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Kauai Police Investigating Nigerian E-Mail Scam Using Fake Hawaii County Police Information

Media Release:

Big Island police are warning the public about an e-mail scam in which the sender poses as a police officer.

Just an example of a Nigerian Scam letter

A Kauai woman received several e-mails as part of a Nigerian scam attempting to obtain large sums of money from her. The e-mails contained a photo of a Hawaii County police officer, a Police Department logo and other information that had been cut-and-pasted from the Hawaii Police Department’s website in an apparent attempt to mimic official letterhead and impersonate a police officer.

“The Hawaii Police Department does not contact the public in this manner,” said Deputy Chief Paul Ferreira. “If you receive an e-mail like this, please do not respond to it. Instead, report the incident to police immediately.”

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 16 Year Old South Kohala Girl

Media Release:

Big Island police are searching for a 16-year-old South Kohala girl who was reported missing.

Judie Kahele-Taetun

Judie Kahele-Taetun

Judie Kahele-Taetuna was last seen on Opelo road in Waimea on June 2.

She is described as Hawaiian, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9, between 145 and 169 pounds with brown eyes and black hair partially died blond.

Police ask that anyone with information on 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.

Wordless Wednesday – Seize the Hump Day

I guess RJ Reynolds is starting to get into the “Wordless Wednesday” thing as well.  It appears Camel Cigarettes are offering a buck off on their packs on Wednesdays at a local store here in Pahoa.

Big Island Police Searching for 42-Year-Old North Kona Woman Who Went Missing Last Night

Media Release:

Big Island police are searching for a 42-year-old North Kona woman who was reported missing.

Naomi Sanders

Naomi Sanders

Naomi Sanders was last seen at her Kainaliu home Monday night (June 6).

She is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-3 and 120 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. She has a tribal print tattoo on her upper right arm in the shape of an arm band. She was last seen wearing dark denim pants and a dark red long-sleeved shirt.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Google Funds Kuhio Park Terrace With $47 Million for Rehabilitation of 555 Units

Media Release:

AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC, a commercial real estate investment and management arm of AEGON and manager of a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit fund (Garnet LIHTC Fund XXV, LLC, “Fund”) for Google Inc. (“Google”) has added an additional property to the Fund with a new $47 million Google investment. The new property, the Towers at Kuhio Park Terrace (“KPT”) in Honolulu, Hawaii is a public housing community composed of two, sixteen story high rise towers. The Fund will provide a major source of funding for the rehabilitation of 555 units for families.

Kuhio Park Terrace (Picture from the Hawaii House Blog)

The first tranche of the Fund closed earlier this year and included a $28 million investment in two low-income housing developments in Minneapolis, MN (Riverside Plaza Apartments) and Sante Fe, NM (Villa Alegre Senior Apartments).

Brent Callinicos, Google Vice President and Treasurer said, “We’re proud to once again partner with AEGON to help people afford quality homes. This initiative reflects our continued commitment to invest in areas that not only make good financial sense but also benefit local communities”

According to Christoph Gabler, Senior Vice-President for AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC, the Towers at KPT are the first phase of a 1,025 community being redeveloped by the Michaels Development Company in partnership with Vitus Group and the Hawaii Public Housing Authority. The renovation will include living units sized to match resident needs and reconfigured apartments for handicap accessibility. With all new windows, doors, plumbing, appliances, and electrical fixtures the rehabilitation will improve the environmental sustainability of the units and increase energy efficiency leading to improved resident health and lower utility costs. KPT is also adjacent to the headquarters for Parents and Children Together (PACT), a charitable organization providing services state-wide including early childhood education, child abuse and neglect prevention, domestic violence prevention and treatment, etc.

About AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC

AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a commercial real estate investment and management arm of AEGON, has been providing real estate investment services for over 25 years. The company is part of The Netherlands-based AEGON N.V., an international life insurance, pension and asset management company with businesses in over twenty markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.aegonrealty.com.

Goat Takes Out Humvee Carrying Hawaii Army National Guardsmen

Media Release:

A 44-year-old Hawai’i Army National Guardsman from Ewa Beach, Oahu, was critically injured in a Humvee crash on the old Saddle Road, .3 miles west of the 36-mile marker, which is between the old main gate at the Pohakuloa Training Area and Bradshaw Army Air Field.

Responding to a 6:56 p.m. call Tuesday (June 7), South Hilo patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a Humvee and traveling west on the old Saddle Road when he attempted to avoid a goat that had jumped onto the roadway.

Flikr photograph

The Humvee ran off the right side of the road, up an embankment and overturned.

The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and pinned underneath.

The driver was extricated from under the vehicle and taken by Fire Rescue personnel to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he wad listed in critical condition.

A 21-year-old passenger who is also a guardsman from Kalihi, Oahu, was not injured.

The driver was later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu for further treatment.