Drug Lab Explodes in Puna Sending Man to Hospital

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a drug-related explosion that sent a man to the hospital with severe injuries.

At 8:16 p.m. Saturday (December 28), police responded to a report of a loud explosion at a home on 17th Street in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna. When officers arrived, Fire Department personnel were already at the scene, where smoke was present but not flames.

The blast had knocked out windows, melted plumbing fixtures and blown the doors off cabinets.

The sole occupant, a 30-year-old Keaʻau man, was initially taken to the Hawaiian Paradise Park fire station by private vehicle. He was then taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center with third-degree burns. He was later transferred to a hospital on Oahu.

Butane honey oil. (Wikipedia Photo)

Butane honey oil. (Wikipedia Photo)

Police recovered 102 marijuana plants from an indoor growing operation, more than an ounce of butane honey oil (a marijuana byproduct) in several stages of manufacture, three e-cigarettes and components associated with the manufacture of butane honey oil.

Detectives from the Area I Vice Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about any butane honey oil lab 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 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 Charge Captain Cook Woman With Shoplifting Clothes Valued at More than $1,000.00

Hawaiʻi island police have charged a Captain Cook woman with a felony in connection with a shoplifting incident in October.

On October 29, a man and a woman entered a clothing store in Kainaliu and removed items of clothing valued at more than $1,000 without paying for them.

After viewing the store’s surveillance video, police were able to identify the suspect.

Cassandra Lynn Ellis

Cassandra Lynn Ellis

On Sunday (December 29), the woman, 29-year-old Cassandra Lynn Ellis of Captain Cook, was arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Monday morning (December 30), detectives charged her with second-degree theft. Her bail was set at $10,000. She remains at the cellblock pending her initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (December 31).

Parks Department to Issue Kohanaiki Beach Park Camping Permits

Starting Monday, January 6, the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will begin issuing permits to camp at Kohanaiki Beach Park, also known as “Pine Trees,” located north of Kailua-Kona.

Kohanaiki Beach Park. Photo Courtesy County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation

Kohanaiki Beach Park. Photo Courtesy County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation

People seeking camping permits must apply in person during normal business hours at the Department’s administrative offices located at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6 in Hilo and in Building B of the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway in Kailua-Kona. A separate announcement will be issued when permits are made available through the Internet.

Camping fees for Hawai‘i County’s 10 other campgrounds will apply to Kohanaiki Beach Park. Nightly camping fees for Hawai‘i residents are $5 for adults, $2 for junior campers 13 to 17 years old, and $1 for children 12 and younger. The nonresident rate is $20 per night, regardless of age. A valid Hawai‘i driver’s license or state-issued identification is required to verify Hawai‘i residency. First and last names of all campers are required for a camping permit to be issued.

Ehawaii.gov also imposes a nonrefundable $1 per-night processing fee for each adult and junior camper. Ehawaii.gov provides the software program for issuing camping permits and collects the processing fee.

Kohanaiki Beach Park features accommodations for up to 80 campers nightly, ocean access, and both permanent and portable restroom facilities. Operating hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Kohanaiki Beach Park is closed to campers each Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

 

HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic Skills Challenge Winners Announced

Hawai‘i’s premier youth basketball players displayed their talents during the Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge held Friday night in Hilo as part of the 33rd Annual HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic.

Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge Winners: Front row L-R: Tanniya Uchida, Jay Young, Kai Nafarrete and Colby Casinas. Back row L-R: Jamila Collins-Ebanez, Mandi Kawaha, Jaelina Wells, Koby Tabuyo-Kahele and Elijah Dobson. Not pictured: Liko Soares. Photo credit: Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation

Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge Winners: Front row L-R: Tanniya Uchida, Jay Young, Kai Nafarrete and Colby Casinas. Back row L-R: Jamila Collins-Ebanez, Mandi Kawaha, Jaelina Wells, Koby Tabuyo-Kahele and Elijah Dobson. Not pictured: Liko Soares. Photo credit: Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation

Named in honor of the former Hilo basketball player who lost a battle with cancer on Christmas morning 2007, the Skills Challenge offered players the chance to compete in either the Hot-Shot or 3-Point Shooting events held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

Tournament sponsors the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League, or HI-PAL, and the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation wish to congratulate the following Skills Challenge age-group winners:

3-Point Shooting Competition:

  • 9/10-year-old boys: Koby Tabuyo-Kahele; Team Ballistic
  • 9/10-year-old girls: no contestants
  • 11/12-year-old boys: Kai Nafarrete; Team Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 11/12-year-old girls: Tanniya Uchida; Team Stingrays
  • 13/14-year-old boys: Jay Young; Team Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 13/14-year-old girls: Mandi Kawaha; Team Wahine Ryders

Hot-Shot Competition:

  • 9/10-year-old boys: Colby Casinas: Team Honolulu Sharks Gold
  • 9/10-year-old girls: no contestants
  • 11/12-year-old boys: Liko Soares; Team Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 11/12-year-old girls: Jamila Collins-Ebanez; Team Wahine Ryders
  • 13/14-year-old boys: Elijah Dobson; Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 13/14-year-old girls: Jaelina Wells; Team Wahine Ryders

The four-day Winter Basketball Classic attracted 49 teams from Oahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island.

For additional information, please call Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, ext. 258, or Darrell Yamamoto of the Department of Parks and Recreation at 961-8735.