25-Year-Old Hilo Man Charged with Kidnapping and Other Offenses

A 25-year-old Hilo man has been charged with kidnapping and other offenses in connection with a series of events this past weekend that began in Hilo and ended at a West Hawaiʻi beach thanks to the help of concerned citizens.

Keahi Calvin Sale

Keahi Calvin Sale

On Saturday morning (April 19), police received a report that Keahi Sale had kidnapped an adult female in Hilo. Police began an intensive search for Sale, who was also wanted on three unrelated warrants and had been featured on “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted.”

That afternoon, the victim managed to call for help to bystanders at Spencer Beach Park. The bystanders physically restrained Sale until police arrived.

Sale was initially arrested and charged with violating terms of release and two counts of violating probation. He was later taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section continued the investigation into the kidnapping incident. On Monday, after conferring with prosecutors, he was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, terroristic threatening and two counts of abuse. His bail was set at $80,000.

During the investigation, detectives also arrested Sale on suspicion of numerous additional offenses for incidents that reportedly occurred between September and April in Hilo and Puna.

For the September and October cases, Sale was arrested on suspicion of felony assault of a female infant, terroristic threatening, unlawful imprisonment of a 33-year-old woman, four counts of abuse and two additional counts of abuse of a 7-year-old boy.

For a November case, he was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threatening and custodial interference.

For a January case, he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of an adult female, unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening and two counts of abuse.

For an incident in April, he was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, sexual assault of an adult female, terroristic threatening, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and four counts of abuse, as well as for 11 traffic offenses from Hilo to Puna in connection with the same series of crimes.

After conferring with prosecutors Tuesday afternoon (April 22) on the additional offenses, police did not charge Sale with any of them and will forward those cased to the Office of the Prosecuting attorney for final disposition.

Sale is incarcerated at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center and is being held there on the three warrants. His initial court appearance for the charged offenses is scheduled for Friday afternoon (April 24).

Hawaii Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida Resigning From County of Hawaii

In an email memo sent to Hawaii County Employees today, Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida has announced his intention to leave the County of Hawaii to join the Law Offices of Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris as their Senior Counsel beginning May 1, 2014.

Mitch Roth and Lincoln Ashida share a table at the recent Pahoa "Rock the Vote" event.

Mitch Roth and Lincoln Ashida share a table at the Pahoa “Rock the Vote” event.

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Big Island Police Identify Man That Drowned at Kua Bay Last Week – RIP Ozzie

A 54-year-old man died Wednesday (April 16) in waters off Kua Bay in Kona. He has been identified as Robert Gregory Osborne of Hōlualoa.
Kua Bay
At 1:25 p.m. on April 16, Kona Patrol officers responded to a report that an unresponsive man had been pulled from the water at Kua Bay.

Officers obtained information that the he had been observed floating and was pulled to shore by bystanders, who attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Fire Department personnel arrived and took him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

At autopsy revealed that he died of saltwater drowning.

Here is my friends account of what happened:

Around 2pm on the 16th I was snorkeling about a quarter mile north of Kua Bay and saw a white male floating face down near the shoreline.

After determining he had no pulse and that it was unsafe to bring him safely to the rocky shore break I swam him back to Kua Bay. The swim took around a half hour to my estimation.

There were two doctors sunbathing on the beach when I brought him in. 911 was immediately called and CPR was given to the man with no success for 30 minutes until the HFD arrived.

They were unable to revive the man as well and put him in an ambulance shortly after.  A bag was found nearby that contained a Hawaiian drivers license that identified him physically.

He was born in 1960, brown hair, medium height and build.

Two hours later HPD called and I gave this statement. At this current time, 32 hrs later, I am unable to find any public information concerning this tragedy.

Jeff McBride

Family members have reported the following:

The man Jeff rescued was my brother Ozzie. Thank you Jeff McBride for bringing my brother in and trying to save him and putting this information out. A memorial service will be held next Sunday at City of Refuge for Ozzie at 2:30 pm.

