Kona Man Charged with Six Offenses Following Condominium Burglary

A suspect is in police custody in connection with a burglary Monday (December 23) at a Kona condominium.

At 7:16 a.m. Monday, police received a report of a burglary at a condo on the 75-6000 block of Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona. Sometime overnight, an unknown person had entered a unit in the condo through an unlocked door and stolen several items—including a jewelry box, a ukulele and cellular telephones—while the residents were asleep.

At 9:25 a.m. Monday, investigating officers were called back to the same condo complex in response to a report of a man sleeping behind a garage.

An officer made contact with the man and noticed items in his possession matching the description of stolen items from the burglary. While the officer attempted to place the suspect under arrest, the suspect resisted and struck the officer in the head, causing a laceration and swelling.

Ian Medeiros

Ian Medeiros

A second officer arrived at the scene and assisted the first officer in subduing the suspect and placing him under arrest. The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Ian Medeiros, who has no permanent address but frequents the Kailua-Kona area.

Fire Department personnel treated the injured officer at the scene for his minor injuries.

Medeiros was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section investigate possible charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and terroristic threatening.

Police urge the public to keep their doors locked when they are asleep or away from home.

UPDATE:

A suspect arrested Monday (December 23) after a burglary at a Kona condominium has been charged with six offenses.

Tuesday afternoon (December 24), detectives charged 22-year-old Ian Medeiros with second-degree theft, resisting arrest, first-degree assault of a police officer, first-degree terroristic threatening, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $10,500.

He remained at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (December 26).

 

Big Island Police Charge Man In Connection to Robbery at Kona Restaurant

Hawai´i Island police have charged a man in connection with a robbery Wednesday night at a restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Klay Brian Bensch

Klay Brian Bensch

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday (September 11), after the restaurant had closed, an unknown man entered the premises near the intersection of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway, approached a female employee from behind, threatened her with a weapon, forced her into another room and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation and on Tuesday (September 17) arrested 30-year-old Klay Brian Bensch, of Kailua-Kona on suspicion of robbery.

On Wednesday (September 18), Bensch was charged with first–degree robbery, first-degree burglary, kidnapping, second-degree assault and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $29,000.

He is being held at the Kona cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (September 19).

 

Big Island Police Charge Kona Man Who Was Threatening People With Knife and Assaulted Officers

Big Island police have charged a 20-year-old Kailua-Kona man in connection with what started as a report of a man with a knife threatening people at a residence on Pumehana Street in Kailua-Kona.

Garrick Scott Simmons

Garrick Scott Simmons

On Sunday (September 15) at approximately 5:13 p. m., Kona Patrol officers responding to the disturbance call, located and arrested the suspect identified as 20-year-old Garrick Scott Simmons of Kailua-Kona. During the arrest Simmons threatened and assaulted two officers. He was taken to the Kona cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation.

During the investigation detectives determined that Simmons entered into the home of an aquaintance, a 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man, and threatened him with a knife. Simmons later illegally entered into the man’s vehicle removing items from within. Simmons fled the area and was locted by patrol officers who arrested Simmons.

During the arrest one officer suffered a concussion and sprained knee while a second officer sustained a sprained knee and abrassions. Both officers were later treated and released from the Kona Community Hospital.

On Tuesday (September 17) detectives charged Simmons with two counts of first-degree assaulting a police officer, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Simmons was released from custody after posting $20,500.00 bail.

Kailua-Kona Day Care Center License Revoked, Again

Due to continuing non-compliance with State Licensing of Group Child Care Centers and Group Child Care Homes regulatory requirements (HAR §17-892.1), the Department of Human Services (DHS) Childcare Licensing Unit has suspended the operating license of Kids Play Corner, Inc. dba Busy Buddies Hawaii, in Kailua Kona, Hawaii Island, effective Wednesday, July 3, 2013.  This is the second suspension of facility’s license this year.  The first occurred in February 2013.

