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Big Island Police Investigating Attempted Robbery of Subway Restaurant in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted robbery Tuesday afternoon (November 5) at a fast-food restaurant in Hilo.

Big Island Police are investigating an attempted burglary at this Subway in Hilo.

Big Island Police are investigating an attempted burglary at this Subway in Hilo.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, a man entered the Subway restaurant on Lanikaula Street just mauka of Kīlauea Avenue. He claimed he had a gun and demanded cash. After the female victim refused to give him money, the suspect fled on foot up Lanikaula Street. He may have gotten into a black Toyota four-door sedan on Kapiʻolani Street just off Lanikaula Street.

The suspect is described as Asian, 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-4, about 140 pounds with brown eyes. His hair color was obscured by a gray hooded sweatshirt and a hat. He was also wearing dark shorts, a black-and-white flannel shirt and dark rubber shoes.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Lieutenant Gregory Esteban at 961-2252 or gesteban@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.

FREE – “Ola – Health is Everything” at UH Hilo November 14th

The public is invited to a special screening of “Ola – Health is Everything” on Thursday, November 14 at 12:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo University Classroom Building Room 127. There is no admission charge and seating is limited.
Ola
The Hawaiʻi documentary premiered at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival in April 2013. It highlights the power of communities to heal, explores how society must rethink what it means to be healthy, and portrays individuals who bring hope to communities across Hawaiʻi. A Q & A will follow the screening with film writer and producer Matthew Nagato of the Hawaiʻi Primary Care Association.

The screening is supported by UH Hilo’s Student Health & Wellness Programs and the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

For additional information, call 932-7458.

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Ola (Hawaiian for “life, well-being”) is a feature length documentary which explores the widespread social factors that helped create Hawai’i’s health care crisis and offers an intimate look at individuals who have, in the face of these challenges, brought hope to their communities.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Possible Missing Kayaker Off Maui

The search for a possible missing kayaker off Maui has been suspended pending further developments.

The search began after an abandoned kayak was found off La Perouse Bay, Maui, at approximately 11 a.m., Tuesday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point and a Jet Ski from Ocean Safety searched the area for a possible kayaker in distress.

Every year, countless man hours and taxpayer dollars go to search and rescue missions where someone is not in danger.

Paddle Smart

Paddle Smart Identification Sticker

“The Coast Guard highly recommends mariners use Paddle Smart stickers and mark their personal watercraft with their contact information,” said Chief Petty Officer Jerrod Sneller, operations unit controller at Sector Honolulu Command Center. “This will reduce the number of man hours spent searching for individuals not in distress and it will allow valuable resources to be ready for actual search and rescue cases.”

Through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft. The decal is weatherproof and reflective.

The goal of Paddle Smart is to save lives and taxpayer dollars. The information on the sticker can allow response entities to quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid search and rescue planners in determining the best course of action.

The stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.

For information on obtaining a Paddle Smart sticker, contact 808-535-3424.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer to Pay Hawaii $1.4 Million to Settle Fraud Allegations

Attorney General David M. Louie announced today that Hawaii will recover $1,455,919.22 from drug giant Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. subsidiary for illegal promotion of two of its best selling antipsychotic medicines.

Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen PharmaceuticalsFrom 1999 through 2005 the pharmaceutical manufacturer boosted its sales of Risperdal by marketing the drug for uses not approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by paying money to providers to prescribe Risperdal instead of equally effective drugs produced by its competitors. Johnson & Johnson then altered its Risperdal formula and pushed its new brand, called Invega, in juvenile and senior populations despite FDA guidelines that cautioned against use by individuals in those age groups.

Risperdal

Hawaii’s recovery was part of a larger settlement involving other states and the Federal Government that garnered $1.2 billion in restitution and penalties. In addition to the monetary sanctions, Janssen Pharmaceuticals will enter a guilty plea in Federal Court to mis-branding for its illegal marketing of the drugs.

The total amount of the recovery for Hawaii is $2,891,752.87.  The Federal Government shares in the recovery because it pays for the majority of Hawaii’s Medicaid program. Therefore, after the Federal Government is paid, Hawaii’s share will be $1,455,919.22.

Attorney General Louie stated that “the State Medicaid Program is an honor system. We will prosecute these important cases, recover our losses, and send a message that sanctions will follow when companies try to violate the rules.” The case was filed in Federal Court in Pennsylvania, and Hawaii’s Department of the Attorney General, Criminal Justice Division, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit worked with the Federal Government and other participating states to prosecute the case. The case was originally brought by a whistle blower who will also share in the recovery. The case was filed under the Federal and State False Claims Acts which encourage lawsuits by civilians who identify fraud and secretly report it to the government.