Tracey Osborne Miller

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 15-Year-Old Puna Boy

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Puna boy who was reported missing.

Justin Pola

Justin Pola

Justin Pola was last seen in his Pāhoa home on April 11. He is described as 5-foot-9, 170 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

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.

Big Island Police Asking Public’s Help Identifying Two People

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two persons depicted in surveillance images in connection with an incident outside a department store in Hilo last week.

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At 12:09 p.m. Friday (April 18), a female patron was observed concealing an item and then exiting a store in a shopping mall on Puainakō Street without paying.

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After store employees confronted the woman and a male companion outside the store and attempted to escort them inside, the male threw one of the employees to the ground, causing injuries to his head and ribs. The pair then fled the area on foot in the direction of Makaʻala Street.

Police ask anyone with information about the identity or location of the persons in the surveillance images 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 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.

Waikoloa Man Charged With Attempted Murder

A 35-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing Thursday evening (April 17) in Waikoloa.

At 6:48 p.m. Thursday, South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of a man bleeding from the neck on the 68-1600 block of Malie Street in Waikoloa.

Responding officers located the victim, a 20-year-old Waikoloa man, who had multiple wounds to his torso and throat. He was taken to North Kohala Community Hospital.

Investigation revealed that the suspect, who was an acquaintance of the victim, went to the victim’s house and the two got into an altercation. The victim was cut with a sharp object and then ran to another house nearby.

Joel H. White

Joel H. White

The suspect, 35-year-old Joel H. White of Waikoloa, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 11:05 a.m. Saturday, detectives charged him with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $275,000.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Monday (April 21).

The victim remains hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.

Wanted: Pastor and Church for Same Sex Marriage on the Big Island

I’ve been asked if I know of anyone that knows any Pastors and/or Churches on the Big Island of Hawaii that do same sex marriages.

If you know of any… please feel free to contact me at damontucker @ yahoo.com (no spaces).

Big Island Police Looking for Man Holding 27-Year-Old Woman Against Her Will

UPDATE: Keahi Sale, M-24, has been located and arrested in South Kohala. Chelsea Waltjen, F-27, has also been located in South Kohala.

Keahi Sale, Male 24-years-old, is now wanted for kidnapping that occurred today in the morning hours.

Keahi Calvin Sale

Keahi Calvin Sale

Sale is now in the possession of a firearm (handgun) and is considered dangerous.

He is also wanted for numerous outstanding warrants. He was last seen operating a 2001 Honda Civic four door sedan, gray in color, license plate number JSJ-602.

He is described as being 5’8″ to 5’10″ tall, 150 to 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on his right chest, “CHELSEA” on his left inner forearm, a koi fish on his left outer forearm, and a tribal type tattoo on his right shoulder.

He presently has with him, the victim Chelsea Waltjen, aged 27, who is reportedly being held against her will. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this wanted individuals, is being asked to contact the Hawaii Police Department immediately by dialing 911.

My Friend Attempted to Save a Man From Dying at Kua Bay Today

My friend reported the following incident today at Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai:

Kua Bay

Around 2pm on the 16th I was snorkeling about a quarter mile north of Kua Bay and saw a white male floating face down near the shoreline.

After determining he had no pulse and that it was unsafe to bring him safely to the rocky shore break I swam him back to Kua Bay. The swim took around a half hour to my estimation.

There were two doctors sunbathing on the beach when I brought him in. 911 was immediately called and CPR was given to the man with no success for 30 minutes until the HFD arrived.

They were unable to revive the man as well and put him in an ambulance shortly after.  A bag was found nearby that contained a Hawaiian drivers license that identified him physically.

He was born in 1960, brown hair, medium height and build.

Two hours later HPD called and I gave this statement. At this current time, 32 hrs later, I am unable to find any public information concerning this tragedy.