Busy Buddies

The DHS Child Care Licensing Unit is responsible for ensuring the health, welfare and safety of children in licensed child care facilities.   Kid’s Play Corner, Inc., dba Busy Buddies Hawaii, first came to DHS attention in March 2009 when a Child Welfare Services (CWS) investigation confirmed that a staff member was a perpetrator of threat of abuse to a child in care at the center.  In May 2009, the DHS issued a notice to facility owners directing them to terminate employment of the staff member who was determined unsuitable to provide child care.  The individual was specifically banned from the premises during child care hours and/or when children were present.

Following the February suspension, the DHS Child Program Office offered and Busy Buddies Hawaii entered into a settlement agreement that prohibited the specific individual from stepping onto the property at any time, or directing operations and/or staff.

The July 3, 2013 license suspension occurred after the DHS received a complaint that the terms and conditions of the Settlement Agreement signed with Busy Buddies Hawaii on May 31, 2013 had been violated.  Busy Buddies Hawaii had been provisionally licensed from June 6, 2013 until September 15, 2013 for 40 children.

On July 5, 2013, Busy Buddies Hawaii co-owner Mr. Ricky Hanano, hand-delivered a letter to the DHS North Kona office saying he was voluntarily returning his operating license and that effective immediately, Busy Buddies Hawaii will not be operating a Group Child Care Center.  The DHS suspension will remain in place until the Child Care Licensing Unit completes its investigation.

Parents may contact the North Kona Child Care Licensing Office at (808) 327-4755 if they have any questions.  For parents who need to make alternative child care arrangements, DHS recommends contacting PATCH Hawaii at (808) 322-3500 for a list of child care providers in the area.

 

Utility Work in Kona to Replace Underground Cables

Hawaii Electric Light Company announces utility work in the Kilohana Subdivision of Kona to replace underground cables. Work will continue for approximately 5-6 months. Work hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and may vary.

Lako Project

Work begins at the Lako Street intersection, proceeds toward Koko`olua Way, and includes all side streets. Speed is reduced in the work zone and traffic is limited to one lane only. The community is advised to avoid this area as much as possible and drive with caution through the work zone. Please use alternate routes if possible.

Power outages will be minimal. Hawaii Electric Light will work with affected customers individually to ensure a safe and smooth transition to the new system.

The improvements are being made to provide the community power at a high level of reliability. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation. If there are any questions or concerns, please call 969-6666.

 

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Reported Today Off the Kona Side of the Big Island

*UPDATE* It’s now been upgraded to a 3.6:

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With yesterdays, 5.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the entire island, I don’t think anyone even noticed today’s 3.5 3.6 magnitude earthquake off the Kailua-Kona side of the Big Island:

You can see the blue dot on the left hand side of the island.

You can see the blue dot on the left hand side of the island.

There was no civil defense report and obviously no tsunami generated from it.

Second Suspect Charged in Connection with Kailua-Kona Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a second suspect in connection with a burglary on Queen Kalama Avenue in Kailua-Kona on April 5.

Ammon K. Kamohai

Ammon K. Kamohai

Ammon K. Kamohai, 22, of Kailua-Kona was initially arrested Monday afternoon (April 22) on two warrants for revoking probation in a drug case and on suspicion of promoting a dangerous drug. He was also wanted for questioning in connection with additional felonies.

Kamohai’s bail for the probation revocation charges was set at $100,000 and he appeared in court on Tuesday (April 23).

After court, police returned Kamohai to the Kona police cellblock , where they arrested him on the additional felonies, including those connected with the April 5 burglary.

At 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, detectives charged him with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, attempted second-degree theft and forgery for the April 5 burglary. The other suspect in the April 5 burglary, 23-year-old Tonino Benson of Kailua-Kona, was charged on April 12 with the same offenses.

Kamohai was also charged Wednesday with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for allegedly removing a vehicle from the parking lot of an apartment complex off Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona sometime between Sunday and Monday (April 21 and April 22). His bail on those charges was $65,000.

Kamohai was not charged in the promoting a dangerous drug case pending additional investigation.

He remained at the Kona cellblock pending another court appearance scheduled for Thursday (April 25).

 

Search Underway for Possible Person in Water Near Kailua-Kona

The Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water after a personal watercraft was found adrift near Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Thursday.

