HPD Charges Pāhoa Man in Connection With Burglary

The Hawaiʻi Island Police Department has charged a 29-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with a burglary of a vacant business building.

At 11:50 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, officers noticed a man in a pickup truck parked between a shipping container and the fence line of a business on Silva Street in Hilo. Police also discovered that the fence was cut and the door to the business had been kicked in. Several items taken from the vacant business were seen in the bed of the truck.

Nicholas Blackwell. HPD photo.

At midnight, police arrested Nicholas Blackwell on suspicion of burglary and he was taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, police charged Blackwell with second-degree burglary. He remains in the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $2,000 bail pending his initial appearance in South Hilo District Court on Monday, Nov., 13.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any other information about it is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Tuck Loy Aurello of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2385 or Tuckloy.Aurello@hawaiicounty.gov.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Two Die in Two-Car Crash After Auto Theft and Kidnapping Incident Reported

A man and a woman in a stolen car died in a two-car crash Thursday (August 4) on the Mohouli Extension near Kukuau Street in Hilo.
Mohouli Wreck
At 12:45 p.m., police received a call reporting an auto theft and possible kidnapping. The victim reported that his car had been stolen from Kekaulike Street in Downtown Hilo and that his friend had been asleep in the car before it was stolen.

Police made a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Kaumana Drive and the Mohouli Extension. When the officer exited his vehicle and approached the stolen sedan, the sedan sped away, turning south onto the Mohouli Extension.

The officer returned to his car, followed the stolen vehicle, lost sight of it momentarily and then encountered two crashed sedans. A witness reported that the stolen car had crossed the center line, slid into the other sedan and then overturned.

A man and a woman in the stolen car were both dead at the scene. They have not yet been identified. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The sole occupant of the other car, a 39-year-old Keaʻau woman, was taken to Hilo Medical Center in critical condition.

Police later learned that the owner’s male friend, who had been sleeping in the stolen car, had managed to jump out immediately after the male driver entered and took control of the vehicle.

The crash is being investigated by the Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit. The auto theft is being investigated by the Area I Criminal Investigations Section. An administrative review will also be conducted, as is standard policy in any police pursuit.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the crash to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Acting Lieutenant Grant Todd at 961-2385 or grant.todd@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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hawaii Police Department Announces Promotions

HPDBadgeChief Harry S. Kubojiri has promoted the following seven sworn officers to the following positions:

Scott J. Kurashige, hired in 1990, was promoted from Area II Juvenile Aid Section detective to lieutenant assigned to Kona Patrol, effective April 1.

Jenny K. L. Lee, hired in 2004, was promoted from South Hilo Patrol officer to sergeant assigned to the Kaʻū District, effective May 16.

William C. Brown, hired in 2003, was promoted from South Hilo Patrol officer to detective assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigations Section, effective May 16.

Officer Nelson M. Acob, hired in 1999, was promoted from Hāmākua Patrol officer to sergeant assigned to the Communications/Dispatch Section, effective May 16.

Kalaʻe R. Lee, hired in 2004, was promoted from Area II Vice officer to sergeant assigned to the Kaʻū District, effective May 16.

Richard A. Itliong, hired in 2002, was promoted from South Hilo Community Policing officer to detective assigned to the Area II Juvenile Aid Section, effective May 16.

Gavin K. Kagimoto, hired in 2004, was promoted from South Hilo Community Policing officer to detective assigned to the Area II Juvenile Aid Section, effective May 16.

Police Department to Hold Community Meeting In Kea’au

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, July 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Keaʻau Community Center, located at 16-192 Pili Mua Street (off Old Volcano Highway).

HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Puna District.

This Puna event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, it is requested that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the Puna District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may call Captain Samuel Jelsma at 965-2716, stop by the Pāhoa police station, or e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

Annual HPD Backpack Drive

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is proud to participate again in a backpack drive for children who cannot afford to buy them. As in previous years, all police stations around the island will double as drop-off points for persons interested in helping children in need. Backpacks may be dropped off between July 8 and August 30.