Jeff McBride

Kona Man Charged With Meth Trafficking and Other Offenses

A Kona man has been charged with meth trafficking and other offenses after being found with crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Derwin Breithaupt

Derwin Breithaupt

On Wednesday, officers from the Area II Vice Section made contact with a man and a woman in a car in Kailua-Kona during the course of a drug investigation. After searching the car, police recovered 248.5 grams of a crystalline substance, a small amount of a dried green leafy substance, paraphernalia associated with meth distribution and $2,200 in cash for forfeiture. They also recovered 3.1 grams of a crystalline substance and paraphernalia associated with meth use from the man, 26-year-old Derwin Breithaupt of Kailua-Kona.

Breithaupt and the woman, 29-year-old Karyn Kau of Kailua-Kona, were arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

Wednesday night, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives released Kau pending further investigation. Breithaupt was charged Wednesday night with two counts of meth trafficking, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of promoting a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $59,250.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Thursday (April 17).

Highway 190 Closed – Crews Addressing Chemical Spill from Overturned Tanker

The Hawaii Police Department is having traffic routed through Kaiminani Drive and Waikoloa Road due to a traffic accident on Route 190 near the 15 mile marker.

HPDBadgeCrews are addressing a chemical spill from this accident as a tanker type of vehicle overturned. Motorist should avoid this location and expect delays.

Agreement Reached to Place a Conservation Easement Over Lands Owned by Turtle Bay Resort

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced an agreement has been reached between the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, The Trust for Public Land, and Turtle Bay Resort (TBR) to establish a conservation easement on 665.8 acres of land at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku. Portions of this land had previously been planned for development but will now be protected forever from future development.

Governor announces North Shore Land Preservation Deal

Governor Abercrombie announces North Shore Land Preservation Deal

“As I said in my State of the State Address this year, ‘there are times for planning, and there are times for acting; now is the time to preserve open spaces at Turtle Bay,’” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This historic agreement is the result of public and private interests joining together to benefit the people of Hawaii and our visitors. This protects the heritage and rural character of the North Shore to ‘Keep the Country Country.’ ”

State Sen. Clayton Hee said: “The shoreline from Kahuku Point to Kawela Bay represents one of the most beautiful and pristine areas on all of Oahu. As elected leaders, we have a profound and solemn duty and responsibility to preserve and protect this shoreline for future generations just as our ancestors did before us.”

The conservation easement will be placed upon the land and will permanently limit use of the land in order to protect the ecological, recreational and open space characteristics of Oahu’s North Shore. TBR will continue to own, use and hold title to the land, but it and future owners of the land will be bound by the restrictions. The easement will protect, and in many cases, allow restoration of critical marine and land ecosystems and Hawaiian cultural resources. It will foster and enable recreational and educational uses of the land.

The total value of this agreement is $48.5 million; $40 million will be provided by the state, $5 million will be provided by the city, and $3.5 million will be provided by The Trust for Public Land. The amounts of money provided by the state and the city are subject to appropriation and release of the funds. Gov. Abercrombie has previously asked for and encourages the Legislature to appropriate $40 million in general obligation bonds. The City Council has previously appropriated $5 million for this matter. TPL will be obtaining funds from various sources. The final documents and details of the agreement are to be worked out between the parties.

“We are excited to be a part of the stewardship to protect these natural resources and to secure forever the public’s access to that entire shoreline from Kawela Bay to Kahuku Point,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “We want to thank the state for its leadership in this effort and to the people around the table who worked hard to make sacrifices and to find common ground. The work is not yet complete, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Honolulu City Council Chair Ernie Martin said: “The City Council has constantly demonstrated its commitment to land conservation as evidenced by the Fiscal Year 2014 budget appropriation of $5 million to preserve Kawela Bay. Protecting such a valuable natural resource on the North Shore today is an investment that will reap dividends for generations to come.”

This agreement benefits the public in many ways, such as preserving open space and providing public access to beaches in the area at no charge. It also allows public access to more than five miles of coastal hiking trails and opens up the area for traditional native Hawaiian cultural practices. In addition, the agreement keeps recreational use available to the public and prevents the sprawl of urban development in the area.

