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Hawaii Surfer In Fight Of His Life Punches Shark To Escape Attack

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Jeff Horton, 25, wasn't just attacked by a shark, he fought back throwing eight punches before escaping.
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Kohala Center will get federal funds.

Money will support the design and construction of a business accelerator.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded at $2.178 million grant to the Koala Center "to support the design and construction of an agricultural business accelerator for small farmers and agricultural marketers in Kamuela."  Tje accelerator will provide assistance with self-sustaining value-added food and fiber production leading to food self-reliance and sustainability. Aloha, Russ.

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Kona man will spend a decade in prison for home invasion and sex assaults.

Judge says sentence is "more than appropriate and deserved."

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

Hilo Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara has sentenced Kona resident Dustin James Jose to 10 years in prison for his role in a violent home invasion last year in the Puna District and for molesting two minors in Kona.  Judge Hara called the prison term "more than appropriate and deserved."  Jose pleaded guilty in May to second-degree robbery and second-degree assault.  He will serve the terms concurrently. Jose, Jack Vaughn of Kona, and a third unidentified man, all wearing masks, reportedly pulled into a Hawaiian Paradise Park property of Claudine Prados in a pickup truck on 12 July 2013 and attacked her, her 9-year-old son, and boy's father, Clayton Mahi.  Jose admitted the robbery took place at "the wrong residence."  The men took Prado's purse, checkbook and a backpack with her son's clothes.  A can tossed at the thieves by Prados landed in the bed of the getaway vehicle. Police found the can in the truck bed when they pulled over the truck later that night in Kurtistown.  Jose will be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.  Aloha, Russ.

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State hospitals face a $30 million deficit by 2015.

Coverage may be cut because of funding issues.

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Source:  Associated Press.

Reporter:  Cathy Bussewitz.

 

Public hospitals across Hawaii are finding ways to reduce staff and cut services because they don't have enough money to make ends meet.  Executives from the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation told lawmakers on Friday that even after layoffs they are facing a $30 million deficit in 2015. One hospital on Maui chose to close its adolescent psychology unit because it couldn't sustain "the appropriate staffing levels to provide the services."  The hospital is also considering cuts to oncology and dialysis services  if the situation doesn't improve. On the east side of Hawaii Island, three out of four patients are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, which don't fully reimburse hospitals for services.  Gary Yoshiyama, board chairman for the group's East Hawaii region, told the AP that the region is dealing with rising health care costs and an inability to pay for its collective bargaining agreements. Yoshiyama added that "We cannot absorb the cost without deep harm to our community."  Aloha, Russ.

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1st humpback whale of season spotted off Kauai

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The first humpback whale of the season has been spotted off Kauai.
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Hawaii's whale watching season got off to an early start Monday as members of a "Holo Holo Charters" vessel snapped this picture of a Humpback Whale in waters off west Kauai.  According to NOAA, Monday's sighting "is unusually early in the season."  February and March are considered the peak of the whale watching season.  Anyone who sees an injured or entangle whale should call the NOAA hotline at 888-256-9840.  Aloha, Russ.

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EXCLUSIVE: Accused scam artist cites sovereignty defense - Hawaii News Now

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EXCLUSIVE: Accused scam artist cites sovereignty defense Hawaii News Now Jennifer Ann McTigue, a 46-year-old Punahou School graduate, said the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom more than a century ago was illegal and because of that the mail fraud...
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Forty-six-year-old Punahou School graduate Jennifer Ann McTigue said federal courts don't have jurisdiction over her.  She claims the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893 "was illegal" and because of that, the mail fraud and money laundering charges against her are invalid.  Victor Bakke, the attorney for co-defendant March Melton, said, "The motions she filed are completely ridiculous and we refuse to join in it and the court is now questioning her competence to represent herself."  This defense has been tried by sovereignty advocates in the past.  That defense has been rejected in several court cases....."you do the crime, you do the time."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii's highways worst in U.S., annual study finds - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Hawaii's highways worst in U.S., annual study finds
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The report by the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank in Los Angeles, said Wednesday that Hawaii also has the least cost-effective highway system.
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A study conducted by the Libertarian Think Tank "Reason Foundation" confirms what many Hawaii residents already know--Hawaii has one of the worst highway systems in the country. The study  cited Hawaii for  the "worst traffic congestion, deficient bridges, and pavement conditions."  State Senator Sam Slom added "It's not a question of lack of revenues or a lack of resources, but it is a question of how much we pay and how much we get for what we pay for."  Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang said the main problem is deferred road maintenance, adding "We must catch up now."  Aloha, Russ.