A blue wave runner was found by a commercial fishing vessel two miles west of Kailua-Kona and returned to its owner at Jet Ski Island. The watercraft was confirmed to belong to a local rental company, who suspected an attempted theft may have occurred.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was diverted to conduct a search of the area and has been on scene since approximately 10 a.m. Big Island Fire is assisting with a surface asset and shoreline search of the area.

The Coast Guard requests that anyone with information on the possible person in distress please contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

 

Kona Man Charged With Burglary for Break-In Last Year

A Kona man has been charged with burglary for a break-in that occurred late last year in Kailua-Kona.

The December 17 burglary took place at a home on Onaona Drive.

Jerome Soares

Jerome Soares

Police developed a suspect, identified as 49-year-old Jerome Soares of Kailua-Kona.

Soares was arrested Monday (March 4) at the Kona courthouse and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. He was charged at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday (March 5) with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $35,000.

He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (March 6).

Coffee Berry Borer Bill Passes House, Moves to Senate

The House passed HB353 HD1, introduced by Representative Nicole Lowen, which would appropriate funds to address the infestation of the coffee berry borer beetle, a pest that is causing widespread damage to coffee crops on the Big Island.

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In recent years the coffee berry borer beetle has been ravaging coffee farms in the Kona area, with over 90% of coffee operations on Hawaii Island being affected. Help is clearly needed for an industry that is responsible for $30 million in revenue annually, and help is on the way. The bill, which will now advance to the Senate for consideration, would appropriate $300,000 in State funds to be matched by an additional $200,000 from federal or other sources.  When added to current federal funds of $330,000 already granted and another $200,000 that the State DOA has committed to, it adds up to a total of just over $1 million in state and matching funds over the next four years.

Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei)

Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei)

“Our farmers need help in dealing with the coffee berry borer beetle before it decimates the Kona coffee industry,” said the bill’s introducer, Rep. Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau). “The final draft that we sent over to the Senate provides the industry with the aid it desperately needs in a manner that is fiscally responsible, and I plan to keep working hard to secure additional funds in the future.”

 

Kona Man Charged With Kidnapping and Other Offenses in Connection With Robbery Last Week

A Kona man has been charged with kidnapping and other offenses in connection with a robbery last week in Kailua-Kona.

On February 17, Kona patrol officers responded to an apartment on the 75-5000 block of Lamaokeola Street in Kailua-Kona to a reported robbery.

They received information that a 37-year-old male resident had been visiting with a 36-year-old male friend when a male acquaintance and another man arrived uninvited brandishing a handgun and a machete. The intruders held down the two suspects, assaulted them, demanded money and marijuana and then fled on foot after taking the occupant’s wallet and 10 grams of marijuana.

The occupant sustained minor cuts and scrapes to his hand and forehead. His visitor sustained redness and pain around his left eye. Both men declined medical treatment.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

On February 20, police arrested the acquaintance, 25-year-old Alihilani Stringert of Kailua-Kona, for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in an unrelated case and took him to the Kona police cellblock. While he was in custody, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section arrested him at 4:07 p.m. in connection with the robbery and continued the investigation.

Alihilani Stringert

Alihilani Stringert

At 2 p.m. on February 22, he was charged with kidnapping, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, second-degree theft, two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance Monday (February 25).

The second suspect is still at large. Police ask anyone who knows his identity or has any additional information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Jason Berryhill at 326-4646, extension 275. Detective Berryhill also may be reached by email at jberryhill@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 Kona Man Last Seen in Hilo Yesterday

*UPDATE* HE HAS BEEN LOCATED SAFE.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 47-year-old man who was last seen in Hilo yesterday ( January 31) at 4:00 p.m.

Viktor Goy

Viktor Goy

Viktor Goy of Kailua-Kona left his home yesterday at 9:30 a.m. and has not been seen or heard from since an afternoon appointment in Hilo.

Goy is described as a Caucasian male, 5-foot-7, 185 pounds, with blue eyes, and gray hair.