“This historic conservation agreement is supported by The Trust for Public Land, The North Shore Community Land Trust and many community organizations, residents of the North Shore and people from all over our island, along with visitors who enjoy and treasure the area,” said The Trust for Public Land, Hawaiian Islands State Director Lea Hong.

TBR Chief Executive Officer Drew Stotesbury said, “As a part of the North Shore community, Turtle Bay Resort is proud to contribute to the conservation of these unique lands.”

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 15-Year-Old Pepe’ekeo Girl

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Pepeʻekeo girl who was reported missing.

Shaniyah Das-Laro

Shaniyah Das-Laro

Shaniyah Das-Laro was last seen in Pepeʻekeo on Saturday (April 12). She is described as 5-foot-1, 100 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Police ask anyone with information on her 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.

Hilo Man Charged with Burglary and Theft After Being Caught on Video

A Hilo man has been charged with burglary and theft for allegedly stealing items from a Hilo home in February.

On February 25, a 27-year-old Hilo man reported that he had video surveillance of the suspect removing tools from his attached carport.

Mitchell Kihara

Mitchell Kihara

On Wednesday (April 16) South Hilo Patrol officers located and arrested the suspect, 30-year-old Mitchell Kihara of Hilo, and held him to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, detectives charged Kihara with first-degree burglary and third-degree theft. His bail was set at $5,500.

He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing Girl for Third Time

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing again.

Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones

Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones

Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones was last seen in Hilo on March 21. She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 130 pounds with green eyes and brown hair.

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

(Edit – This is the third time this girl has gone missing recently)

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

Victims Seek Two Investigations – Long Time Hawaii Predator Abused Several Foster Kids

SNAP: “Catholic Charities and state agency should take action”, They gave him “unfettered access to vulnerable boys,” group says.  One key individual won promotions & is now a supervisor at state bureaucracy

A support group for sex abuse victims is urging Catholic Charities and Hawaii state officials and to investigate how a predator was able to foster children.

VICE News today presents Love Serve Surrender. In the documentary, VICE News investigates alleged pedophile Jay Ram, who for decades has managed to foster, adopt, and care for dozens of boys referred by charities and child welfare agencies, despite repeated warning signs that he was a sexual predator.

VICE News presents Love Serve Surrender. In the documentary, VICE News investigates alleged pedophile Jay Ram, who for decades has managed to foster, adopt, and care for dozens of boys referred by charities and child welfare agencies, despite repeated warning signs that he was a sexual predator.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are urging the two organizations to answer questions about how so many boys were placed in the care of Jay Ram. And investigate Roselyn Viernes, who is the head of East Hawaii Child Welfare Services in Hilo, and was the social worker responsible for placing the children in foster homes.

Ram, who is also known as Gary Winnick, is accused of sexually abusing boys that he fostered and adopted in California and Hawaii. He is believed to be the Tampa Florida area. A recent documentary chronicles Ram’s abuse. 

Ram is accused of molesting the boys and exploiting them and forcing them to do hard physical labor. The victims say that Ram threatened them, deprived them of food and refused to let them to engage in regular social activities with their peers out of fear that the boys would report to authorities. Although Ram has been investigated by the police in the past, the victims say that they were threatened with violence and more abuse to keep them quiet. The boys were abused between the ages of 8 and 17 during the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s.

SNAP is writing to the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services and Catholic Charities urging officials to do a complete, independent investigation of all placements and the approval processes that allowed dozens of boys to be placed with a predator.

“It is time for action. More than a dozen boys lived with Jay after the first abuse complaints were made known,” said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP volunteer Western Regional Director.  “Most—if not all—of the boys were molested. How many other children were abused because Catholic Charities and CWS refused to listen to children who were being abused? Subsequent tragedies involving Jay and the boys could have been avoided completely.”

