25-mile marker, has now been reopened.

The incident began Monday (July 13), when patrol officers responded to a 7:48 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance at a home on the 53-4200 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Halaula, North Kohala.

Responding officers contacted several neighbors in the area who reported loud yelling and screaming coming from the residence. Several people were then seen running from the house as officers approached from the driveway. A gunshot was fired at the officers, striking one officer in his right forearm.

A woman from the house approached the officers and said she had been shot in her outer thigh by her boyfriend.

Both the officer and the woman were taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The 37-year-old man barricaded himself in the house.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Special Response Team responded and neighboring residents were evacuated as a precaution.

The wounded 43-year-old officer is a 14-year veteran with the Hawaiʻi Police Department. He is listed in stable condition. The 32-year-old woman is also listed in stable condition.

Police Officer and Woman Shot – Man Barricades Himself in North Kohala

At 7:48 p.m. Monday (July 13), patrol officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home on the 53-4200 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Halaula, North Kohala.

53-4200 Block Akoni Pule Highway

53-4200 Block Akoni Pule Highway

Responding officers contacted several neighbors in the area who reported loud yelling and screaming coming from the residence. Several people were then seen running from the house as officers approached from the driveway. A gunshot was fired at the officers, striking one officer in his right forearm.

A woman from the house approached the officers and said she had been shot in her outer thigh by her boyfriend.

Both the officer and the woman were taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The 37-year-old man barricaded himself in the house and remains there. He is believed to be the only occupant.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Special Response Team responded and neighboring residents were evacuated as a precaution.

The wounded 43-year-old officer is a 14-year veteran with the Hawaiʻi Police Department. He is listed in stable condition. The 32-year-old woman is also listed in stable condition.

Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigations Division are continuing the investigation.

Because of this ongoing incident, Route 270 in North Kohala is closed in both directions near the 25-mile marker.

Missing 59-Year-Old Pahoa Man Has Medical Condition

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 59-year-old Pāhoa man who was reported missing.

Terry Ward

Terry Ward

Terry Ward was last seen at 6 p.m. Saturday (July 11) at Mahukona Beach Park in North Kohala. He has a medical condition that requires medication.

He is described as 5-foot-2, 85 pounds with brown eyes, long black hair and a gray goatee. He walks with a cane and has a tattoo of a totem pole on one of his arms. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, brown moccasins, no shirt and was carrying a blue backpack containing a red-white-and-blue jacket with the words “Army National Guard” on the back.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Bikes Stolen From UH Hilo Dormitory

Three bikes were reported stolen over two days at the University of Hawaii Hilo student dorm Hale Ikena.

Bike TheftsTo report a crime anonymously at University of Hawaii Hilo click here.

Big Island Police Officer Injured Attempting to Make Traffic Stop

A Hawaiʻi Island police officer required hospital treatment after being injured while attempting to make a traffic stop in Hilo early Monday morning (July 6).

HPDBadgeAt 12:40 a.m. Monday, South Hilo Patrol officers initiated a traffic stop on a sedan on Kanoelehua Avenue near Kawili Street. The driver of the sedan failed to stop and drove away.

The car was located a few minutes later in the “Isles” parking lot off Lihiwai Street.

As officers approached the sedan, the car attempted to flee and collided with a police vehicle. Two male occupants then fled on foot.

One off the officers was treated at Hilo Medical Center for substantial but non-life-threatening injuries and then released.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section have identified a possible suspect and are continuing the investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or clarence.davies@hawaiicounty.gov.

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.

CALEA to Examine Hawaii Police Department – Public Comments Welcome

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®) will arrive on Hawaiʻi Island on July 13 to examine the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s policies and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

calea
The purpose is to verify that the Hawaiʻi Police Department continues to meet the 400-plus National Standards established for a law enforcement agency that are required for the department to maintain voluntary accreditation.

Part of this review will include a public comment session at 5 p.m. on July 14 at the Hawaiʻi County Council chambers at 25 Aupuni Street in Hilo. The session will be hosted by the visiting assessment team, which is seeking the community’s input as to whether accreditation should be maintained.

Chief Kubojiri encourages public comments. “As I’ve always maintained, this is not my police department, this is your police department,” Kubojiri said. “The process of being accredited ensures the public that their police department follows and maintains nationally recognized standards established for a law enforcement agency.”