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Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks - Fox News

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Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks
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This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo provided by the U.S.
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Associated Press reporter Jennifer Sinco Kelleher says scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring "every twist and turn" of lava creeping toward communities in the Lower Puna District.  Kelleher says the work can be dangerous and includes frequent flyovers in a helicopter, navigating "precarious terrain" and taking  careful data measurements to give the public an accurate picture of the lava's progress. Thanks to taking those risks, scientists now have a clearer picture of where the lava is heading.  The slow-moving lava flow has picked up a bit in speed and is heading toward Pahoa Village Road--a spot reachable in less than two weeks.  Based on topography, the flow appears all but certain to reach Pahoa Town if it doesn't stop. Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said the flow was 2.4 miles from the road and 2.5 miles from Highway 130 Thursday morning. The county is constructing two alternate routes in case the flow reaches the highway.  Railroad Avenue will run from Nanawale Estates to Hawaiian Paradise Park.  It should be ready by Wednesday. Government Beach Road is expected to be ready for traffic a week later.  Aloha, Russ.

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OHA trustees hear from Big Island residents - West Hawaii Today

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OHA trustees hear from Big Island residents
West Hawaii Today
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees heard project updates, along with grievances, Wednesday evening at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.
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According to Stephens Media Hawaii reporter Bret Yager, The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees came to King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Wednesday night to listen and to consider concerns of Native Hawaiians living on Hawaii Island. LeAnne Crabbe, the vice-president of the Queen Liliuokalani Trust laid out the vision for the 3,500-acre Keahuolu ahupuaa at the north end of Kailua-Kona. The trust is working with Hawaii County to reclaim a portion of Kuakini Highway and converting it into a park-like setting suitable for walkers and bicyclists.   Concepts also include pathways for children to walk to school without crossing roads, and education stations positioned throughout the zones of the ahupuaa , which roughly follows the north side of Palani Road, up more than 3,000 feet in elevation.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island police looking for Puna robbers - KHON2

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At about 8 p.m. Sept. 17, police received a call of a robbery at a home in the Fern Forest subdivision in Mountain View.
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Hawaii police are investigating a reported home invasion Wednesday night at a home the Fern Forest subdivision in Mountain View.  Two women residents, ages 64 and 50, reported hearing loud noises and the sound of a man yelling "police" outside their home.  The younger woman said two men forced their way into the house, one brandishing a bat-like object, and demanded money.  He took an undisclosed amount of cash and the victim's cell phone as he left the house.  Both victims reported hearing gunshots coming from the direction of the house.  The suspects are believed to have fled in separate vehicles, described as a light colored sedan and a dark colored sedan.  While waiting for the police, the older woman reported that her handbag and its contents were taken during the robbery.  The suspect is described as 5-foot-9 and wearing jeans, a dark blue baseball cap, a bloack "hoodie", and a blue and white bandana over his face.  Neither victim was hurt during the incident.  Those with leads should call police at 935-3311.  Aloha, Russ.

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Family violence summit set for 29 September 2014.

Community meeting will be held at Aunty Sally's Luau Hale in Hilo.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

The Hawaii County Family Violence Interagency Committee has scheduled a Family Violence Summit on Monday, 29 September 2014 at Aunty Sally's Luau Hale in Hilo.  The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The purpose of the summit is to increase "community involvement in the prevention of, and intervention with, incidents of family violence, child abuse, and neglect and elder abuse."  Roxanne L. Aburamen, the community violence coordinator for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, said, "We know that no single agency or group can effectively deal with the complexity of family violence...we hope to build a foundation to work together to decrease family violence."  State and county lawmakers, agency leaders, and representatives from the Judiciary are expected to attend.  For details call Aburamen at 934-3345.  Aloha, Russ.

