Big Island Police Looking for Man Wanted for Questioning Regarding a Sexual Assault

Media Release:

Big Island police are requesting the public’s help in locating a 29-year-old Puna man wanted for questioning in connection with a recently reported sexual assault investigation.

Erick Jason Smith

Erick Jason Smith

Detectives are seeking Erick Jason Smith, last known to have lived in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision. He is described as being of Caucasian descent 6-foot, 180 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, a medium build and a fair to lightly-tanned complexion.

Detectives with the Juvenile Aid Section are continuing this investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information on Smith’s location 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.

Former Public Relations Officer for Hawaii SuperFerry and Aloha Airlines Attempts Suicide

Wow… I’m not sure if any of the local news outlets have picked up on this yet, but the former Public Relations Officer for the Hawaii SuperFerry and Aloha Airlines, Averie Kenery, attempted to commit suicide a few weeks ago.

Averie Kenery

A New York police detective managed to rescue a 32-year-old Filipino-American flight attendant and Honolulu Rotary Club leader from taking her own life in Queens, New York.

Averie Kenery, employed by Delta Air Lines, called her mother and husband to apologize and say goodbye just before 5 p.m. July 17, according to a report on the Filipino Reporter.

She also asked them to tell her two children how much she loved them before losing consciousness, the report said…

…She previously worked as finance and human resource manager at Pipeline Micro Inc., public relations officer at Hawaii Super Ferry and Aloha Air Lines, and training coordinator at Southeast Airlines.”

Full article here: Fil-Am in New York Rescued from Suicide Attempt

The officer that saved her, Detective Charles LoPresti, was recently honored.

Detective Charles LoPresti

Detective Charles LoPresti

…LoPresti and a team of three detectives were able to save a distraught, 32-year-old flight attendant who attempted suicide while staying in a flight crew crash pad in Jamaica. The detective, who has spent 20 combined years with the stationhouse, said he and his partners were lucky to save Averie Kenery because her family called the NYPD from their home in Honolulu, Hawaii, and did not know her exact location…

Full story here: 103rd Cop Saves Flight Attendant After Hawaii Call

Big Island Boar Hunting Tournament This Weekend

There are still spots available for this weekends Big Island Boar Hunting Tournament sponsored by Hawaii International Family Fitness Center.

There are two categories, Boar & Sow, and a cash prize will be awarded to the biggest boar caught.  Other prizes include a Laptop, a Digital Camera and a Knife Set.

Call 961-0003 for more information.

New Video of the Kilauea Eruption and Lava Flow on the Big Island

Video of the recent Kilauea eruption.  As you can see… it’s flowing pretty good right now!