Goy was last seen operating a 2009 Silver Hyundai four door sedan bearing license plate number ZAX-199 and was believed to be returning to Kona from the Hilo side.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts 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.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 57-Year-Old Kailua-Kona Man

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 57-year-old Kailua-Kona man who was reported missing.

John Eckert

John Eckert

John Eckert was last seen on January 13 in Kailua-Kona at approximately 6 p.m.

He is described as Caucasian, 6-foot-2, 184 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on 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.

 

Big Island Police Investigating Likely Kona Drowning

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a likely drowning in Kona over the weekend.

HPDBadgeShortly before 3:30 p.m. Saturday (December 29), Kona Patrol Officers responded to the end of OTEC road in Kailua-Kona to a report of a body floating in the ocean.

A 40-year-old Kailua-Kona man, who had been swimming in an area of high surf, was floating face down in the water and appeared unresponsive. Fire Department personnel pulled him from the water, attempted life-saving measures, and took him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death

 

Lost Campers USA Brings Budget Campervan Rentals to the Big Island

Lost Campers USA, the fast-growing company that set the standard for quality campervan rentals on the West Coast, is crossing the Pacific to open in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on January 2, 2013. Owners Nick and Emma Thomson intend to bring their unique style of ultimate customer service to one of the most incredible locations in the world, offering adventurous travelers an alternative to hotels and vacation home rentals. Nick Thomson comments, “The best way to explore the natural riches of this beautiful tropical destination is by driving and camping. Lost Campers Campervan Rental Hawaii allows vacationers the opportunity to travel all over the big island in comfort, providing great versatility for a modest price.”

Sierra Top

Sierra Class

With offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles and over 75 campervans for hire, Lost Campers USA has, since 2008, been the top rental agency for travelers wishing to experience California and the West by campervan. The Los Angeles office has been open two years, and in that time, has proven the viability of campervan rentals as a successful travel business.

Amidst the recent economic downturn, campervans remain a popular means of travel, especially for families and those visiting the U.S. from abroad. Lost Campers’ new big island location is the perfect venue for the company’s expansion, as the island is teaming with wildlife, rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails, pristine beaches, national parks and lava fields for travelers to explore by camping.

Sierra Class

Sierra Class

Hawaii campervan rentals will open with ten vehicles in January, and expand as the market demands. The agency will offer Lost Campers’ Sierra class vans which feature the amenities that have made campervans so popular — full-size platform bed, inside storage, side awning, camp kitchen kit, fresh linens, stereo, storage and seating for four passengers. The Hotel Sierra campervan also features a rooftop tent. Lost Campers’ Big Island campervans start at just $75/day. Located just 10 minutes from Kona International Airport in Keahole, Lost Campers USA offers shuttle service to and from the rental facility. To learn more or to book a van, go to www.lostcampersusa.com and click on the Hawaii page or call 1-888-567-8826 (888-LOST-VAN) or 1-415-386-2693.

“GLOW 5-0″ – Drug and Drink Free Teen Party at KBXtreme in Kailua-Kona

Unlimited bowling, unlimited music and dancing make “GLOW 5-0″ the hottest event of the season, created by teens for teens.  Happening Sunday, December 16, from 7 to 11 p.m. at KBXtreme in Kailua-Kona, the “straight edge rager” is a youth-only, action-packed night with nonstop dance music by DJs, black lights and glow sticks, bowling, prizes and “no drugs, no drunks and no drama.”

Glow 5-0

Glow 5-0

GLOW 5-0 is presented by the Lifeplan Youth Leadership-West Hawaii and the North Hawaii Lifeplan Youth Leadership Team, and is the second annual event, planned and delivered by the teens themselves.   Last year’s event rallied over 100 youth aged 13-19 and this year’s goal is 300 or more.

“They want to party, and party doesn’t automatically mean drinking and drugs,” said Lifeplan youth mentor Kei-Lin Cerf, “Just everybody being in the same place… playing the music they want to dance to.”