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More trouble for convicted killer.

Man also faces numerous theft and identity theft charges.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

A Honomu man on 10 years probation for killing his housemate two years ago is now facing numerous theft and identity theft charges on Oahu, as well as probation violation proceedings in Hilo.  According to court documents, Daniel Claude Schuster pleaded not guilty on 28 August 2014 in Honolulu Circuit Court to charges of second-degree identity theft, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, attempted  second-degree theft, two counts of second-degree theft, and three counts of second-degree robbery.  He will stand trial on 27 October 2014 before Honolulu Circuit Judge Rom Trader.  Schuster also appeared in Hilo Circuit Court on Tuesday on an arrest warrant for an alleged probation violation. Hilo Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara will hold a revocation hearing on 13 November 2014.  Schuster remains in custody at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in lieu of $400,000 bail related to the various charges against him. Aloha, Russ.

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Puna lava flow poses major concern for region, Big Island - SFGate (blog)

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SFGate (blog) Puna lava flow poses major concern for region, Big Island SFGate (blog) According to today's report from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the flow continues to advance northeast through thick forest, moving at an average of 890...
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According to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the flow continues to advance northeast through thick forest, moving at an average of 890 feet a day in the last three days, traveling 11.3 miles from the Pu'u O'o vent.  Smoke billows from where the lava "engulfs trees and other vegetation." At the present rate of speed, HVO scientists predict the lava could cross Pahoa Village Road as early as 24 September and move quickly to block Highway 130.  If the flow crosses Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130, the approximately 10,000 cars traveling through Pahoa daily on the way to school or work will have only makeshift, one-lane gravel and dirt roads to use instead, one of which--an old railroad right-of-way--also lies in the lava flow's probable path.  Hawaii County officials are hastily  working to widen the railroad road, which at least provide several months' additional access, and an even more rough-hewn, circuitous coastal route known as Government Beach Road which leads to some of the endangered Puna subdivisions.  Aloha, Russ.

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Opening of Hilo High School Gym delayed.

Malfunctioning equipment causes delayed opening.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter: Colin M. Stewart.

 

The opening of the new Hilo High School Gym has been delayed.  In an email sent to the "Hawaii Tribune-Herald," on Monday, Principal Robert Dircks said the opening of the new gym was delayed because of "a scheduling conflict between contractors" regarding the paving of the gym's driveway fronting Waianuenue Avenue.  F & H Construction and Yamada and Sons, Inc. were delayed in finishing the driveway because of malfunctioning equipment.  That work was completed last Friday. Dircks says the dedication of the gym will "be no later than Nov. 26."  Aloha, Russ.

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Prayer services set on behalf of Puna area.

Services will be held Sunday at the Pahoa Community Center pool parking lot.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Members of  East Hawaii churches invite the public to join in prayer services on behalf of Puna residents threatened by a lava flow on Sunday, 4 p.m., in the Pahoa Community Center poll parking lot at 15-2910 Puna Road in Pahoa.  The following week in Hilo, the Episcopal Church  of the Holy Apostles will host a "Prayers for Puna Gathering," beginning at 5:30 p.m., Monday, 29 September, at the church at 1407 Kapiolani street.  Aloha, Russ.

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EPA orders repair of Hilo wastewater leak.

Pipe is leaking treated wastewater close to shore.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered Hawaii County to repair the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant's ocean outfall pipe.  The pipe is leaking treated wastewater close to shore, "posing a potential threat to the marine environment and public health."  In order to comply with the Clean Water Act, the County needs to correct discharge permit violations resulting from leaks along the plant's 4,500-foot outfall pipe located east of the Hilo Bay breakwater. Apparently, waves and currents moving across the floor of Hilo Bay "have scoured and undercut the pipe bedding in several locations, leaving it vulnerable to further damage." The EPA order requires Hawaii County to repair and protect the pipe to fix the leaks and prevent  further damage and possible catastrophic failure. Once repairs are made. Hawaii County will need to test the integrity of the outfall pipe "to confirm the leaks have been eliminated," and to report the results to the EPA.  Aloha, Russ.

