Update on Body Found in Ocean Near Lava Flow Entry

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the discovery of a body in waters off Kalapana in the Puna district.

Photo courtesy of Lava Ocean Adventures

Photo courtesy of Lava Ocean Adventures

At 6:28 a.m. Tuesday (May 28), personnel from the Hawaiʻi Police Department and Hawaiʻi Fire Department responded to a report of a body caught in a fishing line from a nearby fishing boat in the ocean off one of the lava viewing areas. Another vessel in the area contacted authorities and remained with the body until divers from the Fire Department and their helicopter recovered the remains and met with police at a temporary landing zone.

Detectives from the Area 1 Criminal Investigations Section responded to the location and are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a coroners inquest.

The body is that of a Caucasian female possibly in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-8 with a slim build, short brown hair and a tattoo of “Veritas” on her lower back. Detectives are reviewing recent missing persons records in an attempt to identify the female.

Police have not ruled out foul play. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone who may know the female or have information on this case contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386or ralmeda@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or famuimuia@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Big Island Police Seeking Witnesses to Crash in Front of Hirano Store

Big Island police are renewing their request for witnesses to a two-vehicle crash in front of Hirano Store on October 11 or anyone who saw either vehicle before the crash on Highway 11.


Responding to a 4:35 p.m. call on October 11, traffic investigators determined that a 2001 Ford four-door station wagon was traveling on Highway 11 and made a turn into Hirano Store.

A 33-year old woman from Glenwood in a Dodge van crossed the centerline to avoid a collision but struck the Ford.

The driver of the Ford station wagon, John K. Isabel Jr. of Glenwood, was dead at the scene. Fire Department rescue personnel took the woman to Hilo Medical Center.

Traffic was stopped in both directions. (Photo courtesy of Merle Gormick)

Police ask that anyone who observed either vehicle before or during the the crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

Big Island Police Looking for Cow Butcher

Big Island police are investigating the theft of livestock over the weekend in Honokaʻa.

Sometime between July 13 and 14 someone entered a livestock paddock in the Kapulena area and butchered a calf valued at more than $400. The property had been set aside by the county for lease to farmers and ranchers.

Police ask that anyone who has any information about this theft call Officer Duwayne Waipa at 775-7533.

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 I.D. all Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Investigating Burglary at Hilo Kaiser Permanente

Big Island police are investigating a burglary that occurred Wednesday morning (May 9) in the upper Hilo area.

At about 4:05 a.m., police received a report of an alarm at the Kaiser Permanente building at 1292 Waiānuenue Avenue in Hilo. Around the same time, police received another call reporting that the front entry gates to the building were damaged.
Responding officers discovered that the pair of large doors leading into the building’s lobby were extensively damaged. Evidence recovered at the scene suggests that a vehicle was used to gain entry into the building.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section and evidence specialists combed through the debris and have recovered automotive parts from a foreign make vehicle. In addition, police also recovered video surveillance footage.

Preliminary damage estimates to the building were set at about $10,000.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information on the identity of the responsible vehicle or person call Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or email him at rpserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Big Island Police Investigating Puna Robbery of California Visitors at Hot Ponds

Police are investigating a robbery that occurred late Sunday night (April 29) in the Puna District.

At about 12:36 a.m. Monday, police received a report from a 30-year-old female visitor from California. She reported that last night at about 11:30 p.m., she and a 26-year-old male companion, also from California, were parked in a rented silver Jeep Patriot in the area of the Ahalanui Park in lower Puna. They were awakened by a rock shattering a window of the Jeep. The rock struck the 26-year-old passenger, who declined treatment for minor injuries.

The victims were apparently blinded by a bright light used by one suspect and it appeared that at least one more suspect was present during the incident. One of the suspects reached into the vehicle and removed an undisclosed item. One of the suspects demanded money and made mention of a firearm. Neither victim saw a weapon.

The victims drove away from the area and reported the incident to police upon reaching a parking lot in the South Hilo district.

The incident is classified as a second-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, and first-degree criminal property damage.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Wendell Carter at 961-2378 or email him at wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 20-Year-Old Hilo Man

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 20-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing.

