Big Island Police Investigating South Point Drowning

Big Island police are investigating a possible drowning at South Point on Tuesday afternoon (December 20).

The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Gordon Kimo Lopes of Ocean View.

Kaʻū patrol officers responded to the reported drowning at 7:15 p.m. A 47-year-old Ocean View man reported that he had been on shore while his friend was scuba diving for fish fronting the lighthouse at South Point. The scuba diver entered the water around 6:45 p.m. About a half-hour later, his friend heard him yelling for help and called 911.

When police and firefighters arrived, they were unable to locate the victim. Because of rough seas, firefighters could not enter the water. A rescue boat from Keauhou arrived around 11 p.m. and firefighters used it to locate and retrieve the victim’s body. Lopes was was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead at 2:59 a.m. Wednesday (December 21).

Police are investigating this case as a public accident.

Kona Men Get Busted for Stealing Copper From Religious Facility

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Two Kona men face possible felony charges for two incidents of copper theft.

On Monday (April 25) Kona patrol officers responded to a 1:30 p.m. report of a theft in progress at a religious facility.

Personnel from the facility detained two men who had been removing copper materials from a renovation and held them till the officers arrived.

Arriving officers arrested 31-year-old Dallas Runyon and 48-year-old Gordon Kimo Lopes, both of whom have no permanent address but frequent the Kona area. The men were held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

During the investigation, detectives linked the two men to another incident of copper theft and arrested them on suspicion of that offense at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Runyon and Lopes remain at the cellblock while detective continue the investigation.