Colorado Man Died of Accidental Drowning in Puna

Preliminary results of an autopsy performed Tuesday (March 26) indicate that a 37-year-old Colorado man died of accidental drowning.

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At 3:38 p.m. Saturday (March 23) Puna police officers responded to a report of a swimmer in distress at Orr’s Beach in the Waʻa Waʻa area of Puna. They learned that the victim had been jumping off cliffs into the water with friends when he became caught in the current and pulled under.

Fire Department personnel retrieved him from the water and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounce dead at 5:50 p.m.

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


Neighbor Attempts to Help Extinguish Fire… Ends Up Dying

Police have initiated a Corners Inquest following the death of a 69-year-old man.

On Wednesday (September 12) at approximately 10:35 p.m., Kaʻū Patrol Officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire on Kamaoa Road in Waiʻōhinu.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel extinguished a fire in the kitchen area of the residence. A male party who was assisting the homeowner in attempting to extinguish the blaze prior to arrival of Fire Department personnel was found unresponsive outside the residence. The 69-year-old male has been identified as Gerald Erickson of Kamāʻoa Road. It was determined that shortly after the fire started Erickson was summoned by his neighbor to assist in putting out a fire which started in the kitchen area. As the residence began to fill with smoke the homeowner, Lui Salas, told Erickson to go outside and call 911. Shortly thereafter Salas found Erickson outside the house and unresponsive, he immediately began to administer CPR. Erickson was later transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on September 13 at 3:30 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death and officers from the Kaʻū Patrol Section are continuing this investigation. The fire appears to have been started by an unattended propane stove. Damage to the structure was estimated at $50,000.00

Man Arrested for Stabbing Firefighter Multiple Times With Ball Point Pen

The 29-year-old Hawi man arrested following a confrontation at a fire station has been charged with second-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Dylan Trumpy remains at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $4,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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At 9:15 a.m. Tuesday (December 27), North Kohala patrol officers responded to a request for help at the Hawi fire station. When they arrived, they observed Trumpy struggling with a male firefighter on the floor of the firehouse driveway. The 49-year-old firefighter was bleeding profusely from the head.

Trumpy was arrested on suspicion of assault and taken to the North Kohala police station for processing. He was then transferred to the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation by detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section.

Officers received information that Trumpy had driven to the station and become disorderly and aggressive while demanding information and names of Fire Department personnel. He reportedly attacked the firefighter and stabbed him in the head multiple times with a ball point pen after being asked to leave the station due to his behavior.

The firefighter also suffered abrasions to the face and body from the struggle. He was treated at Kohala Hospital for his injuries and then released.

Detectives charged Trumpy with the two offenses at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday (December 28).