Backpacks donated in 2012

Backpacks donated in 2012

Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawaiʻi. The donated backpacks will be distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities around the Big Island.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Police Department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawaiʻi (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry) and From Kids For Kids in the collection and distribution of these items.

Hope Services Hawaiʻi provides a continuum of homeless and transitional programs from outreach to emergency shelters, including permanent supportive housing placements.

From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch-Keliihoomalu, then 10, who was responsible for distributing backpacks containing books, clothing, art and school supplies.

Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri offers police stations as drop-off points to make it convenient for anyone who wishes to donate backpacks for the project. “I again ask anyone who has backpacks their child is no longer using to donate them to this worthy cause,” Kubojiri said. “In past years your generosity has proven that the aloha spirit is alive and well when it comes to opening our hearts to children in need.”

Low Flying Helicopter Scares Kona Residents

The Hawai’i Police Department is not conducting any operations involving the use of a helicopter in the Kona area.

Fugaro

A private company is conducting a GPS mapping survey in the Kona area, which will continue until later this afternoon.

The Hawai’i Police Department has received several complaints about a low flying helicopter.

The company’s name is Fugro Aerial Mobile Mapping.

 

Big Island Police to Have Access to Gated Communities at Communities Expense

Gaining access to gated communities can be problematic for emergency responders. Working in collaboration with gated communities around the island, the Hawai‘i Police Department has developed a solution to provide law enforcement with immediate access into gated communities during times of emergency.

The estimated 200 gated communities across the island use various methods to control access, and it is impractical for emergency responders to carry keys for every lock or keep track of every combination. Some attempts to do so in the past have resulted in police personnel being substantially delayed when communities changed their lock or reprogrammed the combination without informing the Police Department.

Working together with gated communities, a solution has been agreed upon to standardize access by utilizing radio-controlled gate openers. Once a community installs the system, police officers will be able to open the locked gate with their police radios. This technology allows for immediate access by police personnel during an emergency, while continuing to provide security and prevent unauthorized access by those other than residents.

Each community association that wishes to utilize this technology will be responsible for purchasing, installing, programming maintaining and repairing the radio-controlled gate system. The Police Department is equipped to use the technology with its existing police radios and will not incur any additional costs associated with the implementation of this new access system.

Chief Harry Kubojiri said he is grateful for the participation of the community associations in reaching this agreement. “It has always been our goal to work in partnership with our communities to address and resolve problems that affect public safety. Police want to provide residents and visitors alike a safe place to live, visit and conduct business while on the island of Hawaiʻi,” Kubojiri said.

Participation by gated communities in this program is strictly voluntary. The Police Department will continue its practice of not storing keys and/or recording individual combination lock numbers for these gated communities.

To participate in this program, a gated community association must designate a contact person and have an authorized representative sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Police Department. The MOU sets forth the responsibilities of both the gated community and the Police Department with respect to the radio-controlled access system.

For more information or for a copy of the MOU, please contact the police commander in the district where your gated community is located. You may find the police commander for each district by going to the Police Department’s website at www.hawaiipolice.com and clicking on “Police Stations” under “Contact Us.”

Big Island Police Looking for Missing 39-Year-Old Man Carrying Skateboard

Hawaii County Police DepartmentThe Hawaii Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing person:

Roland Moki Hose, 39 year old male, Pt. Hawaiian, 5’6″, 125 pounds, Last seen wearing an all black t-shirt, shorts, a baseball cap and carrying a black backpack and long brown skateboard with red wheels.

He was last seen on Kam III Road on September 21, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Roland Moki Hose, please call 911 or contact the police.

Hawaii Police Department Recognizes New Recruits

Media Release:

Members of the Hawai’i Police Department’s 79th Recruit Class were recognized Friday (July 15) during ceremonies held at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo.