The letters from SNAP, sent today by fax and email, are pasted below.

Letter 1:

Patricia McManaman
Director
State of Hawaii Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 339, Honolulu, HI 96809-0339
Fax 808-586-4890
dhs@dhs.hawaii.gov

East Hawaii Child Welfare Services
75 Aupuni Street Hilo, HI 96720
Fax: (808) 933-0693

Dear Ms. McManaman

We are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), the nation’s largest support group for men and women who have been sexually abused in religious and institutional settings.

We were disturbed and dismayed by the recent news documentary LOVE SERVE SURRENDER (http://youtu.be/v2sFheAc1rQ), which tells the story of Hilo-area rancher Jay Ram, who fostered, adopted, and sexually abused more than two dozen boys on the Big Island.

What is even more upsetting is to learn that high-ranking state social worker Roselyn Viernes has had knowledge of suspicions and complaints against Ram for decades. She is currently working in your East Hawai’i Central offices. According to the news story and corresponding documents, there are records of at least two allegations of abuse against Ram in 1989. Despite this, Viernes continued to place boys in his care. The documents can be viewed here: https://news.vice.com/articles/an-alleged-pedophiles-perfect-scam?trk_source=homepage-feature

It is time for action. State social workers who ignore abuse complaints and put more children as risk must be held accountable. More than a dozen boys lived with Jay after the first abuse complaints crossed Viernes’ desk. Most—if not all—of the boys were molested. How many other children were abused because Ms. Viernes refused to do the right thing? Subsequent tragedies involving Jay and the boys could have been avoided completely.

We ask that you do the following:

–Do a complete investigation of all of Ms. Viernes’ placements and the approval processes that allowed dozens of boys to be placed with a predator,
–Immediately remove Viernes from her position until the investigation is complete,
–Reach out to all boys placed in Ram’s care and let them know they have criminal and civil rights and that help is available.

Your offices may even house the evidence necessary to help criminally prosecute Jay and help his victims get the accountability they deserve.

Hawaii’s most vulnerable kids deserve far better than being placed in foster homes with sex predators.

Mahalo,

Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com
Barb Dorris of St. Louis, MO, SNAP Outreach Director, (314) 503-0003, snapdorris@gmail.com

Letter 2:

Jerry Rauckhorst
President & Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
Clarence T. C. Ching Campus
1822 Ke‘eaumoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
info@catholiccharitieshawaii.org
jrauckhorst@catholiccharitieshawaii.org
(808) 599-8761 Fax

Catholic Charities
Hilo Office
62 Kinoole Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Fax: (808) 961-7059

Dear Mr. Rauckhorst:

We are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), the nation’s largest support group for men and women who have been sexually abused in religious and institutional settings.

We were disturbed and dismayed by the recent news documentary LOVE SERVE SURRENDER (http://youtu.be/v2sFheAc1rQ), which tells the story of Hilo-area rancher Jay Ram, who fostered and adopted—and then sexually abused—more than two dozen boys on the Big Island.

What is even more upsetting is to learn that Catholic Charities had a role in this abuse. According to the news story and corresponding documents, there are records of at least two allegations of abuse against Ram in 1989. Despite this, Catholic Charities, in partnership with Child Welfare Services, placed boys in Ram’s care and allowed other boys to remain with Ram. The documents can be viewed here: https://news.vice.com/articles/an-alleged-pedophiles-perfect-scam?trk_source=homepage-feature

It is time for action. More than a dozen boys lived with Jay after the first abuse complaints were made known. Most—if not all—of the boys were molested. How many other children were abused because Catholic Charities and CWS refused to listen to children who were being abused? Subsequent tragedies involving Jay and the boys could have been avoided completely.

We ask that you do the following:

–Do a complete investigation of all of Catholic Charities’ placements and the approval processes that allowed dozens of boys to be placed with a predator,
–Reach out to all boys placed in Ram’s care and let them know they have criminal and civil rights and that help is available.