Charren Kaeo Ornellas

Charren Kaeo Ornellas is described as part Hawaiian, 5-foot-8, about 130 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black tank top, black surf shorts and a black hat. He has a tribal tattoo on his upper left arm and the name “Ornellas” on his upper back.

He was last seen at a home on Leilani Street in Hilo around 8:30 p.m. Thursday and reportedly left following an argument.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Detective Ernest Matsumoto Jr. by phone at 961-2379 or by email at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Big Island Police Investigating Puna Shooting

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are investigating a reported shooting that occurred yesterday (March 13, 2012) in Puna.


On March 13, 2012 at about 1:34 pm, Puna patrol officers responded to the Hawaiian Acres subdivision after receiving a report that a 47 year-old Volcano man reported that while he and his family were driving on Road 10, he heard what sounded like a gunshot and something impacting his vehicle. He discovered that a window on his American made van was shattered and he immediately drove away and called police.

Patrol officers contacted the driver and discovered that there were 5 additional occupants in the van however none of them sustained any physical injuries. Officers canvassed the area and located and arrested a 68 year-old Hilo man and a 47 year-old Kurtistown man near the scene.

Detectives have recovered the van as part of the investigation.

Upon conferral with prosecutors, detectives released the 47 year-old Kurtistown man last night pending investigation. The 68 year-old Hilo man remains in police custody while detectives continue the investigation, which is currently classified as first degree reckless endangering.

Police ask that anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to call Detective Wendell Carter at (808)961-2378 or email him at wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Big Island Police Investigating Ag Theft of 1200 Pounds of Longan Fruit

Big Island police are investigating the theft of longan fruit from several Kurtistown farms.


Multiple thefts were reported between February 21 and March 8 . During that time, 20 longan plants and more than 1200 pounds of fruit were stolen. These types of agricultural thefts constitute a felony offense.

Police ask that anyone with information about these thefts call Officers Scott Amaral or Sandor Finkey at 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Big Island Police Investigating the Theft of Two ATV’s

Big Island police are investigating the theft of two ATVs from a home in Laupāhoehoe.


Sometime between February 12 and February 24, one or more unknown persons removed a light green, 2008 “Rancher” 4-wheel Honda ATV, model 2RX420, and a red, 2001 “Foreman” 4-wheel Honda ATV from a home on Kihalani Homestead road in Laupāhoehoe.

Value of the ATVs is estimated at $10,000.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Officer Emerson Paranada at 775-7533 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Big Island Police Looking for Man Caught on Surveilance Using Stolen Credit Card

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of using a stolen credit card.

Wanted

A 33-year-old man reported that his wallet containing his credit cards was stolen from the Hilo area sometime between 9 p.m. September 23 and the early morning hours of September 24.

Police later recovered a video surveillance image of a man who used the credit card at various businesses in Kona on September 24.

He is described as Caucasian, possibly in his 30s, bald, approximately 6-feet tall with numerous piercings on his face. He was wearing dark shorts, no shirt and a white necklace during the transactions.

Police ask that anyone who may know his identity call Officer Donovan Kohara at 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.

Big Island Police Investigating a Body Found in Puna

Big Island police are investigating a body found in Puna as a coroner’s inquest.


Shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday (January 17), a county lifeguard reported finding a partially submerged male body near the shoreline in the vicinity of Isaac Hale Beach Park in Pohoiki. The unidentified man appeared to be in his 50s.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning to determine the exact cause of death and to assist in identification.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or email him at nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Big Island Police Looking for Man Who Robbed Kona Store with Scissors

Big Island police are investigating a robbery that occurred Thursday night (January 5) at a business located within the Kaloko Business Center V on Kamanu Street in Kailua-Kona.

Responding to an 8:06 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers made contact with a 63-year-old Kailua-Kona woman, who reported an unknown male had entered into her business spending several minutes looking at merchandise in the shop. The male then rushed behind the cashier’s stand and grabbed a pair of scissors that was on the countertop. The male confronted the shop owner with the scissors, then opened and removed an unknown amount of currency from the cash register. The suspect then fled from the shop and was last seen running north on Kamanu Street. The shop owner did not sustain any injuries during the robbery.