79th HPD Recruit Class

The 79th Recruit Class—(bottom row): Joshua K. Pa, Kelsey K. Kobayashi, Bruce I. M. Parayno, Jensen X. Rodrigues, Chelsey W. Heidenfeldt, Officer Aaron Carvalho (Instructor), Vaughn S. Kelii, Brad L. Resureccion, Branden K. Watanabe, Amy C. Masuyama, (Middle Row): Wyatt K. Kaili-Leong, Peter P. Tourigny, Roland A. Kuamoo, Aaron M. Tanaka, Nicholas C. K. McDaniel, Hanalei S. Pagan (top row): Aaron K. Kaeo, Kelena D. Ho'okano, Keng C. Singleton, Dwayne E. Sluss, Derek Kenison Jr., Jonathan K. Kailiuli, Robert A. K. Ayau, Ernest B. K. Texeira.

The police recruits, who just completed 5 1/2 months of intensive training, will undergo four months of on-the-job field training with veteran police officers before they are qualified to work alone.

During Friday’s ceremony, class President Peter P. Tourigny said most of the recruits were born and raised on the Big Island but some members traveled from Oahu, Maui and as far as New Hampsiire to be here. Prior to entering the Police Department, he said, the recruits worked as school teachers, retail sales associates, farmers, armored truck drivers, college students, personal trainers, loss prevention agent, police dispatcher, corrections officer, former police officer and amateur dancer.

“I challenge each of you to wear your uniform with pride and remember that we are now held to a higher standard of living,” Tourigny said. “We must serve the community in a way that will never disgrace the honor or our badges.”

During the ceremony, three of the recruits received special recognition for their excellence in training. They were Branden K. Watanabe, who excelled in academic training, Vaughn S. Kelii, who excelled in physical fitness training, and Vice President Amy C. Masuyama, who excelled in firearms training.

The other members of the 79th Recruit Class are:

  • Robert A. K. Ayau
  • Chelsey W. Heidenfeldt (treasurer)
  • Kelena D. Ho’okano
  • Aaron K. Kaeo
  • Wyatt K. Kaili-Leong
  • Jonathan K. Kailiuli
  • Derek Kenison Jr.
  • Kelsey K. Kobayashi
  • Roland A. Kuamoo
  • Nicholas C. K. McDaniel
  • Joshua K. Pa
  • Hanalei S. Pagan
  • Bruce I. M. Parayno
  • Brad L. Resureccion
  • Jensen X. Rodrigues
  • Keng C. Singleton
  • Dwayne E. Sluss
  • Aaron M. Tanaka
  • Ernest B. K. Texeira.

Big Island Police to Get K-9 to Help With Missing Persons

Media Release:

Police Chief Harry Kubojiri is happy to announce that Big Island police will soon have another valuable tool in locating missing persons. The Friends of the Missing Child Center of Hawai’i is graciously donating a scent-discriminating tracking dog to the police department.

The male Labrador named Magnum was purchased through a grant that the non-profit organization was able to secure from the Atherton Foundation. During his training in North Carolina, Magnum was already credited with finding a missing person.

The dog arrived in the state last week and has been housed at the Honolulu Police Department’s training and canine facility in Waipahu. He is scheduled to arrive in Kona on Thursday (July 14th).

Chief Kubojiri said the Police Department anxiously awaits Magnum’s arrival. “While, thankfully, it’s rare that a child goes missing in our community, we must remain prepared for such a tragic event,” he said. “Since Tucker’s retirement more than three years ago, we have been without such an asset in West Hawai’i.”

Hawaii Police Department Backpack Drive Happening Now

Media Release:

Once again, the Hawai’i Police Department is proud to be a participant in a backpack drive to assist children less fortunate in these hard economic times. All police stations around the island will double as drop-off points between July and September for those interested in helping children in need.

Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawai’i. The donated backpacks will be distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities around the Big Island.

This is the third consecutive year the Police Department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawai’i (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry) and From Kids For Kids in the collection and distribution of these items.

Hope Services Hawai’i provides a continuum of homeless and transitional programs from outreach to emergency shelters, including permanent supportive housing placements.

From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch-Keliihoomalu, then 10, who was responsible for distributing backpacks containing books, clothing, art and school supplies.

Police Chief Kubojiri again offers police stations as drop-off points to make it convenient for anyone who wishes to donate backpacks for the project. “I humbly ask those of you who have backpacks your child is no longer using to consider donating them to this worthy cause,” Kubojiri said. “I know that the continuing economic downturn across our nation affects all of us, but I also know that the aloha spirit is alive and well when it comes to opening our hearts and lending a helping hand.”