The youth team created the theme, designed a flyer and posted a Facebook event page with the latest updates and RSVPs.  They recruited DJ Chad, DJ Jared, DJ Ohm Grown, plus youth performers, Concept, JTheory and Steve Kim to help keep the dance floor energized.  Their dress code guidelines suggest that ragers “dress to impress” – with fluorescent rave outfits like shorts and tank tops OK, but no bikini tops or swimsuit-like bottoms.  Outfits can be flashy and wild, but not overly revealing.

They strongly emphasize that no one “under the influence” will be admitted, with no re-entries once teens are inside.  “What’s important for the teens is to show there are options, there are choices,” said Cerf.  “They see their peers, their family and friends making dangerous choices, and they want to prove it’s possible to have a fantastic clean and sober party.”

Tickets are $7 at the door, $5 pre-sale, available from Team members at Kealakehe High School, or at KBXtreme and Mama’s House in Waimea.  Parents may drop young people off, go enjoy dinner or holiday shopping and return to pick them up.  Adult chaperones will watch the exits, and discreetly monitor GLOW 5-0 to help keep kids safe.

“We’ve been blessed with adult supporters who believe in what these teens are doing,” said Cerf, “and our hope is that more community members step up and help the youth provide much-needed, and really good, activities for people their own age.”

Organizers are recruiting adult chaperones; lane sponsors, prizes and donations.  Lane sponsorships are only $150 for the full night of bowling.  Small prizes such as $10 gift cards for pizza or shopping make the perfect prize donation.  To help, please call Kei-Lin Cerf at 896-6110.

GLOW 5-0 is supported by Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Lifeplan founder Andy and Kate Mecca, Mama’s House, Bob and Becky Holman, Waikoloa Irrigation and Landscape Maintenance, North Hawaii Drug-Free Coalition, Models Not Bottles, Big Island Substance Abuse Council and others, with the assistance of KBXtreme, Purevybe Entertainment, Native FM-Pacific Radio Group, Body Glove Cruises, Project Grad and Randy Shelor, graphic arts teacher at Kealakehe High School.

The Lifeplan Youth Leadership teams are part of Lifeplan Institute Hawaii Island, a creative youth mentoring program, committed to providing 5,000 island teens with a goal-driven “Lifeplan” by 2015. For more information, visit www.lifeplanhawaii.org

Big Island Police Arrest Kona Man on Suspicion of Robbery… Looking for Others

Hawaiʻi County police have arrested a Kona man on suspicion of robbery and are asking for the public’s help in identifying other suspects.


At 12:27 a.m. Monday, Kona patrol offices responded to a report of a robbery in a parking lot at Aliʻi Sunset Plaza. A 26-year-old Kealakekua man reported that after he met a local man at bar, the man took him to the northwest corner of the parking lot to meet with five or six males. They punched and kicked the victim and stole his backpack before fleeing on foot.

The victim was treated at Kona Community Hospital for a fractured jaw and minor cuts and scrapes.

Police investigation led to the identity of a possible suspect. At 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police arrested 20-year-old Alexander Cho, who has no permanent address but frequents Kailua-Kona. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police are asking for help from anyone who witnessed the attack or saw the victim talking with a local male in the Coconut Grove area. The victim was wearing shorts and a striped tank top and was carrying a backpack.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238.

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 Initiate Manslaughter Case in Connection with Death at Care Home

Big Island police have initiated a manslaughter case in connection with the death of an 82-year-old man at a care home in Kailua-Kona.


On August 13, Kona patrol officers responded to a care home on Haʻokuni Street to a report of an unresponsive 82-year-old resident. Fire/rescue personnel took the man to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:58 p.m. He was identified as Oscar Ramos.

Police initiated a coroner’s inquest case.

An autopsy conducted August 15 determined that the cause of death was aspiration of food.

After consultation with Adult Protective Services, detectives focused on the level of care provided and a determination that the Department of Human Services revoked the caregiver’s care home certification on September 24 because of this incident.

Detectives conferred with county prosecutors on November 1. After that meeting, they initiated a manslaughter investigation.

Kona Swimming Pool Closed October 1-2 for Inspection

The Kona Community Aquatic Center will be closed Monday and Tuesday so a necessary inspection may be conducted.