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Moratorium placed on insurance policies in Lower Puna.

Existing coverage will not be cancelled.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Calllis.

 

According to reporter Tom Callis, the Hawaii Property Insurance Association "has placed a moratorium on new insurance policies in lower Puna as the result of the June 27 lava flow."  As of Monday, the association stopped providing new or increased coverage for properties south and east of Ainaloa and Hawaiian Paradise Park. The HPIA said, "Existing Hawaii Property Insurance Association policy-holders whose premiums are current should be assured their policies will not be canceled or non-renewed." The HIPA said the moratorium follows its underwriting standards that say when the "property to be insured is within any area a civil defense authority has determined to be endangered by an active lava flow." The suspension will remain in effect while lava continues to threaten the area.  Aloha, Russ.



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Lava flow speeds up with direct hit on Pahoa expected - West Hawaii Today

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Lava flow speeds up with direct hit on Pahoa expected
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The June 27 lava flow, which recently sped up, is anticipated to reach Pahoa Village Road in less than two weeks, according to the U.S.
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According to scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, lava flows from the Pu'u O'o vent will impact the main street of Pahoa Town "within 13 days."  Topographical evidence suggests that the flow won't stop and "appears all but certain it will reach Pahoa if it doesn't stop."  Public Works Director Warren Lee told a gathering of Hawaii Paradise Park residents Thursday evening that traffic will be diverted through the subdivision if lava cuts Highway 130.  Lee said the county has an emergency traffic control plan, employing detour signs and temporary traffic lights to "optimize traffic flow."  Hawaii County crews are also working on two evacuation routes along Railroad Avenue and the Old Beach Road that hugs the coastline between Pahoa and Hawaiian Beaches.  It's not a matter if the flow comes through Pahoa; it's a matter of when.  No evacuation orders have been given by the county.  Aloha, Russ.

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Body of diver found in waters near Kaneohe - Hawaii News Now

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Body of diver found in waters near Kaneohe
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Neighbors who had known the victim for 30 years tell Hawaii News Now the man was in great shape and went diving every day.
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According to Honolulu police, the 80-year-old victim had gone diving near Kaneohe late Thursday afternoon and returned to shore with an octopus he had caught.  He re-entered the water for a second dive, and that's when he experienced difficulty and later died in the water. Police have classified the accident as an unattended death.  Aloha, Russ.

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Honokaa High School reopens.

Insecticide spraying responsible for temporary closure of school.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

According to reporter John Burnett, a neighbor spraying an insecticide improperly was the cause of a chemical odor that led to the closure Thursday morning of Honokaa High and Intermediate and Honokaa Elementary schools.  Captain Christian Wong of the Honokaa Fire Station said the department's HAZMAT crew determined the neighbor was spraying hedges bordering the high school's wood shop with a mixture of diazinon, which was banned for residential use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2004 and Volck oil.  Wong said, "The person who sprayed it near the school was unaware" he was doing anything improperly.  Several people were taken to area hospitals, complaining of nausea and breathing difficulties.  Aloha, Russ.

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Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest announced - ITV News

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Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest announced
ITV News
The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014.
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Some of these photos are absolutely stunning!  Enjoy....Aloha, Russ.

