Big Island Police Charge Second Man With Numerous Offenses Related to Burglaries in Waiakea Area of Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a second man with numerous offenses related to burglaries in the Waiākea area of Hilo.

Keoni Mata

Keoni Mata

On Monday (December 15), 30-year old Keoni Mata of Hilo was initially arrested on a $500 bench warrant for contempt of court and for suspicion of fraudulent use of a credit card. The card was removed during a burglary in the Waiākea area on December 2.

Mata was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while South Hilo patrol officers continued the investigation. While in custody, Mata was additionally arrested for burglary in connection with a Waiākea break-in on December 5 and for theft in connection with a Waiākea burglary on December 12.

Tuesday evening (December 17) police charged Mata with two counts of burglary, eight counts of theft, four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, three counts of identity theft and two counts of forgery. His bail was set at $185,000. He remained at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (December 18).

Kyson Dameron

Kyson Dameron

Last week, 18-year-old Kyson Dameron of Hilo was also arrested and charged with crimes related to these three burglaries, including the use of a stolen credit card.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Man Wanted for Fraudulent Use of Credit Card

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for numerous instances of fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of more than $1,700 in Hilo, Waimea and Pāhoa.

Police are looking for this guy.

Police are looking for this guy.

The suspect is described as a local or Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5-foot-9, bald with a goatee, and tattoos on his neck and left arm. Police ask that anyone with information on his identity or his whereabouts 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.

Merchants are reminded to follow proper protocol when making credit card transactions and to be especially cautious when processing large purchases—especially if the credit card doesn’t swipe properly. When in doubt, check with the credit card company.

 

Hawaii County Website… Users Beware!

I don’t know why the County of Hawaii is using Network Solutions to host it’s government website “County of Hawaii“.

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

   Domain Name: HAWAII-COUNTY.COM
   Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
   Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
   Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
   Name Server: NS.HAWAIIHISPEED.NET
   Name Server: NS.PACIFICPROTECH.COM
   Name Server: NS1.HAWAIIHISPEED.NET
   Name Server: NS1.PACIFICPROTECH.COM
   Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Updated Date: 12-jun-2008
   Creation Date: 27-jul-1998
   Expiration Date: 26-jul-2013

Network Solutions was originally set up to give government and military places free IP addresses and URL’s but in more recent years it has become a private company.

They pretty much hijacked the domain name before anyone on this Island even knew what a domain name was and I guess the county has just run with it ever since then.

Now you can use your credit card to make purchases through the site… but user beware:

In August 2009, Network Solutions notified customers that its “secure” servers were breached, and led to the exposure of names, address, and credit card numbers of 573,928 people who made purchases on Web sites hosted by the company. Susan Wade, a spokesperson for Network Solutions, said, “We really feel terrible about this.” At the time of this writing, NSI does not know how their servers were compromised.

You can learn more about the controversies that Network Solutions has had in the past here.

I still don’t understand why Hawaii County doesn’t have a .gov domain like most other government offices?  I do see that http://hawaiicounty.gov is available.  :roll: