Puna Woman Arrested Following Drug-Related Explosion That Sends Man to Hospital

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 28-year-old Puna woman in connection with a drug-related explosion that sent a man to the hospital with severe injuries.

Savannah Maloof of Keaʻau was arrested Monday afternoon (December 30) on suspicion of first-degree promotion of marijuana, second-degree promotion of marijuana, first-degree promotion of a harmful drug, promotion of a detrimental drug and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Vice Section continue the investigation.

At 8:16 p.m. Saturday (December 28), police responded to a report of a loud explosion at a home on 17th Street in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna. When officers arrived, Fire Department personnel were already at the scene, where smoke was present but not flames.

The blast had knocked out windows, melted plumbing fixtures and blown the doors off cabinets.

The sole occupant at the time, a 30-year-old Keaʻau man, was initially taken to the Hawaiian Paradise Park fire station by private vehicle. He was then taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center with third-degree burns. He was later transferred to a hospital on Oahu.

Maloof, who also lives at the house, was not home at the time of the explosion.

Butane honey oil. (Wikipedia Photo)

Butane honey oil. (Wikipedia Photo)

Police recovered 102 marijuana plants from an indoor growing operation, more than an ounce of butane honey oil (a marijuana byproduct) in several stages of manufacture, three e-cigarettes and components associated with the manufacture of butane honey oil.

Police ask anyone with information about any butane honey oil lab 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.

 

Home Invasion Robbery in Puna Foiled by Woman With Meat Cleaver and Pork & Beans

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a home invasion robbery Friday night (July 12) in Puna.

In response to a 9:37 p.m. call, Puna Patrol officers learned that three masked men had encountered a male resident outside a home on 30th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision. One man reportedly assaulted the resident and another man reportedly entered the house and assaulted a woman trying to protect a child. As the woman fought back, the masked men grabbed a purse and a backpack and fled in a pickup truck.

Dustin J. Jose

Dustin J. Jose

Responding officers located a truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and arrested 31-year-old Dustin J. Jose of Kailua-Kona and 31-year-old Jack A. Vaughn of Kailua-Kona.

Jack A. Vaughn

Jack A. Vaughn

They were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 9:05 p.m. Saturday (July 13), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Jose with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. They charged Vaughn with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree assault.

The men remained at the cellblock until their initial court appearance on Monday.

According to Hawaii News Now:

Three masked men stormed into a Big Island home on Friday night and attacked a family in a Keaau home. Two of the suspects are now in custody, and a can of pork and beans helped lead to the home invasion arrests.

“All of a sudden I see these three guys climbing out of the truck and they all had ski masks on,” recalled victim Claudine Prados.

Prados had been watching TV at her home on 30th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. She said she protected her son from one suspect by grabbing a meat cleaver from the kitchen, but two other men attacked his father.

“They injured him pretty badly. They slammed his face into the ground and they were trying to choke him and doing whatever they could to try to get him to pass our I guess,” said Prados.

Prados said she grabbed a can of pork and beans after the cleaver was knocked out of her hand. After a struggle, the men drove off.

“I still had the can of food in my hand and I was actually trying to bust their window but it ended up bouncing off and landing in the back of their truck. That’s one of the main things that actually police was able to identify the truck when they actually pulled it over,” Prados said.

Within 30 minutes, police found a truck matching the description she gave them on Kuauli Road in Kurtistown. Officers found the can in the back and arrested two men, Jack Vaughn of Kailua-Kona and Dustin Jose of Kealakekua. Jose was indicted in May for allegedly sexually assaulting two minors, according to the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Officers arrested both men for assault, burglary and robbery.

“It was like a total waste of time for them, honestly, because all they left with was a purse with no money and a kid’s backpack with clothes,” said Prados…

More Here: Can of Pork and Beans Leads to Arrest

 

Big Island Police Searching for Couple Reported Missing

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a man and woman who were reported missing.

The woman, 21-year-old Anika Young-Adams, was reported missing in September. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old John Hamrick, was reported missing in December. Both were last seen when they moved out of their Hawaiian Paradise Park home in September.

John Hamrick

John Hamrick

Hamrick is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anika Young-Adams

Anika Young-Adams

Young-Adams is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-5, 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

They may be in a Silver 2004 Nissan Frontier and they may be living on the beach.