The suspect is described as being in his late 20’s to early 30’s, dark complexion, approximately 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, full groomed beard without a mustache, and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, a black baseball cap with an unknown design on the front, and was wearing a gold wristwatch on his left hand.

Police are also interested in speaking with a possible witness who had entered into the shop while the suspect was present, but left prior to the robbery occurring. The witness is described as a Caucasian male in his mid 20’s.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Myra Iwamoto at 326-4646, extension 281, or 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Investigating Robbery Near the Bayfront Soccer Fields

Big Island police are investigating a robbery near the Kamehameha Avenue soccer fields in Hilo on November 15.

Responding to an 8:01 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers met with a 41-year-old man, who reported that he had been sitting under a banyan tree near the outskirts of the soccer fields when an unknown man walked up from behind him, struck him and took several items of his property. The victim was treated for his injuries at Hilo Medical Center and then released.

The suspect is described as a short local male with a medium build wearing a black or brown hooded sweater.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Reed Mahuna at 961-2384 or 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Seeking Witnesses to Hilo Robbery

Big Island Police are investigating a robbery that was reported on October 28 at about 11 p.m.

South Hilo patrol officers responded to Hilo Medical Center after a 67-year-old Hilo man reported that while he was in the downtown Hilo area at about 8:30 p.m., two local males accosted him and demanded money. One may have been wearing a black jacket.

When the victim indicated he didn’t have any money, he was assaulted and loss consciousness.

The victim reported that when he regained consciousness, he discovered that his wallet had been removed from his person and discarded on the ground. The suspects were no longer in the area.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386.

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.

Big Island Police Investigating 10 Vehicle Break-Ins and 6 Tailgate Thefts

Big Island police are warning the public about recent car break-ins and thefts of pickup truck tailgates in Hilo.During the month of September, police investigated reports of 10 vehicle break-ins and six thefts of tailgates.

In the tailgate thefts, which have occurred in various locations in Hilo, the thieves have targeted Toyota Tacoma trucks.

The car break-ins have taken place in downtown Hilo, Honoliʻi and the Hilo High School track—usually during the late night and early morning hours. The primary method of entry is by breaking a window or reaching through a partially opened window to unlock a door. Victims of these crimes have included both visitors and local residents.

Police remind the public that all vehicles left unattended should be locked and secured properly. Any items left inside should be concealed from view. If at all possible, don’t leave valuables inside at all.

Police ask that the public to report any suspicious activity and provide any leads that might help identify possible suspects by calling 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.

Orchid Isle Ford Ripped Off – Suspect Caught on Tape… Do You Know This Guy?

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying someone captured on surveillance video during a commercial burglary.

car burglars

The unknown man entered the maintenance area of Orchid Isle Ford and removed tools sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 5:58 p.m. on September 26.

Police ask that anyone with information about the man’s identity or anything else about this case call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or 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.

Update: Big Island Police Release Man Wanted for Attempted Murder

Update:

“The subject of a police manhunt over a Thursday night shooting in lower Puna has made contact with authorties, and is once again a free man, at least for now…”

More Here: http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/police-release-shooting-suspect.html

Media Release:

Big Island police are searching for a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Puna on Thursday night (August 11).

Maurice Hackett

Puna Patrol officers responded to a Waʻa Waʻa address at 11:35 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report of a verbal dispute and possible gunshots.

Officers were unable to locate anyone at that address but determined that an injured 26-year-old man, who has no permanent address, had been taken to the Pāhoa fire station by private vehicle. The victim, who sustained a gunshot wound to the lower body and a grazing wound to the head, was treated for his injuries Hilo Medical Center and released.

Police are seeking 34-year-old Maurice Hackett, who has no permanent address but frequents the Waʻa Waʻa area. He is described as African-American, 6-feet tall, 180 pounds with brown eyes, a beard and black hair worn in dreadlocks. He may be operating a white rented van with no side windows.

Police caution the public not to approach Hackett, as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked 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.