Individuals who cannot attend the public information session are encouraged to phone in their comments to (808) 961-2270 on July 14 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Written comments may be sent to CALEA®, 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 22030-2215 or through the CALEA® website at www.calea.org.

The comments are limited to the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.

A link to the list of the CALEA® Standards the assessors will be reviewing to determine if the Hawaiʻi Police Department is in compliance is available on the “Accreditation” page of the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s website at www.hawaiipolice.com. A full copy of the Standards may be viewed at the Police Department’s main station at 349 Kapiʻolani Street in Hilo. These National Standards, as they relate to the practices employed by the Hawaiʻi Police Department, are what the assessors are seeking the public’s input on during public testimony.

Of the roughly 23,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, the Hawaii Police Department is one of only about 1,200 that have been awarded CALEA Accreditation. The department was initially awarded accreditation on November 17, 2012.

For more information, you may call Lieutenant Kenneth Quiocho at 961-2260.

Hilo Coffee Mill Burglarized… Owner Responds

Hilo Coffe Mill was recently ripped off and the following was reported by one of the owners to me.   If you know who may be involved in this theft, please contact the police.

On June 10th at 3:40am thieves came onto the Hilo Coffee Mill property. We believe they jumped the fence on the Hilo Side. We have over 8 hours of video showing the entire event. The Police Department are working on it all now and will have a release of some sort soon.
Coffee mill thief
They first came onto the property, surveyed the area around our solar/warehouse. They then proceeded to go inside the warehouse and steal first our van, second our $9000 zero turn Hustler lawn mower, a weed wacker and then our Kawasaki ATV. There are other small items missing too.
Coffee mill thief 2

They left first with the van and the zero turn mower, plowing down our front gate. They turned left on the highway heading toward Mountain View. When they returned about 16 minutes later, they came from the Hilo side of the highway, leading us to believe they went through Hawaiian Acres from South Kulani and coming out at Road 8.

They then hooked up the ATV and actually had one of the thieves ride on the back of it because they couldn’t get it started. They once again turned left out onto the highway toward. Mountain View. This was at 4:51am

The good news is we have 8 hours of video and we recovered the van, with some damage, like the seat belt that was cut out and used as a tow strap for both the mower and the ATV, and the mower, which is pretty much totaled, to the tune of about $5000 in repairs. Yes, we have insurance but we do have a large deductible and have lost the use of the mower until it can all be settled.

We are still missing the ATV. I’ll post more videos and pictures shortly. Stay tuned because these no good SOB’s will be caught.

Many cars on the highway at that time of the morning. Someone must have noticed something funny going on…

Thanks for everyone’s support. Feel free to SHARE with anyone you think can help.

Katherine Hall-Patton
Hilo Coffee Mill

Hawaii State Judiciary Launches New Environmental Court

On July 1st, Hawaii will take the historic step of establishing the second statewide Environmental Court in the United States.  Hawaii’s new Environmental Court will have broad jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases affecting the environment.

JudiciaryAccording to Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, “The goal of the Environmental Court is to ensure the fair, consistent, and effective resolution of cases involving the environment.  We are excited to be part of this new initiative.”

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the creation of environmental courts and tribunals around the world.  To date, 350 environmental courts of some kind are operating in 41 countries.  The Vermont State Legislature founded America’s first environmental court in 1990.  No other statewide environmental courts were formed in the United States until former Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law Act 218, Session Laws of Hawaii 2014.

Pursuant to Act 218, Chief Justice Recktenwald appointed Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson to serve as Chair of the Environmental Court Working Group, an assembly of court personnel from across the state, to manage the implementation of the new specialty court.  The Working Group has been preparing for the July 1, 2015 launch, starting with a report to the 2015 Legislature describing plans to implement the Hawaii Environmental Court.  Since then, environmental court judges for the district and circuit courts have been assigned, Circuit Court Rules were amended, case management systems were updated, and adjustments were made to some court schedules to accommodate environmental court calendars.

“With the Environmental Court, Hawaii will be better positioned to safeguard one of the most treasured environments in the world,” said Justice Wilson.  “By organizing the technical and legal environmental issues under the Environmental Court, the State Legislature’s intention of promoting and protecting Hawaii’s natural environment will be realized through informed, efficient and consistent application of Hawaii’s environmental laws.”