Puna Community Meeting on Police Related Concerns

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, May 24, from noon to 2 p.m. at Cooper Center in Volcano.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Puna District.

The Puna event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the Puna District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Acting Captain Glenn Uehana at 965-2717.

The Police Department Will Hold a Community Meeting Tuesday April 19, in Waimea

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, April 19, from 12-2 p.m. at the Department of Hawaiian Homelands’ Kuhio Hale building in Waimea. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Kohala District.

This event continues the Police Department’s district community meetings, which are rotated monthly throughout the eight police districts on the island of Hawai’i.

To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, police request that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the South Kohala District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to jsanborn@co.hawaii.hi.us.

For more information, you may call Captain James Sanborn at 939-2520 or stop by the South Kohala police station in Waimea.

Why Does the Hawaii Police Department Post the Photos of People in Contempt of Court?

So I was asked the following, “Why don’t you publish the folks wanted for contempt of court on your website……

Well quite frankly… I don’t think it’s right that the Hawaii Police Department is blasting the pictures of these people that are wanted for something as simple as contempt for court.

Someone could have missed a court date on a simple speeding ticket… yet the Hawaii Police Department tosses up their mugshots like they are guilty of  something serious.

Missing folks, deaths, serious crimes, and criminals wanted for violent crimes will make my site… but not every dang contempt case.

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?  These folks may eventually be innocent of the charge that they are wanted for?

I understand that contempt of court is against the law… but is it worth ruining someones career over?

April is “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month”

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department’s Traffic Services Section organized a sign-waving event on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo on Monday (April 4). As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared April “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” this event was to remind motorists about the dangers of the use of electronic devices while driving— especially talking and texting.

The Traffic Services Section was supported by Sergeant Gali and Officer Davies of the Traffic Enforcement Unit, members of the Impaired Driving Task Force, representatives of the Office of Social Ministry (HOPE HAWAI’I), MADD Victims Advocate Ashley Drake and private citizens.

Dieter Blattler, Traffic Safety Coordinator at the Hawai’i Police Department, said that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2009 and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. Of those people killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction.

“These numbers are on the rise,” Blattler said. “That’s why we all need to change our attitude about the use of electronic devices!

Police Contact 223 Drivers at Pahoa High DUI Checkpoint Yesterday

Media Release:

Traffic Enforcement Unit and Puna Community Policing officers conducted a DUI sobriety checkpoint on Pāhoa Village Road fronting Pāhoa High and Intermediate School at 3 p.m. Tuesday (December 14).

Members of the Pāhoa Boys and Girls Club assist police in reminding motorists not to drink and drive.

Boys and girls from the Pāhoa Boys and Girls Club also participated by waving signs to the passing motorists advising them not to drink and drive during the holiday season.

Officers contacted 223 drivers during the checkpoint.

Police will be increasing DUI sobriety checkpoints throughout the island during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Hawaii Police Department Issues Green Laser Memo

Green Laser
Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department is warning the public that it is dangerous and illegal to aim laser pointers at any aircraft.

Police received reports from the Hilo airport tower Wednesday and Thursday nights (October 7 and October 8 ) reporting that green lasers were being aimed at the cockpits of commercial airlines. Officers initiated two reckless endangering cases and are investigating.

Police ask that anyone with information about these cases 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hawaii Police Department Starting Online Community Satisfaction Survey

Media Release

The public is invited to participate in an anonymous Community Satisfaction Survey for the Hawai’i Police Department during the month of June.

Baring any technical difficulties, the Internet survey will available from 9 a.m. Monday, June 1, until 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at www.hawaiipolice.com . The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is limited to one survey per computer. Participants will be able to enter detailed comments and suggestions at the end of the survey. The respondent’s IP address will not be stored in the survey results.

This survey will help Chief Harry Kubojiri determine the Police Department’s strengths and weaknesses, so the department can take steps to serve the public better. After the survey period, results will be posted on the Police Department’s web site (www.hawaiipolice.com).