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.

Big Island Police Investigating Shooting in Puna

Detectives are investigating a reported shooting that occurred in Puna on Tuesday. (July 3, 2012)

Shortly after 5:30 pm, a 39 year-old Mountain View woman reported to police that at about 3:30 pm, she was at the suspect’s residence on Overview Road in Mountain View to retrieve her property. She said that she and the suspect were involved in a verbal confrontation. The victim reported to police that as she was leaving, she heard what sounded like a gunshot. She said as she turned towards the suspect, he allegedly pointed what appeared to be a firearm at her and discharged another round.

She said that she fled the area and reported the incident to police and was uninjured.

Police have classified the incident as a second degree attempted murder.

James Gannon Coffey

Detectives want to question James Gannon Coffey, 47 of Overview Road, who is described as a Caucasian male, 5’10” tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with hazel eyes and short graying hair. He may be operating a brown late model Toyota pickup truck. He is also wanted for an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police advise that Coffey may be armed and considered dangerous and not to contact Coffey, but to instead call police.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or on the whereabouts of Coffey to call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email him at jfield@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.