Your offices may even house the evidence necessary to help criminally prosecute Jay and help his victims get the accountability they deserve.

Hawaii’s most vulnerable kids deserve far better than being placed in foster homes with sex predators.

Mahalo,

 

Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com
Barb Dorris of St. Louis, MO, SNAP Outreach Director, (314) 503-0003, snapdorris@gmail.com

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Overboard Crewmember of Container Ship

The Coast Guard suspended the search Wednesday for a Japanese crewmember reported overboard from the container ship Hercules Highway, approximately 805 miles northeast of Oahu.

Container ship Hercules Highway

Container ship Hercules Highway

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 8:23 a.m., Monday regarding the 23-year-old male who was reported overboard from the container ship Hercules Highway.

The crewmember was last seen at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday.

As part of the AMVER program, the motor vessel’s St. Andrews, Anne Gret and the UACC Masafi assisted the Hercules Highway in the search for the crewmember.

AMVER, sponsored by the Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

Approximately 2,255 square miles were searched.

The Coast Guard regularly coordinates with DoD, commercial vessels that are part of the AMVER program and international partners to conduct searches in the Pacific where extreme distances often limit the resources immediately available to respond.

The 14th Coast Guard District area of responsibility encompasses more than 12.2 million square miles of the Central and South Pacific.

 

Stolen Checkbook Leads to Eight Felonies for Waimea Woman

A 23-year-old Waimea woman has been charged with eight felonies in connection with a stolen checkbook.

The victim, a 58-year-old Hōlualoa woman, reported on April 7 that a new checkbook from her bank had been stolen. Police investigation determined that some of the checks were later forged and cashed.

Josephine Miranda

Josephine Miranda

The suspect, Josephine Miranda, was arrested Monday (April 14) at a bank in Kealakekua, where she had unsuccessfully attempted to cash another forged check from the stolen checkbook. She was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

On Tuesday (April 15), Miranda was charged with two counts of theft, two counts of ID theft, two counts of forgery and two counts of possession of unauthorized personal information. Her bail was set at $22,000.

She remained at the cellblock until her initial court appearance on Wednesday.

Big Island Police Still Seeking Hilo Man

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 25-year-old man wanted on no-bail warrants and for questioning in connection with unrelated investigations.

Keahi Calvin Sale

Keahi Calvin Sale

Keahi Calvin Sale is described as 5-foot-7, 155 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has no permanent address but frequents the Hilo area. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts not to approach him but to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.

Taser Not Cause of Death in Kona Man’s Death

The final results of an autopsy conducted Wednesday (February 5) on the body of 39-year-old Randall Hatori of Kailua-Kona concluded that the cause of death was cardio-respiratory arrest due to the combined effects of high levels of methamphetamine in his blood, an enlarged heart and a physical struggle.

HPDBadgeAccording to Dr. Lindsey Harle, the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy, the stress of these three factors likely caused a cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heart rhythm, that led to his death.

Dr. Harle said the autopsy showed minor injuries on the body of Hatori and that, while an electronic control device was used during the confrontation, it did not play a role in his death.

At 12:30 a.m. on February 4, a Kona Patrol officer made a traffic stop at a gas station in a shopping center on Palani Road. The driver, 38-year-old Ernest Ricky Alvarez of Kailua-Kona, was arrested on a $10,000 bench warrant for contempt of court.

Hatori, who was a passenger and was wanted for assault and violating temporary restraining orders, fled on foot.

The officer pursued Hatori on foot and a struggle ensued while trying to apprehend him. Initially unable to restrain Hatori, the officer deployed his conducted electric weapon (commonly known as a “Taser”) in an attempt to subdue him. Hatori continued to actively resist arrest and the struggle continued. Other officers responded to the scene and assisted in restraining Hatori. After Hatori was placed in handcuffs, he became unresponsive.

Fire Department EMTs on scene attempted resuscitation and then transported him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:53 a.m.

Detectives recovered 7.3 grams of methamphetamine at the scene of the struggle.