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Farmers split on Hawaii coffee labeling proposal - KITV Honolulu

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Farmers split on Hawaii coffee labeling proposal
KITV Honolulu
Hawaii County Councilwoman Brenda Ford wants to labels to provide the amount of coffee that's contained in a blend.
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According to Stephens Media Hawaii reporter Erin Miller, Hawaii Island coffee farmers were divided in their support of two resolutions that call on the state Legislature to enact "truth in labeling" laws concerning the labeling of coffee blends.  Clare Wilson told members of the County Council's Agriculture, Water, and Energy Sustainability Committee that "It's consumer fraud to continue this 10 percent packaging."  Farmer Cecilia  Smith agreed, saying "Kona blend is a simple rip off of the word Kona ... it only has to say the 10 percent word...how come we can't be for the truth?  Kona blend is not truthful."  Coffee farmer Gary Strawn said that while he sells only 100 percent Kona coffee, he didn't support the resolutions, adding that I do not believe it's the government's place to say what I can or cannot sell, what I can or cannot buy or what I can or cannot drink."  Council member Brenda Ford said she would bring an amendment to make her intentions more clear.  Ford stressed that she wanted the label 'to say 90 percent Columbia coffee and 10 percent Kona...I want it on the front label...I want the consumer to see it."  Aloha, Russ.

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Mountain View man indicted for alleged rape.

Alleged incident occurred in Hilo in late July.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

A Hilo grand jury has indicted 24-year-old Thomas A. Marsello with three counts of first-degree sex assault, plus kidnapping, third-degree sex assault, and fourth-degree sex assault.  A bench warrant was issued for Marsello's arrest and bail was set at $150,000.  Marcello was awaiting a preliminary hearing on other charges when the indictment was handed down.  Marsello signed a waiver of extradition and surrendered his passport to Hilo District County.  According to the indictment, Marsello "intentionally or knowingly restrained" the alleged victim, an adult woman, "with intent to inflict bodily injury upon" her "or subject (her) to a sexual offense, thereby committing the act of kidnapping."  The document states "an extended term of imprisonment is necessary for the protection of the public."  Aloha, Russ.

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Police are looking for a man considered armed and dangerous.

Man is wanted on several domestic abuse, firearms, and terroristic threatening charges.

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Source:  Hawaii Police Department/Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Hawaii Police are asking for your help in locating 34-year-old Abraham Verece, a Keaau man considered armed and dangerous.  Verece is a suspect in several domestic abuse, terroristic threatening, and firearms cases.  He's described as 5-foot-8, 175 pounds with black hairs and brown eyes.  He has a medium build and has at times his hair cut very short.  He is known to frequent the Puna District.  Members of the public are cautioned not to approach Verece.  Those with leads in this case can call Sgt. William Derr at 965-2716.  Aloha, Russ.

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Road clearing bulldozers vandalized

Fuel taken from bulldozers clearing possible evacuation routes.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

Hawaii County officials have confirmed the theft of fuel and vandalism of bulldozers involved in efforts to clear alternative routes to Highway 130.  According to Department of Public Works spokeswoman, Noelani Whittington, the original timetable for clearing the escape routes has been changed because "it was reported to us that approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel was siphoned from a dozer."

 

This unwelcome news comes as the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a pickup in speed of the lava flow advancing toward Pahoa Town.  The flow front on Wednesday was 1.7 miles upslope from Apa'a Road.  The lava flow is still moving through a thickly-forested area, creating smoke plumes as it engulfs trees and other vegetation, but fires are not spreading away from the flow.

 

Despite the vandalism of the bulldozers, work on alternative routes for Puna residents continues.  Aloha, Russ.

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Water Falling Estate on Hawaii's Big Island back on the market for $10M - Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

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"Water Falling Estate on Hawaii's Big Island back on the market for $10M
Pacific Business News (Honolulu)
It has a total assessed value of $5.88 million, according to Hawaii County tax records.

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The estate, once valued at more than $26 million but sold at auction six months ago for less than a quarter of that amount, is now back on the market for about $10 million. According to Hawaii County tax records, the complex near Ninoole along the Hamakua Coast has a total assessed value of $5.88 million. The home, which has a natural "triple decker" waterfall and sits on a 250-foot-high cliff, has 10,000 square feet of living space, five bedrooms, and five bathrooms, plus a helicopter pad.  The estate was built by Scott Watson Development and is on what used to be a macadamia nut plantation. Any takers? Aloha, Russ.

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