Police ask that anyone with information on their 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.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 15-Year-Old Kea’au Girl

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

Tia Labrador

Tia Labrador was last seen at her Hawaiian Paradise Park home at 10:50 p.m. Friday (July 27).

She is described as 5-foot-3, 135 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask than anyone with information about her 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for “At Risk” 16-Year-Old Female

5/7/12 UPDATE She has been located.

The Hawaii Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing “at risk” person:

Stephanie Parsons

Missing Person: Stephanie Parsons, 16, Female, Caucasian, 5’9″ 170lbs.

Last seen: Hawaiian Paradise Park around 11:00 pm on Friday, May 04, 2012.

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Stephanie Parsons please call 911 or contact the police.

Ike Payne Announces His Candidacy for Hawaii County Council District 4

Aloha all,

I will be planning to run for county council in the new district, the day i need to register for the city council seat is February 1st.

Ike Payne

I can make my intent known but nothing shall begin with the county til then.. via Puna’s county office
district 4 watch out.  Any support and blessing and help would be great. Love to have your help and love to hear ideas and things that need work on in Puna.

I Live in hawaiian beaches,

Ike Payne

Only Three More Days Left of the 2011 Punalights

The Punalights Christmas Light show in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision is in it’s third year in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii. 37,163 lights synchronized to 256 channels of LightORama hardware. For more information, please go to www.punalights.com

There are only three more days left to view them.

To get there from Highway 130 you turn off on Maku’u Drive and then take a right on 18 St.  The show starts at 6:45 and runs until 9:15 each night.

The Best Christmas Light Display in Hawaii – The Punalights… Ed Oshiro’s House

If you haven’t had a chance to swing by Ed Oshiro’s house and the Punalights in Hawaii Paradise Park this year, I highly suggest you do. 

Here is a presentation from last years display.  If you want to see this years… you will have to go in person.

This year Punalights has teamed up with The Food Basket.  They are accepting non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations for the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

192 channels of LightORama controls 30,000+ lights synchronized to the Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper. This light show is located in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. For more information on this light show, please visit punalights.com. If you want directions to this show, please type in “punalights” into maps.google.com

This sequence is motivated by Mr. Gary Roderique of neverenoughlights.com

Puna Kidnapping Suspect to Appear in Court Today

East Hawaiʻi detectives have charged an 18-year-old Keaʻau man with kidnapping and several counts of terroristic threatening in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred late Friday afternoon at a home in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna.

Dustin M.K. AhChong

Dustin M.K. AhChong

At 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dustin M.K. AhChong was charged with kidnapping and six counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. This incident involves AhChong, during a domestic dispute over custody of an infant, allegedly pointing a hand gun and then a rifle at five victims and threatening to shoot them if the infant was not surrendered to him.

Both weapons were later recovered. They were determined to be an “air soft” pistol and a pellet rifle.

Though frightened, none of the victims sustained any physical injuries.

Detectives with the Juvenile Aid Section are conducting this investigation.

AhChong is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $22,000 bail. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court on Monday (October 24) at 1 p.m.

Picture Released of Suspect in Puna Attempted Murder

Hilo detectives have charged a Keaʻau man in connection with a brutal home invasion that occurred in Puna early Saturday morning (October 22) that left a Keaʻau woman hospitalized.

Seferin Tilipau

Seferin Tilipau

Sunday (October 23) at approximately 8:45 p.m., detectives charged 18-year-old Seferin Tilipau with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. He is being held without bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court tomorrow (October 24) at 1 p.m.

Saturday (October 22) shortly after midnight, Puna patrol officers responded to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to investigate a report of a woman screaming for assistance. Upon arrival, police discovered the 69-year-old woman with severe head injuries and determined that a man had forced his way into her home before assaulting her.

Officers from the Puna district converged in the area to assist in the search for the suspect. He was observed fleeing the home upon officers’ arrival at the scene.

At about 1:25 a.m., following an extensive search, 18-year-old Seferin Tilipau of Keaʻau was found hiding in a nearby house and was arrested and taken into custody.

Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries and is listed in stable condition.

Police ask that anyone with information 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.