Hawaii’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit worked with the Hawaii State Legislature to amend the Hawaii False Claims Act, which enabled the State to keep an additional 10% of the recovery that would ordinarily be paid back to the Federal Government. The Legislature approved the amendment during the 2012 session and the extra 10% the State is now permitted to keep is expected to bring more revenue to the State in future False Claims Act cases.

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Waiving Entrance Fee for Veteran’s Day Weekend

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park joins national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees all three days of the upcoming Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 9-11, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

“Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed much to protect our freedom,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “To honor the selfless service of our veterans, we invite everyone to experience the American heritage by visiting their national parks at no charge this Veteran’s Day Weekend.”

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, which has dozens of veterans among its employees and volunteers, is open 24 hours a day, every day. The park offers more than 150 miles of hiking trails and many opportunities to appreciate the volcanic landscape, the pristine native environment and the Hawaiian culture that define this World Heritage Site. More than a dozen free interpretive programs are offered daily, and special events, including ‘Ike Hana No‘eau cultural workshops, After Dark in the Park presentations, hula kahiko performances, and Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” concerts, are ongoing. Check www.nps.gov/havo for information for all events.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is one of five national park units on the island of Hawai‘i.  Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is also free of charge Veteran’s Day weekend. There is no admission charged for Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, or the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.

Information on special offerings at parks nationwide is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Big Island Police Identify Eden Roc Murder Victim

Hawaiʻi Island police have confirmed the identity of the victim of a fatal stabbing Tuesday afternoon (November 5) in the Eden Roc subdivision.

Rory Wick

Rory Thompson Wick

He is identified as 32-year-old Rory Thompson Wick of Mountain View. He was pronounced dead at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday at Hilo Medical Center.

The suspect, 34-year-old David True Seal of Mountain View, is being held at the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of second-degree murder while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations continue the investigation.

UPDATE:  See who this David True Seal guy really is:  http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/11618540/police-searching-for-escapee-in-kaneohe

Puna Stabbing Leads to Murder Charges for Eden Roc Man

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing in Puna on Tuesday afternoon (November 5).

At 3:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of a stabbing victim on Pilo Street in the Eden Roc subdivision. They arrived to find an unresponsive 32-year-old man with multiple stab wounds.

Police took a 34-year-old man into custody but were not immediately able to verify his identity. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and initially taken to the Hilo police cellblock. He was then transferred to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or duyetake@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

UPDATE:

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified a man arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with a stabbing in Puna on Tuesday afternoon (November 5) in the Eden Roc subdivision.

David True Seal

David True Seal

The suspect is identified as 34-year-old David True Seal of Mountain View. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations continue the investigation.

The victim was officially pronounced dead at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday at Hilo Medical Center. His identity is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.

Hawaii Senate President Donna Mercado Kim Announces Run for Congress

After 31 years serving Hawaii residents in state government, Senator Donna Mercado Kim is aiming to take her extensive experience to Washington D.C.  Kim announced today she is running for a seat in the First Congressional District representing urban Oahu, being vacated by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

Donna Mercado Kim and son Micah

Donna Mercado Kim and son Micah

“I have had the privilege to serve on the Honolulu City Council, in the state House of Representatives, the State Senate as Senate President; with this experience comes a perspective that I want to take to Washington DC on behalf of the people of Hawaii. It is with my son and grandchildren in mind that I have been passionate and unwavering in my public service.  It is my goal to turn over to them a better state and better union,” said Kim.

Kim, a Kalihi resident and Farrington High grad, has never lost a race since she was first elected in 1982.  And she believes her knowledge and proven leadership skills will give Hawaii residents as a voice of reason in a bitterly divided Congress.

“The stalemate in Congress is impacting all of us.  We need strong representatives on Capitol Hill who understand our local and state government, who is unafraid to hold government accountable, who has asked the hard questions and yet still able to coalesce with others to get things done,” said Kim.

Kim enters the 1st congressional race with the endorsement of the IBEW Local 1260, a union representing 3,300 electrical workers in Hawaii and Guam.

“Having just gone through the recent government shutdown, I feel it’s vitally important that we compliment the strength of our state’s Congressional delegation with another lawmaker who has a proven track record of working across the aisle, to make tough decisions that benefit Hawaii’s hard working men and women.  We believe Sen. Mercado Kim is that lawmaker who will fight alongside IBEW Local 1260 as we work to increase union density and strengthen the middle class in Hawaii and Guam,” said Brian Ahakuelo, IBEW 1260 Business Manager.

Before being elected Senate President, Kim was Vice President and served as the chair of the Ways and Means and Tourism committees.  Kim was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, Honolulu City Council in 1985 and the State Senate in 2000.

For more information, contact Stacy Loe Paris, Communications Director for Kim’s congressional campaign at 387-8189 or email her at stacyparis1@gmail.com.  You can also go to donnamercadokim.com.