Kona Community Aquatic Center

Intended to ensure peak operating efficiency, the inspection is expected to be completed in time for the Department of Parks and Recreation to reopen the swimming pool as scheduled at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, October 3.

The department apologizes for any inconvenience the temporary shutdown may cause and thanks pool users for their patience.

For more information, please call the KCAC staff at 327-3500.

Big Island Police Bust 10 People in Connection to Drug-Related Burglary Ring

Big Island police have arrested 10 individuals in connection with a drug-related burglary ring.

Joshua Watan

On September 12, police arrested 31-year-old Joshua Watan of Kealakekua. On September 14, detectives charged him with criminal trespassing, meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing illegal drug paraphernalia. While Watan was still in police custody he was rearrested and charged on September 15 with burglary, promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia and four counts of theft. His bail for all the above offenses was set at $428,000. In addition, he was arrested for discharge of sureties (for having a previous bail revoked) and for revocation of release on bail, which is an offense that doesn’t allow him to be released on bail.

Nicole Adams

Also on September 12, police arrested 51-year-old Nicole Adams of Captain Cook on suspicion of hindering prosecution for hiding Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, who was wanted for escape. On September 13, she was charged with that offense. Her bail was set at $2,000.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Curtis Hoku Kekahuna Jr.

On September 13, police received a tip that 36-year-old Curtis Hoku Kehahuna of Kamuela, whom police were seeking, was at a home in the Kalaoa area. When police went to the property they found Kehahuna and methamphetamines at the scene. They arrested Kekahuna, 28-year-old Halatoa Fakatoumafi of Kailua-Kona and 22-year-old Gensyn Waltjen of Hilo on suspicion of drug offenses.

Halatoa Fakatoumafi

While on the property, police located a vehicle that had been stolen from Hilo. A search warrant led to the recovery of two additional vehicles that had been stolen from Hilo and Kona.

Jessica Tuifua

Also on September 13, 39-year-old Jessica Tuifua of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution (for hiding Kehahuna from police). She was charged with that offense on September 15 and her bail was set at $2,000.

Waltjen was released on September 15 pending further investigation.

Kehahuna was charged on that date with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia and three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was also arrested and charged on four outstanding warrants as well as for discharge of sureties and held without bail for the charge of violating terms of release on bail. His bail for the above charges was $83,000.

In addition, Kehahuna was charged with kidnapping, assault, terroristic threatening and burglary for an incident that occurred August 21 in Kailua-Kona. Those offenses added another $87,000 to his bail total.

Additionally on September 15, police charged Fakatoumafi with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and hindering prosecution (for hiding Kekahuna from police). His bail was set at $6,250.

On September 17, Sean Gregory of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in connection with a vehicle that was taken from Waikoloa in July and an all-terrain vehicle that was taken from the Kalaoa area on September 15. He remains in police custody at the Kona cellblock while police continue the investigation.

Joseph Augustino Narzisi

On Tuesday (September 18), Joseph Narzisi, who was already in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, was arrested and charged for a kidnapping case that occurred August 21 in Kailua-Kona in which a suspect forced his way into a 26-year-old man’s home, assaulted him and threatened him with a firearm, before forcing him into a vehicle, where the threats and assault continued until the victim was able to escape. The victim declined treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries. Police recovered a firearm in connection with that case. Narzisi’s bail for that offense was set at $87,000.

Colvin Gaspar

Also on Tuesday, 20-year-old Colvin Gaspar of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution (for hiding Kekahuna). He was charged Wednesday morning (September 19) with that offense and his bail was set at $2,000.

And finally, on Tuesday, police arrested 24-year-old Daniel Estocado on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for a February 24 incident in Kona and on suspicion of burglary for an August 27 incident in Kealakekua. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation.

Lieutenant Sherry Bird said tips from the public played an important role in dismantling this burglary ring. “We are grateful to our community for helping to act as our eyes and ears,” Bird said. “Their help was critical in helping us solve this rash of crimes.”

Joel Landsborough

Police are still searching for 24-year-old Joel Landsborough of Kailua-Kona, who is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on the right side of his chest. Police ask that anyone with information on 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.